Like many parents, I am gearing up for Halloween tonight. I’m hoping I can get out of work to take JP and RP trick-or-treating at a decent hour.
Unfortunately, my husband didn’t have time to make his usual cardboard creations, which have totally “ruled the neighborhood” the last two years – complete with working electronic gadgets. So, this year the kids are just astronauts – but handsome ones nonetheless.
Here’s a quick history of RP’s costumes – we started out weak but really took it home the last two years with a race car that had working lights and a horn and, in 2005, a very-carefully crafted Thomas the Tank Engine.
JP – as the little brother – has been the hand-me-down victim…
2006 – A sweet race car that won Best Costume, of course!
2005 – Thomas the Tank Engine for RP and a Pumpkin for JP
2004 – Poor kid; obviously his parents were busy that year – Wheaties Box, really?! At least it had Pedro on it!
2003 – Dumbo was no work for us but still darn cute.
I’m a huge fan of technology – obviously, it’s what I focus on for a living - but when it doesn’t work it’s maddening! I’m pretty busy between running an agency, managing a family with two young children and dealing with three (slightly-maddening) dogs. So when I need gifts I usually order them at the last minute and online. Not the most personal approach but hey, it’s better than forgetting!
So when I skipped the food and went online during my lunch break to order some last minute birthday gifts, I expected it to be quick and easy – food basket, flowers – done. Usually that works. For some reason, tech karma is not on my side today. The first site, 1800flowers.com, kept insisting that my credit card number was wrong – it wasn’t, I checked it about a zillion times. Okay fine, I don’t have time to talk to customer service so I quickly go over to Hallmark. I choose my gifts, add in the addresses and go to pay…and the site keeps crashing. Over and over again that annoying pop up tells me the operation has been aborted. Dreadful words, especially when you are trying to hurry.
So technology today actually slowed me down. It’s great when it works but when it doesn’t – you feel like ripping your hair out. I guess my late birthday gifts will be even more late than usual!
Where do you buy gifts online? Have any great suggestions? Please share!
Boston Red Sox just won the World Series in a sweep over the Colorado Rockies. Some day we hope to be able to celebrate in Boston with them.
This team was just so awesome to watch in this Series. From the rookies Pedroia and Ellsbury to MVP (yeah!) “old guy” Lowell to the “Riverdancer” Papelbon – they rocked. Truth be told, I think Boston may be in shock, as we are pretty used to more drama – but we’ll take it!
Okay I don’t want to be a typical Sox fan but tonight…well the game was almost too good, ya know? I don’t want the boys blowing it all in the first few games. Save some for later – you know how we like drama!
It’s come to my attention that perhaps one of the reasons I have not been able to truly write well on my blog is that I’ve had to edit myself for fear of professional complications. I own a PR firm and as such, have many clients who may or may not come across this blog and may or may not like what I have to say.
Therefore, I plan to keep this blog for writing on the less controversial topics of life – no policital opinions or religoius views, not too-personal views into my life outside of work.
I didn’t have a following yet really anyway, as it was a new blog, so hopefully this doesn’t impact anyone too much. If you did happen to follow my rants, and would like to continue to do so – and are not a client or in any way afflilated with my business -please email me at chrisperkett[at]gmail.com and I will send you the new URL – that is if you didn’t already find it on your own.