I would like to issue a formal apology to two of my neices and my only nephew: I am so sorry, but you should all just get used to your birthday gifts from us being late.
You see, each of you has a birthday that falls at the very beginning of the month – and it takes me at least a week to adjust to the fact that the date has changed. Also, the months that your birthdays fall at the beginning of? Are the same months my kids have birthdays. So I tend to get a bit preoccupied about their gifts and cake and plans,and I forget about you. Not because you are’t wonderful, delightful children, but because you are across the country and not right in my face demanding food and attention constantly. I love you for that, but it does make it a little harder to keep you first and foremost in my head when your birthdays are coming up.
So sorry about that. I have so far managed to never forget entirely (like I do with thank you notes for the presents your wonderful parents buy my kids- THANKS!!!), but I do only remember within a few days, meaning your gifts typically arrive late. Think about it as your crazy Aunt Kate just extending the celebration a few days longer.
I would also like to thank the niece whose birthday is arriving this Friday, for causing me to search for gifts ad consequently come across this, the greatest Barbie I have ever seen.
That is one crazy ass doll. And only $40 no less. Don’t worry, you aren’t getting that, but if I can think of someone truly deserving (and with a more adult history and humor) they are so getting this for Christmas. That thing is sweet.
*related: I have never actually seen The Birds. I saw one short clip in some college course where the teacher is leading the children out of the schoolhouse. She tells them all to be very very quiet, and they are as the tiptoe down the lane away from all the lurking birds. They get a short distance a way, at which point she gives the signal to start running and screaming, which in turn leads the birds to totally attack them all. Why don’t they just wait inside and finish school? Why don’t they stay quiet? Here is the clip, but it has been dubbed over with different music so it is not authentic. But the scene is intact so you can see what I’m talking about. Crazy, ridiculous, awesome.