Now That’s What I Call A Birthday Gift!

Kiss my aster!

Gifts make me antsy. I’m aware that I’m lacking in graciousness and despite my thorough interest in entertaining, at best, I’m socially awkward. I do however really enjoy giving and receiving really inexpensive and thoughtful gifts. For me, if it came out of a dumpster or alley, all the better. I begged to have my wedding shower invites say that I was registered at The Salvation Army. This sort of thrifty practicality brings me into a gift comfort zone.

For my birthday, Xxxxx (identity protected) managed to attain a massive stack of withdrawn library books from the Xxxxxxxx Library for me. All amazing. Some are vintage, 1st printings that I know would be worth something if I could ever part with them, some are amazing coffee table books that each weigh more than a jar of pennies. It’s the kind of gift I can truly enjoy and I thank Xxxxx from the bottom of my dumpster-diving heart. (Keep them coming!)

Now would be a perfect time for me to tell you about what Dan got me for a birthday/Valentine’s day present. I have told him for years that a double whammy like that (birthday & V-day) isn’t fair and I don’t expect 2 gifts, or even really a extra special gift that covers the 2 back-to-back holidays. As I mentioned before, I’m not really that gift-y. But I did aim high this year, for my big 3-5… I saw a vintage horse trough at the local junk shop that would make an ideal water garden for me this summer. A cheap and easy gift, I was thinking myself the ideal, low-maintenance wife. Did I get the horse trough? No. I got a coil garden hose and some nozzles. And he will never hear the end of it.

Did you get a garden-y Valentine’s gift? If you did, I want to hear about it in the forum. And Daniel can explain himself there, too.

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About Amanda Thomsen

Big, loud and fun- Amanda Thomsen landscapes by day and blogs at night. Her blog, Kiss My Aster, on Horticulture magazine's website has alienated/enraptured dozens. She co-authors a blog called Plants That Suck that is about plants that suck. And she is the less popular half of the podcasting team, Good Enough Gardening, which makes her feel like the "Roy" of of Siegfried and Roy, but without the mauling. She lives in Chicago and does not EVER put ketchup on hot dogs.

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