Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Something stolen, something gained

It’s been nearly a week since I’ve posted and I’m sorry but I just haven’t felt like it. I’ve missed you though and I’m stopping in tonight to say hello.

Hello ~

It’s after 9 and I’m watching Modern Family which never fails to make me laugh. I’ve had a bit of a rough week and have been running around, getting things done and dealing with issues that come up in the regular course of life. Plus, the past several nights, I’ve been working on the picture boards that people will see at my husband’s brother’s funeral which will be held on Saturday. I hope I’ve done a decent job and that my sister-in-law likes them.

On a lighter note, I’ll tell you a tale of my new favorite beverage glasses. It’s really not all that exciting, but I’m telling it anyway.

 

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On Christmas day, after dinner, it’s been my husband’s family tradition to play the Dirty Santa Game. This is a gift game that requires you to bring a wrapped gift that cost a set dollar amount (ours is $25). Each player draws a number from a hat, and the game begins. Number one goes first and opens a gift. Then number two has the option of choosing another gift or stealing the gift opened by number one. If number one has a gift stolen, they get to choose another. This goes on (with a few other rules) until all the gifts are opened. There is usually always someone who gets the gift they really wanted, and there’s often someone who’s left wondering why they play this damn game every year.

But we play because it’s fun! That’s why.

This year, on my turn, I opened the glass set that you see above. And as soon as I saw it, I begged my relatives not to steal this set of glasses because I really really liked them. They came from Fishs Eddy in NYC and were actually brought by my son, Matt. All through the game, my relatives abided by my wish and it wasn’t until the person with the final number stepped up to take his turn.

It was my brother-in-law, Bob, and he liked the glasses too. And he ignored my pleas and stole them away from me. I did end up taking home a very nice set of bath towels.

But I couldn’t get those pretty bird glasses off my mind.

 

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Plus, it didn’t help that I was texting with my son later that night. He was staying at his Uncle Bob & Aunt Helen’s house and wrote me that his uncle had already taken the glasses out of the box, and washed them and was actually using them. In fact, my son was drinking from one at that very moment.

Gah! My glasses!

 

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So, if Bob & Helen now had my glasses, are you wondering why they’re in my cabinet? Well, it’s because my son reminded me that he’d gotten them at Fishs Eddy in the city. And wasn’t I going to the city the very next day? And . . . according to their website . . . they were on sale.

So when I got to the city, and while we were waiting for our friend Janice to arrive on the train, Daryl and I took the subway down to the shop and spent some time browsing the cool stuff they have there. I loved it! And I believe they have a lot on sale right now, too. Even these cute little numbers . . .

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I think I’ll go pour something cold to drink in one of my new Oldham + Harper painted bird glasses. Until next time, my friends ~

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49 comments:

JaneK said...

You are too much fun! Alas, it wouldn't be dirty Santa without someone losing the gift they really love and someone else gloating over them.
Your stories always make me smile :-) have a good rest of your week!

Sheila said...

Great bird glasses, very vintage! Thanks for sharing.

Sabrina said...

We played a similar game at my job's Christmas party! It was the first time I'd ever done anything like that. I got a Hallmark crystal mistletoe hanging ornament thingy - which I was very tempted to trade off to someone else but for some reason I kept it. I never hung it on the tree (too heavy) and didn't know what to do with it all during Christmas, so it just laid under the tree. I guess I'll just put it away with the other ornaments and worry about it again next year! :)

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Denise at Autumn Sky said...

Erik's office played that and all his good gifts were stolen so he came home with something we will never use. Those are cute glasses.

jinxxxygirl said...

We call it White Elephant...i LOVE that game and went to my husband work xmas party for the sole reason to play that game. Its so much fun! Some times you go home with something you love and sometimes you just have a good laugh...Never heard it called Dirty Santa...LOL Hugs! deb

GailO said...

Hi there back at ya!

If I were at that party I would have stolen those away from you too:) That is a certain fact!

Be kind to yourself during these stressful times....

Georgianna said...

I really do love those glasses. They are perfect for you and I'm glad you got your own. :)

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eileeninmd said...

Sounds like a fun games, i love the glasses. Have a happy day!

Jem T said...

hehe fun story, was ment to be, to go to that shop :D

Carolynn Anctil said...

I love that game! Your story made me laugh - especially when you found out that he was drinking(!) from your glasses. The nerve.

It's been a brutal week over here too and I've retreated to my quiet place, as well. It's natural and healthy to honour ourselves in this way when necessary.

Be gentle with yourself. We're all friends here and want only the best for you and your family.

Much love,
Carolynn (A Glowing Ember)

Hartwood Roses said...

We do Dirty Santa, too. It's weird, but fun. The glasses are perfectly made for you ... I especially love the Nuthatch.

I did a photo display for my father-in-law's funeral three years ago. It was a really weird experience ... going through photos for the collection, smiling at some, and remembering all the while why I was doing it. For me, I had more time, because I was doing it before he passed. My heart goes out to you right now. Sending hugs.

Country Gal said...

That was a fun post I was rooting for ya ! They are nice glasses . Cool game never heard of it sounds fun. I am glad you went out and got them anyways ! I am sure your photo display will be wonderful and greatly appreciated .

Karen said...

LOl.. I love this post. I'm glad you got your bird glasses, they are very pretty. And shame on Bob. Really. :-)

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Jeanette said...

We play that game every Christmas, too! I remember one year I got a snuggie and I was so excited. Then it got stolen from me! I ended up with a bottle of Baileys Irish Cream! Oh well, still miss that snuggy!

Lisa Gordon said...

I love happy endings!

The Dirty Santa game sounds like fun!
xo.

Em Parkinson said...

They could have been made for you!

beth said...

i would have kicked bob in the shins for stealing those glasses from me. just saying.

hang in there sweet girl....you're in my thoughts and prayers !!

xxoo

beth said...

oops....ps. i'm so glad you own those glasses now and i think i want some, too.....gah !

becky up the hill said...

Loved that you were able to buy your glasses. I would not have stolen them from you. boom. We play that game too and two years ago, I bought a wonderful Starbucks mug. I tried to get it back. Didn't happen. How lame is that? This year, the person that took it, gave it to me for a present.

missing moments said...

Love your bird glasses! And Beth is right, Bob needed a shin kickin'! Anyway, love Modern Family as well. Loved the teens last night and their babysitting brother challenge.

Ramona JapaneseRedneck said...

Those BIL's can be mean that way. I love them and glad you got a set anyway.

I hate dirty santa, I always get the gag gift.......

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Daryl E said...

oh i too would have kicked Bob and Helen .. she should have stopped him .. OTOH .. if you won them we'd not have had the chance to go there and i wouldn't have gotten that neat cat food scoop...

use them in the best of good health!

Country Girl said...

Reading back these comments . . . I just want to state that I love the fact that Bob & Helen have the mugs. Truly am not at all chagrined that they got 'stolen'. And that's a fact.

Low Tide High Style said...

I'm sure the photo boards are wonderful and will be greatly appreciated by everyone who attends. And I LOVE those glasses, and truth be told, I probably would have stolen them too! ;-) Though I would have felt bad about doing it...darn that guilt thing! I'm glad you got your own set, I love Fishs Eddy stuff!

Kat

JC said...

I looked up the store and there were out of the cat glasses or might have ordered some. Cool place.

So sorry about your b in law.

xo,

JC

Nellie said...

I am tardy sending condolences at the passing of your brother-in-law. It is a real gift of yours to assist in the photos that will be displayed at the service.

That "Dirty Santa" is fun, though I often wind up with a "White Elephant.":-)

Hugs,
Nellie

Barbara Shallue said...

I love those, too, and need some new glasses! Thanks for the link. I'm glad you got your own set! (Your son has great taste!)

altar ego said...

I have been away from blogland and am getting caught up. I also love the dog picture from your NYC trip. I love your bird glasses. But I hate that your family has lost one of its own, and I hate the pain and emptiness that is part of such loss. Know that I am thinking of you, your husband and his family, and all those touched by this loss. I will light a candle and summon love on your behalf. And I'll pray. Courage and strength and tenderness to you and yours.

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

LOVE those glasses!

Candace said...

Those glasses are soooo you, too cool. Glad you got some. We play that game with my cousins at Christmas but hardly anyone ever steals anything. Maybe because they're too afraid to be impolite or maybe all the gifts are crappy but it does make the game not that much fun.

I, too, am sorry about your brother-in-law.

mrs mediocrity said...

Oh, I love them! So glad you were able to get a set, they are just perfect for you.

Sending more hugs and love for you and yours this week. xoxo

spindrift,maine said...

I'll be thinking of all of you this weekend, Kate. I am glad you have the pretty glasses to brighten this hard time. xo

Jill of All Trades said...

I've been a bit bloggy quiet lately too. Can't explain it but my mind is just not been in the bloggy frame of mind.

We play Dirty Santa every Christmas Eve at the nephews house and have for several years now but we do ornaments.

Love those glasses too. Glad you got them.

MaggieGem said...

Those glasses are Sooo YOU! Glad you got a set...

We do the same thing at Christmas, but in my family say you really like what you picked and surely it will be stolen, LOL.

Mental P Mama said...

Those are purty! Been thinking about you all....xoxo

sharon said...

I LOVE THOSE GLASSES!!! So I tried to order them for my husband for his birthday. Guess what? THEY ARE OUT OF STOCK!!!!! okay, I'm alright, I'll wait until they get back into stock. Fun game by the way.

Anonymous said...

We did a five dollar exchange this year. I got ghiradella (sp?) chocolates. yum. My daughter-in-law suggested the game. we all had fun. lots of stealing of gifts. When someone lost their precious gift and grumbled, daughter-in-law would say, it was only $5 you can go buy one!!

thecatalanway said...

Hi there Kate I too have been absent and here I am popping in to say hello!
Hello!!
I loved those glasses - of course I do - they are fabulous. So glad you got some. What a meanie stealing them from you - I couldn't have done that!

I'm really sorry about your brother in law - a tough one for you all.

Sending you lots of love and I hope the service and everything goes well. Hope life gets a bit more peaceful for you. and that the sun shines so you can take some wintry walks with George

Kate x

Dianne said...

I'm thinking of you today

love the glasses

TSannie said...

Those glasses were inspired by one of my very favorite artists, Charley Harper. His bird paintings are absolutely beautiful. I think you'd love his work, Miss Kate. I have at least 5 of his silk screens. Start here: https://charleyharperartstudio.com/

On another note, I'm sure your boards will be much loved and appreciated. My heart goes out to you, Andrew and the whole family.
xo

Hilary said...

We do the same game at our Hanukkah party.. same rules.. and a lot of cut throat stealing. I love those glasses and can see why you'd go back for more. That site has some wonderful retro-like items.

Thinking of you and yours today, dear Kate. And sending hugs.

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Need A Latte Mom said...

oh my gosh! love them. i want them!
going to check on them right now!

Lili said...

Your son has good taste Kate...so glad you got another set and a trip to NYC to boot! xo