This year, after I found out I would have some money but would not be able to fly to see my sister I realized I could get some gifts. My main concern for purchasing gifts was my niece and nephews. I had tried Friday night to shop for them with no luck. Today I went out and finished my shopping. I came home wrapped my gifts and now have them in a large box ready to go to the post office tomorrow. I even managed to finish my special project for my sister's birthday, which is December 26th. It won't get to her till a couple days later but I think it is cool enough the delay won't matter.
I bought my older brother silicon pan liners. I gave them to him today as he will start baking cookies in the next couple days and is out of parchment paper. They are a little too big so he has to figure out if they will work or if we should return them. He will probably end up buying new larger cookie sheets to solve the problem. My younger brother got me something but I have not figured out a gift for him yet. I also need to go buy my dad's gift. I know what it is but I have a coupon for the store it is at and keep forgetting to put it in my purse.
There are other people that I want to get gifts for, like my sister-in-laws and a close friend but really need to keep my spend my money carefully.
Today I went and babysat. She had originally said 9-3 mon, tue, wed. When I arrived she changed it to 9-2 instead. Ok, no big deal. Later as she was writing my a check she tells me she actually is not going to need me tomorrow anymore. She still wants me wednesday but Tuesday she wants to stay home with her daughter. I didn't know what to say. She says it so nice and how she just wants to spend time with her kid. I want to be upset. She doesn't offer to compensate me for the promised time. She just apologizes and sends me on my way. That frustrates me. I understand if you or your kid is sick so that could be a reason to cancel but just because. It is like having me on call for you and then me not getting paid for it. Bleh. This is her second offense. The first one was when I sent a text just to confirm a babysitting job, I do that if it was planned with me more than a week in advance. Well she texts back saying she totally forgot and does not need me anymore. If I had not checked then I would have gone all the way down there. Though of course that is why I check. So I will see how the rest of this week goes and next week she says she might need me but is not sure. Again it is that on call feeling which is hard especially if someone else contacts me to see if I am free. I can tell you one thing I am glad that I did not buy plane tickets based on the fact that I was getting payed for these three days. It is just God showing me again why I should trust Him.
So tomorrow I have off. Which is good because I can take my box down to the post office in the morning. According to USPS it should arrive on the 23rd if I mail it tomorrow. So yea, in time for Christmas. Not that I am looking forward to the time spent in line at the post office. I wonder if the box is too big for the self service machine. I will have to measure it before I leave to figure it out. That could save me some time. Other than that 'y Tuesday is free which is nice. Actually relaxing over my winter vacation, what a concept. :)