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Mischief managed on the mandatory side of the whole Xmas gift thing - mostly. I've taken care of dad, stepmum, stepsis, and sister, just leaving my brother in the mandatory must-buy group. And I have absolutely no clue what to get him, because the only thing he put on his wishlist were hardware that is both insanely boring and overpriced (to my mind), and in any event over my fairly firm budget. Will have to think on that one, and I suspect I'll buy him something kitschy and fireman-themed in a few days just to be done with it. I do try because I love them, but I don't really know them well enough anymore to know what he'd really like.

Also, I've booked train tickets up to Prince Edward Island the week before Christmas. Looking forward to the time away from all the hustle bustle (and work!). A grad school friend's parents had a cottage up there they let me use and while I'm not asking for the keys again, I did fall in love with the area and they have some nice old bookshops, beds and breakfasts, woods for wandering around, that kind of thing.

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engarian
Nov. 26th, 2016 03:19 pm (UTC)
Your upcoming holiday trip sounds absolutely wonderful and very relaxing.

I'm always grateful that I have the bare minimum of people I have to get holiday gifts for. It's always such a chore determining whether or not they might enjoy this or that. At least you're almost finished with that chore.

- Erulisse (one L)
marta_bee
Nov. 26th, 2016 05:58 pm (UTC)
Completely done, now. I talked to my stepmum and she said she bought some pyjama pants and slippers on a good sale that she'd let me buy off her. Frabjous day!

I'm not saying I won't buy any more gifts, but if I do it will be because something jumped out to me as a "would-be-perfect-for-that-person" thing. Now I get to focus on writing cards, which is more fun and meaningful (and cheaper) than the actual gift-giving portion.
engarian
Nov. 28th, 2016 02:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, speaking of cards, I know I sent one to you last year and was wondering if you wanted one this year. I don't have your current address, so if you want one, PM me with your addy and I'll add you to the master list.

- Erulisse (one L)
shirebound
Nov. 26th, 2016 04:21 pm (UTC)
Looking forward to the time away from all the hustle bustle

That sounds so relaxing. :)
marta_bee
Nov. 26th, 2016 05:54 pm (UTC)
Trouble is, now I want to be there now. And, you know, never come back.

In all seriousness, it's a really nice spot.
shadowfireflame
Nov. 26th, 2016 05:47 pm (UTC)
PEI, nice! It's so beautiful there! I hope you'll enjoy your trip!
marta_bee
Nov. 26th, 2016 05:53 pm (UTC)
It's loverly! I've been three times now and I keep expecting it to get old, but it always is very rejuvenating.

It always tickles me that I go "off-season" - most folks go for the seafood and beach in the summer. But this is much less crowded and just what I need.
ribby
Nov. 26th, 2016 08:17 pm (UTC)
Oh, your PEI vacation sounds wonderful--you'll have to give details, as that's one of the places I'd love to go someday (we've talked about going in October for Celtic Colours, but so far no...).

It's tough buying for family--either you don't know what they want, or you have too many choices and none of them seem quite right. *grin* But you're doing better than me, for certain!

*hugs* Good to see you around again!

~Kris
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