Hello and welcome to the January edition of the Ultimate Coffee Date with Coco from Running With Perseverance and Deborah from Confessions of a Mother Runner. Grab a mug of your favorite hot beverage and pull up a seat. Virtually, of course.
The Things We Do For Our Grandchildren
If we were having coffee, I would tell you we decided to buy a Nintendo Switch for our grandchildren as a Christmas gift.
Our strategy was to wait for Black Friday and take advantage of the electronic sales to obtain the item at a reasonable price. Bad idea.
When we looked for a Switch the week before Black Friday, it was nowhere to be found. No online sellers had it in stock, no in-store retailers had it. It was nowhere, no place, nohow.
After a frantic search, we finally found it at a store an hour away from our house, but we could not pre-order it for pick-up, and we could not get it shipped to our house. We had to travel to the store and take our chances.
I called a salesperson in the electronics department and explained our dilemma. Could he hold the item for us? He told us that there were still four Switches in the store (remaining from the eight they had received that morning), and unfortunately, he could not hold one for us.
It was 9:30 at night. The store closed at 11:00.
I was already in my jammies.
We hopped in the car and sped to the store. Of course.
Luckily, they still had a Switch in stock when we got there. For full price.
We bought it and considered ourselves fortunate.
Yes, I made Christmas Cookies
If we were having coffee, I would remind you that I have been on a no-added-sugar diet for one year.
In past years, I made Christmas cookies and shipped them to my kids who live far away. Some of the cookies were from recipes I got from my mother. Some were from my mother-in-law. Some were my own recipes. All were steeped in tradition.
This year, I thought I would forego making Christmas cookies. My husband and I didn’t want the temptation. Due to the pandemic, we have no visitors to help us eat the cookies.
My oldest son had other ideas.
No cookie package?
He informed me that his son, my youngest grandson, would probably get over the crushing disappointment of not getting his expected cookie shipment from Mimi.
I made the Christmas cookies and shipped them out post-haste. I would not want to take the chance of scarring my grandson for life.
Birds Aren’t Real
Finally, if we were having coffee, I would tell you that my sister and I see eye-to-eye on most subjects. We have similar political views. We both have the same thoughts about Jello (Yuck!!!).
Our thinking diverges, however, when it comes to birds.
I am an avid birder. My sister, perhaps from early exposure to the Alfred Hitchcock movie “The Birds“, is completely creeped out by our feathered friends.
We both reacted with amusement when my niece (her daughter) sent us a link that promoted the premise “Birds Aren’t Real“.
Yes, there is an organization that contends all birds have been wiped out and replaced by drones. The conspiracy theory is a little bit confusing. It involves the CIA, bird robots, and cute “Birds Aren’t Real” merchandise (including a T-shirt with a picture of a pigeon with the caption “I am a lie”).
As the group’s website says, ” I hope you are able to join us in the fight for freedom.“
Yes! If I can fight for freedom by purchasing a $26 T-shirt that states “The Birds Work For the Bourgeoisie“, I’m in.
I saw a very shady-looking white-breasted nuthatch on our walnut tree yesterday.
Or was it a white-breasted nuthatch robot?
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