The voice of reason turns 30 this month. I’ve racked my brain, trying to figure out what to get him. Meanwhile, in another plot, a coworker found a way to share Kindle books. Then he uploaded a list of books (mostly the free ones) to our website. So, like an idiot, I emailed that list to the voice of reason, and his brother.
His brother asked for several. The voice asked for one.
Then I thought, “oh! he doesn’t have a Kindle! I’ll get him one for his birthday!”
Last weekend, my sister, the voice, the voice’s brother, and I were all hanging out playing a card game, and the voice’s brother thanked me for sharing some of the books.
The voice said, “yeah, it got me to buy a Kindle,” and I realized how I did things entirely out-of-order.
Clearly, I should have bought the Kindle, then shared the list.
Instead, two of us bought one person a Kindle. Ladies and gentlemen, if your birthday is in the next few weeks, don’t buy yourself a Kindle, all right? Just wait until after your big day.
So, I’m returning the one I bought, which turns out to be a frugal fail.
See, I had all these Amazon dollars, so it didn’t end up costing me full retail value. But when it came down to it, the voice said it would just be easier if I wrote him a check, and returned the one I have. So, I wrote a check for full retail value, not full retail value minus $127. Dang. But I can’t tell him about the gift cards without revealing myself as a TOTAL cheap skate.
There are two ways to look at this. On the one hand, I feel a little like a grandma… I mean, I gave my boyfriend a check for his birthday. On the other hand, though, I gave my boyfriend exactly what he wanted for his birthday, and he’s sweet enough to see the other hand.
What a doofus, though, right? I’m happy I have a cupcake/chocolate dipped strawberry thing scheduled for delivery on Friday, so there’s at least some element of surprise. Unless, of course, a strange thing happens and he finds his way over here and starts actually reading this. But no, that won’t happen.