So yesterday we had the worst gifts to give women….from MSN.Com.So today it’s the men’s turn. Things not to get guys…
1. Clothes for a better version of him --That usually means clothes that just aren't his style, which in turn is a not-so-subtle hint that you don't like what he's wearing. If he likes casual, don't buy high end. 2. The saccharine stuff --Women love the mushy stuff but men just don't dig syrupy schmaltz. Otherwise, they'd have sat through "The English Patient" with you on re-runs. Flannel PJs with a really cute heart pattern? A CD of love songs…Nah… 3. Kitchen and bath bric-a-brac --A toaster oven? No, mom buys him the toaster-oven. Now, if you find a toaster-oven with 38 electronic widgets attached to it, that's a good gift. And don't get the fancy figurines or other lunatic curios what may look great on a fireplace mantle, just not HIS fireplace mantle. 4. Self-help anything --Men don't want you to change them; they want you to love them. Unless he mentioned wanting that Boflex contraption, or God forbid, a nose-hair trimmer, don't get it. And that goes for self-help books about behavior, either towards you or in his career goals. Letting him believe that you think he's perfect is actually the greatest gift you can give! At least until the divorce. 5. Elaborate handmade gifts --Most guys can't even deal with a fine painting, let alone craft gifts. When's the last time you saw a guy get excited about buying a frame for some photographs. When's the last time he got excited about photographs? 6. Bonus tip: Unlike women, men actually enjoy getting small appliances --not necessarily a domestic appliance, but more a gadget. Ya know that gadget you couldn't possibly imagine owning? He'd love it. Oh, and anything that involves a plasma screen is very, very good, too, though very expensive, but you just adore him, right?
And just what did Sam and Lissa get for each other this year..
We both were so right on.. For me..and as of a 3 days ago..he still had no idea..but he gave me perfect stuff. The new Danielle Steel book, a leather passport case (I’m leaving for Thailand) and a popcorn carton with movie tickets and Flicks candy!!
For him..I got a great Izod Sweater that he is already wearing and it looks snazzy….the latest season on DVD of Mad Men..I get that every year so he’s got a nice collection for some day when the show isn’t on…and a Mr. Coffee pot !!!
One day he told me he doesn’t have a coffee pot you can program so every morning he has to go downstairs and brews himself a cup of coffee…Come Monday, he wont have to do that…It will be all ready for him!!!
Hope you have as much fun as we did opening our gifts this morning…
We do adore each other!!!!
Layna from our promotions department came in to my office this morning to say she had yet to buy a gift for her husband and most other people in her life…
Should I find out what time she’ll be shopping this weekend so you can join her for all the gifts you still need to buy? LOL!!!
And just to help you all out…
A column this morning on MSN.Com listed the gifts you women don’t want!!!
So take note!!!! 1. Anything she needs instead of wants --quick lesson: Women are good at taking care of details, so when they need something practical, they replace it, fast. Think thoughtful, not practical 2. Awful flowers --women love flowers but there's a big difference between good ones and bad. If you're stumped, ask a female florist to suggest something appropriate 3. Sports paraphernalia --even if she loves watching the playoffs, when it comes to gift-giving, leave your A-game home. And don't wear your Giants or Niners or even Raiders jersey to dinner at her mom's house 4. The sparkly stuff --women definitely love jewelry, but there are two things to remember: too much too soon is a bad idea; an expensive item like that really needs to match their style. Don't give $$$ unless you've been dating for at least a year and be observant and you'll pick up on specific items she likes. A fake necklace from the arcade game doesn't count. 5. A card that you've signed in front of her --does that need an explanation, Mr. Tacky? Find time when you're not together, like when you're reading the newspaper in the bathroom, and write something sweet
Looking for a stocking stuffer? How about a purse size container of hand sanitizer? I like the ones at Bath and Body Works and I think they’re on sale 5 for $5.Heck, everyone can get one. It was the first thing I thought of this morning when I saw this list of
the 7 most germ ridden hot spots….as determined by Kimberly-Clark which makes everything from Kleenex to baby wipes. Although I don’t think they make hand sanitizer..LOL
Here you go…the things you don’t want to touch.
Vending machine buttons Crosswalk buttons Parking meters and kiosks ATM buttons Escalator rails: Mailbox handles Gas pump handles
This time of year…as we hustle and bustle…and try and make everything perfect…how about stopping to smell the roses . Maybe I should say stop and smell the Ch?ristmas tree....LOL Either way, I’m glad we saw this today….
Tips from Yahoo.com on how to become a happier person: 1. Stop Being Materialistic. If you find joy in things, the happiness will be short-lived --remember things can be lost or broken and what you have will never be enough. 2. Not Defining Yourself with a Title. It's great to be a doctor, mother or lawyer, but titles can be lost. Try taking pride in just being you. 3. Getting Rid of Your Clutter. Purge and find peace. Throw out, sell, or donate items you don't need --disorganization can cause inner turmoil and stress. 4. Meditating. This isn't just for granola-lovin' hippies, anymore. Scientists discovered that folks trained in meditation have different brain activity and respond better to stressful situations 5. Having a Structured Schedule. Make a routine and stick to it --eating, sleeping, exercising and doing other activities at the same time every day can lead to inner peace. 6. Surrounding Yourself With Positivity. Toxic people can influence your mood
Was hard working this morning….no doubt about…
Knowing we had to talk about the tragedy. 3 days later, it is still all we can think about…
And it is so hard to do without losing it, without crying. But we also wanted to bring you some “Sam and Lissa”…help you smile at least a little.
So if you felt we didn’t do enough this morning in talking about our broken hearts and the tragedy overall we apologize. It was all we could handle!!! And just maybe it was all you could handle too…and wanted some silliness.
It may be too late for this kind of advice if you have young kids but I did see this morning from WeAreChildrens.org. May be something to share: 1.) Turn Off the News. If you have CNN running on a loop all day, young kids might misunderstand and think the shooting is happening over and over again. So make sure they understand it's NOT, and that the guy who did it is gone now. 2.) Encourage Them to Ask Questions. Obviously, you don't need to tell them all the DETAILS. And you shouldn't FORCE them to talk about it. But maybe just ask if they've heard what happened, and go from there. 3.) Put It in Perspective. Make sure they know this isn't something that happens all the time. Young kids might need some reassurance that they're safe, and they don't have to worry when they go to school each day. 4.) Don't Tell Them That What They're Feeling Is Wrong. A young kid might tell you they're HAPPY, because no one they KNOW was hurt.
And if they say something like that, don't feel like you have to explain why they SHOULD be sad. Just be supportive, and tell them you're glad too. But you're sad for the people who DID get hurt. 5.) Keep a Closer Eye on Kids Who Have Been Through Something Traumatic Before. Just like with adults, a NEW traumatic event can bring back a lot of bad memories. But kids don't always show it the same way.
Do you remember how hard it was to pick your baby’s name..
It was important stuff….the name they’d have forever and would most likely help form their personality. I don’t know about you…but we bought books and spent endless hours discussing and arguing over names usually late at night in bed. Sound familiar?
So what were these parents thinking …….
-The website Babycenter.com put together a list of the most unusual baby names of 2012. At least two parents independently reported giving every name on the list, which means none of the names are a one-off fluke.
It’s been a few weeks now since Larry Hagman has died…but now we know how Dallas is going to handle his death. There will be no he just “disappears” or goes for a long trip…they will have J.R Ewing die. Actually he will be killed off, and they’ll have a big funeral for him….which they should. He IS Dallas. There’s even talk that TNT wants to get a bunch of the original Dallas stars to return for a cameo at J.R’s funeral. I would love that, wouldn’t you?...
And what about this idea? Have J.R shot… like that time years ago but this time he dies..
OK..that didn’t sound very nice..but you know what I mean.
He did 6 of the upcoming 15 episodes…so don’t miss those…Season 2 premieres January 28th!!!
You heard about the limited edition $450 metal Starbucks gift cards that went on sale yesterday.
Too late if you didn’t. They sold out in seconds. Only 5000 were available and now they’re on EBAY for anywhere from $850-$1000. Racked.com has one seller advertising it for a starting bid of $5000 ..
Here’s what you get for the $450 card
-$400 dollars worth of coffee. (The other $50 is an additional fee.)
--A free drink on your birthday.
--Free refills on brewed coffee and tea.
--A free drink with every 12 purchases
I thought you when you bought a Starbucks card and the person registered it you got those anyway..
$450!!! Did you hear that McDonalds is now selling coffee for a buck a cup no matter what the size?
Just how long would a $400 Starbucks gift card last you?
Any other gimmicky holiday gifts you’ve heard about?
We need to know what else NOT to buy!!!! http://www.facebook.com/SamVanZandtKBAY
If anyone knows how to break into your home..it’s a burglar.. So true!!!..
So here you go….a survey of burglars …on how they operate and what scares them off..
#1.) A burglar is most likely to enter through an open door or window. About two-thirds of burglars break in through a door or window that's unlocked.
#2.) A guard dog is the number one deterrent.69% of burglars said they are most likely to avoid a house it there's a dog. Burglars are more scared of dogs than of alarm systems . . . or even of YOU being inside the house.
#3.) Leaving the lights and TV on doesn't fool them. If you think that leaving the lights and TV on will make them think someone's home and keep them from breaking in . . . it won't. They know that trick.
#4.) They use Facebook. The majority of burglars said they scout Facebook to see when people are on vacation.
#5.) Parties are one of their favorite ways to rob a house. Burglars say one of the easiest ways to steal stuff is to go to a party and pretend they're a guest.
Don’t know if you heard out story at 8:20….about the woman who bought her son an iPad online for Christmas, but Best Buy messed up the order and sent 5 iPads instead of one. The family tried to do the right thing and contacted the company to return them..but when Best Buy wrote back, they thanked them for being honest and said, quote “keep the additional iPads and give them to people in need, …friends, family, a local school or charity.”
We never got the final chapter. I don’t know what the family did , if they kept them , sold them or gave them away…but its sure a nice feel good holiday story…and lets face it we don’t get enough of those!!!
Gotta ask though…what would you have done. I probably would have called Best Buy, but part of me would want to put them in my book room….hold them for a month or so to see if Best Buy contacted me…and if they didn’t I’d give them as gifts. Although I would be honest in the giving ..and say Best Buy made a mistake. SO Im not totally bad..LOL!!
Speaking of gifts..hope we’ll see you tomorrow for our annual toys for tots drive at Christmas in the Park..downtown San Jose. We call it stuff the bus…because that’s just what we do….and usually 2 buses before the day is out. Sam and I will be out there from 10-2…we’d love to see you..and your toys!! BTW..if youre still trying to get a KBAY Holiday CD…we will have them with us!!!. http://www.facebook.com/SamVanZandtKBAY
I am such a softy for stories like this…and I’m sure you are too..
Tis the season to be giving…
Andre Johnson is the wide receiver for the Houston Texans. Sam tells me he’s a great player. I had never heard of him although I see he has a 7 year, 62 million dollar contract so he must be good!!
I know he’s got a great heart. Tuesday he held his annual holiday shopping spree for 12 at risk kids. They’re selected by Child Protective Services…and he gives them 80 seconds (80 is his jersey) in Toys R Us to put as many toys as they can in their cart. The bill came to $19,521 or about $1600 worth of toys for each kid.
Each child was also guaranteed a video game system of their choice and two games.
SO it adds up to $1626 worth of toys for each kid. And I know no child needs that many toys and perhaps these kids don’t need a video game system but that’s not the point. Can you imagine each child getting 80 seconds to fill their cart? And Andre picks up the tab. How special they must feel? And how fun!!!!!
And even though that’s pennies to Andre..but how he must feel to see the joy on these kids faces..
Are you like me..in holiday overdrive?
Sam and I were saying this morning it’s like we’re punch drunk…
And he doesn’t even drink!!
Last night I was with my Morgan Hill girlfriends. I use the term Morgan Hill loosely as half of us no longer live there but we’re at a nice restaurant-Ladera—enjoying a nice glass of wine and yes just one. So the waiter pours some wine into my glass and then leaves a small carafe next to it with the remaining wine. I’m busy talking and taking a sip and my friend Sharon looks at me and asks “Lissa what are you doing?” I was sipping my wine from the carafe!!!! OMG.!!! And then I started laughing so hard I couldn’t even order my meal. The waiter had to come back to me.
Saw this today…and it does make perfect sense.
The key to holiday happiness?
Don’t buy so many gifts.
Place a limit on the number of people you’re giving to and the amount you’re spending on them and both your psyche and savings will benefit.
They say people who had more family and religious experiences at Christmas had greater happiness, while those who spent more money buying gifts and even those who received more gifts were stressed and less happy.
That’s it..I’m returning everything…LOL!! Not the case but indeed worth thinking about…
I’m almost done with my Christmas shopping. Sam hasn’t even started.
What about you? And what are you hoping finds its way under the tree this yea for you? menorah? TheStir.com has come up with six things SHE really wants for Christmas.
And you know..they’re not that bad…. 1. Something That Makes Us Feel Incredibly Beautiful. Jewelry, lingerie or anything pretty will probably fit the bill --just makes sure it screams: "I love looking at you." 2. Something That Makes Us Feel Incredibly Smart. This could be a subscription to the New York Times or a month of gourmet cooking classes, but should convey that you value her intellect. 3. Something That Makes Us Feel Incredibly Funny. Even the most sophisticated lady loves a silly tee-shirt or iconic wall-hanging and everyone adores making people laugh! 4. Something That Makes Us Feel Like We're an Incredibly Good Mom. A charm bracelet with the littles' faces or family portrait will have her beaming with pride. 5. Something That Makes Us Feel Like We Deserve a Break. It doesn't have to be a month at a tropical location, but a week of specially-prepared meals or spa day should do the trick.