Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Smiling's my favorite!

Around Christmas-time my nickname amongst my family is "Elf". I wrap probably 75% of the gifts in our family. I'm pretty good at it (and actually kind of like doing it... shhh!), so everyone always comes to me to be their one-stop giftwrap department.

Typically my mom negotiates an extra day off for me during the holidays by threatening Bossdad that if I don't come elf* for her, he'll have to do it. Most years it works like a charm, but this year we've just been too busy and as a result I think she's a bit snowed under.

* "elf" used as a verb = the act of elfing, also known as wrapping gifts.

She just called me at work and this was our conversation:
  • The Dot: So I was just pondering tonight and was wondering what your plans were for after we left Mamaw & Papaw's house? 
  • Me: (seeing the writing on the wall)..... um, elfing at your house would be my guess?
  • The Dot: Oh good! (said so innocently) Why don't you bring your jammies? 
  • Me: Why do I need to bring pajamas to elf?
  • The Dot: Well, because I have lots of wine and I like the idea of a tipsy, captive elf that I can keep working into the wee hours of the night.
If I wasn't 28, I would consider calling CPS to report her for attempting to use alcohol to entice her offspring into a form of child slave labor. But I guess I'll let her slide this time since I'm of-age (and cookies and wine are involved).

2 comments:

Jodi McCauley said...

I'm taking note of these great parental ideas! Booze and child labor...genius

MJ said...

Haha!! Love the bribe, I'd totally jump at the chance. I love wine, wrapping and cookies :)