Friday, February 10, 2017

Celebrate: Bearing Gifts & Giveaways


This week I'm celebrating:
1) When my husband got home from a family visit to Cairo last week, he came bearing gifts! He gave me:
2) A new set of dishes that are orange and yellow and so very cheerful! (And in the kitchen, I need all the good cheer I can get.)
3) A bunch of velvety scrunchies for my hair that I haven't been able to find in our town.
4) A NEW NOKIA PHONE!! I've had a crappy Chinese one for so long that the depleted battery makes the phone shut off every time I answer a call. I can only text (which kinda suits hermit-like me anyway), but the new one is AWESOME!

He's definitely in my good graces at the moment! <3


What's the best present you've gotten recently?


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My kind and wonderful co-hosts of Celebrate the Small Things are:
L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge
Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog

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 Celebrate the Small ThingsTo be part of this blog hop, all you have to do is visit the Celebrate page on Lexa's Blog for the rules, and then post every Friday about something you're grateful  for that week.  It can be about writing or family or school or general life.  This is the funnest and easiest blog hop ever! (Originated by VikLit)



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Free YA Sci-Fi Thriller Novel – Win Carve the Mark by New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth, about a boy and girl in a galaxy where everyone has supernatural gifts that can affect the future of worlds. Enter via rafflecopter HERE. (ends Feb 16)


Free $20 Amazon Gift Card, Chocolates, 2 Books from Amazon, and a “Glittery Surprise” – To celebrate Valentine’s Day, a large group of authors are offering a $20 Amazon card, two books of your choice from Amazon (up to $7.99 each), chocolates, and a surprise. Enter via rafflecopter and leave a comment on the Romance Novel Giveaways blog. (ends Feb15)


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42 comments:

Ann V. Friend said...

Nice gifts Lexa (smile) Bright colors in the kitchen, priceless! Enjoy your day and have a blessed weekend!

Patsy said...

What lovely gifts!

messymimi said...

Hooray for the new phone and new dishes! Every day is a gift as far as i'm concerned. That doesn't mean i would like an actual item to open, so maybe i'll get myself a treat and tell my Sweetie to wrap it and give it to me. Sometimes you just have to get creative!

Rachna Chhabria said...

Nice gifts to celebrate ( a Nokia phone and velvety scrunchies :) )

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Glad you finally got a real phone!

JeffO said...

Huh. Hair scrunchies. Now that you mention them, they seem to have gone out of style around here ('here' being my houshold). Enjoy your weekend, and all your gifts!

Cathy Kennedy said...

Lexa, what a sweet hubby you have! I always liked it when DH returned home with gifts, too. In early 2000, he worked 10+ hours from home. We only got to see him once a month and when he came home he showered me with lovely things and he always remembered to get the kids something, too. It felt like Christmas but the best present was him! Have a good weekend, my friend, and thanks for hosting CTST!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Awesome you got a new phone. My best present was getting back together with my boyfriend last May after breaking up for a few months. It was the best!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I love scrunchies although I don't wear them out in public. (I don't look good with hair pulled away from my face.)

The Cynical Sailor said...

What nice gifts! I love the idea of cheerful dishes to brighten up the kitchen. Your hubby sounds like a sweetie.

Cathrina Constantine said...

What a sweet husband!!!!!!! We all need something to cheer us up!

I'd have to think long and hard about a present he got me. Hmmm...sorry, I got nothing...

Tamara Narayan said...

Yay for new phones. My new phone isn't fancy, but I love being able to take pictures with it. Colorful dishes are fun as well. My favorite plates have cats on them.

Unknown said...

Lucky you with al of the gifts. Enjoy the phone!

Andrew Leon said...

I got this blind coffee tasting program for my birthday.
It's pretty cool and fun!

Nissa Annakindt said...

I envy the scrunchies. I once made up a batch of them for nine cats to use as cat collars. Each cat had his name on the tag. They mostly lost their scrunchies/collars within a few months but I still have one of them. Just not the cat who went with it. I need to get a couple to put on pairs of cats who look identical so I can tell them apart
Nissa
http://myantimatterlife.wordpress.com

Munir said...

Enjoy the new phone and the scrunchies. It must have been frustrating to have a phone that shuts off every time you answered it. Now you will wonder how you dealt with it.

Kate Larkindale said...

Sounds like hubby is spoiling you, and so he should!

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne said...

Yay for your very special gifts! So glad they brightened your day and your house. Hope you have a fun weekend and more good things to celebrate.

Stephen Hayes said...

The best present? A canvas Christmas tree bag for our artificial tree. The box I'd been using to store it in finally disintegrated and CJ's fiancee gave me the bag for Christmas. I didn't know such things even existed.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

How sweet! I love surprise gifts. I got a phone for Christmas. I had spilled Diet Coke on my old one and it would freeze at will and be off for whole days...also good for this hermit type, but the new one is great too.

Sean McLachlan said...

Hi Lexa! Sean McLachlan here. I'm heading to Cairo next to week to work on a novel set there, and I was wondering if you had any recommendations of places to eat and things to see (beyond the blatantly obvious). I haven't been there since 1991 so I'm way out of date. I already have a hotel just off Tahrir Square.
Thanks!

Suzanne Furness said...

What a lovely hubby to come home bearing such thoughtful gifts. Enjoy them all and your weekend.

Sue Bursztynski said...

Actually, my most recent impressive gift was an iPhone. I've been very happy with my little Nokia for years, but it wasn't a smartphone and the phone companies are no longer supporting 2G, so I told a friend I would have yo ship for a new one. And he said he had an older model iPhone I could have and I'm very pleased with it.

My other wonderful gift was a little bench top oven - after a long time of not being able to bake, a friend gave me the bench top oven she bought on an impulse and never used. Now I'm back to making cakes and cookies and bread - yay!

Loni Townsend said...

Woot woot! Those are fun gifts! A bit of cheer in the kitchen is always good. :)

Patricia Lynne said...

Aww, that was sweet of your hubby. Um, recently, mine got me cinnamon stix. LOL

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

Your good husband knows the way into his woman's heart.

Emilyann Girdner said...

Hahaha, the minion animation made my day! =-)

Yay for the exciting new things. Celebrate the Small Things is a fun blog hop.

Rhonda Albom said...

The best present I got recently was my daughter's return from her year away in Argentina.

Julia Thorley said...

What thoughtful gifts. Enjoy your weekend.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Now that is a great homecoming. I can see you smiling.
I think my best gift is one I bought for myself: and iPhone. I'm enjoying it. Learning to text even. Some day I might live in this century. :) Have a lovely weekend.

SENCO Cat Herder said...

What an awesome hubby :) I did things differently at Christmas this year and did Santa sacks for everyone including myself which meant I could give myself some gifts I know my hubby would not allow through the door normally - eg a vintage mincing machine!! However, those yellow and orange plates would be a real hit in our kitchen too so maybe I'll put those on my wish list for this Xmas?
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Lynda R Young said...

wow, a phone that actually works as it should!! How awesome!

Kelley said...

Yay! I'm glad your husband is safely home, AND you got goodies, too!!

DMS said...

Lucky you to receive so many nice treats! A new phone with a battery that works will feel so much more relaxing. Your new plates sound so pretty. :)

~Jess

Ruth Schiffmann said...

Great gifts, Lexa. I'm still enjoying some of my Christmas chocolates (and trying to polish them off before a new batch arrives for Valentine's Day.)

Spacer Guy said...

Oh this is fess up time isn't it? My girlfriend got me red boxers in slippery silk, so can't believe I'm blathering this... so embarrassing... Valentines is tomorrow, the rest you can guess. Go on laugh it up.

Shannon Lawrence said...

Congrats on the fun gifts. I haven't had a velvet scrunchie in so long, nor have I seen them for sale. But I loved them since they were gentle on my hair. It's too short now anyway.

DA Cairns said...

Those gifts sound so lovely and thoughtful...romantic even. I think brightly coloured plates are cool. I was happy for you until I read about you getting a new phone. Then I turned green. ha ha (I'm still battling on with my Galaxy 3.) A lovely, happy post. Keep spreading warmth and fuzziness.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Your hubby is obviously a dear, sweet man. My latest gift has been flowers from the market. Orchids. Stunning.

Jenny Baranick said...

The new phone is great, but now you have to actually talk to people!

LD Masterson said...

Your hubby picks great gifts. My best gift lately would be last night when my beloved spouse went out and picked up dinner so I didn't have to cook or go out.

J.H. Moncrieff said...

That's so cool about your retirement fund! Congrats. I'd love to know what inspired you to move to Egypt.

I do keep an eye on those things, but not as closely. I recently decided to open an American account rather than keep converting all my American royalties into Canadian dollars. Time will tell if it "pays off."

Best present I've received lately? A trip to Cuba for a romantic vacation. Just got back last night.

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