Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Hawg makes a New Year's resolution!

Well, it's time to make some New Year's resolutions, isn't it?

I, The Hawg, have a great one this year -- I pledge to get back into the old Christmas shopping habits my wife and I had in the past. Let me explain.

Just a few years ago, my wife and I were perpetually struggling with finances and shopped for Christmas presents through the year out of necessity. We figured it was just too hard to come up with a huge chunk of cash right before Christmas, so we'd spread our shopping out through the year.

That made things easy. If, for example, I saw the perfect movie for my dad in the middle of July, we'd buy it and stick it in a drawer. By the time December rolled around, then, the overwhelming majority of our Christmas shopping was done so we had the luxury of kicking back, enjoying the holiday season and let other people go through the agony of shopping right before Christmas.

We've fallen out of that habit a bit and the result was that Christmas came and went very quickly, leaving us with little time to enjoy holiday movies, goof off and look at lights and etc. Money's not as much of an issue as it used to be, so we put off a lot of shopping until the last minute.

Oh, we did get about half of our shopping done before December, but it wasn't enough to avoid crowds, rushing around right before Christmas and all of the other stuff we used to be able to avoid.

Christmas is my favorite holiday and I feel more than a bit robbed. It's time to get back on track.

Oh, and I figure on buying that kick butt guitar amp I've always wanted in 2009, too. I can't figure out if that's a New Year's resolution or a selfish desire, however.

7 comments:

The Fearless Blog said...

Nothing wrong with a little indulging...

Happy New Year!

PaulsHealthblog.com said...

Hawg, My solution for Christmas shopping is simple - I let my wife do it.

Da Old Man said...

I tried to do the early shopping, but Mrs. winds up forgetting where the stuff is stashed.

Good luck with your resolution, especially the amp one.

Matt said...

Hey, now that's a New Year's resolution worth keeping. Good one, Hawg. As a matter a fact, I think you should reward yourself with something you've always wanted. Hmm, got any ideas?

iwalk said...

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The Natural State Hawg said...

The Fearless Blog -- True, but I probably don't play well enough anymore to justify a new amp. I should have picked up that Fender Reverb I wanted or that Ampeg I could have bought when I was back in college and had time to noodle around on a guitar (I had a beautiful Fender Telecaster that I customized back then).

Oh well...

Paul -- My wife does most of our's, but I do like to have some input here and there.

I did very well shopping for her this year. Got it done early, too.

Matt -- Ah, that is one I'll keep. I might even pick up that Vox Valvetronic I've wanted for the past couple of years. Twin 12" speakers. A modeling amp that processes signals through actual tubes. A ton of settings, including the Vox High-Bright one the Beatles made famous.

Oh yeah...

iwalk -- Thanks for the trivia and the great graphic!

The Natural State Hawg said...

Da Old Man -- Letting the wife handle the shopping, huh? Seems to be a popular way to approach things.

However, I like buying gifts. Manly gifts. Power tools and that kind of thing.