Today is Ashley’s birthday! Whoo Hoo!!
Each year I stress about what to give her. My quest is to find the perfect item that is uniquely her.
This birthday has been particularly intense. Now that we’ve been blogging together for almost a year, I’m not just buying a gift for my BFF, I’m buying a gift for my treasured business partner! I knew I really needed to up the ante and do this right.
When asked, Ashley reported she wanted a gift certificate to Target. That sounds like a cry for help, doesn’t it?
Then it hit me. This year I had a virtual cornucopia of uncommon gifts available at my very fingertips. They even have The Dose of Reality written all over them.
PINTEREST NIGHTMARE ITEMS FROM THE “OH, HONEY…NO” BOARD!!
Hello! Perfect, right? Who else but a BFF/business partner would get you something like this?! It could be Ashley’s very own Pinterest Dream Come True!
Now, I had to scratch some of them right off the list immediately. While the Elliptical Machine Desk sounds perfect, at $8,000, it’s not in my budget. It’s virtually impossible to surprise someone with at tattoo unless you have cat-like reflexes and your own tattoo machine, so I eliminated that from the list, too. Meggings would really be more of a gift for her husband than her. Ditto the Bikini Jeans.
This still left me with a long list of possibilities. After further thought, these were my top contenders for Ashley’s Pinterest Dream Come True:
When you see the options, it’s overwhelming, isn’t it? Which one of these items would make Ashley the happiest? Which one says, “I value your friendship and celebrate the day you were born”?
Once I made my selection, there was a question as to whether or not it could make it to my door on time. But, never fear! I refused to be defeated so close to a birthday gift victory! After several emails back and forth with the merchant in England, we determined that the Royal Post was up to the task. When it arrived, I wrapped it up like a pro and invited Ashley out to our favorite Starbucks for a birthday extravaganza!
Here is how it went down as Ashley discovered her Pinterest Dream Come True:
Ashley: It’s so heavy! What could it be?
Lisa: You’ll never guess in a million years.
Ashley: Is it a toaster oven?
Lisa: Not even close. Why would I buy you a toaster oven?
Ashley: I like toast.
Lisa: It’s not the gift of toast.
Ashley: OH!! It’s a box in a box! How did you keep it from moving back and forth?
Lisa: I engineered a complicated system of bent cardboard trusses.
Ashley: This is exciting!
Lisa: You have no idea.
Ashley: It’s REALLY heavy! Is it a bowling ball?
Lisa: Yes. That’s it. I bought you a bowling ball!
Lisa: No! When was the last time you went bowling?
Ashley: 1997? But if I had my own bowling ball, maybe I’d go.
Lisa: I’ll keep that in mind. This is more fun than a bowling ball.
Ashley: It’s another box in a box! And you included SAND to make it heavy???
Lisa: You bet! When I do a box in a box in a box, I don’t go half way!
Ashley: Are you making me keep the sand?
Lisa: Yes. And all of the boxes. How else am I ever going to get my garage cleaned out?
Ashley: This is so light! I bet I know what it is!
Lisa: I bet you don’t!
Ashley: It’s the Target gift card I wanted! This was such a fun way to give it!
Lisa: Do I look like kind of person who would give you a boring old gift card?
Ashley: I hope the answer to that is yes.
Lisa: It’s *way* better than a Target gift card.
Ashley: Nothing is better than a Target gift card.
Lisa: Just you wait…
Ashley was totally overcome! She took to the mini bust version of Ryan immediately and began stroking his hair while emitting little squeals of delight. The other Starbucks patrons looked a bit disconcerted, but that’s what it sounds like when a Pinterest Dream Comes True!!
This is what it looks like …
To cap off the birthday extravaganza, we went out to lunch where Ashley fussed over Ryan for the next hour and catered to his every whim.
She then went home to watch “The Notebook” and gaze into his felted eyes adoringly.
So happy, happy birthday, Ashley. You are the epitome of what a best friend should be in every possible way. I honestly don’t know how I’d get through this motherhood gig, or life in general, without you. I want you to have all of the Ryan Gosling Mini Busts of life, because you deserve every single good thing in the world. I love you!!
Oh…and don’t be worried that you’ll never have a Human Snaggle Tooth Necklace of your own. There’s always next year!!
Oh, Pinterest….yes! Just yes!