Friday, December 7, 2012

It Rhymes With 'Flot Snub'.

I need to tell explain a few things before I tell you what I've done.
Just know, that I am always cold in the winter.  Always.  Fingers are frozen, feet are cubes of ice.  Hubs likes to joke about this.  
It's important to know that can I usually always be found, every evening, in my bathtub or shower, boiling my body on a cold winter's night.  I hate being cold.
You also need to know that I really like hot water.  It's near the top of my gratitude list. 
Kay.  So.  Keep that in mind.
Our Christmas last year was kind of lame.  Younger kids got a couple toys, but my older children really just turned out with a package of underwear and a book. 
They were good sports about it, but both Jeffro and I knew it was a tad lame.  But they didn't ask for anything!  I searched and searched!  Asked for letters to Santa, and so forth!

(note: that probably contains underwear.)
Last year, I had a big desire to do a big family gift, such as a trip, or an Idon'tknowwhat.
Revelation:  I don't like toys.  There, I said it.  I kind of, sort of, mostly, pretty much hate kids toys.
I don't know if it's because I'm running a circus freak show in this house or what. . .
But we have very few toys.  I've never been one to buy big expensive toys.  But--- what we do have is ALL USED IMPROPERLY.  Toys get broken.  Lego's get left out just for stepping on.  Puzzles are apparently meant to be spread, and board games are for mixing.
This brings me back to the family gift idea.

When I was like, 8 or 9, or something (my mom would be all, "You were 9, 1 month, and 13 days".  Because she has a memory like that), we got a family gift, and it was a hot tub.  And it was rad.  And we used it a lot.

And I want one.

I had this crazy revelation like 6 or so months ago, and blurted it out at the breakfast table.

"Wouldn't it be sooo awesome if we put a hot tub in the backyard for Christmas?!?!?!"

Man it seemed like such a fantastic idea.  One of my best ev-er.

Jeffro, always the realist, was all,

"You don't just slap a hot tub down on the grass and then fill it up and go for it.  First, you have to. . ."

And then I just kind of turned off my brain and imagined myself sitting in some nice warm water.

Hubs was right.  Hubs might be always right.  That hurt to say that.

Had to have a concrete pad put in, because someone already ordered a hot tub for the family.

Hubs was out in the freezing cold dark installing an electrical conduit dealy-o to go inside the cement.

Apparently a hot tub doesn't use regular, in-the-house power. I think it might be 220. "220, 221-- whatever it takes."

Apparently a hot tub needs "its own breaker and a . . . " (it sounded like "checking the specs on the rotary girder" but I can't say what was really said).

So now, at this point, the hubs has this big electrical job, thanks to moi, and apparently the materials for that aren't cheap, either.

So pretty much at this point I'm feeling like an A hole.

To Jeffro: you are awesome. If we lived under the taliban, I would totally lift up my burka so you could see my ankles (kankles).

On a brighter, but not any less selfish note,

Late fall/early winter is a spectacular time to snag up some adorable swimsuits for $5 and $10.  I loooove the red one.

Notice I didn't try them on for you, 'cause I figured you've eaten in the last 48 hours.


Trish said...

LOL, I love it, my hubby gets angry cause I tell him "Its just a 5min job" for all I my must have ideas!!!
P.S I hate toys to.

Attempting Aloha said...

"That hurt to say that"...I've said it, too. And it does hurt. Not sure I've ever said it directly TO my hubs, though. Then his head would be all inflated, and what wife needs that around the house?

We're doing a family gift this year, too. But ours is the bouncy, jumpy kind that really doesn't pertain to me unless I'm trying to empty my bladder in front of everyone... Doh!

The kids each get one book, one DVD, one crafty thingy (ie. an origami kit for my 8-yr-old), and one toy.

Ho ho Ho-t tub. ;)

That sounded so much cooler in my head...


Joanna said...

My kids aren't getting Chrismtas presents this year. We took them to NYC instead. I'm so relieved I have Christmas shopping to do. So relieve I hear angels singing every time I see ads for Christmas. Or Santa. Have fun!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

I love the big family Christmas present idea!! (My husband too: his version of it was some kind of sub-woofer type electronic thing….that was a great Christmas.) The hot tub is an awesome idea!! My neighbors have one and they live in it….year round….jump out and run around in the snow…hop back in. You're going to love it!

Stefani said...

Oh man, hot tubs are wonderful. If we didn't live in an apartment, I would totally be putting one in. All those hidden costs come back to bite you, though.

And I'm totally with you on the hating kids toys thing. My daughter is happy with a tube of chapstick and a couple of sticks anyways.

Kimbo West said...

Dude. First date of ours is in the hot tub. Deal?

Anonymous said...

So jealous! I LOVE a super hot bath.. Like so hot my very white skin looks more lobster like when I get out of the tub! Get some hot tub toys for the boys... Don't know what that would be, I only have girls ;) - Susan

Evelyn said...

Woo hoo, that is AWESOME!! I'm really excited for you. :-) I live in the tub in the winter too. It really sucks being too cold for HALF OF YOUR LIFE, doesn't it?

Marcy said...

Please share where you got the beautiful suits!

I can see the appeal of the hot tub if your always cold and obviously it will be a more memorable gift than most.

Spencer & Lorilyn Crum said...

This is awesome!!! I'm always cold too so I get that. My husband was actually just talking about wanting one to swim with the baby in - yes we are already water training him at 6 weeks.

Cindy Baroody said...

a) you make me giggle. b) wherefor art thou did you get those bathing suits? They are totally rad.

Anonymous said...

I wish you lived next door to me.
A) I think you would be so fun to visit with on occasion and I would love spoiling your kids with treats.
B) Lest you think I'm some whakko grandma type, rest assured, I would only ply your children with treats to get hot tub privileges. You don't look at me in my suit, I won't look at you.
I have been lobbying for a big soaky thing for forever. I want my feet, knees, hips and shoulders to all be wet and warm at the same time. I don't even need jets. Just a nice big soaking tub.
A girl can dream, right?

Emily said...

Aww the memories of getting in your hot tub, getting all hot and then running outside to roll in the snow. We must have been crazy or something! SO FUN though