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Monday, December 04, 2006

Secret Santa

Yay! I got pictures to upload - above is the tree I decorated yesterday. Luckily, it was still standing when I got home from work today (yay Gracie!).

A week or so ago, I was debating whether or not to approach my boss about maybe doing a gift exchange at work. I decided not to, because I knew that if I brought it up, it would end up being my sole responsibility, and I already have a ton of work piled up to do. Well...last Friday, after our department tree trimming party, I got an email from a couple of other co-workers asking if I thought people would be interested in a secret santa exchange. I said I thought so, and let it go...hoping that one of them would then send an e-mail out about it or something...

Well, about a half an hour later, one of the co-workers approached me and asked if I'd send the email out about it, because no one else wanted to. And since I am way to nice (doormat alert!!), I grudgingly agreed to do it. And not surprisingly, it has become my little project. Since the big boss was out sick today (which means she works from home and sends 400 more e-mails than usual), I spent way too much time convincing her that we should exchange gifts on this Friday (as she had suggested last week) and not next week (as she suggested via e-mail today) because 2 of the participants are on vacation starting next Monday. Honestly, this kind of thing should not be so difficult! Her suggestion to do the exchange came today AFTER all of the participants had picked names, so if we'd decided to do the exchange next week, at least 2 people would be out of the game.

And also, since I ended up spearheading this whole thing, I let everyone pick their names, and then chose for all the absentees who were participating, as well as for myself. So naturally, after picking names for all the absentees, I picked my own name for myself. So even if I put myself back in and re-chose for the others, I would have ended up e-mailing someone to tell them that they had to send me a gift (in secret). I ended up explaining that to Christyn, and she put the co-worker she had chosen back in the bag and took me so I wouldn't have to tell someone to buy me stuff...But, now I know who's buying for me. (Actually, I'm pretty sure Christyn will do a fine job getting something for me, since we hang out pretty often - I just hope people don't think it was fixed, since we always go to lunch together!) So...do I somehow draw difficulty to myself?

10 comments:

Dagny said...

"Draw difficulty." teehee

So many levels of meaning there. Sorry but that's the geeky teacher in me coming out.

Cool thing is that the person buying your gift truly knows you. (Well, that's what I assume at least.) That means that you probably will not have to grimace and say, "Oh thank you. Just what I wanted."

Gloria said...

Love the Christmas tree! I keep meaning to get one, but I am so so so lazy. Maybe next year.

Fluffycat said...

that sucks that you end up having to organize this stuff at work. take my advice, volunteer ror nothing.

i do think it would have been funny to ride with giving yourself a gift. and make a big show of it. "for ME? you shouldn't have." ha ha.

Tami said...

Dagny - much like my grammar usage, I am multi-faceted...hehe..

Gloria - this is a fake tree that I got for free from my father (a cast off)...if I had to go to a lot and pick out a tree I'm not sure it would happen. I am also quite lazy! But I do like having a tree.

Fluffycat - Don't think I didn't have that idea too! And I really tried not to volunteer for this...but then it came down to me or no one...I'm such a sucker!

Christyn said...

I'm sorry I asked. =( Others asked me to ask you...so I did. (sigh) Didn't realize it would be such a hassle.

Don't worry, you'll get a cool gift...just have to find time to figure out what to get, and when to get it.

Tami said...

No worries Christyn. I could have refused you know. And I don't have to worry about getting a cool gift. I trust you!

Nikeroo said...

I was amazed to see just how into this whole Christmas thing you are already!! It's only the start of December!! I haven't even THOUGHT opf Christmas presents or parties yet! You are certainly an inspriration.

Orelinde_03 said...

The tree looks BEAUTIFUL! Can I hire you to come to NY and decorate mine? This year I'm using a fiber optic one, and it seems Pooka, my tuxedo cat is mesmerized by it this year (it's his & his sister's 3rd Christmas.)

Secret Santa can be a HUGE pain in the butt. We're doing it here in the office as well. We had done it last year, for my department and it had gone rather well. This year it too has fallen in to my lap, and now we're having a bit of a snack-attack when we all open the gifts. My department is holding it on 12/20/06.

Dad said...

Tami - I am glad to see that someone else has opted for a fiber-optic tree. I set ours up this morning - it took 5 minutes! Yes...I know you are horrified...another fiber-optic Christmas! I am glad you are enjoying our old tree.

Adolfo said...

That's the skinniest tree I've ever seen. Maybe you can tie two together to make one normal sized tree next year. Thank you for giving me an outlet for my sarcasm via your blog.

Pancho aka Adolfo