My little sister's birthday was this last Sunday. She's 22, and yes, she's still my "little sister". I remember being SO excited that I was going to have a little sister! When she was born, I was eight and a half (halves were important back then, don't deny it). I loved holding her, feeding her, and taking care of her. As she grew older, I loved playing with her (read: bossing her around. Remember: we used to put together synchronized swimming routines). Now that we are even older, we are even better friends. Funny how age has that effect on siblings. Happy birthday Marina Bella!
So, as I was telling M about Marina's birthday, I also explained to him how she and I celebrate our half-birthdays with each other since they are within a day of the other's birthday. Now, by "celebrate", I mean we usually just mention it and wish each other happy half-birthday. But it's been something we've done for a long time. Like I said, when you're a kid those halves mean a lot! :)
So two weeks ago, M randomly asked me where the closest Bed Bath and Beyond is. I didn't think anything of it, until he brought it up again last Saturday, mentioning that he needed to pick something up there. So I asked him, "What do you need to get?" Innocent question, right? He replied, "Oh, something," and continued flipping through the BB&B advertisment. Something, eh. Now, for those of you who don't know, M is rather open about just about everything, so the fact that he wasn't telling me what he needed to pick up at BB&B was a little strange to me. So I prodded one more time. I know, I know, I should just shut up sometimes... but I said, "So are you getting something for yourself or someone else?" Characteristically, he replied, "Yes." Ugh. Does he know how much that drives me crazy?!? The answer is yes. Yes, he does. Hmph. So at this point, I figure... whatever. If he doesn't want to tell me, that's okay. So why do you keep prodding, eclaires?!
Fast forward to that night. We had just arrived back at my house after the SLCA concert, which by the way, was fabulous! We sat on the couch talking, waiting for Katie to arrive home from her road trip to Seattle.
M: So do you want your half-birthday present now or on your half birthday?
eclaires: My half-birthday present?
M: Yeah. Do you want it now or do you want to wait until your half-birthday?
eclaires: (unable to ever actually answer a question without asking another question first) Well, do I want it? (What kind of question is that, dork?!?!)
M: Yes, I think so.
eclaires: Well, what do you think? Do I want it now or do I want it on Monday?
M: Well if you get it tonight, you'll be able to use it immediately. If you get it on Monday, you'll be able to use it on Monday.
eclaires: Okay, then I want it tonight. But can I guess what it is first?
M: (probably laughing at me) Sure.
eclaires: Can I hold it in my hands?
eclaires: (realizing that he's likely answered that question literally, so I repose...) Can it fit in my hands like this (cupping my hands) or would it be too unwieldy?
M: You can hold it in your hands, but it would be rather unwieldy.
eclaires: How do you know I want it? Have we talked about it?
M: Well, we haven't talked about it directly. But we've talked about the problem associated with it.
Then there were some questions about what that really meant and whether or not it plugged in.
eclaires: Did you get the idea for this gift from my blog?
M: I got the idea from a conversation we had, but it has to do something you posted about afterward.
eclaires: Did you get it at Bed Bath & Beyond? (knowing at this point that the answer is yes, I'm feeling really stupid for pushing M about the reason for his BB&B excursion)
eclaires: Is it a mattress foam pad or something like that?
eclaires: (arm raised high then thrust down, bending at the elbow) YES!!
So, I have now been sleeping much more comfortably with my Isotonic® Ventilated 3" Visco Elastic Mattress Pad for the last week. It's far more comfortable than I imagined. But seriously, how cool is M? I still can't believe he got me such a thoughtful gift. :) Yeah, I kinda like him.