Here's the story: I'm working on something for someone who likes those and requested that thing and I don't want that person to know I'm actually making it, especially because it might not get finished in time for this particular holiday. Because that person may or may not be a blog reader, I'll have to be cagey. So, I have some photos.
I may be using this.
Or even this.
On the successful news front, I went to a ca-razy gift exchange last night. If you've never been to one, let me tell you the rules.
- Bring something within the price limit. Wrap it so no one can tell what it is and put it in the pile.
- Eat and laugh a lot.
- Everyone is assigned a number. Duplicate numbers are then place in a bowl and drawn out randomly.
- When your number is called, you have (usually) two choices: you may unwrap a gift or you may choose to take a gift someone else already chose. This is called "stealing." There are other names for it, but I'd prefer not to use them here.
- A gift may be stolen twice, but the third owner gets to keep her gift. Dirty looks and tears make no difference.
- If your gift is stolen, you have the same two choices again: unwrap a new gift or take someone else's.
- You may not steal back something you already had.
Tips to Have More Fun
- Bring something you wouldn't mind taking home with you.
- Do not, by all means, fall in love with the item you have. Nothing is permanent in this game and if you play with me, no quarter will be given. Bwa-ha-ha.
- When it's your turn, skulk around the room. With menacing laughter, handle each item, lingering especially long if the player seems attached to it. Then snatch the thing you want and leave early.
This is what I brought. (Minus the fingers.) It got stolen. Yay!