Surprise Me!

by Kimberly Hickok

Like most women, I’m responsible for planning just about everything. That’s just how it is. So when my husband asked me what I wanted for my birthday last week I said, “Surprise me.”

I immediately worried that I sounded *bitchy* and then after that I worried that I was setting the poor man up for failure. To reassure myself I asked my Facebook friends what they thought.

My Facebook post:[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]”Am hoping I didn’t sound ‘bitchy’ when Mark asked what I wanted for my birthday. My reply? ‘I plan everything for everyone all the time. Surprise me!’ Am now seriously worried and hoping I didn’t shoot myself in the foot!” (You can see my post and the response it got here.)[/quote]

I loved the responses I got. They ranged from “Good luck” to “make sure you have bandages around for that foot”.

Well I have to tell you that Mark hit it out of the park and to be fair I posted that too.

[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]”Birthday update: Mark hit it out of the park! I got a gift certificate to get my car detailed, he went to and ordered the gravy boat that was missing from my grandmother’s china (AND replaced a few of the chipped plates) – wait! I’m not done yet! He then took me out on the town. Way better than I could have come up with on my own. He’s a keeper!!!”[/quote]

And that leads me to my new favorite gift idea.

Have you heard of Basically this company carries replacement china. I LOVE plates.

I inherited a set of china plates from my grandmother. The back story? When my father was stationed in Okinawa he got his mother (my grandmother) a beautiful set of plates. I have an entire set with 10 place settings – dinner plates, salad plates, bread plates, serving plates, soup bowls, dessert bowls, creamer and sugar bowl. I was missing the gravy boat and a few of the pieces were chipped.

Not any more!

Mark did great, right? The gravy boat and the replacement pieces.

Mark did great, right? The gravy boat and the replacement pieces.

So the bottom line is this – if you threaten your husband with making you happy, he just might!

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