Christmas Fall Out

The shopping days before Christmas were swiftly dwindling down when I finally cornered daughter to determine what Santa could bring her this year (yeah, I said "Santa" which of course incited the 18 year old to perform a lengthy and rather dramatic eye roll).

Since I caught her in pre-date preparation mode, I had to transcribe as she hurried up and down the hall -- from her boyfriend waiting patiently in the front foyer to the bathroom where she was making last-nanosecond touches to her hair. She obliged me by quickly rambling off a slew of great ideas, then as they flew out the front door she mentioned one last item:

"Oh, and if you ever come across this certain Fall Out Boy CD, get it as it's old and hard to find..." so I scribbled down the title at the end of her now lengthy Christmas Wish List.

I doubted I would find it locally, so the next day I had a brainstorm; check eBay and see if I could find that CD. I really wanted to get it for her since we went to their concert in Minneapolis together in the summer... yeah, even though I'm old enough to be their mother, I love them too.

Lo and behold, (and Holy Crap!) I found it! But, boo... they only shipped to the US of A. So I wrote the seller and he agreed to ship to Canada. Yay! I couldn't believe it! I was going to be such a hero. Miraculously, it was in my hands just five days later. I was so excited.

Hee Hee Hee!

I started planning The Big Reveal. I wrapped it in plain green paper so I could hide it in the tree, keeping it as a final OMG! gift after all the other prezzies were opened.

Hee Hee Hee!

I was giddy for Christmas to get here! I just couldn't wait for the squeals of delight from my teenager and the inevitable "OMG!! How did you DO this! You are amazing!" that would surely come from her lips once she realized what she was holding. And I was going to reply "Because I am MAGIC!"

Oh yes I was.

So Christmas Eve arrived, and while she was out with friends at a late night party, I arranged the gifts under the tree and carefully inserted the green-wrapped CD in the upper branches. Hidden perfectly! Awesome!!!!

Hee Hee Hee!

I was just getting ready for bed when she came home from the party. Before she even hung up her coat or shook off her boots, she excitedly blurted out:

Fall Out Boy
"Oh my god.... guess what my boyfriend got me for Christmas! That Fall Out Boy CD! Isn't that AWESOME?"



My ears burned as my heart crashed.....


Crap, crap, crap!!!!!


"Oh yeah, awesome..." I quietly murmured as I pulled her CD from the branches of our tree.


Stupid boyfriend.

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Jackie said...

Awww what a bummer that must have been !

carmar76 said...

Oh crap! Well... on the bright side... you now have your very own hard-to-find Fall Out Boy cd? : )

Tooting Squared said...

Perhaps, being that it is so rare, and having wiped out supplies internationally, you could now sell it yourself on ebay ... at a profit? (No, I KNOW that's not the spirit of Christmas, but what's a girl to do?!)

Twain12 said...

that sucks :(

ACE OF BASE said...

murphys law in full swing eh:) reminds me of the time, when i spent a whole month{to look} and a 100$ {to buy} my GF a necklace which she so desperately wanted, only to find her wearing that the day i was gifting her.. :( Broke my heart into pieces.. tiny..very tiny pieces

usernamessuckfully said...

definitley should sell it on ebay and use the money for a birthday present or something

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Daisy said...

Oh, rats! The best laid plans...

Ashley said...

What a thoughtful mom AND boyfriend, she's a lucky girl :o)
It was nice seeing you, can't wait to do it again *irl* soon!

ReformingGeek said...

I hate it when that happens.

It also happens when you think you've found the perfect gift for a family member and when they open it, there is no reaction and then a simple "How nice. Thanks."

Oh well.

Enjoy your CD!

Curly Glamour Girlie said...

Oh boooo. That's just not fair - boyfriends get to be cool all the time, moms don't get that chance too often.

That happened to my DH - I opened a birthday gift from my parents, only to reveal to him that it was indeed the same thing.

Kristie said...

What a wonderful person you are! You know good deeds always come back to you. Maybe you can in turn ebay that CD and make even more money than you originally paid. But yeah, like you said...Stupid boyfriend.

Curly Glamour Girlie said...

And congrats on being a "Blog of Note"!!

Jill said...

I think you should keep it, because at some point she'll have ruined it by listening to it too much or lose it. And then, you'll have the spare copy and be a hero!

Stacey said...

That just breaks my heart! She should be glad she has a mother who cares that much about surprising her. Sell that CD and buy yourself a milkshake!

Sistertex said...

Wow....I feel your pain. This is a familiar story to me and I have lived it a couple of times. A real bummer.

However, you can sell it, perhaps make a profit! (looking for the bright side) :)

You can sell it on Amazon or on Ebay. Not really all that much trouble for something as easy to mail as a CD. Always made me feel better to make a few bucks on something when things went down the tube.

Hug.

Juicy Neace Cookieball Wonderment said...

I love your blog. I haven't laughed so much at one thing on my screen before.
I started into the 'wayback machine,' and couldn't get enough. You have a blogging talent(don't look at mine.)

The archival pictures that tell so much is a key ingredient, I have to say. Yay Professor Peabody and Sherman! I didn't even know they were Canadian.

JoJo said...

Oh man I am so sorry!!! That must've been crushing. :( Of course how was she to know that you'd gotten one, and how were you to know her boyfriend got it for her. But still.

Bruce said...

The best laid plans of Santas everywhere are layed low by the unexpected good intentions of others.

Hey, look at the bright side, put it back up on Ebay and see if you can't make a profit?!

Lady Banana said...

Grrr how annoying! But you did say you also liked them! lol

I spent today tramping around the shops returning lots of my daughters gifts, she's too fussy. We can't win with these kids!

GiselleRayne said...

Well said carmar76!

GiselleRayne said...

well said carmar76!

× Ǥσℓδεɳ Aɳgεℓ × said...

awww that's so sad :(

Maureen said...

Jackie: Yeah, it was a horrible feeling alright.

Carmar76: Well, I DID give it to her too. Now she has one she can keep sealed.... who knows, perhaps one day we'll meet the band and have them sign it?

Tooting Squared: Tempting, but I gave it to her ... you know, I have a hard time selling things; BUYING I have no problem with, but selling is hard for this OCD geek.

Twain12: Sucks Big Time!

Ace of Base: Yep. I should never have watched A Christmas Story... it was the old Red Rider Range Rifle hidden gift thing I wanted to do. Oh your story breaks my heart too! I know EXACTLY how you felt.

usernamessuckfully: I think she's going to hang on to it... who knows if one day one gets lost or ruined? Then we'll be glad she has another.

Thank you Farhana!

Yep, Daisy, you are right...

Ashley: It was great seeing you IRL again too! I wish we had more time, but here's hoping you'll be back again soon. Take care.

Reforming Geek: Right! Those reactions are killers too... ugghhh.

Curly Glamour Girlie: Yikes... yes, I know it happens, but it sucks. I guess he heard her Wish List as he was waiting for her the same time I was writing it down; darnit. And I didn't even THINK of letting him know I had bought it for her. Oh well.

Thanks Kristie: Actually he is a nice guy... ;)

Thank you Curly Glamour Girlie! It has been amazing!

Jill: You are absolutely right! So I am saving my "I am MAGIC!" for then...

Hahahaha Stacey! No, I gave it to her anyway; after all, I bought it for her. She loads up Fall Out Boy on my iPod so I can blast it upstairs whilst she is in her room downstairs blasting them too ;)

Sistertex: Ha! Well, I know it would be easy to sell, that's for sure. Even in the States, it's a hard CD to get ahold of. It's not available in Canada at all.

Aw, thank you so much Juicy Neace Cookieball Wonderment. *blushing* Welcome and glad I could make you laugh! I am looking forward to visitng all my new readers too; good thing I have this week as vacation time; I am going to need it!

Exactly Jo-Jo: It was no one's fault, that's just life. Well, MY life anyway...

Bruce: I think we need to develop some sort of Santa-Gift-Registry thingy so this doesn't happen again. ;)

Lady Banana: Yeah, I do, and it WAS tempting to just keep it! But no, it's hers. Oh I HATE returning things! Luckily only one thing needs to be returned for the proper size this year.

Giselle Rayne: Ha! Yeah... so tempting .... so tempting....

Maureen said...

Golden Angel: I will admit, silly me had tears in my eyes right after. But now we just laugh about it.

Elizabeth Chaten said...

Haha, how funny :)

Lisa @ Boondock Ramblings said...

She needs to break up with that boy. What a jerk.

How dare he steal his girlfriend's mother's thunder!

he has a future in the jail. I can tell.

SWUBIRD said...

Maureen:

Oh no! That's a Christmas nightmare. This year I (Santa) bought my 29-year old daughter one of those new Apple NanoPods. The big memory too. And while we were waiting for the magic day, I was intensely worried that her boyfriend might get her the same thing and steal my thunder. But, unlike you, we got lucky. She was thrilled. Dad was in cloud nine.

Nice story.

happy trails.

Jennifer said...

Wow, that kinda sucks. :\ I'm sorry. At least you have a copy in case she breaks it or if you just want it for yourself, ha.

Kevin said...

I think you need to tell the boyfriend that all gifts need to be pre-approved by you.

GuhKnobKwi said...

Well, if they ever break up and she decides to smash the CD he got her over his head then mom's the new saviour because she's got an extra copy thanks to you.

Terrace Crawford said...

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Congrats on being the blogs o note too! Just ran across your blog.

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Janie B said...

Isn't that the way it always happens? Sorry your surprise was ruined, but how cool for your daughter that 2 worked so hard to make her happy. I'm a new follower, by the way. Love your blog.

Regina said...

Haha:)
Happy New Year!

putdar said...

Guess what? You can give it to me!!
Hehe... I'm a big fan of Fall Out Boy too. But I don't have the album cause, as you wrote before, it's hard to find. Would be nice if you give it to me.... please? Hehe

LoveLittleRed said...

idiot boyfriend.

Maureen said...

Elizabeth: Oh sure, it's funny now! I wasn't laughing then.

Ahahahaha Lisa! Yes, he is a deliquent alright... and a thoughtful beat-me-to-the-punch kind of guy.

Oh Swu: At least yours turned out. I guess if I HAD given it to her first and then heard he had also gotten for her later, I would have felt bad too!

Jennifer: Yeah, I guess two is better than none, right?

Kevin: That is brilliant! Yes. I shall have to remember that around birthday time. Thank you.

Hahahaha GuhKnobKwi! It is far too rare to waste as a weapon, though ;)

Thank you Terrance! I downloaded the free Notepad Chaos template and changed it up a fair bit. There is no way I could figure it out by scratch! Welcome and thanks!

Janie B: Aw, thanks, and welcome too! Yeah, she was quite overwhelmed that we BOTH went to the trouble to track down copies for her!

:) Regina! Happy New Year to you too!

Thank you, Anon, for your erm, lengthy comment! ;)

Putdar: I doubt I could pry either from daughter's fists right now...

LoveLittleRed: Idiotly-thoughtful. For a teenage guy that is. Geesh. Why does she have to pick a guy who actually LISTENS? I mean, what are the chances????

jay said...

Oh no!!! Why didn't he tell you? I suppose she didn't tell him that she'd told you ... Don't you just hate that? I'm sorry. :(

I had to do the run around from father to son and back this year because they kept telling each other that they wanted something I'd already bought. The eye rolls (yes we get them too, even at 24 and 29) were worth the lack of pain on Christmas Day.

Silver said...

Oh, this is just too bad ... :(

But it is the thought that counts, right? I'm sure your daughter would have been ecstatic :)

Eric said...
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Tutus and Choo-Choos said...

I just came across your blog from blogs of note. You have a great style of writing.

Too bad your daughter's boyfriend had to ruin your great find! I hate when that happens.

Pritha said...

I hate that! I hope you let her know that you tried though... My mom always gets all my xmas presents wrong but i love that she tries every year. it lets me know that even though im not a kid anymore (25!) she still cares to get me things i want...

Southwind said...

This should be part of a comedy!:))
I really like your blog, and I am a teenager too:)).
You should tell us what did you finally get your daughter.

just an ordinary said...

I am glad I "stumbled" upon your blog - luvin' it!

Otterboyy said...

As disappointing for you as it was, you sucked it up and didn't kill her joy by being selfish. Much kudos to you for that!

caroldiane said...

oh, too bad... I think I might have left it under the tree anyway! Congrats on Blogger of Note - well deserving - I am a new fan (also from the Great White North) and truly appreciate your wonderful, insightful and funny blog!

2416966 said...

aww that sucks .... what did you do with the cd? what did your daughter say?

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

Maybe she'll break up with him, break the cd over his head and be in need of another copy. It may come in handy yet!

Alicia said...

Awww, that sucks! But it's the thought that counts right?

hurricane heroes said...

fallout boy..that sucks..

Eric said...
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Maureen said...

Jay: Oh noes! You mean the eye rolls never stop??? Gah! ;) Glad your Christmas worked out though! Happy New Year!

Silver: Yeah, daughter was thrilled! She felt bad, but I told her not to be! We laugh about it now... that's life!

Thanks Eric!

Thank you and welcome Tutus and ChooChoos! (Ha! Great name!)

Pritha: Yeah, she knows I always try to get her what she wants. We are pretty close, so I think we know each other very well. We both love to surprise each other. Well this time we sure were BOTH surprised alright!

Hi Southwind and welcome! Well, I gave her the CD, but she also got other CDs like Fall Out Boys, latest, +44, Blue October, but the big gift was a Canon Rebel camera. She loved it all!

Aw thank you just an ordinary! I am glad you stumbled here too!

Thanks Otterboyy! Yeah, It sucked, but it wil definitely be a story we will remember!

Well thank you so much Caroldiane! You are too kind; welcome!

2416966: I gave it to her anyway; afterall I did buy it for her. She loved it, although she felt bad that the surprise was ruined. Ah well, not anyone's fault!

HAhahahaha Perpetual Chocoholic! Well I hope not! That would ruin a perfectly good CD! ;)

Alicia: Yeah, obviously her boyfriend and I think alike. Wow, that is scary!

Hurricane Heroes: It sucked that the surprise was ruined... but we love FOB.

Happy New Year to you too Eric!

tale of many cities said...

found you via blog of note.. love this post.. very funny! i'm a new fan! :D
many blessings,
-Tracie

P.L. Frederick said...

Stopped by to wish you a wonderful 2010! A joyful new year to you and yours.

P.L. Frederick (Small & Big)

VE said...

Well, my blog roll starts anew tomorrow. I'd be honored if you participate again in 2010. Leave a comment and you're on the blog roll! Thanks for visiting and commenting in 2009.

Maureen said...

Tale of Many Cities: Well thank you and welcome!

PL: Hey stranger, so nice to hear from you again! Happy New Year to you and yours as well!

VE: Will be there for sure... you know that! All the best in 2010!

Mary@Holy Mackerel said...

I would put a call out to my Mafia friends and let boyfriend know how I feel...

That happened to us too, but not with a hard-to-find cd. I bought hubby the Susan Boyle CD more as an inside joke than anything, but then he got it as well from his mother, and she was serious about it.

JD at I Do Things said...

Oh, no.

Last Xmas I got my brother what I thought was THEEE perfect gift. Speakers for his iPod. After he opened the package, he told me he'd already gotten speakers. Himself. Who shops for themselves a few days before Xmas??? My brother, apparently.

Happy New Year!

keralagrl007 said...

aw man, that really sucks...but at least you can have a CD since you like them so much :)

Anonymous said...

Rotten luck with the CD... Just thought I would drop you a comment to let you know how much I like your blog!

misslenbuster said...

my mom would sympathize with you. My boyfriend received from his brother what my mother was so pleased she'd found for him. One more reason to fight for your family's Christmas celebrations to occur prior to your children's inlaws'!

Maureen said...

Oh Mary, that is TOO funny! Ha! And I'll definitely have to call in some thugs to prevent this ever happening again... good idea.

Ha JD! I know! I don't know how many times I tell family "No, you CAN'T buy that for yourself" in December... geesh. Funnily enough, I got a dock for my iPod this year too!

keralagrl007: Yeah. But I gave it to her anyway...

Aw, thank you Anon!

Yep, I never should have let her go to that Christmas Eve party, misslenbuster ;)

Mana said...

awwwwwww!! that must have broken ur heart:(:(
real rotten luck!!

Maureen said...

Mana: Yeah, I shouldn't have felt badly, but the memories of going to their concert together, just mom and daughter was so much fun, I really thought it would have been perfect getting it for her. She had just seen them here in Winnipeg, then the two of us drove to Minneapolis to see them again (and my first time). Since then, I have been hooked on all their work. I did get her their new CD too of course; she has them all... ah well.

Shunty said...

oh my God, Her boyfriend would rather had not done that.. Anyways but its good :)
Cheers.

Maureen said...

Thanks Shunty! Oh well, live and learn I guess.

Vegas Princess said...

Okay, that boy needs to learn to ALWAYS check with the mom before buying anything. Especially since he was there when the list was being made and knew what it contained for you to get. Bad boyfriend!

But at least you have your own copy now. :)

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