Valentine’s Day Fail

One thing you might not know about me is that I’m not a celebrater.  I do not care about presents, and I find it hard to get giddy about birthdays or any of that jazz.  In fact, I would have been an awesome Jehovah’s Witness if I hadn’t drank so much in my youth.  So, before this friendship goes any farther, let me just get the facts out there:

  • You will never receive a Christmas card from me even though I buy them every year.
  • If you ever get a present, it will not be on time.
  • If you get a present, you will not get a card.
  • If you get a present, I probably won’t have it wrapped with the right kind of paper or even wrapped at all.

I don’t know why I’m like this, and I don’t know why I can’t pull it all together.  Truth be told, I don’t even want you to buy me a present for my birthday or any major holiday, because I know I can’t reciprocate appropriately, and your present to me just reminds me of how lousy and unworthy I am.  (Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know I need a therapist.)

It was hard marrying into my husband’s family.  His family sends cards like crazy.  Every person sends a card to every person for every holiday.  Nope– can’t just send a card from the Wilkes family.  Nope.  Each. Person. Must. Send. One.  I can’t get any help from my husband because he is just like me when it comes to cards.  Did we exchange cards today? No.  Did we exchange gifts or cards on our anniversary in August?  No.  And I don’t think we ever will, which is just great if you ask either of us.  Another thing that was hard marrying into Nacho Daddy’s family is that he used to celebrate his birthday month AND his birthday week IN ADDITION to his birthday.  Really?  The sad thing is that I just fail epically when it comes to trying to create a special moment.  Last year, I planned a surprise canoe trip for my husband’s birthday, and we almost drowned our kid.  True Story.

Regardless, every holiday, I think optimistically.  Yes, this Valentines Day was going to be the one where the stars aligned and I was going to do something nice and unexpected for my friends and mom and grandma and cousin, and all the women in Nacho Mama’s quilting world.  I was going to make this pattern from Crabapple Hill, the pincushion with needle book.

So I found out we were going to have a Snow Day, which is huge in San Antonio.  I ran to the fabric store and bought velveteen and wire ribbon and all the things I needed.  I was so proud of myself.  I have to say, it was going quite well.  I liked my herringbone stitch even (which is great news since I used a contrasting thread).But then I started my first tryst with wire ribbon.  Godawful.  Then I tried my second.  Even Worse.  And so now my cute little presents, two weeks later, still look like the picture above.  Oh, and there is just one.  So, girls, sorry you aren’t getting jack from me this Valentines Day.  Maybe next year.

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7 Responses to Valentine’s Day Fail

  1. Jessi says:

    I am the same way – I would rather just get something randomly for people than have to observe one day – although I make my husband celebrate V-day now because of a disastrous one several years ago that ended in a major meltdown and tantrum from me!

    Power to the non-acknowledgers! I am sure you provide lots of special moments 😉

  2. Jackie says:

    OMG! I am laughing so hard right now! You and I are two peas in a pod. I have piles of ‘good intention’ gifts that I’ve started and then didn’t get done in time so I moved on, hoping to get something done by the next holiday! Don’t beat yourself up about it. We all do it and those look really cute! Maybe, if you keep working on them, you’ll have them done for next year. LOL!

  3. lisa says:

    And we still love you!!! I think you get it from your mom to some degree but not sure where she got it from(the being late, never on time, and tags still on it!) oh well…we treasure you and your family no matter- what makes a great family!!!
    Love you!!!

  4. Candy says:

    Is it a family tradition to almost drown your kid on canoe trips? If I remember correctly your parents almost lost you on the Guadelupe. I think I am getting the story right. Tell Ethan to break the cycle!

  5. Lyn Baldwin says:

    Daneille, I have no clue what I am doing. I hope this is you. I saw on something your t-shirt quilt. Wonderful!!!!! I am working on one also for my granddaughter. It’s a lot of fun. I must thank you for sending the quilt pattern. I am embarassed it has been so long. I will send it back to you. I love the work you do, you are so creative. Enjoyed being with your mom in towanda last saturday. Her Poppy quilt is gorgeous. I wish I could come to SanAntonio in April but have another trip at the same time. Maybe it will work another time. Its 11:30p going to bed. lyn

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