A decent number of presents have now been purchased and while there is little chance of any of them being seen before they are wrapped up, I decided to have a mass wrapping session. Gift wrapping seems to be a bit of a dark art. Sometimes I seem to be able to have mastered it, other times I’m wrap as if I was missed out on opposable thumbs! I wish I could say that it was just some of the very odd shaped gifts that cause problems, but even the regular ones seem to leave behind a ball of messed up sticky tape and incorrectly cut paper. I do at least like to think that where I have options, I think carefully about what people will like, and I hope that I have hit the mark again this year. There were certainly a couple of moments of inspiration was I wondered around the shops, especially the ones that are for friends where I have more freedom to choose.
For a variety of reasons (illness, holidays and other commitments on both sides), just over 2 months from my birthday I saw some family today and recieved some welcome late birthday presents. A mix of the practical, useful and enjoyable, they show up some of what I enjoy in life. A book about Wimbledon and the queuing and Henry Blofelds recent book, both of which I’m sure will proove entertaining. A new lightweight mini tripod for my camera which will be useful when travelling and a travel mug that will keep my coffee warm for longer. Oddly this is more of an issue at work so it will probably find it’s way there.
Well in reality it’s another day, but officially I’m into the next year of my life. It’s been a working day. I’m not one for big parties and don’t really see the point in taking a day of leave just because it is my birthday. I’ve had some nice presents, some expected, some surprises, but all of them welcome and useful. I’ve seen family and friends over the weekend and into today, and there is still more family to see later in the year. All in all, it’s been a good extended birthday.