Let's see. Last time we left off at Shanghai, for which I was roundly abused by another supposedly recovered addict. In the interim, I tried both the Easy Cheese "Crackers," which were a huge success (although I would specify 3.5 minutes in the microwave rather than 3), and the Lara-type bars, less so (dates and cashews worked nicely enough; dates, banana, walnut and a lot of desperately dumped-in coconut to try to dry things out not so much).
Bags Unlimited probably has something you could pack your "crackers" and Lara-type bars in after you made them. I like them for their CD sleeves. Cheap Ribbons has lots of, you guessed it, cheap ribbon; my sister-in-law clued me in to the possibilities of tulle for great-looking packages even if you're not a great bow-tier.
If you know me and you've had a baby recently, you know I am a huge fan of the Hug and Hold Baby as a "Sorry you have a new sibling" present. Whoops, that's "Congratulations on having a new sibling!" Most things this cute and useful (and obscure) cost way more than $20.
Terry Teachout introduced me to the NameVoyager, at which one can waste nearly as much time as at Songfacts or Shanghai (okay, not even close, but it is a timewaster). FYI: the popularity of my name peaked in the 1910s, which finally explains why both my grandmothers had the name but no one else I've ever met does.
Ergo, we only have 3 and a half months left to learn to dance like Napoleon Dynamite for Reunions.
I love illustration art. Here's a depiction of Hannibal crossing the Alps. And you can send it as an e-card. How about "I'd do anything for you, honey. Except cross the Alps with elephants. Happy Valentine's Day!"
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