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Posts Tagged ‘Christmas presents’

Last Year’s Christmas Gift

Posted by terrepruitt on January 8, 2016

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia in the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex classes, YMCA, Zumba, PiYo, Nia Technique, SJ City Fit, SJCityFitLast year (2015) my Christmas present was an event.  I asked for tickets to Cavalia.  Do you know what that is?  It is a horse show that travels around.  Not a horse show that is just a display of horses like a dog show or a car show, but more like Cirque Du Soleil.  It is a traveling entertainment type of deal.  The first time we saw it, in 2004,  we had to drive to Berkeley, which is kinda far.  It was fantastic.  There were huge horses that seem to run at their top speeds under a big top!  It was amazing.  Then in 2012, it came to our city.  I saw the tent at least once a week, but we didn’t go to that one.  This year it was in San Francisco, which is even further, but I still wanted to go.  So, I asked for it as my Christmas gift.

When we went to purchase the tickets the shows were only through the end of December, so I picked a date and my hubby bought tickets. Then I was thinking about picking a date for Christmas with my girlfriends and I realized that I had my hubby buy tickets for the weekend that I had “all-weekend” training.  Ugh.  I was so upset with myself!  I went online to pick other dates and they had just added new dates, they were staying into January.  Nice.  So much better than trying to get in before the Holidays!  So when my hubs went to get the new tickets even better seats were open.  So yay!  It worked out so much better.  Better seats and a better date, yay!

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia in the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex classes, YMCA, Zumba, PiYo, Nia Technique, SJ City FitSo we went to the show and it was fun.  Before the show there was a quiz.  We learned some stuff.  There are currently 65 horses in the Cavalia stables.  There are 12 stallions.  There are no mares, all the horses are males.

There was a lot of “people entertainment”, as in entertainment by people.  I don’t remember there being so much the first time we went, but it could just be my memory, because it really seems like the time they weren’t on stage they were changing costumes.  But, even though, I would rather see more horse entertainment, the people entertainment was VERY good, amazing even.

The seats were not really cramped which was nice.  The people we were seated with were very nice which always makes a show more enjoyable.

The venue was very strict about cell phone use.  If the ushers saw someone using a cell phone they rushed over to make them turn it off.  There was no cell phone use during the show.

We bought a few souvenirs.  Two magnets and an ornament.  It’s blue!

I very much enjoyed the show and appreciated my Christmas gift.  I enjoyed spending time with my hubby.  I do not feel, though, as if the show was as thrilling as the one we originally attended.  I am not sure if it is just because they no longer have the big Percheron, Mimi.  It just seems as if the thrill of power and speed was not significantly represented.  There was a lot of great dancing and synchronization movement going on, but not power and speed.  I was just a tiny bit disappointed.  Not complaining, just sharing.

It was an amazing show.  The horses are beautiful.  The people are even more beautiful.  It is really a show worth seeing.  And again, it was a fabulous gift.

Even though the season is not about receiving it is fun to share when you receive something you love.  Did you get anything you are excited about?

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Something New For Christmas This Year

Posted by terrepruitt on November 6, 2012

I love teaching Nia, but it does not earn as much as my corporate job.  I have always loved shopping for Christmas presents.  I am a catalog shopper.  My hubby and I tend to watch the same movies over and over, so while we are watching V For Vendetta for the 50th time, I will thumb through a catalog.  Plus at one time catalog shopping was not that common and very unique items could be acquired that way.  Now with the internet you can get anything from anywhere so many things are not as unique.  I don’t shop that much any longer.  My friends, family, and I are very blessed and we have enough, so I don’t buy them all the cute decorations any longer.  I try to stick to stuff that will be used, sometimes I really feel strongly about something that might not rank up there in usefulness so I succumb, but mostly we try to keep it useful.  I am not one to go out and do my shopping all at once.  To me that makes it a chore.  I like to do my shopping throughout the year.  So I just look and if I see something that I think someone will like, I get it.  For me that also helps out with the I-don’t-make-corporate-bucks because it spreads the cost out over the year.  One problem with shopping all year long is I don’t have a lot of space to put stuff because I have so much stuff.  So I end up putting it in odd places wherever it will fit.  Yes, I have forgotten about things.  Just recently I gave someone a birthday present I bought for her years ago because I forgot about it.  Found it.  Forgot about it.  Found it again . . . and you get the picture.  Which leads me to my point — yes, I have a point!  Instead of keeping a list of what I have gotten over the year I have been taking pictures.  I am finding this to be much easier to keep track.  I can just glance at the picture and remember exactly what I got for whom.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaI must not have taken very good notes in the past because I would look at the list and think, “What?  What kind of ‘funny T-shirt’ did I get him?”  Then I would have to go look at the actual shirt to know which one I got so I didn’t buy the same thing.  I mean I bought it once it would make sense that I would be attracted to it again right.  And yes, you would think I could remember what I bought, but sometimes if stuff is on sale you buy it, then months later you remember you like it but forgot you bought it.  So I am finding that this picture record keeping is working very well.

For some people I buy a few things, so I just piled it all together and took the picture and labeled that picture “So and so”.  So now I know if I am “done” with that person’s give buying or if I want to get a few more things.  Then I have all the pictures in one folder on my computer and I just pop in there to see, “Did I by her something already or not?”  So much easier than trying to decipher my list.

Also with the picture I can snap a shot of where I have hidden the item so I won’t forget that either!  Yeah, I have done that too, I know I have purchased it but I can’t remember where I stashed it.  Yeah, I should just clean out a closet and have a designated space, but . . . . for now I have adopted this new method that seems to be working just great!

Do you shop early for Christmas gifts?  Are you a Christmas Eve shopper?  Do spread out your gift buying?

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