More often than I deserve, I’m caught off guard by the thoughtfulness of others.  I’ve always wished that I had that quality, but I’m too uptight to emulate the people that I admire.  The people that I’m talking about are the people who casually notice something that reminds them of somebody, then purchase it on the spot for no occasion whatsoever.  How breezy!  How fun!  Here’s what happens to me when I notice those very same things:

Oh!  Look at this set of knives!  Oh, there’s nothing better than beautiful, sharp knives for people who enjoy being in the kitchen.  I should get these for Mandy.  She’d love them.  And what a deal!  I mean, it’s a deal compared to what the original price was.  Still a chunk of change, but reasonable.  I wonder if she’d appreciate that they’re magnetic.  I don’t know.  Maybe she likes her knives.  If someone got me these knives, I’d be thrilled.  Let’s see, it’s August and her birthday is in December.  Should I hold on to them?  No, ’cause by December she’ll have tipped me off to a more desirable gift, not knowing that I’ve already got the knives, and I’ll want to get her what she really thinks she needs.  I mean, I guess I could just give them to her now.  Hmmm…

*Hemming and hawing…*

*texting Mandy* Do you need knives?

Mandy: No.

I give up.

For those of you who don’t hem and haw, I’d love to hear how you simplify the thought process and don’t over-think the end result!

Anyhow, all this is to say that on Tuesday, my client, Jesselyn of Eat Cake (yum!), handed me a bag with a shirt inside.  She said that when she and her husband saw it, it made them think of me.

(Pardon the cheesy selfie.  I had to take the pic at work being as my husband is working so dang much right now, he was long out the door before I could ask him to snap one for me!)



Ummm, yeah it is!

How perfect!

Now let’s all eat her cake.


  1. August 16, 2013

    It’s Perfect!!!! I love it.

  2. August 16, 2013
    Momma Armstrong

    LOL @ “no”

    I’m always looking for hoots … I’ve come to like them so much that I’m tempted to steal the theme … especially when you can find plenty of phone covers with hoots and no lambies.


  3. August 16, 2013

    Could you be any more gorgeous? Love ya Sue!

    And Awesome shirt…great pick Jesselyn! 🙂

  4. August 16, 2013

    Donna, exactly what are hoots?

    love the shirt!

    Suzy, i think that some people have gifting as a love language, just as others have different love languages. i bet you’re great at making those around you feel loved and appreciated which is also a gift

    most of the time, those gifts are little not horrifically expensive things that just catch your eye–i got my boss (the person i call ‘Rules Girl’ ) that said, “Obey all the rules, miss all the fun” it made me think of her and how much she’s lightened up over the past year. i slipped it in her mailbox at work and, after laughing long and hard, she told me how much she loved it (and no one even had to tell her where it came from!)

    honestly, i see stuff and, if it’s not too expensive, i’ll grab it up and either save it for a Christmas/birthday present or just send it along. i love seeing people’s faces when they open a present from me and it gives me real joy when their eyes light up and they know that i thought enough of them to get them some silly little thing–so, as you already know, it’s a really fun thing to be on the giving end of things.

    but remember, it doesn’t work without appreciative giftees like yourself whose faces light up when given “something that made me think of you” from some loving friend or a goofy co-worker

    • August 16, 2013

      Hoots are owls, which Mandy is really into right now. 🙂

    • That’s good insight. Though I’m better at gifting for occasions, spontaneous gifting makes me feel such anxiety. Perhaps I’m better at making people feel loved in others ways, like you said.

      • August 17, 2013

        from everything i’ve seen and heard about you, you DEFINITELY are gifted in making people feel loved in other ways!

  5. August 16, 2013

    That’s awesome. And I also had to laugh at “No.”

  6. August 17, 2013

    love the shirt!

  7. August 19, 2013
    Aunt Manny

    Oops, my bad, Sue. I’m such a simple girl and rarely in need of anything. I appreciate you thinkin’ of me though. 🙂

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