11 June 2008


j(wh)'s birthday was monday. he and i have talked a few times about gift-giving in the abstract--meaningful gifts, rather than gifts given for form; not letting gift-giving turn into a circus of materialism and competition; how wonderful the various handmade gifts we've received are (he got a particularly wonderful gift for christmas from J&J&kiddoes). at christmas we didn't exchange gifts. instead we spent christmas eve morning together and j(wh) made me funny eggs.

so when i thought about what to do for his birthday, i decided i'd steal an idea from my friends brooke and john. so j(wh)'s gift is a day full of whatever he'd like to do. within limits (see below). and a little handmade book that explains that, which will also be used to remember the day when I fill it with photos and notes after the day of j(wh).

{on a side note, it was a sheer joy to sit and make something. it's been far too long. i think i'll keep at it. and i think i'll stick to small books for a while. i've always loved them and making them seems ever so much better than buying them. addendum: tonight i bought myself a bookmaking book at borders (love those coupons) and discovered this book is called a 'star accordion' book.}


  1. cool-hope you had a fun day, do we get to see the pics?

  2. j(wh) has to give me his wish list and a few dates he's available so i can plan our day. but i'm sure i'll blog something about it after the fact.

  3. Amy, that's sooo cool! I want to make one. Will you teach me? Girls' night out?

  4. sure, brooke. it's not hard. and it's tons of fun. last night i experimented with a triangle accordion, which is really cool, too.

  5. Amy this is such an awesome gift idea- the book and the concept.
    I think I am going to have to borrow it sometime.

    Definitely would love to see a blog about the 24 hours and 2 hours worth of distance the j(wh) chooses.

  6. First brainstorming session:

    Time: Any Saturday

    We spend the first 10 hours ruining that Temple Recommend.

    And the last 14, we're joined by one of the following:

    catBonny, pilgrimsteps, Brooke, Sarah (either), Krysia, or any of the 20-ish dancing girls we know

    at the special place I always point out when we drive by it.

    Two reservations: Is 10 hours of not supporting the leadership long enough or too long a time to ruin a Recommend?

    Will $50 last 14 hours for three of us at Chuck-E-Cheese's? I want a full pizza party, and a solid hour of ski-ball while the two of you tell me how great I'm doing.

    It's just a brainstorm. I might come up with something better.

  7. well, personally i think if we're going to invalidate my recommend, we should go for a more obvious route than "not supporting the leadership." because i'm sure i could find a way to wriggle out of that after the fact. i say let's go for affiliating with oppositional groups. don't the quakers oppose hierarchical institutions? let's find us a nice 'Friendly' activity to engage in...

    as for the $50 budget at chuck E. cheese's, that one's tougher. do woman X and i have to eat? or are we just there to cheer you on as you consume pizza? can we draw out the ski ball games by fawning all over you between every single throw? that might stretch the dollar a bit, too.

    just trying to be helpful.

  8. That is so cool...how did you make it? I might have to call you before fathers day!!