Son of Scrooge

  • Days to Christmas:  3
  • Presents bought: 1
  • Cards sent: 0
  • Decorations put up: 0
  • Scrooge factor: 8 out of 10

Struggling to get into the spirit. Keep coming home to cards on the mat, opening them, most from old/close friends, most of them married with children now (such is the way when your peer group is early 30s). Pangs of guilt each time I open a card.

Anyway, my Scrooge factor dropped somewhat today as I bought a present for our mam – something I know will go down well. It was, of course, a bottle of:

My dear ma-ma has, like me, always been deeply covetous of high quality booze. It is from her, after all, that my love affair with French pastis first started.

Hendrick’s gin is the amber nectar – the truly scrumptious of the spirit world. A quite wonderful elixir guaranteed to elicit feelings of profound conviviality and inner happiness. Sure – it costs twice the price of Gordon’s – but is undoubtedly, unconscionably worth it. A sublime taste experience. And you drink it with a slice of cucumber rather than lemon. Trust me – once you’ve tried it, you won’t go back.

And do you know which shop I bought it from? Tesco. That much maligned (by me) UK supermarket chain that trades, generally speaking, on price more so than quality *shudder*. But their Finest stuff isn’t, it transpires, all bad! I had some Finest ravioli (forget the name, it was a cheesy one) which was really very good. Often those egg pasta raviolis are tasteless but I was surprised at just how good this was. As was their flat (horizontally sliced) garlic bread. Thank you, Tesco. All may not be totally forgiven but you’ve gone up in my estimation – especially as your Hendrick’s is cheaper than anywhere else at £20 a bottle. So that’s half the present bought. The remainder will likely take the form of a cheque.

And I still need to get something for our kid. Probably an Amazon voucher so he can buy what he wants. That’s what he asked for last year.

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  1. Well I’ve sent LOTS of cards but have only bought a few presents – and the reason really, truly has been lack of time! Off to hunt a turkey tomorrow and I hope that will suddenly make me remember all the things I’ve forgotten!

  2. Milo, despite our never having ‘met’ I laugh at you throwing in the odd ‘our mam’ and ‘our kid’ in there. Ce n’est pas toi!!!!
    And Tescos before Christmas, no matter WHAT you are buying is very very brave!!!
    And my Hubby, despite having Uggs, is close behind you on the Scrooge factor despite me having decorated the house endlessly and having his 4 offsping counting down the days until Christmas….so you, my dear, are just fine!!

  3. You and UV have definitely been taking scrooge lessons from one another.
    I’m a big fan of amazon vouchers, and booze, or at least I will be in a month or two.

  4. I loved the ‘our mam and ‘our kid’.
    Was talking to someone the other day and referred to one of my brothers as ‘our Ian’. ‘Who’s Irene?’ came the response.
    I’m intrigued by the gin. Will have to try a sample.

  5. I’m taking this lack of a card thing one step further…by wishing you a very Happy Christmas via this blog comment.

    It’s not so much that I’m Scrooge-like but more that I don’t have your address ! I mean I tried “Milo, London, England” last year and as you never said you got it, I have to assume the Post Office failed me again.

  6. Daphne – wish I’d sent lots of cards! Was very remiss this year.

    Birdy – jealous of hubby having mUggs – I want!

    Vic – yup, amazon vouchers and booze are good choices I reckon!

    Mike – hehe, perhaps I have! I did go to university way up north! 😛

    Mancais – the gin is pricey but worth it as a treat.

    Enrico – ah, a fellow Scrooge!

    SB – thank you for the virtual card (in the form of a blot comment) is better than nothing! 😛

    Vern – long time no speak, I thought you’d disappeared! Hope you’re having a good time in T.O. and keep in touch!

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