Monday, January 04, 2010

Sometimes The Best Things Are Free

Growing up in Alaska, there was such a thing as "Second Christmas." This is what happened when the mail was so slow, the presents from Lower 48 relatives didn't arrive until well after Christmas.

Lemme tell you how much fun it is NOT to have to wait to open your Christmas presents!

This year however, not due to slow mail, but due to big-chain malarky, Chunky got to experience Second Birthday.

Everyone's Favorite Blog Mom ordered him this from Amazon and instructed them to ship it directly to our address:

Legos + Starwars + Genetic Geekiness inherited from his father = One Happy Chunky!

She ordered it the beginning of November--there was plenty of time for it to get to us by November 27--Chunky's birthday.

Did we get it in time for his birthday?

Ding-dong, you're wrong.

Grandma called Amazon and spoke to their representatives in Bombay and they informed her they would ship it mid-December instead.

Ok, cool. I figured that would give Chunky something nice to have when the spotlight was on Moochie 100% for his birthday on December 19. Especially considering Moochie kinda stole the show in cuteness while eating Chunky's birthday cake.


The middle of December came and went.

Grandma finally got pissed with all the excuses Amazon kept giving her for why it hadn't shipped and cancelled the order with Amazon and got her money back.

She figured they'd try to look for the book closer to home.

On December 22--nearly a month after Chunky's birthday I get the following email from Grandma:

Hey guess what? Good things come to people who wait!!! We got the book!!!
The only thing is it does not have the Luke Skywalker lego man that is suppose
to come with it. But the price was GOOD!!! 0000000000000000$$$$$$$$. Daddy went to a book store in Wasilla* and told the guy there what we went through and how we just gave up and thought that we should get Chunky something different. The guy told Daddy to give him his name and # and that he would search all his warehouses to see if he could find one. I guess the guy does the book fairs/sales for the schools in south central and so he has warehouses (storage units) close to the schools. Well...While Daddy was choosing a book for Blue Face Lester the guy came out of his back room and had this book...When Daddy went to pay for it the guy said "No charge"!!!!! Love, Mom

Pretty sweet huh?

I think Wendy was on to something with her chain-store challenge. Long live the local bookstore!

Chunky LOVES the dictionary and the other little something Grandma threw into the box:


She made him a fleece-tie blanket. He wanted to go to bed a little early today so he could snuggle with it in bed! Ha ha!

Happy Second Birthday Chunky! And thanks Grandma and Grandpa!

*Home of the infamous bump-haired-crazy-baby-namin'-VP-wannabe!

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Blogger Erin said...

What a great idea..."second" birthdays. Glad it all worked out. The blanket looks very comfy too.

8:15 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Cute blanket! Chunky is lucky to have such a thoughtful Grandma!

8:46 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

What a cluster with Amazon. Great gift! I like the blanket!

10:12 PM  
Blogger Zonda said...

Nice blanket! What a great gift score too, after what they had to go through!

10:19 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Hooray for the LOCAL bookstore!

10:23 PM  
Blogger IrishgirlieKnits said...

Cute blanket. Even cuter boys!! happy new year!

11:04 PM  
Blogger janna said...

It's kind of like those people who celebrate their December birthdays in June! And a friend of mine sent me a fleece blanket she made that looks amazingly like Chunkies, except less colorful....

11:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Chunky!!! Glad that you got your present!! You look real good under that fleece blanket. Love, Grandma B

12:22 AM  
Blogger Coco, not as in Chanel :) said...

Perserverence! Good for your son and thanks be to the book store guy :) What a thoughtful person.

3:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy 2nd Birthday Chunky! Good the blanket.

Got to love the small business owner. Nice to hear that there are still businesses that go the extra mile.

Love, Aunt Susan

7:56 AM  
Blogger SiressYorkie said...

FINALLY! It's about bloody time you got that book for Chunky!! I'm glad he loves it so much. Max is still addicted to his...

8:59 AM  
Blogger knottygnome said...

woohoo! bonus gifts are always a great thing. love the blanket. i wish i had one of those.

9:13 AM  
Blogger T. Budnik said...

When I called the Old Man to wish him happy holidays, he told me the story of this book. He called it his "Christmas Miracle." Haha!


1:12 PM  
Blogger LBorealis said...

Wow! Happy Second Birthday to Chunky, indeed! Never did I imagine that Star Wars and Legos would combine to make one big book of Awesome! And that blanket looks great, too. I want a second birthday!

4:10 PM  
Blogger AnnaB said...

I love the idea of second birthdays. In a way a "second birthday" is kind of like me sending Happy New Years cards as opposed to Christmas cards... it extends the holiday season in an unexpected way. And good for the bookseller in Wasilla. Wasilla is a great town (no matter who has come from there). One summer when we were in grad school (damn... this was over 17 years ago) we decided we were sick of the Texas heat (who could blame us for that) and that we should move to Alaska. We went to Alaska and ended up staying in a cabin in Wasilla and I've got to tell you that I was very impressed with Wasilla. They had a totally cool grocery store and some of the best chinese and mexican food I have ever had. And every summer we still talk about high tailing it out of here and moving up there.

6:30 PM  
Blogger Crafty Christina said...

Wow, it was a little late but that worked out awesome! I love local book stores. They're comfy and warm and have that paper smell that I love.

7:46 PM  
Blogger weezalana said...

How awesome that the local bookstore guy gave it to him for free! I love hearing stories like this!

1:01 PM  
Anonymous sarah said...

that's exciting!

7:20 PM  
Blogger Ina said...

Heh, I remember second Christmas due to slow mail, also delayed broadcast TV (Friday Today Show on Monday, bowl games in the morning, etc). I'm glad everything worked out well!

That's one excellent blanket! Love the fringe.

11:27 AM  

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