Monday, March 5, 2012

Post: A Successful Birthday Surprise Fail



So I bought a couch last week - a birthday gift for my wife. She's eyed this particular model for a while (even bought the cover she wanted months ago), so it was only a matter of saving up to get it. Birthdays are a good excuse to splurge for the one you love, right?

The Mission: Infiltrate the local IKEA store, acquire and purchase said couch, and bring it home without the Mrs. knowing about it. Sounds simple enough, right? And you know a cinnamon roll or two will be part of the deal. So I called up her dad (cause he has the giant car for the job) and made arrangements. The day of the operation, he calls me and asks me to help lift "something heavy."

That's when I got ready, grabbed a ski mask, and decided to leave mask at home. Probably wouldn't go well, wearing one of those in a big furniture store on a busy Saturday (blasted stereotypes ...). Anyway, we hit the road, found the couch, bought it (and cinnamon rolls), and packed it in the back. Easy. Now for the hard part.

Got it home. I check out the scene. It's nap time. The kid's door is closed. So is our room. The place is quiet. Perfect. I go outside, then lift the big box out of the SUV, only to hear, "hey, guys ... what is that? It's huge!"

Oops ...

She got her present early, and was very happy about it, I might add. And it's comfy. But I did learn a valuable lesson: closed doors doesn't mean they're asleep.

Sounds like a good tagline for a creepy novel, huh?

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Update: Now that unforeseen responsibilities are taken care of, I can finally get back to the grind unhindered. This includes a serious jump on The Dragon's Heart - a chapter, read and revised, each day this week. Hold me to it. I would like to catch up, and maybe get ahead.

I'm also attending a Publisher's Fair this Wednesday. It might be worth your time to check it out if you're in the area and not doing anything that afternoon.

I'm David, and we're going to miss you, Dale ...

 And so will your RV ...

37 comments:

  1. I bet your wife was thrilled about her gift. You're such a good hubby, David. : )
    Have fun at the Publisher's Fair!

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  2. She was probably so happy, she didn't care.
    My wife often gets the mail before I do so it's hard to slip packages past her as well.

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  3. What a great gift, I bet she didn't mind one bit!! Good luck with your goals!! :D

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  4. Aww, what a wonderful gift!!

    I'm going to miss Dale too! :(

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  5. Great story! Good luck with your goals this week.

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  6. Ah-hahaha! Very few could take an ordinary story like that and have me racing to read what happens next ;) Though I still think you should've kept the ski mask on... or at least a cape...

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  7. So of couse I have the Mission Impossible music playing in my mind as I'm reading this, woundering how this could be both successful and a fail at the same time.

    When I got to the end, before the salute to Dale, I smiled and giggled. Meaning understood. Mission accomplished, mostly :-)

    You are a darling for not just getting the couch but for the intention to make it such a wonderfully lovely surprise for your wife.

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  8. Ha! This is fabulous. I love that you worked so hard to surprise your wife. That's awesome. You definitely deserve brownie points. And she can be proud of herself for busting you - because lets face it... that's fun to do. Good moral of the story.

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  9. wow, you are a busy fellow. I tagged you on my blog with an award and some questions. (If you have time though :)

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  10. I look forward to hearing what you think of the Publisher Fair. I can't go as I'm having my last wisdom tooth out that day. Ugh.

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  11. In the fickle world of women, you played it safe.

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  12. Haha, I bet she was surprised anyway, just not in the way you wanted :) Good luck with your revising-a-chapter-a-day goal! You can do it!

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  13. That is so awesome that you got her a couch! I'm sure she didn't mind that it was early. ;)

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  14. Aww, what a sweet hubby you are.

    Thanks for the shout out!

    And I haven't read TWD graphic novel and I stay away from spoilers, so I was pretty shocked out Dale.

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  15. See, this is why I don't get people large presents. Smaller ones are easier to hide.

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  16. I could not believe they killed off Dale last night. I had to watch it twice to be sure. How fitting Darrel was the one to shoot him.

    And that was a great story of your wife's birthdy present. Why yes, that does sound like a deliciously creepy book title.

    Congrats on reaching a goal.

    .......dhole

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  17. Love this! There isn't anything better than a good couch, too--nice gift!

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  18. Great gift idea and who doesn't love a surprise? Great line for a book too!

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  19. Thanks for the shout-out! :D Happy birthday to the Mrs. :)

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  20. We'll hold you to that chapter-a-day challenge. Maybe you could have a punishment if you don't succeed?

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  21. Also how did you get your Projects In Progress bars? You can always reply or email to me at yadinrocks @ gmail .com

    Thanks :D
    -Yadin

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  22. I've yet to consider buying a couch for the Better Half, but what a cool idea. Good on ye, mate :)

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  23. good for you, right? i dont see the fail part!
    i fail for mine every year, but at least he smiles =)
    how are those closest to us the hardest to shop for? for me anyway...

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  24. What a sweet husband you are even if she saw it early.

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  25. You are so sweet! I'm sure it was still a nice surprise.

    I'm still mad that they killed off Dale. :(

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  26. Haha. Thanks so much for sharing. Its the thought that counts. :)

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  27. I'm surprised you managed to evade the Swedish meatballs! I love IKEA. You are a great guy for getting her that. :)

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  28. Ahh! I wish I had known about the Publishing Fair sooner! I could have gotten the time off work to go. Alas I can't right now. However I did nominate you for a Kreativ Blogger Award. And I love reading your blog. It is always full of surprises. Take care bro.

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  29. At least you got her something awesome. Who cares if it wasn't a total surprise. ;)

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  30. Oh...a touching Dale tribute. Ikea is an impressive store and your new couch looks great. But I hate going there for small items because the layout forces you to see the whole thing before getting to the register. What a zoo.

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  31. What a great gift! For Christmas my husband bought me plates - it was a little easier to hide! :) I'm going to have to try the cinnamon rolls next time I go to IKEA.

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  32. Great couch, my mom owns the same one! It is super comfy. I love IKEA and their cinnamon rolls!

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  33. You are braver than I am to fight your way around Ikea! Sofa looks comfy.

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  34. You really thought you were going to get a couch in the house without her noticing?

    Nice one :-)

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  35. Ahhh, new furniture! Awesome gift!! :)

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  36. such sweetness to try to pull off a surprise.

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  37. The title alone was enough to make me laugh! What an awesome gift :) Good luck with your revisions and such. I'm rooting for you!

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