This year, my present to me, is "Designing Knitwear" by Deborah Newton and two Clover Crochet-Lite hooks! Yay! The book is awesome, I'll have to do a review for you. I have already referenced it several times when designing sleeves. It is written for knitters, but so much of it easily translates to crochet. It is a gem. I bought it used on Amazon. The Crochet Lites I bought from Yarns and More yahoo group. They are totally fun and not at all essential, but that's what gifts are supposed to be, right? Something you want and not necessarily something you need. I'm looking forward to using the crochet-lites on my next evening car ride home from wherever.
My friends think it's hysterical that I buy myself a birthday gift, because normally, I say that it's a gift from my Mom. My mom passed away 10 years ago, and ever since, I usually buy myself something for my birthday. (Really, I don't think anyone needs a reason to buy themselves a gift. Don't we all deserve a little 'pat on the back' for surviving another year and celebrating the hope of the year ahead?). When I explained to my friends that my Mom really would want me to have item "X", they just exploded into laughter. But, it's the truth. Because my Mom loved me and delighted when I was delighted, so if I delight myself with a birthday gift, she would be delighted, right? That's my story and I'm sticking to it :)
Anyway, what matters is that life is good. despite all the heckling that I received from my dear sister-in-law (who's older than me!)
I may not post tomorrow, because I have a lot scheduled, but I'll be back on Monday, and tell you the story of the Gazillion cupcakes.