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    Friday, December 16, 2005

    Finally Over!! Bring on the Cuervo!

    The kids holiday gift shop is done! Holla!

    Tuesday Set up = 3 hours

    Wednesday Shop time = 7 hours

    Thursday Shop Time = 6.5 hours

    Friday Shop Time + paperwork + inventory + banking = 10 hours

    300 happy kids with holiday gifts for their families (and the fact that I didn't kill anyone)= Priceless

    This is the 5th year that I have co-ordinated this. I get better every year at making things run smoothly. I'm getting it down to a science now. We (I say we, but really it's only me working under the guise of the PTA) do this as a service to the students, not to make money. I have to mark the items up to cover theft and miscalculations and I figure that if we break even I'm doing great. Well, I'm happy to report that we made a profit of $500 dollars this year because of bonuses and low theft rates! Can I get a whoop whoop?

    You can't imagine how your brain turns to crap after the second student comes through with $3 and needs to buy 8 presents. Mom may get a pencil and dad might get a matchbox car but
    it can be done!

    Dealing with the ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) kids presents it's own challenges. If little Bi'Aire (I swear to God this is an actual name. WTF are parents thinking when they name these kids? No wonder he's in kindergarten for the second time, he couldn't spell his name. Neither can I, I had to look it up) didn't get his meds that day, put on your helmet and stay low. You have to reel them back in by peeling them off the ceiling every 30 seconds to keep them on task. Since more than 50% of them are ADHD, I got good at herding them through like cattle. I give today's teachers all the props in the world.

    A blogger friend sent me my first birthday wishes. He actually took the time to try to figure out when it was. He was so close (he thought it was today). He made my day by sending me 37 spanks (gentle like I like them) and
    sent me an audio file. Thanks Barman! You made my day and even my weekend.

    This looks exactly like my cat.


    Lara said...

    You're an angel for doing the kid's gift shop. You're a saint for doing it more than one year! For that, you deserve to GIVE the spankings for your birthday.

    *bends over*

    Happy Birthday, whenever it is!

    Big Pissy said...

    Wow! I got tired just reading about all you did. Such dedication! You do know that you'll be expected to do this every freakin' year until your youngest child is finished at that school, right??? :)
    You're such a good mom!!! :)

    I'm not really a cat person, but that is a really cute cat!

    P.S. Thanks for "props" to teachers; my oldest daughter teaches first grade and the stories she tells and the crap she puts up with..... good thing she didn't inherit the "bitch" gene from me! :)

    Are you gonna tell us when your b'day is? :)

    SignGurl said...

    Lara~Thanks for thinking of me. *spanks Lara*

    BP~I only have one more year left at that school. *happy dance* I've given them 9 years of my life and next year will make it 10. Teachers rock! I would be in jail for slapping a kid if I was one.

    P.S. My birthday is Sunday, the 18th.

    barman said...

    First unbelievable all that you have to go through for the kids. Most impressive. Also, wow for knowing what you are getting into and doing it anyway, year after year. Even though it must feel good to get done with this for the year, I bet it is a good feeling inside too.

    Secondly that was awesome acknowledging the teachers like that. I am sure I do not even know the half of it but I am most impressed by what they do. It is not easy being a teacher these days.

    Happy almost birthday Jenn.

    DZER said...

    good job, darlin'!!

    and happy pre- or post-birthday, whichever it may be LOL

    Big Pissy said...

    Jenn: In case you get too busy to check your blog on your actual birthday: have a fabulous birthday weekend!!!!

    gigi said...

    Birthday?! Did I miss something?

    When is it?

    wmy said...

    $500 profit from the Secret Santa Shop????????? What are you really selling those kids?? hahahahah Just kidding...good job Jenn! And I will throw a happy birthday at ya too...Hope it hits ya on the right day! LOL

    SignGurl said...

    Barman~Thanks again!

    Dzer~Look up in the comments above you and you will see when it is, heh.

    BP~Hugs right back to you!

    Gigi~Do you and Dzer read this together or something?

    Wendy~I really sell myself to the hot dads that come in to pick up their kids. That's why I only made $500.

    Suze said...

    Jenn, you have a heart of gold and to cope with those kids a masochistic streak. LOL.

    Anonymous said...

    HUH! Your birthday, I missed it too.
    Whaaaaaaawah! Whaaaaaaaawah!

    Happy Birthday Sweetie!

    luv ya,

    gotta go in a bit, first Christmas get together with the Father in law this afternoon, cya, you guys play fun.

    Did Big Pissy say she's NOT a cat person? humpfffff

    ell said...

    have a great birthday tommorow. you deserve it for putting up with all those little "angels"!

    kellywalters said...

    I hated the gift shop.. I always spent wayyyyyy more money on the rock place that they had ...

    I dont know.. I am strange like that.. although.. I always bought an assload of those pepermint smelling pens.. and they always exploded all over my mouth.. screwy things..

    MamaKBear said...

    Woot! Woot! Congrats on a job well done! I can't even imagine...

    Just in case I forget to tell ya tomorrow, Happy Happy Birthday! Love ya bunches! :)

    Horsn said...

    Here's a "Whoop!" You deserve it.

    ... and Happy Birthday in an hour and a half!

    Anonymous said...

    Happy Birthday to you
    Happy Birthday to you
    Happy Birthday dear jenn
    Happy Birthday to you

    Have a great day..you've got mail.


    The Girl Who said...

    Found you through Barman! Happy late birthday.. Hope you took some time out to celebrate.. For what it's worth, you don't look your age at all..

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    tami said...

    That was my borthday whacks to you, dearie.