Friday free-for-all: What’s up with the weather and what I’m buying my husband this Christmas

It’s another fantastic Friday which means it’s time for my Friday free-for-all post.

The weather

The weather is finally cooperating and letting me wear boots and sweaters all day, versus that weird thing where you bundle up in the morning but are in flip-flops by afternoon. Despite my flair for the dramatic, I don’t like multiple clothing changes in a day. Since I live in Texas, I am well aware that this weather streak will not continue. Odds are we will be in shorts on Christmas. But I’m enjoying it while it’s here.

Speaking of weather, it snowed in south Texas last week. Like a couple of inches. My kids are extremely jealous of their friend who lives in Austin and got a snow day. (Yes, you read that right. A snow day. In Austin.) So maybe, just maybe, we’ll see a little white this year. The sleds are ready and so are we.

Christmas gifts for my husband

I am one of those weird people who likes buying Christmas gifts. I get a lot of pleasure thinking about what to buy for the people I love and finding things that are maybe a little different or unexpected. And yes, this means I usually don’t buy items off someone’s registry for a baby or wedding gift (Sorry. Not sorry.). Also, I really don’t like giving gift cards. Might as well put money in an envelope. BORING.

All that being said, my husband is one of the hardest people in the world for me to shop for. He is a man who knows what he likes and clearly what he doesn’t. For me, one of the dreams I have is that one day, he will open a present from me and be blown away. Like seriously can’t stop talking about what an amazing present it is. Like brags to other men about what a great gift giver I am, how I know him soooo well, etc. Mind you, this has only happened once in the 25 years of our relationship so the odds are clearly not in my favor.

Knowing that my dream likely won’t become reality, here are a few of the things I’ve bought for him this Christmas, which I suspect he’ll say are “pretty good” (his phrase to describe just about everything). Also, there’s no chance of me spoiling the surprise by posting these because although he loves me deeply, he never reads my blog.

Native long-sleeved shirt by Tumbleweed TexStyles 


Little known fact – my husband was born in Texas but moved to Oklahoma at nine months old. Regardless, he’s proud to say he’s a Texan, especially since we now call Texas our home (as for me — Sooner born, Sooner bred, and when I die I’ll be Sooner dead). Despite his frequent comments of, “Texas Forever,” I really like this shirt. It’s a great weight, too — 100% preshrunk cotton and a little on the thicker side.

Side note – Tumbleweed TexStyles was started by two high school teachers and a portion of their proceeds benefit Texas schools. Bonus!

Weber’s Greatest Hits cookbook


Jon is pretty good in the kitchen, but he’s even better on the grill. He makes a mean pork chop, juicy pork tenderloin and his grilled chicken is never dry. While I bought this cookbook to inspire him, I am personally looking forward to reaping all the yummy rewards.

SmartWool socks


I have been a fan of SmartWool socks for several years after my mom gifted me a pair. They are simply the best for keeping your feet warm and dry, without sweating. I wear them all the time in the winter. I finally convinced Jon to try them about a year ago and he’s hooked. In fact, we took a wagon ride about a week ago to see Christmas lights, and the temp that night was in the low 30s. He leaned over at one point during the ride to tell me that, while his tush was freezing, his toes were nice and warm. They are a little pricey for a pair of socks, but totally worth the investment.

Philips wake-up light with sunrise simulation clock 


Ok. I’m kind of going out on a limb with this gift, but let me explain. Jon appreciates a good gadget. Flex Seal? He tried it. Belts that let you customize the size for a perfect fit? He owns one. Drop Stop car seat gap pillow? We have them for every car. He’ll watch shows like Shark Tank and The Profit, and then suddenly a box shows up a few days later with — you guessed it — whatever new gadget he saw on the show.

I’ve learned to take his love of a good gadget in stride. I’ve also seen how many of them his parents have purchased over the years, which gives me a better understanding of where it originated.

That said, I bought this sunlight simulation clock because lately, it’s getting harder for him to get up in the morning. Blame the time change. Blame workload. Whatever it is, he just isn’t ready to get up when the alarm goes off (I mean, who is, really?). This alarm has a gentle light that slowly gets brighter as the clock inches closer to the alarm going off. It’s supposed to simulate waking up with natural sunlight, to make you more alert and ready to face the day. Plus the light works as a bedside lamp.

Will it work? Who knows. But if he starts waking up with the alarm, looking as chipper as the lady in the photo above, I’m buying one for my kids.

A girl can dream, right?

Happy shopping, my friends!