I am so confused about the combination of condoms, Plan B, blood stains, and pregnancy test.
@MissMushkila My daughter is in Kindergarten, but we did the same thing for three years at her preschool and no one seemed to think it was inappropriate. Maybe the situation is different when the kids are older? My dad was an elementary school teacher, and he got lots of Starbucks cards, B&N cards, mugs, and a shocking number of ugly ornaments.
My daughter has contact with her two classroom teachers, four specialist teachers, and six rotating "extended day" staffers. We usually buy a case of nice liquor (this year it was Bailey's, with one bottle of Grey Goose for the vegan) and distribute the bottles with a bow and a brief note of thanks. It's always been a huge hit, though I do have to do some pre-gifting recon to see if anybody doesn't drink for whatever reason.
I'm skiing with my daughter, husband, and father on Thanksgiving day. My mom will stay in the lodge with my infant son (she doesn't ski) while the rest of us play in the snow. So... well, it's a fuck-ton of money. We all got new skis this year, and this is our first time out this season. We're doing Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday - I'm picking up the turkey on Friday ($65), and I've already bought the giant pot ($40) and propane burner ($40). I also have more groceries to buy for the dinner - maybe another $100? My mother is intent on making WeightWatchers pumpkin "cheesecake" (...yuck) so we'll be getting or making a real dessert, and also sweet potato casserole, stuffing with apples and sausage, buttermilk mashed potatoes, sauteed green beans, giblet gravy, fresh cranberry/orange/ginger sauce, wine, and apple cider for the kids.
@RiffRandell Google treats their employees phenomenally well. They cover 90% of health insurance premiums, offer generous vacation, unlimited sick leave, 7 weeks parental leave (more for women who give birth - 4-5 months at least), and of course the pay is quite high.
Holy crap, you guys. NINE THOUSAND SQUARE FEET?!? I can excuse 5 bedrooms, and 1.7 million dollars... but that is the size of 4 large houses PUT TOGETHER. Do you think they'll air condition the entire thing? I just... I can't. I can't even.
Were the people you were talking to parents? I would never agree to a "game" like that, because when I'm gone, I do check periodically to make sure the babysitter isn't texting me frantically. Even when my husband is staying home with the kids, I check texts. I have a nursing baby at home, and that trumps whatever bullshit hang-ups people have about not checking phones at the table. If he's hungry and screaming, I need to know so I can leave RIGHT THEN to nurse him. Yes, I leave a bottle of pumped milk if I'm going to be gone, but sometimes that isn't enough and it's not fair to leave him hungry while I'm out having fun with friends. I agree that it's not polite to check your phone constantly, or to get sucked into phone calls/emails/texts/the internet when you should be giving your attention to your friends, but... this sort of "game" just really is not my thing.
We're saving for the downpayment on a house, so I'd put it in savings toward that goal. Boring, I know, but it would get us into a better living situation more quickly.
@moosekitt SERIOUSLY I just about lost it at "I keyed in my credit card number" and "I repeat my credit card number" and "confirm my mother's maiden name." I don't know about you, but I always call my bank back using the number on the back of my card when I get fraud calls like this.
I did my One Thing yesterday. Our auto-toll pass was linked to a credit card that was stolen, so when the balance depleted and we drove across a toll bridge it pinged the (cancelled) credit card and the state mailed us a bill. Which I promptly ignored for... 8 months? while I continued to occasionally drive across the toll bridge. Not good. SO, I went in to the customer service office, paid my fines, de-activated the old pass, bought a new pass (for the new car) and affixed it to the car. I'm feeling rather pleased with myself.