Ok, I thought my list would be much longer of things I needed to snatch up when I'm back home in the States. Just goes to show how we humans adapt. It is, however, not possible for the human psyche to adapt to life without Target, chocolate chips or cheap makeup.
My list really should read:
FAMILY, FRIENDS, FAJITAS & FUN
because that's what's most important. (you think I've hammered home the 'mexican food' point enough?)
Yesterday, I was on a mission to find an ornament representative of Graz for my Mom's tree. And for my sister who requested one as well. You'd think it'd be easy...nein. I even took the dang lift up to the Schloßberg to check out the tiny souvenir shop up there only to find out it's shut down at this time of year.
You give me a mission like this, and I will accomplish it. I searched Christmas markets, fancy schmancy Austrian decor stores, cheap, crapper stores, etc. Yeah, lots of pretty ornaments, but nothing that really represents Graz or Austria. Sorta shocking.
My mom's tree has an ornament for each of our colleges (5 different ones for 6 different kids..so far) We even have one that looks like our cockapoo, a big ole American flag one and Texas ones. Anyways, Graz must be represented too.
I finally came across these cute little clocktower figurines in a small handmade shop. I stood there for far too long pondering how I could make these into ornaments. Could Art use his dremmel to drill a hole in this tiny trinket? Then the shoplady and I discussed the matter and she gave me my solution. She was thinking "for the love of America, lady, you better buy something after staring at my stash for hours."
So klein. So süß. Just what I was looking for.
Some gold ribbon and some mega super glue and 4 sticky fingers later:
She only had four or I would have gotten more. I know everyone wants a clocktower on their tree.
The lucky recipients will be:
And, now I have ruined your little surprise. Hope you like it.
Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving to all the Americans! How I miss it so.