Friday, September 21, 2007

The B'day List

That was the subject line on the e-mail.

I spend a lot of time at my computer. At work, technology is my job, so I'm almost always looking at my screen, using photoshop, setting up keynote slides, creating training handouts, and checking my 7 different e-mail accounts.

Then I get home...and use the computer a lot there, as well. Blogging. Reading blogs. Browsing web sites. Etc. Etc. Etc.

I'm not saying I ignore my family. You guys know I spend plenty of time doing the family stuff. But still, I love my computer time, as well.

And Daughter13 is no dummy! Her birthday is coming up in a couple of weeks. And she has a list of wants and needs. But she didn't just scribble it out and hand it to me or her mom. And she didn't just tell us about it over dinner.

Nope, she knew just how to put that list where I would be most certain of seeing it and dealing with it.

She e-mailed it to me. With instructions that said I could "print it out when I went shopping".

Now is that a kid who knows how to get things done, or what?!?

36 comments:

Gretchen said...

Good for dtr13! She has learned to be savvy at an early age. Took me 10+ years of marriage to understand that my husband cannot read my mind (a genetic fault, I think), and that lists are not mean. He thrives on them. And...we touch base all the time throughout the day with emails and (I'm such a biggest girl) text messaging. Turns out you can teach an old girl new tricks. Never thought I'd be staring at my phone with a crooked thumb, but I'm embracing it.

Trish said...

LOL

Smart Cookie.

liv said...

Clever girl. She has clearly learned early that men must be told what women want. Brava!

charlotta-love said...

Did the list come with links to where said item could be purchased?

Em said...

She is clever. And no, it did not come with links, but she did specify exact which store I should shop in. LOL

Above Average Joe said...

Did she send it to all 7 e-mail accounts?

MaryB said...

Clever chick! I'd watch her closely, em, especially over the next 3-4 years!

Jenster said...

That's funny!! I see something along the lines of administration in her future.

Kati said...

ROFL My soon to be 10-year-old DD is standing here at my right shoulder, grinning, and she thinks it's totally cool what your daughter did. ROFL Evidently your daughter is on the right track.

Wish list-making worked for me. Whenever I make a list for hubby (and I too am a champion gift-list-maker), he loses it. *sigh* So much for that idea.

barefoot gardener said...

Smart girl! She will definitely go far.

DirkStar said...

Ain't seen you in a spell...

Just wanted to say hi.

carli said...

She's far more organized than I am. I have simply been reminding her of the Amazon wish list and dropping hints on my blog. And hoping she is telepathic!

Happy birthday to your daughter.

tulipmom said...

Talk about a win-win situation.
She gets what she wants. And you don't have to go racking your brain and driving all over creation to find the "perfect" gift. Makes sense to me. Assuming, of course, that the gift ideas are reasonable.

Big Brother said...

Kids and technology, a natural fit. My children pretty much do the same thing when they want to be sure we get the message. ;o) Hope she gets all she wants for her b'day.

Ropinator said...

hmm, strange girl. Sending the gift list via email. but it is also funny.

thethinker said...

Haha, that's great.

So what was on the list?

whimsicalnbrainpan said...

LOL! That girl is as sharp as a tack!

Rebecca said...

Smart girl!! I LOVE that she added the stores. Hmmm....I gotta go work on my Christmas list now.
Hahahahahaha.....

Star said...

A chip off th old processor I'd say.

Shrink Wrapped Scream said...

Hope your daughter doesn't list driving lessons and a CAR at the top.. You can pass your test at 16 over here.. my eldest thinks we're the meanest guys on the planet right now! I'll be sure and buy a nice birthday cake for him next week (smile).

Why do they never tell you any of these things BEFORE you get pregnant???

SzélsőFa said...

when my husband wishes to talk to me he sometimes says he needs to get online into a chatroom.

Well, your daughter, as we'd call her, 'is not a lost man'.
And btw, did you print out the message?
Will she be surprised?
Will you buy every single item?
(I hope not) - I'd buy the most important ones, and would definitely add some little tricky and funny ones, too.

Jazz said...

That is indeed a kid who knows how to get things done!

Chelle said...

Yep....that definitely sounds like something my kids would do!! lol Actually one has done that. They are smart little cookies aren't they? LOL

Elle said...

Hey at least you can't say she's not helpful LOL.

Stepping Over the Junk said...

that is classic. Good for her!!

Melody said...

Ha ha... She's one smart cookie!!!

So, did you print out her email and go shopping??

me and the other me said...

ha! this is similar to what my jess does. she sends links to ebay stuff for me "in case i'm wondering what to get her"

Dorky Dad said...

Excellent! I'm going to tell my boy to e-mail me his gift list -- when he's old enough to spell and type and all that.

Jocelyn said...

She's an awfully clever puss, that one.

Ah, modern family life. So touching.

Hee.

Ruth Dynamite said...

She's one smart cookie!

FENICLE said...

Smart girl!!

creative-type dad said...

E-mail - That's hilarious!

I remember at 8 or 9 putting a list on my dad windshield wipers....he thought it was a parking ticket.

Foreigner by Default said...

Your daughter is clearly showing good management skills.

You have a very posh retirement home to look forward to!

CS said...

Very efficient. Now there's a girl who knows how to ask for what she wants. That assertveness should stand her in good stead.

Craig D said...

Well, at least the subject line was "The B-Day List" as opposed to "My Non-Negotiable Demands!"

Maureen said...

Hah! Now THAT's one smart kid!!!