Littlesapling and Englishmum would be very happy with me. I took the day off work today and jaunted into the city centre to do all of the gift shopping in one go. Ms 73man and I have an agreement since we started seeing each other that we spend a set amount on each other on Christmas presents. This was mostly out of my poverty when we first met but now that the good times are back, we have stuck with it. I insisted, however, that this year we raise the threshold. To a whopping €30. This presents a number of challenges, the chief among these being having to use my imagination. A number of small inexpensive things seem better than one big thing worth €30 because that would be too easy (CD, DVD or some other soulless consumer item). I like this little arrangement though.
A Christmassy feeling welled up within me despite Dublin city Council’s paltry attempts to create a Christmas Market on Henry Street, Dublin. It was nice and quiet, at least until about 2pm and the shops did not feel so frantic. Quote of the shopping trip? Woman in Hodges Figgis on the phone to her friend / sister / mother: “Apparently the book doesn’t exist.”