Gift giving is not a contest. And – HONESTLY – I prefer no gifts at all since Jen and I are big into donating to others and there is very little that we ask for ourselves. If there is something that can be dropped off or picked up for us, we will let you know. Promise.
That being said, of course people bring the most wonderful gifts and it thrills me to no end and I look forward to every one (yippee!) Unlimited surprises abound on the first weekend and I thought I’d do a little over view as I look around the room:
1. Flowers and balloons – Sure, one of the flowers was addressed to ‘new lovely baby Giselle”, but they smell good and Giselle is too small to appreciate them any way. We kept the flowers in the room for a couple days then put them out on the nurses desk for all to enjoy. (Thanks LA.com and Radical and Dina)
2. Most Tasteless Gift – Whoopie cushion. Which I am planning on using on the doctor’s ASAP. (Thanks Kim)
3. Most Tasteful Gift – Homemade banana bread. My mom begged for the recipe but Kelly held strong. My family was so into the banana bread that I think we all forgot why we were sitting around this hospital room for a few minutes. (Thanks KS)
4. Gift Which Improves Service The Most – UCLA knit hat. Put that thing on at the UCLA hospital and your food comes a little quicker, the sheets get made a little tighter and the nurses become a little friendlier. (Thanks Aileen)
5. Funniest Gift Rivalry (also Most Awkward to Explain Gift) – The Melville’s provided me with supportive bedside photos of their dog Ella and Johnny Cat, who proudly watch over me with love and drool. Not to be outdone, our neighbors gave us a digital picture frame with rotating photos of us and their beautiful kids. Now we have to explain to every nurse and doctor that, “No, those are not our kids. And, no, those are not our pets.” Which is a shame, because we would all make a handsome family. (Thanks Melvilles and Carillos)
6. City of Brotherly Love Award – Philadelphia Phillie’s Road to the World Series DVD and Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Bernstein – are you saying something about me? The Phillie’s DVD will be on a constant loop if anyone visits me at home.
7. Ask And You Shall Receive Gift – PSP. Going to be a lot more convenient than setting up the PS3 at chemo treatments and a lot easier than playing Wii with an IV in my arm. (Thanks Martin Steele)
8. Greatest Gift So Far – The countless emails, offers for help, texts, phone calls, limitless love and support, unbelievable amount of communication through all of our friends and family. My mom was in town and she was absolutely stunned by the outpouring of support. Los Angeles and the film industry is supposed to be a town of cold hearted, ruthless, ego-maniacs – and you showed her that you are the kindest group of ruthless, ego-maniacs we could ever know. Thanks to all.