Thursday, January 31, 2013

A collection in progress

Confession:  I don't collect anything.  I am too much of a de-clutter freak to actually accumulate enough items for them to be considered a collection.  I have a habit of throwing stuff out a lot.  And when I say "a lot," what I really mean is all the time.

One thing, however, that I think could be considered a collection is my newly purchased charm bracelet.  I have always liked the look of the Pandora charm bracelets, but never went out and bought one for myself.  I'm far too practical to splurge on myself like that.  I had casually mentioned my desire to own a charm bracelet to my husband for a few years, but he never picked up on the hints.  So, when I mentioned it to my mother-in-law and sister-in-law, they hatched a plan.

Before I reveal the plan, let me back up a bit. 

For Christmas this year, my in-laws decided to send the entire family on a Disney cruise.  They flew all 15 of us to Florida where we boarded the Disney Dream in Port Canaveral.  It was amazing!  We had an awesome time exploring Blue Lagoon Island near Nassau (and where my little family of 4 swam with dolphins!) and Castaway Cay and eating and drinking and dancing and doing everything else one does on a cruise.  Pure bliss for 5 days.  Ahhh....

Anyway, back to my newly created collection...

One of the gift shops on the ship sold Disney cruise ship charms.  The plan (unbeknownst to me) was this:  If my mother-in-law purchased the ship charm for me for my birthday then my (clueless) husband would be forced to buy me the actual bracelet to put it on.  Genius!

Thankfully, the plan worked.  I opened the charm during my birthday celebration dinner and that weekend, I received the bracelet that I wanted.

My charm collection is small right now.  In fact, I probably can't even consider it an actual collection since I only have one charm... but just you wait.  I know that my collection will continue to grow over the years as we add charms that hold a special memory for me.


Wicked M said...

How amazing of your in-laws to give such a great gift! Plus, those Pandora bracelets are gorgeous! I can't wait to hear what charms you collect next!

MSO Rin said...

How did we not connect that we both went on cruises in December? And more importantly, when can the Wonder Women take one together?