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A Perfect Mother's Day Gift

Cards are great for our own moms, but those of us with families are under a bit more pressure to make sure our wives are taken care of on Mother’s Day. They bust their butts every day to raise our hellish offspring lovely children, and they make sure the home is taken care of while we’re at work.

So I started thinking about what would make a good Mother’s Day gift. Jewelry is always a safe bet, but that doesn’t usually scream “mom” since we all figured out moms wearing pearls and high heels while they vacuum the house was bullshit. Time to find a family dog? No, that would just mean a gift of more work. New kitchenware, pots and pans? Only if I want them lodged in my sphincter for the next week.

Time to think in more abstract terms. The Wife truly does enjoy being a mom, and the three filthy rugrats beautiful angels infesting brightening our home make her happier than just about any random piece of junk off a store shelf that I’d be able to come up with. Perhaps, then, the best thing to do would be to give her a gift to commemorate the occasion of motherhood. Something to remind her of how great it was to bring her three little monsters darlings into this world.

Ah-HA! I’ve got just the thing:

(Romantic, isn’t? Sorry, ladies. I’m taken.)

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

Thus Endeth the Holiday

It’s a UFC Christmas!
Originally uploaded by MikeOliveri.

The parents on both sides and my brother showed up today, and I’ve gotta say, we had a pretty good day. Ham and lasagna for lunch, a mix of snacks and brownies later in the day, and lots of opening presents, watching the kids play, lounging, and chatting.

Now we’re beat. Everyone’s on their way home, the kids are in bed, and the Wife and I probably won’t last much longer. We’re feeling good after a crummy start to the week, and it’s hard to ask for much more than that.

Made out pretty good, present-wise. My Complete Digital Photography book arrived yesterday, and I received Lightroom 2 last week. My folks and brother picked up Left 4 Dead for the 360 for me (which I’ll be putting through it’s paces tomorrow evening with John and Kraig), as well as The Orange Box (because I’ve been itching to try Portal).

The one I least expected was the full set of Series 1 of the Round 5 MMA UFC action figures, pictured above. I thought it would be cool to have these suckers for my office desk, but expected I’d be buying them myself. Instead the Wife spread the word and the in-laws snagged them. Nice!

Between these guys and the zombie horror slaughter-fest that is Left 4 Dead, I’ll be having a nice and violent post-Christmas. You won’t hear me complaining!

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.