From time to time I try to reward The Coach's awesomeness with a gift.
He is awesome with his athletic supported-ness, and his sexy mustached-ness
It never works out. Here is an example.
The idea was to buy The Coach something for Father's Day. He bought me a cool bike for Mother's Day. We got him one too and he said that is good enough of a gift. I have been spending a butt load of money to get ready for the cruise, so I wanted to get him something. (Ok. The most expensive thing I bought was a 100.00 swimsuit, but to me that is a butt load of money.)
He wouldn't give me any hints and said not to get him anything. We do the budget Dave Ramsey style so it is pretty hard to get hold of any secret gift money. In the past I would skim money from the grocery money, but with Ty's current 4000 calorie a day intake that just isn't possible.
So I scraped up some allowance. I fibbed about some gas money. I Craig's listed some junk around the house. I cashed in our ATM rewards points and I was off.
I headed to the gun store with my dad. There were about a million guns there. Ty was in heaven. I knew The Coach needed a .20 gauge. My dad found a few .20 gauge pumps. One looked pretty good. I really wanted to get him a over/under though as I have been intrigued by those since I was a kid shooting my dad's. The shooter cracks it open after two shots and it spits the empty shells out. Awesome.
Anyway I found a used one for 200.00 dollars more than I had scraped up. (Ty offered to lend me the rest of the money. Isn't he sweet?) I decided to put the balance on our credit card we never use.
Hey. You know...if you joke in a gun store full of nervous sales people packing major heat that your husband might get a text that the credit card has been used at the gun store he might not come home fearing a PMS induced murderous rage....no one will laugh.
Back to the story:
I filled out the paperwork for a background check, and all was going swimmingly until I got to the first question. It said, "Are you going to be the sole owner of this weapon?" It was a trick. The penalty for fraudulently buying a weapon for someone else in Texas is 10,000 and ten years in jail. I know because it is on billboards all over the city.
So I passed the background check and bought the gun. My stomach was in knots. The Coach would either be majorly excited, or majorly PISSED that I had put something on the credit card we never used. I was developing ulcers while I waited to see which.
When I got home The Coach asked me to accompany him to the suit store to buy a suit he has to have for the cruise. As we got into the truck he asked me, "Can I have that red credit card for the suits." I calmly handed it over, but inside I was dying. He never uses that card!! It only has a low limit. What are the chances? I needed to smoke. I don't even smoke.
He shopped FOREVER which is a whole 'nother post. Finally he made his selections and we waited for the world's oldest and slowest sales person to ring us up. I was in agony! My newly developed ulcers were beginning to bleed. Finally he slid the card through and started wrapping up the deal.
"I am sorry. That card was declined."
The Coach started to argue with him that there was a 0 balance on the card and I interrupted him saying, "I need to talk to you." I went outside and burst into tears.
Of course I had to spill the beans and explain I had bought him an expensive gift. Of course he was not mad at me, but was very excited to get his gift. I gave it to him that night. I think he likes it.
It is tricky to buy a gun for someone who may be upset that you spent money! Again..not a funny statement to nervous gun shop sales guys!!
What is the best surprise you have ever pulled off for your spouse? Are you good at keeping a secret?