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<p>I'm pretty thrilled with his present so I'm posting it here.  I already know about the page numbering mess up.  I'm thinking a black Sharpie will fix the problem. </p>
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<p>My husband is somewhat notorious for just not doing anything for my birthday (when he gets surprise parties and weekend trips and lots of presents) and for Christmas he will... uhm... have difficulty following specific instructions.  (It's really important to me to get jammies on Christmas Eve.  It's A Thing.  He didn't do it our first three Christmases together despite me breaking down crying the first time he skipped it.)  He needs directions.  I'm hoping to see an improvement in the situation. :D</p>
 

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<p>Thanks for noticing me! :D </p>
 

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<p>That is awesome!  Hopefully your husband will put it to good use!</p>
 

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LOL! I knew as soon as i saw the thread title that it was you.<br><br>
DH and i both thought it was great. And after that he had to inquire as to his placement on the gift giving spectrum. <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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<p>You are my hero. My office-mate and I bow down to your awesomeness.</p>
 

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<p>This is a brilliant idea, a fabulous book, and judging from the things you wrote, you and I should seriously be best friends.</p>
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<p>I kinda think you need to start a website with this book in an easily customizable option (put in your own pictures, personalize your own suggestions) because I would seriously buy one for my hubs-he needs help!</p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>rightkindofme</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1285395/my-husband-s-christmas-present#post_16115047"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I'm pretty thrilled with his present so I'm posting it here.  I already know about the page numbering mess up.  I'm thinking a black Sharpie will fix the problem. </p>
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<p><a href="http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/invited/1367785/d80aeaa8d1811cc1879382d27af286a9" target="_blank">http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/invited/1367785/d80aeaa8d1811cc1879382d27af286a9</a></p>
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<p>My husband is somewhat notorious for just not doing anything for my birthday (when he gets surprise parties and weekend trips and lots of presents) and for Christmas he will... uhm... have difficulty following specific instructions.  (It's really important to me to get jammies on Christmas Eve.  It's A Thing.  He didn't do it our first three Christmases together despite me breaking down crying the first time he skipped it.)  He needs directions.  I'm hoping to see an improvement in the situation. :D</p>
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<p>I'm totally in the market for a best friend. <span><img alt="loveeyes.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/loveeyes.gif"> </span></p>
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<p><span>I'm not sure exactly how to make this something that is plug and play for other people.  I made it using Blurb's software.  It probably took me about 30 hours of work total because I kept getting distracted.</span></p>
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<p><span>I'm so glad other people think it is awesome too.</span> <span><img alt="joy.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/joy.gif"></span><br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>inkedmamajama</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1285395/my-husband-s-christmas-present#post_16117024"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>This is a brilliant idea, a fabulous book, and judging from the things you wrote, you and I should seriously be best friends.</p>
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<p>I kinda think you need to start a website with this book in an easily customizable option (put in your own pictures, personalize your own suggestions) because I would seriously buy one for my hubs-he needs help!</p>
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<p>i love, love the picture of you guys on the cover. i am assuming its you guys. </p>
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<p>It IS a great idea.</p>
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<p>what would be awesome is if dh made a similar kind of book too - so you can have a peak into his world. </p>
 

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<p>Not to sound immodest... but I'm already rockin' the gift giving.  He does a lot of groveling after his birthday and Christmas because I nail it every single time.  I spend a lot of time and effort trying to do stuff that is <strong>perfect</strong> for him and I mostly succeed.  The wishlist that I can't help with is getting him a studio apartment to live in part time so he doesn't have to put up with me or the kids.  Past that I think I'm meeting every other need. :)<br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>meemee</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1285395/my-husband-s-christmas-present#post_16117163"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>i love, love the picture of you guys on the cover. i am assuming its you guys. </p>
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<p>It IS a great idea.</p>
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<p>what would be awesome is if dh made a similar kind of book too - so you can have a peak into his world. </p>
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<p>but are you only focusing on the gift giving... or other activities too.</p>
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<p>so for instance he might say maybe you can take the kids to the park on saturday morning so he could have the house to himself for a couple of hours and that might reduce his need for a apt for himself. </p>
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<p>or vice versa. if he is truthful you might get a lot out of it. </p>
 

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<p>I think this is really cool.  :)  Will you follow up and tell us what he says/does??  <span><img alt="biggrinbounce.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/biggrinbounce.gif" style="width:19px;height:24px;"></span></p>
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<p>Nice work!!</p>
 

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<p>You are trying to be helpful but you are stepping on a hot button.  I bend over backwards to meet my husband's needs on an ongoing basis.  He gets time off at least once a week and often a couple of times a week.  There are days when he doesn't have to do anything with the family beyond breakfast because he gets 'burnt out'.  He gets to do exactly the kind and quantity of travel he wants to do.  He gets to do exactly the kind and quantity of socializing he wants to do whenever he wants to do it.  I ask him pretty constantly what I can do to make his life better.  And he doesn't get me a fucking birthday card.  No.  I don't need a book telling me what he needs.  But he does need one telling him how to meet mine.</p>
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<p>so for instance he might say maybe you can take the kids to the park on saturday morning so he could have the house to himself for a couple of hours and that might reduce his need for a apt for himself. </p>
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<p>or vice versa. if he is truthful you might get a lot out of it. </p>
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<p>I totally will.  My expectation is that he is going to think this is awesome.  We spend a lot of time working on 'scripts' for him to follow in social situations so this is kind of the ultimate expression of that.  :)<br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>hopefulfaith</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1285395/my-husband-s-christmas-present#post_16118774"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I think this is really cool.  :)  Will you follow up and tell us what he says/does??  <span><img alt="biggrinbounce.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/biggrinbounce.gif" style="width:19px;height:24px;"></span></p>
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<p>Nice work!!</p>
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<p>He loved it!  He squinted at first to read the text on the cover and the he burst out laughing.  He thinks it is wonderful and he is thrilled that I made it for him.  He said that if he made one for me it would be really short and include the words, "Chocolate, time off, sex."  :)</p>
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<p>I'm so thrilled that it worked out as well as I hoped.  Yay!</p>
 

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<p>No way, I totally want to be your best friend!  Pick me, pick me!  <span><img alt="love.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/love.gif"></span></p>
 
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