Mercifully, the boys returned to school today. Deep exhale! I have spent such a fun morning wrapping many of our Christmas gifts. Usually I do this while listening to holiday music, but today, I have rocked out with the Beastie Boys, Cypress Hill, Snoop, Bon Jovi and even Vanilla Ice. Nothing like it, people. If you grew up in the 80s, or even if you didn't, try listening to this stuff and just see if your mood doesn't soar. Em-i-lis' 80s (and a few later) playlist: Jump- Van Halen Insane in the Brain- Cypress Hill Lay Your Hands on Me, Bad Medicine, Livin' on a Prayer, Shot Through the Heart- all Bon Jovi Straight Up- Paula Abdul Ice, Ice Baby- Vanilla Ice Gin and Juice- Snoop Dogg Pour Some Sugar on Me- Def Leppard Groove is in the Heart- Deee-Lite Get It Together, She's Crafty, Brass Monkey, Intergalactic- all Beastie Boys Jump (For My Love)- Pointer Sisters Holiday- Green Day I Love Rock and Roll- Joan Jett ~~ Do you have a spy/detective-loving youth in your life? When my eldest is not a cowboy, he's a detective. As I found when searching for good police birthday party supplies and ideas, I have found the pre-made spy kits and cases to be equally lacking; so, once again, I have created my own. All of this is available on amazon and at Restoration Hardware (a great source for cool little gifts of the stocking-stuffer ilk) and together cost much less than one of the "sets" out there. Also, you can personalize what's included. Here is an aluminum case with two combo locks: super cool feature for any young spy. It comes with some pockets inside, but you can also get some foam to make insert-specific holding places (this is our plan): one nook for the spyglass, another for the voice scrambler, etc.