August 19th, 2008
So among my other stellar personality characteristics, two stand out: impatience and laziness.
And when I found myself facing my mother-in-law’s birthday yet again without a present or card in sight (don’t EVEN get me started on my husband’s lack of preparation), I panicked. Because last year, we didn’t get her anything and boy, did we hear about it.
So imagine this: It’s 9AM on a Saturday and in two hours, we’re due to take my mother-in-law out for lunch. AND no present. Again.
THANK GOD I happened upon this at my nearby Long’s Drugs:
Well, all right. Let me back up. I knew about the HP Photo Creations kiosk before
I just stumbled in there one Saturday morning. In fact, the week before said birthday lunch, I saved my favorite photos to a CD, took them into my Long’s, inserted my CD into the HP computer and went to town creating photo books up the wazoo. For myself. Not for my mother-in-law. Actually, I didn’t think of her at all. Meaning, I should probably add “selfish” to my personality cons list. But here’s where the impatient part comes in: I hate hate hate waiting for things to be done. I don’t like sending my photos into a website, having to wait days, maybe a week for it to get back, and yada de yada. SO, I thought I could cut out the middle man, lay out my photos myself and get them back in ONE HOUR! Nothing better than the whole one hour deal for the impatient among us.
Of course, I waited a week to pick up my photo books (see laziness defect above), but when I did, a light bulb went off: possible present! My photo creation could save the day!
And it did.
So in the nick of time, I packaged up my favorite pink photo book, stuck a card in it, and gave it to my mother-in-law for her birthday. I’m also quite sure she thought it took me days to select the photos, lay them out, cover the book in nice pink canvas, and wrap the whole thing in a lotta love.
But it didn’t.
Because I’m lazy. And impatient.
I’m thinking HP Photo Creations might save the day for you loafs out there too.
Here’s the book I passed off as a thoughtful gift:
Fourteen pages of what-looked-like-I-actually-thought-about-in-advance goodness. The HP kiosk let me choose the cover, the page design, the layout, the photo orientation, the format (matte, glossy, sepia, color, etc.) and everything. Plus? It cost me about 20-ish bucks. But looking good in front of my mother-in-law? Priceless.
Here’s what the book would look like if I took better pictures:
I also got other stuff, like another photo book that I’ll probably pass off as a present someday, and several photos for framing. One of these years.
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