Now that my cold-induced fog has lifted and I'm trying to figure out where our holiday gifts are going to live I've realized just how stupid something is.

In an endeavor to actually get something useful from Mr. Misfit's mom, he asked for a piece of cookware to match the set we're working on building. He even sent her the right color and everything, I was so proud, but instead of ordering it from Prime and getting it for cheaper and in two days, she ordered it from somewhere that was going to take upward of three weeks for delivery. Then, when it was apparent that it wasn't going to arrive in time she went out and bought another dutch oven.

From a different set. In a different color. Much lower quality for a higher price. Fine, whatever, it's the thought that counts.

Well, the thought, apparently, is that she purchased this gift to wrap so we could unwrap it, bring it home (to another state!), leave it unopened, then bring it back to her (in another state!) to return when the originally intended dutch oven arrives. Then swap them out.

:record scratch:

AM I TAKING CRAZY PILLS? IS THAT NOT THE DUMBEST FUCKING THING YOU'VE EVER HEARD?

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Can someone make sense of that? We only see her about twice a year, there are return policies with time limits. See? This is why I shouldn't have stayed home sick because I never would have gone along with this dumb as fuck plan. Why didn't she give us the receipt to return it ourselves?

I'm not playing this game. She's either mailing us the receipt, telling us what store she got it from so we can return it for store credit, or it's going to Goodwill and we'll just buy our own damn pot.

Can someone frame this in a way that makes sense? Is that possible? I have a feeling that it's not possible.

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