I'm pretty sure it was on the news and on page one of many newspapers.
The economic summit occurs once a year at our house when we attempt to arrive at a Christmas budget. (You can click on the picture to see Mr. Jenny and I more clearly)
I know. Christmas isn't about shopping and buying, but still...
Here's what happens every single year at my house.
Sadly, mind you...I don't have a 'real job' or this summit would not even be necessary. By that, I mean, I don't get a paycheck. Heaven knows I do all the work around the house all the time, but since I have no access to disposable income of my own, here's what occurs the first or second week of every November.
Me: So...Christmas is like 6 weeks away.
Mr. Jenny: (not paying any attention whatsoever)Hmmm?
Me: SOOO!....CHRISTMAS IS LIKE 6 WEEKS AWAY!
Mr. Jenny: Hmmm??? That's nice...
Me: SOOOOOOO!!!! CHRISTMAS IS IN THREE DAYS!
Mr. Jenny: Hmmm? What? WHAT DID YOU SAY?
Me: Can you pay attention, please, this is important? We need to discuss my Christmas budget.
Mr. Jenny: Now? Why now? Isn't Christmas like 8 months away or something?
Me: No. Pay attention. HELLLOOOOO!!!! I just told you Christmas is 6 weeks away.
Mr. Jenny: So how much money do you need?
Me: (Internal evil laugh - and, hey, it always pays to start high!) $47,312.65. But let's just round it up to $48,000. K?
Mr. Jenny: Yea, good try. How about a hundred bucks?
Me: Yea, good try. How about $20,000?
Mr. Jenny: Yea, umm... good try. How about eliminating the comma and trying again?
Me: OK. How about ten thousand without a comma?
Mr. Jenny: Yea, you're killing me here....that is soooo funny...NOT!!!!
Me: OK, how much can I have?
Mr. Jenny: How much do you need? Ummm.... let me rephrase that...you know, it's tough economic times out there...can you economize this year?
Me: Sure thing. How about $3,000?
Mr. Jenny: No.
Me: Ummm.... $2,000?
Mr. Jenny: No.
Me: Ummm... $1,500?
Mr. Jenny: Ummm.... no.
Me: Well, just forget it then. I have a zillion people to buy for. Yea, maybe I'll just give everybody a postage stamp. Yea. So why don't you just give me $20 bucks and we'll call it a day?
Mr. Jenny: (sounding hopeful) Yea? Great! That's wonderful...Oh. You're just being a smart aleck.
Me: Well, yea, ya think?
See how exhausting this economic summit is? I am totally drained by the end of it. I end up without a comma in my budget and Mr. Jenny walks around looking shell-shocked for three or four days.
We're all about the holiday cheer here during the annual Christmas economic summit.
And hey...don't be expecting a Christmas present from me this year. Unless you have better luck at an economic summit with Mr. Jenny.