okay, i'll admit it. i thought yesterday was father's day. so i called my dad bright and early and wished him a happy father's day. he said "thanks darlin'" because you know, he didn't really know when father's day was either. when i reminded j to wish his own dad a happy day, his dad said "isn't that next weekend?" so oops. now i have visions of my dad spending the whole day crying because none of his other three children bothered to say anything on his special day!
on the upside, this means i was totally on the ball in terms of his gift. i mailed* it out a week and a half ago and it arrived today! even better, i happened to be on the phone with my mother when he opened it! (they are probably coming to visit us in victoria in august!!). so i got to hear him laugh and say "oh ya...the shepherd's pie!" you see, my mom puts a specific seasoning in her shepherd's pie instead of gravy. so now that's the way we like it. the last time i was home my dad put the wrong one in...and we were all very perturbed by the change. it tasted funny too. lucky for him these packages are very clearly marked!