I know I'm going to sound ungratefull but here goes.....
We're on our second year of marraige and four years into our relationship.
We're both pretty skint having bought a house, car etc and all the necesary married gubbins that life requires you to have.
As a result we have little cash to spend on oursleves and my beloved Orange Five is drifting into diss-repair due to lack of mechanical skill on my part and the ability to even stretch to basic supplies like inner tubes some months.
I don't think she really appreciates that I genuinly do find one of my few life affirming sollaces to be riding my bike and cutting through single track in 'the zone' etc. Not to mention the sorting-out-your-head joy of many hours on your own just turning the pedals and getting the world to make sense whilst you do it.
I have spent many months dropping hints about little basic affordable ideas- a new set of cables here, a new chainring there (I have even sent her links to CRC pages), not to mention the anvil like subtelty of " I wish I could find time to ride my bike more or just sort out a few of the worn out bits".
B-day is coming up and I thought the unwrittend rule of B'days is you listen to your partner figure out what makes them happy and then buy them something like it- eg that perfurme they like but can't afford or that dress they looked longingly at in the shops.
So how the hell am I supposed to look happy and not be gutwrenchingly mortified at a joint weekend in a wood making a willow chair?
I really want to go on the local Notts Tonyas Challenge off road event in three weeks and also have a crack at the Great Notts Bike ride this year, but at the moment I need to get my bike sorted and am having to write them off now as I've got to sit cross legged with Beardo the Weirdo whilst he shows me how to make a chair- I'm a trained carpenter for heaven's sake!
So how do I break it to her nicley without her breaking my legs?
Oh did I mention she's made her and my entire family chip in too, so this is teh only presnet I'll be getting.