WOW what a fun session! In just over an hour, our #NUTS reached an audience of over 600K followers and over 8 million impressions! If you missed the session, or if it just flew by too fast for you to keep up, here are some of the humorous and heartfelt responses we received to this week’s questions as well as some of the fun and lively after chat discussions.
Thanks to this week’s guests therapists @LollyDaskal, @DanaMoos and @JimPelley along with our regulars @WriterChick47, @McMedia, and @RickGriffin.
Congratulations to @gomarwrites for winning a M580 Digital Camera from this week’s sponsor, Kodak!!
If you missed this week’s session, please feel free to answer below. Also, we’d love to have your comments, ideas and suggestions for future Not-so Usual Therapy Sessions. Thanks!
Q1. What’s your go-to place for last minute gifts? #NUTS
_kimrandall Target or Walgreens for gift cards or I look for Online downloads (music, games, apps) #NUTS
KuhnHondaVW@danamoos my local liquor store isn’t open late enough for my last minute shopping. 🙁 #NUTS
ScreenscapeS Goofy off the wall things at Walgreens #NUTS
DanaMoos how about a fine bottle of wine, Port, scotch or locally made spirits? #NUTS last minute gifts…
DanaMoos you could even make your own chocolate gifts, special when they’re homemade 🙂 #NUTS last minute gifts…
connellybilly local pharmacy – they now carry gift cards retail/online/itunes
gomarwrites CVS or local 24 hr pharmacy on Christmas Eve….You won’t be alone if you go in your PJs. #NUTS
MagellanPR The internet voucher! Always welcome – and its instant!
WriterChick47 ‘Speedway’ gas station at the corner. They carry a nice pine scented “rub-on perfume.” Even looks like a holiday tree! #nuts
la_loquita my closet — regifting is all the rage i’m told #NUTS
allan_saw The chocolate shop
LollyDaskal iTunes gift card – They sell printable gift certificates
RickGriffin The gas station down the street is open 24 hours and sells air fresheners #NUTS
Q2. Best/worst last minute travel experiences #NUTS
McMedia A Family Road trip viewing the change of colors in New England. No reservations & no hotels. Best & Worst Trip all one!!
DanaMoos no charge upgrade to a Benz w/a driver in Italy 🙂
NJDreaming Already late 2 Thanksgiving dinner traffic jam. Arrived midway through dinner
ScreenscapeS Stuck overnight at La Guardia after spending 18 hours on plane from China! Slept in window on heater
KuhnHondaVW Anytime taking children is a worst last minute travel experience, the best … when it’s just me! 🙂 oh and a bottle of wine
RickGriffin Drove 6 hour drive to relative’s house but left all the presents at house
SantaDearest Getting stuck in Iowa. Need I say more?
la_loquita this year, trying to get home for christmas #nightmare
LollyDaskal Best last-minute travel: LA to NYC on the chairman’s corporate jet!
WriterChick47 Best: Driving to Alabama to meet @RickGriffin& @McMedia in person! #nuts/aawww #kissup
LEISUREGODDESS OMG!!! Don’t get me started!!! Last night JFK-Denver!!!
travelerkate Or getting stuck in NYC for days because of the great blackout of 2004 #NUTS
travelerkate Car broke down on the drive from Kansas to South Dakota. Want to know what’s exciting in that area of the US? Nothing
JimPelley worst = stuck in Liberal KS for 3 days / snow storm … FYI Liberal is not liberal
gomarwrites Best/worst last minute travel experiences? A2 – 9 hour flight with 4 mo. old infant. nuff said. #epic
LollyDaskal Worst last-minute travel: everything going into New Jersey #nuts
JimPelley worst last-minute travel: missed flight from ORD to Toledo for speaking gig – rented car & drove 300 miles all night
GoApril Almost all of my travel is last minute- the best would be deciding on Tues to leave Thurs long weekend for sun/fun & cold drinks
FrancescaMaz Best: 2003 MLB playoffs, game 5, Cubs v Braves. Bought flights to ATL, game tix @ face value, hotel & rental car night b4 game! #NUTS
Q3. When do you start your panic holiday shopping? #NUTS
cupboards It’s actually more fun than you think- Mom and I do Black Friday that way just to see folks fight over dvd players. #nuts
gomarwrites Actually I like going to the mall on the 12/23 or 12/24… it’s always surprisingly calm and everyone is in a good mood .#NUTS
RickGriffin I usually buy 8-tracks and air fresheners from the gas station:) #NUTS #PanicShopping
NJDreaming I’ve been known 2 shop for those I won’t see on Xmas day the day after Xmas. *hangs head* #NUTS #nuts
JimPelley Mid January – is that wrong? #nuts
LewisPoretz I am no stranger to panic mode this time of year 🙂
gomarwrites around 12/21 to allow any glitches w/ Amazon two day shipping. Oh chute! That’s today! #NUTS
LollyDaskal As a nice jewish girl– My panic starts (high holidays) #nuts
ScreenscapeS Last week of shopping, everyone starts discounting and it’s a madhouse! #NUTS
GoApril TODAY!!! I AM PANICED
WriterChick47 My hubby can usually be found wandering around K-Mart on Christmas Eve #nuts
MagellanPR A3 Usually about midday on December 24th when the shops start closing!!! #nuts
DanaMoos [day after xmas?!!]
McMedia YIKES! Currently in panic mode
KuhnHondaVW @danamoos you still have 3 more days why panic tomorrow! #NUTS
RickGriffin Christmas Eve when they announce “we are now closed. make your final selections & proceed to checkout”
a_loquita since i haven’t bought ANYTHING — i think now is good
WriterChick47 Gifts? Uh oh..Tomorrow #nuts
jools_octavius Christmas Eve, around 5pm. Whaddaymean the shops are shut?? #nuts
DanaMoos I can answer that! panic shopping? tomorrow 🙂 #NUTS
ScreenscapeS About July! #NUTS
KuhnHondaVW Christmas Eve at about 6pm #NUTS
_kimrandall No panic moments for me. If I dont get it before Christmas I’ll get it after and the person that I am giving it to will understand #NUTS
Q4. When do you open or exchange gifts? #NUTS
KuhnHondaVW Christmas Morning at about 5am when the kids come jumping on me.
WriterChick47 Christmas morning after a leisurely breakfast, just to torture the kids/grandkids
_kimrandall 1 on Christmas Eve & the rest on Christmas day. Stockings always last #NUTS
SantaDearest When the mood strikes.
LollyDaskal I open them a few days before X-mas when no one is around. Then I re-wrap them so no one ever knows! #nuts
MagellanPR Sometimes peek at pressies when first put under tree (hanging head) but normally rip open – exchange gifts – on Christmas morning #nuts
ScreenscapeS1 gift for the kids a week early, family gifts on christmas eve and santa gifts christmas morning #NUTS
jools_octavius I had to open one of mine at the airport yesterday! Not the same *sob* #NUTS
a_loquita christmas morning, when the kids wake up and jump on us
deniselao Midnight Christmas Day #NUTS
travelerkate We open family presents Christmas Eve, and Santa presents on Christmas morning. But the fiance and I exchanged last night #NUTS
RickGriffin RT @travelerkate: A4:… But the fiance and I exchanged last night #NUTS <– TMI !
Q5. Best/worst last minute gift you’ve ever given? #NUTS
DanaMoos @nikkibeauchamp we think alike I gave hubz custom ring, I designed the Moose to be carved into the gold 🙂 #NUTS
CruiseBuzz Best gift ever was a Disney #Cruise and the kids had to do a scavenger hunt to figure out the clues. #nuts
DanaMoos I suppose Cooking for Dummies would not be a good gift? #NUTS
NikkiBeauchamp best gift I’ve given,custom husky cufflinks for a university of washington alum #godawgs #nuts
Scout66com Gave BIL a bag of snowman poop…marshmellows..funniest. Dad the santa that sings Jingle Bell rock. #nuts
jools_octavius Worst gift – I once bought a giRL at school some clothes pegs. It was a surreal gift but think she took it personally!
SantaDearest Those cheese and nuts gift boxes=worst. A shovel I attach an electric cord to with hot-glue=best.
KuhnHondaVW i’ll let you know on Christmas morning (after i shop on Christmas Eve!!!) #NUTS
ScreenscapeS those DVDs for only $1 that seem to hold 12 movies no one has ever seen! #NUTS
MagellanPR Worst gift – hand-knitted sweater by a bad knitter – more holes than fabric – #nuts
cupboards Hands down… Best and worst gift ever? Toilet paper. Not a good gift but at least you’ll use it. #nuts
McMedia Gas Station Air Freshener
NJDreaming We have a big family (no kids) so we can’t afford gifts 4 us. Most gifts r opened once we get home from visting.
ScreenscapeS rainbow-colored toe socks- both parts answered!!! #NUTS
a_loquita i got a bear that poops m&m’s
Q6. Who is the most difficult person on your list to buy for? #NUTS
RickGriffin My wife! Apparently vacuum cleaners, treadmills, Ginsu knives, teflon cookware are not good gifts:) #NUTS
deniselao My mother-in-law. Oops =X
GoApril Totally agree – I do gas cards and grocery cards 4 themRT @WriterChick47: A7. PARENTS! Because they usually already have everything. #nuts
ScreenscapeS 19 yr old Daughter easy, anything black, dark, can be stuck in her lip or scares people.
ScreenscapeS Got to be careful what NOT to buy the wife! Exercise equipment sends wrong message! Get’s you a rock the following year! #NUTS
Thesuss Hardest to shop for is @r_suss. She already gets everything she wants. #welltrainedhusband #NUTS
MagellanPR Best friend – she has everything and wants for nothing … so just buy funny gifts for her! #nuts
SantaDearest #NUTS Grumpy people. They don’t appreciate anything.
DanaMoos hardest person to buy for? the one who always answers “I don’t know”, you fill in the blank! #NUTS
KuhnHondaVW Hardest to buy for? Anyone over age 10 <no way — you just have to have a large wallet or no limit AmericanExpress> #NUTS
cupboards Hardest to buy for? Anyone over age 10. #nuts
Q7. Best advice for last minute shoppers #NUTS
travelerkate Best advice for last minute gifts? Always include a gift receipt! That way they can get what they really want!
LEISUREGODDESS ….start shopping for 2011 NOW!! & wine…. that is my answer. for a gift that is!! #NUTS
VegasBill Just buy anything along with a card that says “it’s the thought that counts” #NUTS
CruiseBuzz Last minute shoppers can always pack a gift certificate good for travel. #nuts
gomarwrites Buy two of everything so you will be ready for next year way ahead of time. #NUTS
_Sue_Ross Buy something practical you know they will use that is a little special. Like solid tuna instead of chunk.
JimPelley .. #NUTS — start drinking early
NJDreaming Avoid ToysRUs at all costs. Those desperate parents r nuts. *laughs* #NUTS
cupboards Shop local- local retailers are there for you. Less traffic and it’s a gift back to your community, too. #nuts
@WriterChick47 Wear protective headgear, carry a big stick & be aggressive #nuts
Q8. Besides shopping, what do you find easiest to procrastinate? #NUTS
ShannonOliviero I confess. Procrastinating holiday meal planner. 20 guests and still haven’t hit the grocery store. #NUTS
SantaDearest #NUTS Taking down the Christmas tree.
NJDreaming Wrapping. I hate wrapping. I keeping hoping the gift wrap fairies will come & do it for me. Thank God for gift bags. #NUTS
RickGriffin Prostate Exams #NUTS
_kimrandall Christmas cards, I have some from 3 yrs ago to send still LOL
RickGriffin I usually don’t take down Christmas decorations until I get the letter from the Homeowners Association in May
LEISUREGODDESS … Procastinate… did someone say that… I am a master! I haven’t put up my Christmas tree yet!
bethkostecki Cleaning and organizing! #NUTS [filing]
VegasBill Some say hygiene! #NUTS
KuhnHondaVW I am hiring giftwrappers this year…I pay with cookies, cupcakes and brownies #NUTS
Q9. Last minute meal suggestions #NUTS
KuhnHondaVW I believe the local Cracker Barrel is open on Christmas. #NUTS
DanaMoos cheese and crackers 🙂 with adult beverages, of course #NUTS
GirlGoneVegas Good Chinese and a bottle of wine! #NUTS
VegasBill Cheese croissants from McDonald’s. Hot, flaky + quick 🙂 #NUTS
LollyDaskal Order in Chinese! or – (classic line from Seinfeld) “I’m thinking Arby’s!” #nuts
_kimrandall The meal doesn’t matter as much as what proof the drink is #Alcohol
McMedia 1-800-WE-DELIVER #NUTS
JimPelley Do I need to tell the story about when Mom dropped the turkey on the floor and they said, don’t worry I’ll get the other one? #nuts
Thesuss Chinese food. That’s my Christmas tradition! Thanksgiving is Vietnamese and the Casino. #nontraditionaltraditions #NUTS
drrus Peanut Butter and Banana sandwiches.
Q10. Best entertainment on a whim #NUTS
VegasBill Sky Jumping from the top of the Stratosphere! 2X Nuts! http://twitpic.com/1h2x9t #NUTS
only398 Twitter your way to the end of your work day #NUTS [now I need to get back to working! that was a break 🙂
lttlewys #nuts – pull out the vinyl record of “Grandma Got Run over by a Reindeer””
ScreenscapeS Wife says can’t do this unless I take her with me. A10: Last minute road trip to #Vegas! #NUTS
travelerkate I got a Wii, so that was fun. But a tradition is Tree Appreciation- lights off, looking at the tree. I hate it, dad loves it #NUTS
JimPelley #NUTS A10 playing Quarters with the nephews then going ice skating
ScreenscapeS Go to the neighbor’s yard and start having a conversation with the yard orniments at 1 am! #NUTS
RickGriffin Arrange fake reindeer in the neighbor’s yard to look like they’re mating #NUTS (Family Tradition)
LoriMoreno Getting married in Las Vegas Drive Thru
@la_loquita Give away that fruitcake from 10 years ago that’s been used as a doorstop #NUTS
MidlifeRoadTrip Cool, @foodnetwork is participating in today’s #NUTS #TheyJustDontKnowIt
GoApril Don’t you love xmas morning breakfast and the 5 pots of coffee etc… I Love it RT
RickGriffin– you can get really good deals on 8-track tapes these days #NUTS
ScreenscapeS if Apple were a decade earlier it would be an iTrack player #NUTS
jlwernette Off to brave the mall madness and get some last minute #christmasshopping done!!! Can’t find parking #nuts
_kimrandall Had so much fun with todays #NUTS session! I think I need #NUTS every week, maybe even more than once #HeHe
McMedia Happy Holidays to the best group of #NUTS evah http://bit.ly/ePzgf8
MidlifeRoadTrip If you had fun plating with #NUTS today, be sure and check out #TNI on Thursdays at 3:30est