OMG, you guys are going to laugh your asses off at my drama.
I thought I was soooooo smart. I put all of the kids' Christmas gifts in my office (I have a private office that is part of a real estate office) so that they couldn't snoop and find them.
My oldest (age 16) asked for a Christmas cactus and cactus potting soil. (yeah, I know that's a little eccentric. Apple doesn't fall far from the tree)
My personal office is on the interior, so there's no daylight. I bought the Chistmas Cactus as well as a jasmine plant for S.anta to bring to me. Because I had no daylight in my office, I left them on the floor in the conference room in a brown paper bag with the top cut off on 12/23.
After we went to a family dinner on Christmas Eve, I got the kids to bed and then went to work to get the gifts. Everything was there except for the plants.
This was kind of a lean Christmas, so all my daughter was getting was the plant, a pair of shoes, cactus potting soil, and a slush mug (we're also buying her an area rug, but she has to pick it out). When I realized the plant was gone, I got angrier than I have been in a long, long time.
I texted my broker/friend, and asked if she knew where the plants were, and explained they were Christmas gifts, and they were gone. I was very diplomatic in the text, but I was swearing like a sailor in real life, and very close to jumping around like an angry leprechaun.
Sometime in the night, my broker/friend texted me back. Someone had told her there was a bunch of gifts for her in the conference room, and she assumed the plants were part of that. She was absolutely mortified that she'd stolen my Christmas gifts and was falling over herself apologizing. When I woke up and saw what happened, my fury evaporated. I was so, so glad that I was professional and even keeled when I texted her.
Now, my broker and I are calling it "Plant Heist 2014".
I think she'd really loved the plants- she'd taken pictures of them before she took them home. She'd texted them to me to show my daughter so she'd know I'd actually bought the gifts.