Things are going very well in Jen-land. Not much time to blah-og lately, as mentioned in a previous post, but things are good. I’m working on some stories for The Tyee at the moment, and the November issue of ION is out. Alas, we’re having some issues with the website, so the PDF isn’t online yet, but the print edition has been circulating well. (Note to anyone who doesn’t think many people see the magazine – hundreds of thousands of people read it every month in Canada alone.) I’ve been blogging at BR as usual, though I don’t think I’ve written anything profound. And I may be doing some product testing again soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that.
Not much else is going on. I’ve just been thinking about Christmas. I’m going to be in Toronto for the holidays (woot), which will be nice since I haven’t been there in December at all in the last three years. In 2003 I was in India, 2004 I spent at home alone, and in 2005 I was in Mexico with D and his fam. So we’re taking it back to the old school. I crave snow, so it might be fun. We’ll see.
Speaking of Christmas, I’ve been thinking about gifts – what I want to get other people, as well as what I’m hoping they might get me. Usually, I don’t give people hints. I usually don’t really care that much about getting presents, and I sort of think that someone who wants to give me something should know me well enough to pick out something I’d like. Alas, this means I get some weird stuff. My sister is the worst culprit. She’s too busy for holiday shopping (she’s a doctor) and tends to panic and buy random stuff at the last minute. (Sorry, sis. It’s true. Don’t make me tell them about the chiristmas-fun-time clock.)
Plus, people always THINK they know everyone better than they do.
I used to know a guy who made excessively long wish lists for himself around the holidays. (At his birthday too, for that matter.) They were pages and pages long… typed. I thought it was tacky at the time, but now I’m wavering. After all, he ended up getting a lot of what he wanted. Still, something about it bothered me. It seemed to take all the magic and care out of the gifting process. But you know what? I love shopping and often see things I want, though I don’t buy much, and I’m jonsin’ for stuff and feeling materialistic and oh-so-80s-madonna today, so here, for the first time since I was wee and writing to Santa, and in no particular order, is my Christmas wish list. I consider it a holiday experiment. (Like that second-last sentence. Good one!)
Take it as inspiration, or advice about my tastes if you want. Or, if you are kind enough to buy me anything off it, talk amongst yourselves so you don’t double up. (Or keep receipts… because, let’s be honest…much like a blond in a hamster ball, nobody likes a double up.)
Bib-apron. Stripy is good. Any colour but blue. No blue.
Business card case.
Circle pendant necklace, gold.
Clear hard plastic ipod case. (I have a 20 gig, like the one shown.)
Cranium! The game!
Flask key chain from Restoration Hardware.
Cuisinart Mini-Prep food processor. Metal finish.
Hanover martini shaker from Restoration Hardware.
Neoprene ibook case (for 12" laptop). I like white, orange, black, red. Not so much this green, but I'm easy about colour.
Button length leather gloves. I'm partial to brown, but black is good too.
Oversize pearl stud earrings, gold posts.
Size 7.5 or 8 Suede Slippers from LaSenza in brown, not shown.
New Vinyl Cafe book, Secrets from the Vinyl Cafe, by Stuart McLean.
I reserve the right to add to the list or change it at any time. Go, minions! Buy things!