November 24th, 2005

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Poem for Thanksgiving

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In honor of Thanksgiving, I have already gotten 1) my period, 2) a guilt trip from my mother for not guilt tripping my son into playing with his much younger girl cousins when he had been looking forward all week to playing some online game with his brother after school, and 3) a glimpse of the war my father and sister are incapable of averting if they spend more than two hours under one roof. On the positive side, mother had decided to stop snarking by dinnertime, the kids all played very nicely since they were only together for two hours and had all gotten to do what they wanted to do before getting together, and I managed to eat lasagna and stay out of the family feud. ldybastet kept me sane at a very bad moment for which I thank her profoundly!

The rest of the day was getting work done (Threshold's Tuesday night ratings were poor and that probably spells doom for the show, James Marsters and Jolene Blalock are making a horror movie together and incidentally Marsters will be back on Smallville, woo hoo), picking up older son from the bus which was very very late due to Beltway traffic meaning younger son was very very bored waiting when he wanted to be home playing, returning DVDs to the library, getting home from parents' exhausted and watching Persuasion (the 1995 one) which I enjoyed very much -- Jane Austen with ships and naval captains! It was, as my friend Vera had told me, the missing home life scenes from O'Brian complete with Jack Aubrey's speech about never taking a woman on board, set in Bath which I visited in 2003, thoroughly enjoyable even if I mixed up all the girls' names. I read the book twice and had it all mixed up with P&P and Emma and now I will never forget which one it is. Yeah, I suck when it comes to Austen...bad feminist lit critic! Bad!

Tomorrow will have in-laws as well as sister and her brood and my parents...the food, at least, will undoubtedly be marvelous, even though I am not a great roast turkey fan or even a stuffing or potatoes fan (I do Thanksgiving for the pumpkin pie). My family generally behaves around my in-laws, I think the Lutheran pastor thing creates an ethos that discourages brattiness and anyway my husband's father is generally good at deflecting imminent battles -- last year was a nightmare but last year my in-laws did not come, as my husband's mother was very sick. So I am hopeful. My list of things for which I am grateful is pretty similar to last year's, so rather than subjecting you to redundancy, I shall just link.

And a lovely thing happened tonight for the first time this season while we were at my parents, which did not stick but looked gorgeous in the air, with which I will leave you...



Happy Thanksgiving, people in the US, and everyone else, have a lovely Thursday! Also, krabapple: *snugs*

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Wish List Meme

Unlocked in case my spouse, my best friend or anyone else happens to be reading and wants to get me a Chanukah present. *g*

STEP ONE

- Make a post (public, friendslocked, filtered...whatever you're comfortable with) to your LJ. The post should contain your list of 10 holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fun ("I'd love a Snape/Hermione icon that's just for me") to medium ("I wish for _____ on DVD") to really big ("All I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV.") The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.
- If you wish for real possible things, make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you.
- Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your LJ, or link to this post so that the holiday joy will spread.

STEP TWO

- Surf around your friendslist (or friendsfriends, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list. And now here's the important part:
- If you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. Sometimes someone's trash is another's treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't use--or even know where you could get someone's dream purebred Basset Hound for free--do it. Once a wish has been granted, it will be crossed off my list.

You needn't spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out, it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday elf--to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not--it's your call.

There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. Just...wish, and it might come true. Give, and you might receive. And you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.

MY LIST

1. An icon with Snape and Lucius in the closet in GOF instead of Snape and Karkaroff. Looking guilty, preferably. *g*
2. A DVD burner (the kind that can be connected to a VCR or TiVo). I don't really expect anyone to get this for me but I promise you that if I get one, I will be very generous with burning things for my friends! ETA: Thank you various relatives!
3. Plausible Severus Snape/Remus Lupin/Lucius Malfoy fic, totally consensual and with everyone enjoying everyone else. (Not necessarily in dominance order based on the slashes -- Remus/Lucius/Severus is fine for instance. *g*) ETA: Thank you ldybastet!
4. From the Noble Collection: Snape's wand. Lucius' cane is a lovely but ridiculous fantasy; if anyone really wants to spend $100 on me, please donate it to my camera fund! ETA: Thank you mamadracula!
5. Speaking of which: a Nikon D50. Will be happy with equivalent SLR Canon, I have just been really happy with my Nikons so all things being equal would rather have the Nikon. ETA: Thank you apaulled, my parents, in-laws and other relatives!
6. The missing scene in Post Captain where Jack and Stephen make up.
7. Any Bath & Body Works Brown Sugar & Fig product -- shower gel, body wash, body lotion, hand lotion, perfume spray, candles, etc. (I love their Fresh Vanilla scent too, but their Warm Vanilla Sugar is a little watery for me and I don't like the holiday Vanilla Bean much at all.) ETA: Thank you again mamadracula, and my mother too!
8. An illustration of a moment from one of my Snupin stories. ETA: Thank you karasu_hime!
9. A silver snake ring. Would be thrilled to find one with a turquoise eye, as turquoise is my birthstone -- blue zircon, blue topaz and azurite are perfectly acceptable substitutes. My ring size is 6 1/2, but if it's only whole sizes I prefer the 7 to the 6.
10. No one can ever go wrong giving me a Tarot deck, even if it's used or not in its original box. There's a list of the ones I want the most here. I also collect decks of playing cards where there's a different animal or lighthouse or mixed drink or dessert on the face of each card. ETA: Thanks esteven and ribby for the Celtic Dragon and Crystal decks!

I feel like the whole meme is kind of tacky, but I am giving someone a wish so I figured I was entitled to post mine, even the outrageous ones. Heh.
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Addition to Wish List Meme

Here is my Amazon.com wish list. Lots of stuff on there is actually stuff I am trying to remember for my kids and husband; I think the notes are pretty up to date.

Photography: Filters (I have only UV), books you find useful or which contain stunning images, any sort of accessories you think I might not have and should not be without!

Tarot: Decks I covet, listed with my Tarot notes. You can find out in the same post which decks I already have.

Scents: To wear, L'Occitane en Provence's Neroli Eau de Parfum and Ambre Eau de Toilette; Bath & Body Works Brown Sugar & Fig, Fresh Vanilla and Moonlit Path body spray, body wash and creme; for candles, anything that's a food smell but not a berry (vanilla, almond, coconut, peach); and for both candles and lotions, solid and spray perfumes, any subtle patchouli-frankincense, sweetgrass-sandalwood, ylang ylang-chypre-opium-myrrh, nothing that's too flowery (particularly no jasmine, lavender or rose).

Tchotchkes: Crystals, marbles, seashells, animal fetish carvings, folk art from anywhere in the world, anything with spiritual significance (stones from sacred sites, Magen Davids or rosaries from the Holy Land, etc.), miniature books, cat collectibles, anything historical.

Tea: Williamson & Magor, Yorkshire Gold, Twinings Lady Grey from the UK (the US versions of Twinings teas are considerably weaker), PG Tips, Taylors of Harrogate, Marks & Spencer decaf (we can't get really good decaf anywhere in the US!) If it's British and strong I will probably like it, but I particularly look for really good decaf tea because it's so hard to find.

Food: Chocolate. I prefer milk to dark, unless there's mint or raspberry inside. If you live someplace where there is Kendal Mint Cake, Swiss hazelnut chocolate or real Cadbury (as opposed to the less wonderful US versions), you can make me very, very happy. I love marzipan, smoked salmon, cheese popcorn (Smartfood!), pretty much anything that's spicy and pretty much all nuts.

Clothing: I'm all about comfort, not style. Second-hand is lovely, particularly if it's denim since I don't like it stiff. I love hippie stuff. Anything tie-dye, anything velvet or velour, Wahaba Karuna's star tops and skirts, Holy Clothing's blouses, skirts and dresses, Indian cotton skirts (I'm very short, so a "short" skirt is usually long on me!) I like oversized, elastic waist, lounging stuff. I also like glitter and rhinestones and girly stuff but it has to be in something that's comfortable in the first place. I do better in primaries and jewel tones to washed out colors.

Jewelry: Anything silver, particularly charms for necklaces. Magical Omaha has dozens of gorgeous amulets. I also like inexpensive silver rings with interesting designs. My ears are pierced but I can only wear very pure silver or stainless steel wires. I love things from faraway places and cultures.

Book of Shadows: Recipes, herbal potions, seasonal rituals, home purification blessings, Tarot spells, meditations, Jewitch celebrations...I am open to new ideas.

Gift certificates: I shop at Target all the time, prefer Borders to Barnes and Noble but live near both, can always use eBay, iTunes and PayPal. United Frequent Flyer Miles that you're not going to use by their expiration date would be very, very, very much appreciated by my entire family!