December 2nd, 2006

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Poem for Saturday

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Things that were good Friday: 74 freakin' degrees the first day of December. Expected ferocious winds never arrived. Morning did not suck as thoroughly as I was expecting. Had to be five minutes from hubby's office, so persuaded him to take me out for Indian food. Managed to choke out review of "The Mark of Gideon", though basically did not have one nice word to say about it. Discovered to my surprise that despite my overall disappointment with The Return of the King, unexpectedly hearing "Into the West" can still make me cry so hard that I have to pull the car over so I don't hit something. Still have a great deal of awful crap to deal with that is going to rear its head next week and may knock me for another, even worse, loop, but am getting better at Just Not Thinking About It. And look, I had gay porn on my deck!

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Had dinner with my parents, mostly discussed geneaology because had free trial memberships last month and I tracked down my father's grandfather's immigration records, but could not track down stuff on my mother's family, which I suspected had to do with the fact that every single one of her grandfather's eight brothers spelled the last name slightly differently when they arrived from Eastern Europe. (We're still trying to figure out if we're related to the big family of the same last name, not because we care whether we're descended from King David or Rashi but because it would be really neat to find out we're connected to all these other people and the shtetl seems to have been in the right region for the relation.)

Then we watched our usual Friday night television, though Battlestar Galactica will not be that for long, in part because Sci-Fi is moving it to Sundays and in part because tonight's episode bored and annoyed me just as much as the first season...more, even, because I'd really been enjoying it for awhile. Doctor Who, however, only continues to get better, and "The Satan Pit" rocks on so many levels even though it really made me think of an inverse Star Trek V: The Voyage Home, with a black hole instead of the center of the galaxy and the Devil instead of God and the Doctor instead of Kirk but what can you do. *g* Collapse )

Long lines at the Sackler Gallery for the rare Bible exhibit bum me out as I really want to see it, but it won't be this weekend anyway as it's my mother-in-law's birthday. We are planning to go to the Science Center in Baltimore, and afterwards to watch the Parade of Lighted Boats!
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2006 Wish List

Pretty much the same as my 2005 wish list. Some are in fact repeats from last year...

1. Gift certificates: I prefer Borders to Barnes and Noble but live near both, could always use Target, eBay, iTunes or PayPal. United Frequent Flyer Miles that you're not going to use by their expiration date would be very much appreciated by my entire family! Here is my wish list; lots of stuff on there is actually stuff I am trying to remember for my kids and husband, but I think the notes are pretty up to date.
2. Photography: Filters (I have only UV and polarizing). Books that are useful or contain stunning images. A backpack for camera and lenses. Any sort of accessories you think I should not be without.
3. Scents: To wear, L'Occitane en Provence's Ambre Eau de Toilette; Bath & Body Works Brown Sugar & Fig body spray, body wash and creme; to burn as candles or oil, anything that's a food smell (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, but nothing that's flowery (particularly no lily, jasmine or lavender).
4. 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, little bottles of water from sacred springs, etc.), miniature books, cat collectibles, anything historical.
5. 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. Turquoise is my birthstone -- blue zircon, blue topaz, azurite and teal glass 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.
6. 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 have and 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.
7. 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. Earl Grey and its relatives are my favorites.
8. Other Food: Chocolate. I prefer milk to dark unless there's mint or raspberry inside. If you live someplace where there is Kendal Mint Cake, Nestle Mint Aero, chocolate covered marzipan, Swiss hazelnut chocolate or real plain milk Cadbury (as opposed to the less wonderful corn syrup infested US versions), you can make me very, very happy. I also love cheeses, smoked salmon, cheese popcorn (Smartfood!), pretty much anything that's spicy and pretty much all nuts.
9. Clothing: I'm all about comfort. Second-hand is lovely, particularly if it's denim since I don't like denim stiff. I love hippie stuff. Anything tie-dye, 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 tend to prefer primaries and jewel tones to washed out colors.
10. Stuff you've written. The missing scene in Post Captain where Jack and Stephen make up. Really hot schmoopy Snupin. Pages for my Book of Shadows (recipes, herbal potions, seasonal rituals, home purification blessings, Tarot spells, meditations, Jewitch celebrations...I am open to new ideas).