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Holiday Wishes

I'm feeling tons better. Have been working a moderate schedule for a few days, and I even made it to the gym this morning.

We bought a nice wreath for our door yesterday, and I am feeling Yuleish. I figure it's time to post the Holiday Wish Meme, because I had so much fun with it last year. Please do the same! It doesn't work if a bunch of you folks don't hop on the bandwagon.

And, if it happens that you've already done it, could you give me a link to your list in comments? Danke.

Here's the procedure:

Make a post (public, friendslocked, filtered...whatever you're comfortable with) to your LJ, which contains your list of holiday wishes The wishes can be anything at all, from simple ("I'd love a Mal/Inara 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 life 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. Make sure you post some version of these guidlines along with your list.

Then, 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.
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.

  1. An effectual Democratic Congress. One that doesn't form firing squads in a circle, doesn't knuckle under to pressure to prove that it's really very moderate, and that gives the lie, once and for all, to the (I still believe) erroneous notion that both parties are equally corrupt.

    Stop laughing! I don't laugh at your dreams. Honestly, if I could have this, everything else would be frosting.

  2. A secondary source of income, so that massage isn't the only thing I do. Ideally it would be some sort of freelance gig that I could do from home, but a part time job with very flexible hours, would be good too. It wouldn't have to make much money, but it'd be nice if it could bring at least $100 a week or so.

  3. A meditation teacher, or group, or some kind of context in which I can get help with my sitting practice.

  4. Advice about how to handle our messed up basement and crumbling retaining wall beside the basement stairs. We are happy to do our own grunt work, but we're not sure how to proceed.

  5. A super snugly, soft scarf to help me hate winter cold less

  6. Mix CDs of beautiful, low-key ambient music I could possibly use in massage sessions

  7. BPAL imps or other nice smelling things, or fun bath and toiletry type items. Calorie free indulgences for my senses, I mean.

  8. Your suggestions for good winter reading or viewing (books, movies, TV shows, etc) that would be funny or uplifting or in some way pleasant. I need to keep my spirits up until spring.

  9. Now it's your turn!


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Dec. 4th, 2006 08:11 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure I can help with your basement troubles. Obviously, I just did a huge job on my own water-logged, messed-up basement, but it required heavy equipment -- something I don't have. I also did not have to deal with wires and water and sewer lines buried by the county, or even fascist county overlords with whom to contend. That may be a job for professionals.

But I can certainly help you with the retaining wall that leads down to the basement. I'll email you about specifics. You should probably check with your fascist overlords to see if there is a permit required.
Dec. 5th, 2006 05:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, hon. I honestly doubt that fixing our wet basement will be as much of a matter for heavy machinery as yours was (partly because our house is so much smaller) but any advice you can offer will be of great value to us!
Dec. 4th, 2006 08:26 pm (UTC)
the husband is a structural engineer, perhaps we can work out a consulting for massage trade?
Dec. 5th, 2006 06:01 pm (UTC)
Oh my god, yes! Seriously, I'd be very happy with such an arrangment. I think I still have an email for you somewhere, and I will look for it shortly. If you get a chance to drop me a line at msfenriss at gmail, that would also be good.

I will gladly work on both you and your husband an awful lot in excahnge for advice on this matter. It's pretty serious, and it keeps me up nights.
Dec. 4th, 2006 08:39 pm (UTC)
Movies that make me smile/laugh/fall over:

Mad Hot Ballroom
It Happened One Night
Danny Deckchair
The Philadelphia Story
Stick It
The Emperor's New Groove

TV Shows:
Boston Legal
Due South
Family Guy
Home Movies
Dec. 5th, 2006 06:02 pm (UTC)
Yay! Thanks so much, my dear. Will get right on over to my Netflix queue directly! *smooch*
Dec. 5th, 2006 01:09 am (UTC)
Dec. 5th, 2006 06:02 pm (UTC)
Oh, black is de riguer! :) You rock. *smooch*
Dec. 5th, 2006 04:09 am (UTC)
I'll make you mixed CDs. I have tons of music that fits into that category.

And funny, uplifting books? Have you tried Connie Willis' "TO Say Nothing of the Dog" or "Bellwether"?
Dec. 5th, 2006 06:04 pm (UTC)
Yay mix CDs! Thanks so much!

And, you know, I made a note to read those Willis books ages ago when you mentioned them on you LJ, but never got around to it. Will remedy that soon.

Say, Eric and I have arranged to travel before Xmas, so we will be home between Xmas and New Years. Can I call you? Or can you call me?

Love you!
Dec. 5th, 2006 04:30 am (UTC)
Funny, uplifting books - Jasper Fforde's Tuesday Next series, and anything by Umberto Eco, are the first things that come to mind, honestly. I'll lend you some... as for movies, of the crop that's currently out I heartily recommend both the Prestige and the Fountain.

And of course we still need to get together so you can get your copies of Torchwood and enjoy Captain Jack's ass for the holidays...
Dec. 5th, 2006 06:05 pm (UTC)
Ah, wonderful! Thanks very much for the suggestions. Will look into them soon.

Argh. I'm so sorry I've been slack about getting together. Between sick and holiday obligations, it's just insane. Lemme check with the boy. Will get in touch soon.
Dec. 15th, 2006 08:28 pm (UTC)
oh, funny uplifting reads --I don't know what to recommend (too many ideas) but most recently Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys made me really happy.
Dec. 15th, 2006 08:30 pm (UTC)
forestdweller and I have been to a very small but dear Buddhist meditation group at Dupont Circle (they rent space in the Quaker meeting hall, because they too are basically silent!) but it only meets on Wed. evenings and I haven't gone in ages. But we had also talked about exploring other nearby sanghas and I am pretty sure there's something in Alexandria. Or you both could come over to my place and sit meditation sometime :-)
Dec. 16th, 2006 11:47 pm (UTC)
Re: sangha
I think I remember her mentioning that in her LJ. It's one of the reasons I've ben thinking of looking for a group of some kind. I would really love to go to a sangha with you two sometime. I could bring myself to go alone, but it would be much more comfortable to go with others :)

Thanks so much for mentioning this. Please let me know if you intend to meet or go visit a group, and I shall try to make time for it!
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