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Christmas Wishes Meme


I've seen this one going around (first took notice of it in minotaursStuart's LJ) and while shopping for other people this Christmas season a few things occurred to me that I thought would be fun to post here, so here it is:

The Rules:

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 fandom-related ("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 life things (not fics or icons), 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 (it'll be public) 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.

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 Wishes:

  1. A cat. No, I actually really can't have one here, but dammit I want one again. Certainly I miss Bart now that he's gone, but I've missed him ever since I moved to San Diego. (I'm glad I could leave him with Mom, though.) And just today at the office white elephant exchange I ended up with an orange glass cat figurine that's reminds me so much of Bart I'm putting it in a place of remembrance. The purring, the cuddliness, everything about cats - gads I'm a sucker for 'em and I want one again. (I do love dogs, of course, but cats hold a special place in my heart - I've even been stopping in pet stores just to get a kitty fix!)

  2. Artwork. While working on so many science fiction conventions over the last four years I unexpectedly developed an appreciation for independent artists (I blame galtinelSandra). As you can see in my artwork photo album I've started to build quite a collection of independent artists, including some original art. On top of that pinoyboytoyQuincy is quite a talented artist, too, and I love love love getting new stuff from him. All in all it's just fun and neat to find something new and original that I can get a limited print of for a very reasonable price. I have two main themes going on right now, namely winged men and Asian themes, but I'm open to anything that's out there.

  3. Frames. Along with the artwork comes the responsibility of framing them and putting them on display. Since I'm always buying new artwork I'm always in need of frames, and Aaron Bros. gets a lot of business from me (especially with their one cent sale twice a year). I make sure they're mounted with matting (never touch the glass!), and some of them are big prints, so the costs can be prohibitive, but I'm pretty good at finding good deals. Eventually I'll have enough room to hang things up more extensively, and I'm looking forward to that day.

  4. Everybody take more pictures. When Dad died one of the most important lessons I learned was that you can never have enough pictures of your life and loved ones, so I've been on a quest to make sure I take my camera everywhere. To my credit it's stuck - I've developed more film in the last year than I think I have my entire life (a lot of it can be seen in my online photo album). So I encourage everyone reading this to do the same - bring your camera, take pictures, and take the time to appreciate them whenever you can.

  5. To get my old film developed. Along with taking more pictures I dug through some stuff and found about a dozen rolls of film that have sat undeveloped. I have no idea what's on them or exactly how old they are, but now that I'm in a picture taking frame of mind I'm insanely curious to get these developed. Unfortunately I haven't had the time or money to get them all done at once, but I'd like to at least do them a little bit at a time to see what treasures lie within.

  6. A digital camera and photo quality printer. Since we're talking about wish lists, this is one big ticket item I've decided I want to invest in since I've started taking so many pictures. The majority of them end up online, so I might as well move from my little 35mm flip-top snapshot camera into the 21st century. With a decent printer, any pictures that I want to frame or give away or whatnot I can print out and be satisfied that they're photo print quality.

  7. The food I miss from Philadelphia. I've bemoaned this before, but there are some key comfort foods I cannot get in San Diego that I miss terribly from my hometown; namely, Tastykakes, cheesesteaks, Nestea iced tea, Archway chocolate chip icebox cookies, and Chik-Fil-A (although one just opened up in Chula Vista but I haven't been to it yet). Bless my Good Sister who sends me care packages from time to time!

  8. More time with Quincy. {sigh}
OK, so I'm missing the last two, but if I come up with something I'll add it in later. If somebody really wants to know the material things I want, they could always check out my Amazon.com wish list, which all the cool kids have these days. :)

Regardless of what wishes of mine may or may not come true, I hope everyone gets what they want for the holidays, and in life in general. You're good enough, you're smart enough, and doggone it, people like you! :D

Comments

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akirashima
Dec. 18th, 2004 01:53 am (UTC)
i'm not cool
so i don't have a wish list

but i can eat a tasty cake for ya and wash it down with some Nestea (do you mean the instant mix or the tea bags ... you gotta be more specific
and then i shall dance on the archway cookies while wearing a grass skirt and flinging dead chik-fil-a s and singing voodoo while the cheese steak gods look on me in horror
esprix
Dec. 18th, 2004 11:54 pm (UTC)
You... are teh funny. :P
mr_funny_man
Dec. 18th, 2004 02:02 am (UTC)
Psst...the wish list link takes me to MY wishlist...
esprix
Dec. 18th, 2004 11:55 pm (UTC)
Actually it looks like it linked to whoever was logged in, so I logged out and changed the link. I mean, we wouldn't want people buying your presents for me, now, would we? :P
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mroctober
Dec. 18th, 2004 06:15 am (UTC)
If I had your snail mail address I would send you Tastycakes... let me know if you like Krimpets or Juniors or what.
esprix
Dec. 18th, 2004 11:55 pm (UTC)
Aw, aren't you sweet! :D
sistercoyote
Dec. 18th, 2004 10:32 am (UTC)
I would be happy to create and send you a print of any of the artwork found on my web page

Or we can talk about me maybe doing a new 3d piece just for you. Except I'm afraid I'm just not skilled enough with poser to do a winged person.
esprix
Dec. 18th, 2004 11:59 pm (UTC)
Ooo! Original artwork! SHINY! :D
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avagoyle
Dec. 18th, 2004 11:04 am (UTC)
I have a kitten that we are looking for a home for. Unfortunately, I am up here in Irvine. If you can't get mine, then get one from a shelter, not from a petstore!
esprix
Dec. 18th, 2004 11:59 pm (UTC)
Oh, no, totally - shelters rock. :D Good luck placing your kitten!
platypus
Dec. 18th, 2004 11:43 am (UTC)
A place where you can't have a cat is a place that isn't worth living in! Stop at PetSmart, and look at those little adoptable kitties... aren't they cute? How can you possibly leave without one?
esprix
Dec. 19th, 2004 12:00 am (UTC)
I know, they're so hard to resist! But I'm currently living in a house with a dog who does not like other animals, so I'm stuck. Once I move, though, it's kitty time! (Can't touch this!)
fernanb
Dec. 18th, 2004 12:07 pm (UTC)
(who is mr_funny_man? I want him for xmas)
esprix
Dec. 19th, 2004 12:00 am (UTC)
He's deep, he's emotional, he's cute, and I'm fairly sure he's straight. He goes by Garf. He is teh kool.
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nolly
Dec. 18th, 2004 03:25 pm (UTC)
We should plan a Chik-Fil-A run sometime after the holidays.
esprix
Dec. 19th, 2004 12:01 am (UTC)
YES YES YES! :D
adventdragon
Dec. 18th, 2004 11:22 pm (UTC)
I wish...
1. For a German Shepherd. Preferably, a large, black one.

2. For a career. Law enforcement would be preferred, but open to others.

3. For my own apartment. Much like the one I had in North Park. *sigh*

4. To travel to Japan.

5. To have Eve paid off.

6. To be in good shape.

7. To have my screenplay written, and sold.

8. To have my short story develop into a novel, and actually sell that.

9. To have mastery over another language. Tagalog, or Japanese would be preferred.

10. To learn to be able to drive, and actually own a motorcyle.
esprix
Dec. 19th, 2004 12:02 am (UTC)
Re: I wish...
Worthy goals. Now post them in your own LJ, stupid.
montrealais
Dec. 19th, 2004 11:06 pm (UTC)
A few recent works:




Urbs Beata




Exegi Monumentum




Widow




Realize




The Verge




Apollo and Dionysus (Altarpiece)




Homeward




Alan Turing



(I know the last one isn't there; it'll be done in the next day or two.)
esprix
Dec. 19th, 2004 11:17 pm (UTC)
WOW! What do I have to do to get one? (I rather like "Realize" - winged man and all that.)
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