Esprix (esprix) wrote,

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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 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

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