I've been trying to get myself psyched up and in the holiday spirit. Quite a few of my favorite animated specials will be on in just a couple of days, and Christmas music will be playing on the radio (actually, I think it started earlier this afternoon on both 102.5 and 103.3 FM).
I'm going to try my best not to eat too much tomorrow, although I know that's a losing bet going into the day. I've set my alarm to get up to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade with Karen, and I'm sure there will be a few things she will want me to do around the house before our first feast of the day.
I'm really hoping that when we get to my Mom's house tomorrow evening, we all decide to skip the usual draw names out of the hat to buy each other Christmas gifts this year. Not that I don't want presents, but I can't remember the last time I really got something I really wanted or needed, and the hassle of having to go shopping without really knowing what the other person would want is just downright stressful.
Speaking of presents and wish-lists, I've already told Karen what I most want for Christmas this year (Ameristar); although I don't think she actually took me serious. The things I most want, are not things you can buy at a store. What I want most is things that will draw us closer to one another, or that will draw me closer to her. I want more intimacy and affection in our marriage. I want personal bonding, and closeness between us.
But, since I also know that people will start asking the classic question, "WHAT do you want for Christmas, I'll go ahead and leave a list of things I would really enjoy and appreciate. Not that it has ever done any good in the past; but I've been dropping verbal hints, re-arranging the items in our Amazon Wish List, and who knows....
CHRISTMAS WISH LIST:
Two years ago, Karen bought me a really cool GoPro for Christmas, adn I've really wanted to be able to get more use out of it than just have it sit on my desk to take selfies and use as a webcam. Even though I'm a scout leader, I'm not the kind of person who will strap a GoPro to my head or chest harness and film myself going down a Mountain Bike Trail or a Ski Slope, etc...
I want/need to be able to use my GoPro more like a traditional video camera, which means that I need to be able to see what I'm filming. So, for the 2nd Christmas (and two past birthdays) in a row, I'm going to ask for the LCD screen attachment that will let me get a WHOLE LOT MORE use out of the awesome gift she has already gotten for me.
With fall finally arriving, and the leaves off of the trees and in the yard, I once again find myself wishing that I had a leaf blower and vacuum. This is an item that I've had on my birthday and father's day wish list for several years, but apparently no one seems to think would make a nice gift for me.
Trust me, I WOULD LOVE it if someone would get this for me.
This isn't just something that would get use in the Fall. A nice 200 to 250 MPH leaf blower could be used to clean the gutters (they have attachments for that), clean up after mowing the lawn, blow leaves and mulch them up, blow snow off of the driveway while it is still loose and hasn't compacted yet. It would be used to clean snow off of the cars, without using a brush that could scratch the paint. I could use it to blow debris away from the back patio sliding glass doors, keeping the basement cleaner. I could use it to help keep the front porch cleaner.
I've narrowed my preferences down to a couple of models that are even available on Amazon. A Toro 51621 UltraPlus, the Black & Decker BV5600 High Performance, or the Black & Decker BV6600 High Performance.
The Toro and the B&D BV6600 are both variable speed, which I would really like. of the two I am leaning more towards the Toro, and it gets really good reviews.
Those are my two main Wish List items for this Christmas. At least items that are at least realistic, and things I would really like to have.
Other items for consideration:
Things you can't BUY, but would be PRICELESS to me: