November 19th, 2006
|09:56 am - Christmas Wishes Meme|
It's that time of year again--and I was glad to see this meme go up, since I'm shopping for friends and family this weekend anyway, and all in the mood to see if I can meet anybody else's wishes.
* 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 so that the holiday joy will spread.
* 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.</i>
1. Tales of the Resistance, by Karen Mains.
2. I hesitate to ask for any copies of Blake's 7 episodes, as I still have not figured out the whole technology/Region problem, but nevertheless I am asking. :-)
3. CSI DVD sets, early seasons
4. A tall, sturdy bookshelf to hold the stacks of books that are beginning to sprout in odd corners of my room.
5. Doctor Who novels by Kate Orman (or other recommended authors).
6. Any Vorkosigan novels except Warrior’s Apprentice, which I already own, by Lois McMaster Bujold
7. A copy of the unabridged Oxford English Dictionary. (I already have an unabridged Webster's.)
8. Crossover fics, either recs or ones written just for me: The Sentinel/Numb3rs, Numb3rs/CSI, The Sentinel/CSI (I can't believe there aren't more of these out there, considering), or my favorite request, Quantum Leap/The Dead Zone (from the novel, preferably).
9. A desktop background featuring Hoban Washburne (Firefly), possibly including the text of a haiku that I wrote in tribute.
10. Enough money (and courage) to get lasik surgery on my very myopic eyes.
If you need my snail addy, email me at izhilzha at livejournal dot com, and I'll give it to you. :-)
|Date:||November 19th, 2006 06:29 pm (UTC)|| |
10. I can't help with the money, but perhaps the courage. My husband and I both had Lasik done in January. It was almost completely painless (the most painful part was when they used these little contraptions like backwards tweezers to hold my eyes open and that was just mildly uncomfortable) and we could both see better than 20/20 just a few hours later. My husband always calls it by far the best money he's ever spent. We can see first thing in the morning, in the shower, in the pool... and it's just fantastic. Trust me, there's nothing to it. And I'm sure you can get financing for the procedure just like we did (the company we went through said that even if the financing company they used wouldn't accept us, they would finance us themselves).
Do it! Do it now! Trust me, you're going to be kicking yourself that you waited this long.
|Date:||November 20th, 2006 12:03 am (UTC)|| |
Aw, thank you. :-) I've heard many stories that praise the whole procedure (a friend of mine who hates medical stuff and has a low tolerance for pain and surgery even got it done and was totally cool with it).
I am a little nervous that my eyesight is too bad to be fixed by this method. However, if I'd get my butt down to the surgeon and get it checked out, at least I would know. I have my yearly eye exam in a week or two; maybe my awesome doctor will have a recommendation for me.
Also, I'm not too worried about getting finacing (I have great credit), but I am a little worried about taking on the payments. Even with my recent raise I'm still living kind of paycheck to paycheck. :-P
My holiday season is already overbooked, but in January I'm taking it on as my personal mission to see that you get copies of Blakes 7 in a format you can watch. We may have to do some experimenting, but one way or another, it will be done (Lord willing and the crick don't rise).
|Date:||November 20th, 2006 04:49 am (UTC)|| |
Yay! No problem re: the timing--probably better for me anyway. Thank you, thank you; I really want to get my hands on this show. Your aid will be much appreciated!
|Date:||November 20th, 2006 05:27 pm (UTC)|| |
A very good point--and I frankly don't expect anyone outside my continent to bother with "real" stuff wishes. (Though you did send me a soundtrack last year, bless you.)
Thank you for the list of good novels! I've read Human Nature (yay ebooks), and it was really interesting and awesome. Haven't read the rest of those, though. *hints to other people reading this comment*
A note about "Transit" and "The Also People"; if you want to be able to follow these better, then the recommended reading order is:
"Transit" by Ben Aaronovitch
"Set Piece" by Kate Orman
"The Also People" by Ben Aaronovitch
This is because they have the character Kadiatu in them, who was introduced in "Transit" and appears in the other two, but her appearance in "The Also People" would be a bit confusing if you didn't know what happened to her in "Set Piece".
I have plenty of spare copies of Set Piece if you'd like one for Chrissie. :-)
|Date:||November 28th, 2006 06:25 pm (UTC)|| |
Seriously? Because, heck yeah! :-)
[and if you'll pardon me for a second: OMGKATEORMANISONMYJOURNAL! okay. done with the fangirlishness. sorry bout that.]
Hee hee hee! Three cheers for Technorati. :-)
Shoot me your snail mail: email@example.com
(Let me know if you want the book signed, and if so, how. :-)
|Date:||November 29th, 2006 12:18 am (UTC)|| |
btw, the library where I work has an unabridged OED. It's twenty volumes or something and weighs more than I do!
If I recall correctly, my father has the "compact" edition of the OED. It's in two volumes, in a slip-case, and includes a magnifying glass to read the pages. It was produced by shrinking down the pages of the normal edition and fitting N pages per page (I can't remember how many -- at least 4 pages per page, probably more.).
Blimey! Risking gravitational collapse! :-)
|Date:||November 28th, 2006 06:22 pm (UTC)|| |
Oh man, now I *really* want one! That just sounds like the coolest thing in the known world. (Aside from the fact that I forgot how huge the OED is, and that I wouldn't--sadly--have room for the 20-volume version.)