Christmas the time for receiving gifts, eating too much, and family rows no wait that isn't what Christmas is all about it is a celebration of the birth of Jesus, a time to rejoice in what we have and to spend time with one another.
So with that in mind here is my wish list for 2011
I want Christmas day to be a magical day for my children for them to really enjoy themselves, as for me the excitement and magic is what I really remember.
2) Family I want to spend time in my families company, I love watching my children and their cousins having great fun normally playing games that do not involve anything they may have received that day!
I hope that everyone can enjoy themselves without any upset
4) quite time
Having organised Christmas I would like some time to reflect on the past year as this year has been very difficult and within our family we have people missing which will make this year more difficult but also more important.
5) for me as long as my children are having a wonderful time and I am spending time with those I love throw in a good Church service and a few carols and that is all I need for a perfect Christmas well maybe some snow!
Obviousally not ten things but essentially all I want for Christmas but if you want to get me a gift then
1) Books I love reading so a new book would be great
2) Wine a nice bottle of wine is always nice
3) film a good family film
4) bubble bath leading a busy life means baths are a rarity
5) me time!
My top 10 Christmas wish list. This is a difficult one, I mean, when I'm thinking Christmas list I'm taken back to my simple chilldhood of disney videos (yes 'videos' that used to cost a fortune), dolls, dressing up outfits and pink lip tint, with the odd tangerine and selection box thrown in there. Life was so easy, and you almost always got more than you wanted, plus the added bonus of the packaging which often seemed better than the actual gift! But now I'm torn between so many more things; responsible things; grown up things; things that matter; things that could make or break me; things that have limits. Do I ask for world peace and hope Santa is listening? Do I ask for a deposit for a house and realise I will most certainly have to deal with disappointment? What about meeting the man of my dreams and starting a family? All very well, but all without logic, and all would replace the cute, crinkley wrapping for disappointment.
Anyways, let's not get too deep and philosophical. Let's indulge a bit. Why not, I mean maybe someone will surprise me.
1/ Happiness, in my job, where I live and in what I do
2/ A new flashy car, preferably some sort of Audi, in black or silver please
3/ A house with a garden, or at least a deposit for one
4/ A 42" screen TV
5/ A holiday to Paris with a lot of spending money
6/ A beautiful husband who loves everything about me and always lets me have my own way
7/ An endless supply of red wine
8/ Chocolate that doesn't make you fat
9/ Money to pay off my parents mortgage and get them a new kitchen
10/ World peace...! I'm being serious!
Hmmmm!!!!!!! I like self indulgence once in a while!
With Christmas fast approaching, it is always around this time of year that people start to ask me for ideas on what I would like for my presents. To add to the Christmas list, it is also my birthday on Christmas Eve so my poor family and friends have double to buy (this always makes me feel guilty!). Thankfully this year I have managed to complete the majority of my Christmas shopping, with just the usual difficult people left to buy for (dad's have a lot to answer for!!!), so the pressure is almost off when it comes to trying to think of gifts to buy my family and friends. I have been trying to think of things I would like, and surprisingly for me I have struggled to make a list, but here goes with my top ten wish list:
1) Elmo Cup
I read a review here on Dooyoo a month or two ago about a Cookie Monster mug, and upon looking on the manufacturers website I spotted an Elmo mug and that very quickly became one of the top things on my Christmas list! I absolutely LOVE Elmo (he is a little red monster off Sesame Street for those who aren't familiar) and a cup would be a lovely "grown up" item to have.
2) Ice Cream Maker
Again, after reading so many rave reviews about Ice Cream makers here on Dooyoo it is something I added to my list although it is quite an expensive present so it isn't something I expect to get. I would love to make my own flavours, and to add to the maker the Ben n Jerry's receipe book sounds fab!
I like to receive perfume as a gift, and a bottle of either Hugo Deep Red or Hugo Woman would be fantastic!
I adore pyjama's and I think it is kind of an unwritten rule that you should always receive a pair of pj's for Christmas. I love Me To You pj's but this year I have seen a fantastic pair of Sesame Street ones with Elmo, Big Bird and Cookie Monster on the front! (Yes I am a big kid!!)
5) Blue Nose Friends Figures
I have started a collection of the Blue Nose Friends which is a relatively new collection from the makers of Me To You bears and I would really like a couple more to boost my collection up further.
6) Multi Region DVD Player
This wasn't something that I had originally planned to ask for, but I have (perhaps stupidly) bought a couple of films that aren't region 2 and I would love to watch them. I would quite like to have a dvd player in my bedroom too so this seems like an ideal thing to ask for.
7) Blackburn Rovers Hooded Top
I am a massive Blackburn Rovers fan, and have a season ticket with my brother so a hooded top to keep me warm during the freezing winter matches would be great! I also love just slobbing out in a baggy hooded top so this is something I would absolutely love.
8) Slipper Boots
I have only very recently started wearing slippers and this is due to the fact that my kitten just loves to attack my feet! I currently have some cow slipper pumps but my feet are both cold and exposed to the kitten!! I saw some gorgeous fluffy spotty slipper boots on Ebay and loved them so they made my wish list!
9) Joe McElderry CD
Yep I love X Factor, and yep I loved Joe!! I knew from the minute I saw his first audition I wanted him to win so was delighted when he did and knew right away I would be adding his CD to my Christmas List!
10) Ricky Whittle Calendar 2011
I save the best for last! As soon as I found out Ricky Whittle was to be releasing a 2011 calendar I knew I just had to have it! I just adore him and this would be fantastic on my bedroom wall!!
So, there is my Christmas Wish List 2010! As cheesy and cliche as it sounds my main Christmas wish is for my amazing little girl to have a brilliant Christmas (and birthday - it is her birthday one week before Christmas.....my family and friends must love us!!). She will be three on 17th December and she is understanding more about Christmas and Father Christmas so I am looking forward to the whole Christmas Eve thing with the mince pie and carrots! I just hope I can make it special for her, as family being happy is the most important thing.
Thank you for reading my review :)
So Christmas is fast approaching and I have done the majority of my shopping already! The only problem with that is that I know that I will have various other shopping trips and may end up needing a new house with the amount of things I will buy my son....I love to spoil him though when I can and thankfully my dooyoo earnings have all gone towards buying people Christmas presents this year. I love to buy presents but I will admit I do love to get some as well! So here is my list for Father Christmas and I have been a very good girl this year...I promise!
The vampire diaries season one dvd
I recently watched all the season because my kind neighbour downloaded them and gave them to me. For those that have read some of my other reviews you will know I have had a thing for vampires ever since I saw Twilight and I have to say I love this programme too now. Only problem I have with this is I can't decide if I like Stefan the "good" vampire or Damon, his sexy bad ass brother! Both are hot in different ways!
I watched the series Lost from the beginning right to the end and it is something that I would like to be able to revisit and watch again.
I bought my sister some Mac make up for her birthday in September and she gave me a small tester pot and I was amazed at how soft my skin felt using this product, how far a small amount of the foundation went and how flawless it looked. I usually buy foundations around the £10.00 mark so this would be a real treat for me.
Soap and Glory smelly things
I have read so many reviews on soap and glory products on here but have never actually tried any myself! I love smellies and so it would be lovely to try some of these!
It's a law. You get new PJ's at Christmas!
I love perfumes and usually get a couple of bottles at Christmas. My favourites are Chanel Chance and Issey Miyake but I thought I might have a chance this year and go back a few years to the times when I used to wear Hugo Woman Deep red. I have asked my brother to buy me some Clinique Happy which I think is a lovely fresh scent.
This is a bit embarrassing but I saw a hoody and I want it....
On a Sunday when I am slobbing around I like to wear a jumper and leggings and I was browsing online when I saw a hooded jumper which had the slogan "Forget being a princess I want to be a vampire" Sad but I loved it!!!
Some gorgeous make up
I am a girly girl. I love make up and don't leave the house without it!
Best of all though I love to get some surprises for Christmas! Even at my age I love to look at a gift and wonder what it is, rather than know straight away and so this is the reason that my friends and family like me to have a list!
Most of all though I just want a brilliant Christmas with my son and my family. Last year was hard as I was struggling after splitting up from my boyfriend. Almost a year later I still have bad days but I am much stonger and I am looking forward to the fun and games should they happen!
Thank you for reading!
I've noticed lots of Christmas wish lists cropping up lately, so I'm going to jump on the bandwagon... Perhaps it will act as a sort of 'cosmic order' (winks). Most of my list comprises weird stuff that you can't really buy, so if you're listening Santa, as a quasi-religious figure can you grant me a couple of miracles please.
1. That my children are happy, find their 'thing' and become confident and settled human beings
2. That a lovely lady I speak to online gets a break with her health and has a real upturn which lasts
3. That my sister gets over her ex and starts to live her life for herself as well as her lovely children
4. A laptop of my very own. I've shared this (which is supposed to be mine) with the whole family for way too long now
5. Another kitten/cat, I have 5 but in my opinion you can never have enough kitties.... Perhaps it is a good job that my family act as limiters on my pet 'infestation' as my eldest likes to call it. I'd love to make my home a place where stray cats can come and have a long and happy life, though if I did that it would just be me and the cats, the family would soon move out.
6. Some pretty notebooks and unusual pens, I am a stationery freak, I just wish I was artistic enough to have beautiful copperplate writing, and to be able to doodle in a meaningful way rather than fill the page with celtic spirals and disembodied eyes.
7. This is going to sound REALLY schmaltzy and cheesy, but if Santa is still listening how about heeding the carol and giving us a bit of 'Peace on earth, and goodwill to all men'.
8. This isn't going to sound at all schmaltzy or cheesy, and honestly quite evil, I want my sisters ex to have just a little bit of bad luck, enough to satisfy our urge to kick him hard up the jacksy. (he really has been extremely bad).. Now according to the law of 3 I'm going to get 3 times as much bad luck as I've wished... damn, I take it back, blast you superstition.
9. I'd like a handyman in my stocking please, just to turn up on my doorstep and help out with all those little problems that I haven't been able to fix for the last couple of years, like sort out the damp in my lounge, fix my sofit, sort out the window in my youngest's bedroom where the rain is coming in, put a new letterbox in where the dog has ripped the old one out, fit a new lock to my back door where the dog has broken the key off in it, so I now can't use the door.... Perhaps I need a builder rather than a handyman, and someone to take the damn dog off my hands... (we love him really, but he is extremely naughty, he was even expelled from obedience class).
10. Last but not least I want you all to have a very happy Christmas, whether you celebrate it as a Christian festival or if it is for you just a winter holiday. Have a good one.
Yes I know it's only October but i'm sure the big day will spring upon us in no time ;). Now; i'm one of those irritating people who if I want something then I go out and buy it myself, I clearly have no patience or self control for that matter.....
1) Links of London Sweetie Charm: I adore my sweetie bracelet and it's the one piece of jewellery which I wear almost daily. I like charms which have a personal meaning behind it so it means something to me, receiving one of these from a family/friend would make it even more so special.
2) Perfume: I'm quite a girly girl and always like having a collection of perfumes displayed on my dressing table, it's nice to be able to have the option of a a different selection of scents for day/evening wear. My favourite perfume is Chanel, infact i've almost ran out so this would make a ideal gift for me.
3) Liz Earle Products: I've recently discovered Liz Earle products and it's a brand which i'm eager to try even more of their products. A nice body moisturiser or body scrub would be a nice present.
4) Grey Handbag: I've been looking for the perfect grey handbag for months now but to no avail :(. I get good use out of my handbags so i'd make sure this was in good hands, or rather shoulders.... ;).
5) Salon Gift Voucher: I think the majority of us ladies like to treat ourselves every now and again, whether that's with a hair treatment/restyle, manicure or pedicure, a voucher for any one of these would be greatly welcomed.
6) PJ's/Socks: Christmas isn't christmas without new PJ's and Socks. I always seem to get these every year but never tire of them, my favourites are the cosy/slipper socks, comfort gets me everytime.
7) Professional Pictures: I've always fancied having some professional photographs taken of myself. Something nice to keep and to show the children/grandchildren in years to come.
8) Puppy: Yes, yes, yes I do know that a puppy isn't just for christmas and in my circumstances it certainly wouldn't be, but i've wanted a puppy of my own now ever since I can remember. I don't see this happening anytime soon as I still live in the family home, but one day a little cutie will be mine.
9) Clothes: I'm quite a Fashionista at heart so any clothes (which suit my style of course) always makes a fab gift.
10) Health/Peace and Happiness: Now I know this sounds cheesy but deep down those three things are the most important, I can do without all the above material possessions, when it comes down to it, this is the one which matters the most.
Okay, so I have just come across this in the archives and figured, even though it's only October, Christmas is getting closer so maybe it's time to start thinking about what I want. Plus, my boyfriend might decide to read it and actually buy me things that I want!
I did read a few of these from last year and noticed people putting 'world peace' and stuff. I am actually going to put what presents I want, there's no point in me putting world peace because santa isn't going to bring it.
So here we go:
1. A Pandora bracelet with a couple of charms.
Okay, I know everyone has them and they're probably the most unoriginal present this year. But they just look so cute! I have discussed this with my boyfriend and explained that he would never struggle to pick a present again, because he can just buy me a charm, so I hope he has listened!
2. 24 seasons 4,6,7 & 8.
I recently started watching these again and noticed that my seasons 4 and 6 were scratched and wouldn't play. This was actually the end of my world! So replacements would be nice. Plus I haven't seen 7 & 8 and they would complete my collection :)
3. A new laptop!
As the 'k' key on mine has fallen off and will not go back on, I now have to copy and paste when I want to use the k. You don't realise how difficult this is until you have to do it! Also, my computer seems to have no memory left, despite having nothing on it! And simply doesn't like to work.
4. One of Skindred's albums.
I don't care which one it is! I just love them and want to be able to listen to them more!!
5. Both of Paul O'Grady's books.
I've been trying to motivate myself to buy the first one and now he's released a new one!! I need both of them, I do love Paul O'Grady and really want to read about his life!
6. UGG Boots.
I already have 2 pairs, but 2 isn't enough!! My lovely boyfriend splashed out £150 for a pair last Christmas, when we had only been together for 2 weeks! And I love them, they have lasted the whole year and I just want the same in a new colour please :)
7. Paco Robanne Black XS perfume.
I know this is more of a summer smell but I cant resist it!
It's going to have to stop there! I'm struggling to think of more!!
Atleast I'm not asking for too much :)
First of all I would like to wish all dooyooers a very merry Christmas and hope that all of your Christmas wishes come true.
My first wish would be that all programmes like X Factor (glorified karaoke), celebrity get me out (NO, leave 'em there!) and Britain got talent (well not really!) are finally cancelled. Ok I agree that some people like this type of entertainment, but I wish they would stop asking me did I watch it last night. I feel that my response of "I'd rather stick red hot pokers in my eyes" doesn't go down well. I was thrilled to find out that Rage against the Machine won the Christmas number one slot "Ha, Ha Simon Cowell, stick that in your pipe and smoke it". It just goes to show I am not the only one who feels this way.
My second wish would be that all people in the world would finally wake up and stop beating on each other just because they are different. We are all humans, so why can't we get along.
My third wish would be to get rid of all politicians as they are no good at their job. These people are supposed to look out for us and make the world a peaceful world to live in. NOPE, they just want to send people out to war, Nick all our money and spend it on a nice conservatory in their big fancy houses.
Fourth wish would be to spread a bit of laughter to people. What I mean by this is I am not exactly a witty person when it comes to comedy. I am rubbish at telling jokes (even my grandma is funnier than me). They always say laughter is the best medicine and I would like to be the doctor to deliver.
My fifth wish is a simple one, I wish I was taller. I am only 4ft 11 and I am tired of people looking down at me, especially when 11 year olds are even taller than me. Ok this is a selfish wish, but I don't care!
My sixth wish would be for a healthy life for all. I have lost so many people close to me from illness. My mother from depression when I was young, my sister who was mentally handicap, my granddad from a heart attack and my grandma from cancer.
My seven wish would be to abolish Money. The idea of Rich and Poor people. It annoys me how a few people can be stinking rich while other doesn't have enough to feed them selves.
My eight wish (if I can't have wish 7) is that bank charges are given bank to the people. They have robbed people for years. What other business could get away with charging you £30, just because you have gone overdrawn by 20p? Even loan sharks don't charge you so much interest. Ok so they will break your legs thou.
My ninth wish would be for more time. Everyone is so busy and rushing around that you doesn't have time to appreciate all the little things around you. I love watching nature. It's like a magical world.
My last wish would be for some more wishes.
Top 10 Christmas Wishlist
1. I am sitting here, 41 weeks pregnant, desperate for my baby to arrive before the big day so I would say that my number one wish this year is that my baby arrives soon!! Of course, I just want him/her to be healthy but I'm hoping to have them in time for Christmas to make it that little extra bit special and also because I have a lovely little Christmas outfit for it to wear and I really want to be able to use it!! Also I don't really want to be in hospital on Christmas Day as I've never actually been in hospital before and don't want to be away from my lovely hubbie on the day.
2. To be able to spend time with my family. I think I will definitely miss them if I have to be in hospital. We actually have plans to go to the in-laws on Christmas Day which is a couple of hours away from our house so hopefully we can get there. My mother in law does some lovely food and all my little nieces and nephews will be there so I'm really looking forward to seeing them. Also I have some relatives from America coming to visit too so I'm looking forward to seeing them.
3. My new baby present. - My lovely hubbie and I have bought each other new baby presents as a token to each other and I have a feeling mine is from Tiffany's as I have hinted quite a bit so I'm really looking forward to seeing what he has got me.
4. To see my friends. I have lovely friends and they have all been really supportive, seeing how I'm doing with the impending arrival and I am really looking forward to them meeting the baby once he/she arrives.
5. I haven't really asked for many presents this year although I did ask hubbie to make them all surprises as I like a surprise rather than knowing what I am getting. I love giving and seeing peoples faces when I have picked out a nice gift for them as I generally tend to do quite well.
6. Some quality time with hubbie. Of course, we are going to have our hands very very full in a couple of days but I'm really looking forward to spending some quality time with him too as a new little family. He has some paternity time off and saved holiday from last year so I'm really looking forward to the beginning of January.
7. Vain I know but I'm looking forward to getting my figure back!! I have always been quite slim and actually only put on about 2 stone with this pregnancy but I am looking forward to having a nice stomach again and just getting healthy. I have eaten quite healthily during the pregnancy and exercised quite well so I know I can snap back into shape but I am looking forward to it, especially with the New Year to boost me too. I really only lived in two pairs of jeans and one pair of trousers so I'm looking forward to getting into different clothes too as I'm bored of my maternity ones. I am going to start running again and am hopefully going to sign up for quite a few charity 5k's so I'm looking forward to training for those whilst getting fit.
8. That people still remember the true meaning of Christmas. I admit, I get caught up with it all too, the Santa decorations, the lights, presents, parties but I do remember the true meaning of Christmas and the birth of Jesus Christ. I just hope that in years to come we, in this country are still allowed to celebrate this religious time. I hate to hear about schools that have to ban nativity plays because it is not religiously correct. We are still a Christian country and as far as I'm concerned should be allowed to have nativity plays and nativity scenes and the like. I think this country would have more respect and be a better place if people knew and remembered this meaning and stuck with it during the rest of the year.
9. Health, wealth and happiness for my family and friends and that it is, can't think of a 10th thing that I want!!
I know this is going to sound selfish , but I'm going to actually focus on myself for once, In the past i have done the wishing for world peace, war to completely come to an end, I've even cried buckets over those poor people in third world countries, and little good has it done , so it is obvious that Santa has not listened to anything i have wished for in the past.
So i will take the selfish approach maybe he will be kicking himself somewhere in the north pole , and wishing he had granted me my other wishes in the past!!
The first thing on my selfish wish list is to win the lottery, not just one of them but all those over the Christmas holiday, well i might as well get this selfish thing of to a really greedy start.
2) I would love for eastenders to be on at least 4 times a day over the Christmas period with the inhabitants having fun,
3) I would love to be invited to dinner at number ten downing street only so i could hide my Brussels sprouts somewhere interesting for a change... watch out Gordon Brown!!
4) I wish for me to win every competition i have entered on so i can say "thanks but no thanks I've won the lottery now and can buy it " and cancel my subscription to the many competition sites I'm listed at.
5) I wish to have my own elf , mainly so it would take the task of wrapping all those presents that seem impossible.
6) I would love to find Gordon Ramsey in my kitchen on Christmas morning preparing everything for Christmas lunch.
7) I wish for every pair of shoes i buy to have that comfortable feeling , the kind you get from shoes after the 40th wear , for once i would like to attend a party like I'm walking on air and not shard of glass.
8) I wish it went back to " merry Christmas or happy Christmas" instead of happy holiday's sorry but I'm not racist at all.... no way but please why do all the traditions have to change they were fine since the beginning of time !!!
9) Would love to see a robin and for those carol singers you see in the Victorian clothes on the front of some Christmas cards to come knocking on my door, just the thought of it fills me with Christmas cheer.
10) i wish for no power cuts over the Christmas period, because as much as i like snow and wrapping up warm with a big scarf i just do not expect to do it on a night time as i get in to bed , last year we had a total of 4 power cuts , one of them lasted just over 48 hours , it was awful, It is amazing how you take things for granted and when they are gone you wonder how you will cope , i sadly did not cope and ended up driving 40 miles to my mothers, where i knew it would be warm and i could actually hold a conversation without seeing my breath, the kids did not adapt to it either, they fought like cat and dog so i think the best way to deal with this never happening is to wish for a back up generator, that way i keep everyone happy including myself.
I'm pretty difficult to buy for at the best of times but clothes, make up and accessories are usually the best option. But as I'm currently pregnant (with twin boys) I have gone off buying clothes etc and don't really have much on my Christmas list this year.........Even worse my birthday is 24th December so this is actually a joint Christmas and birthday list!!!
I usually hate asking for money for Christmas ( I always feel a bit cheeky) but this year as there is not a lot I am after I have told my family and friends that money is probably the best present and saves them trailing round the shops trying to think of something for me. I can treat myself to some new clothes once I am no longer pregnant hopefully or have a nice little rainy day fund.
2) UGG/ Just Sheepskin Boots
I already have a sand coloured pair of UGG boots but would really like a black pair as they are so comfy and very practical. I figure I'm going to do a lot of walking and need some sensible shoes I can wear for winter when my babies are born when I take them out in there pram. Although an expensive present definitely worth it as my sand coloured pair were bought 2 years ago and are still going strong.
3) St Tropez tan
I sound like a bimbo but I love false tan, especially St Tropez. Having a bit of colour makes me feel better about myself .... However I'm not one of them girls that goes for the orange look and I am very particular about having a natural light colour rather than a dark orange stain covering me!! At £20 a bottle I always think it's a good present as it's something I use but don't like spending my own money on!
4) Wii Fit Plus Game
I have the original Wii Fit game and I'm not one for the gym or regular exercise but always feel better knowing if I do fancy excising I can jump on the Wii Balance board and "exercise" in the comfort of my own home.
5) A buyer for our house
We put our house on the market in October and have had a number of people come to view (many who did say they were waiting until after Christmas!!!) We had one ridiculously low offer which we rejected from a woman I was sure wasn't in the real world and one for the asking price which we accepted. That deal then fell through as the couple who put the offer in split up so we are back to square 1!
The market has slowed down which we expected around Christmas time so hopefully the new year will bring us someone who puts in an offer near the asking price and can move reasonably quickly!
6) Vera Wang Princess Perfume
One of my favourite perfumes (plus I love the pretty bottle) which I happen to be running low on. Perfume is quite a "traditional" Christmas gift in my opinion and it's something I need so no doubt my mother will feel happy buying this present as she has moaned on that this year I have been harder than ever to buy for!
7) My new car
Technically not a Christmas present but Mr Lools and I have recently purchased a new car for me that is "more practical and family orientated". My previous car was a (sporty) 3 door Audi A3 but after insisting I want a car of a similar size just with 5 doors we have opted for a Seat Leon. We managed to get a good deal on a new car but it has meant waiting for it to be delivered. Fingers crossed it should be hear in time for Christmas as my current car will be going to its new owner on 19th December ( sob sob) .
Essential part of Christmas for me and after all I am "eating for three"!
9) Healthy Babies
All appears to be fine with the boys but they will be delivered at 36 weeks so are going to be "early" babies which carries risks and the potential that they will need some form of extra care. I'm more than aware and have been warned that twins can come even earlier. This all became very real last week when I had a little scare (at 30 weeks pregnant) and there was a moment when the doctors considered delivering the boys. All is well and I just hope they stay cooking for longer and when they do arrive all is well and healthy babies! This is definitely my number one Christmas wish!!!
10) Not to go into labour on Christmas Day
Being a Christmas Eve baby myself I know what a pain it is being born around Christmas. Christmas Eve is bad but Christmas Day even worse (my uncle was born on Christmas Day). Birthday presents wrapped in Christmas paper, people not buying you a birthday card and people having no money to go out and celebrate your birthday because "its Christmas" even though you always go out for their summer birthdays. The list could go on but for my boys sake I really don't want them to have a Christmas Day birthday! I also am looking forward to my Christmas Day lunch at my mums so I don't plan on visiting the hospital this Christmas Day!!!
I've seen that several members have compiled their Christmas wishlist on dooyoo, and since it seemed like fun I thought I'd join in!
So, what's on my Christmas wishlist this year...
1. Ugg boots - my main present this year (I buy my own presents, as there's no point in hubby doing it). I think it was a dooyoo (either that or Ciao) review which put the idea into my head that I absolutely must get a pair of Ugg boots. I'm not a person who's particularly interested in shoes, and I'm not a person who's particularly interested in designer labels. But, once I get it into my head that I want something, then that's it. Anyway, I had trouble choosing which ones I wanted (they all look so gorgeous - I know, they're not everyone's thing!), but settled on the black Bailey Buttons, for the extortionate price of £160. I don't actually know when I will wear them as I won't want to take them out of the house for fear of getting them dirty, but I'm so excited about seeing them. I've had them delivered to my parent's house so that I'm not tempted to peak before the day.
2. Moose re-adoption - last year for Christmas I adopted the moose living at the Highland Wildlife Park in Inverness. I was so excited to find that they had just got moose (it was only very recently that we've had any moose in the UK) that I had to - I couldn't justify the Platinum (£500) or Gold adoptions (£175), so settled for the Silver (£80) which means that my name is on their enclosure, and I'm paying a small amount towards their upkeep. In 2009 they have actually had moose babies (or mooselings as I call them), and I really really must meet my moose in Inverness, but it is a long way and I'd have to make hubby drive me there. Perhaps in 2010...anyway, I have renewed my adoption.
3. 4 moose calendars - Continuing the moose theme, for 2010 there are actually 4 moose calendars available (there are usually 3). I already have my one from the Anchorage Daily News (which incidentally caused me the hassle of credit card fraud following that transaction) and it's up on my wall at work now along with the 2009 as bizarrely it goes from September 2009 to December 2010. The other 3 calendars I've ordered from Amazon and will open on Christmas day. One for the bedroom, one for the moosery (spare room) and one for the living room. I really hope no one else gets us a calendar this year as there's nowhere to put it.
4. Hair curlers - I don't do hair as a rule. I hate having anything done to it, and it's generally just tied up and out of my face. However, this all changed at the beginning of November when I had my hair cut (a very rare occurrence - the 3rd time in 5 years) when I was staying at my parent's. Anyway, it ended up costing an absolute fortune, seriously. As a result I feel I must make an effort now with it - it's loose today for instance, although I didn't have much time to use the hair straighteners. I thought I should get some curlers to give me a bit of variety, and I love my hair when it's curly. So I've asked my mum and dad for some curlers for Christmas - so looking forward to curly hair on Christmas day!
5. Twilight books - I've read so many positive reviews of the Twilight books over the past year that I thought I must round to reading them, and since they haven't turned up on the charity book list or Bookmooch I've also asked my mum and dad for all four of them - so that'll be my Christmas reading sorted!
6. Wii Fit Plus - My main present last year was Wii Fit and the balance Board. Or should I say Wii Fat since I was told I was Obese. Anyway, I have to say that I haven't actually used it that much (it was so demoralising seeing how much I weighed and my BMI), until recently that I actually have started to lose some weight primarily through eating less. It's nice to just be Overweight now rather than Obese. I've heard so many good things about Wii Fit Plus and since it's only £17 I think I might as well get it, I like the idea of not having to hang around and being able to set your own workouts. I think I'm going to treat myself to it this weekend as an early present since hubby's going to be away.
7. Moose - Christmas is the time of moose - well it is for me anyway. I have to be so careful when out shopping as my moose radar is very sensitive, and I could end up spending a fortune. I have actually resisted the urge to buy myself any moose in the run up to Christmas (oh, apart from the moose socks I bought whilst buying a friend some giraffe socks), but I would be disappointed if I didn't get a couple on Christmas day. Not to be confused with reindeer of course who have smaller antlers and usually have red noses...but then there is some overlap where Christmas decorations are concerned and I'm not that picky!
8. Time with friends - Living up in Cumbria with most of my friends down in Essex I really miss seeing them, and I was so happy when hubby said that we could go to my parent's for Christmas this year (last year we had just the two of us, the year before was with the in-laws in Bridlington). So, I'm really looking forward to Christmas Eve with them, and between Christmas and New Year. New Year itself is in Suffolk with hubby's best mate and wife which should be really nice. The only problem though with seeing my friends is that it means I end up missing them even more when we come home :o(
9. Time with family - as above. I love Cumbria and I love our house. But along with my friends I really miss my family, especially my mum and dad. Admittedly it won't be long before my mum's fussing gets too much and we're ready to leave, but that's not the point! My brother and his family will also be over for Christmas Day, and I think my sister and her family will be over on Boxing Day (and I don't think I've seen my sister and her children for nearly a year). So while it's stressful, it'll be great to see everyone. And I'm so happy that my dad's in good health now after it has been quite touch and go for him, although sad that we lost a family friend earlier in the year (who was ill at the same time).
10. To get pregnant - Despite what I've said I'm not really bothered by any presents at all. Although I will love my Ugg boots and moose related items, I could do without them really. Hubby and I have only been trying for 6 months, but it seems like a lot longer. I know it's early days (I know, I shouldn't be moaning), but each month is such a disappointment. It wouldn't be so bad if I wasn't so miserable at work, but that seems to get worse every day. Now is not really the time to be looking elsewhere, not with hoping to get pregnant, and I do have a good relationship with some colleagues. On top of that I stopped taking anti-depressants in preparation for getting pregnant, and I'm starting to feel pretty miserable about life in general. But anyway, chin up as they say, and as everyone's telling me "It'll happen when you're least expecting it" - I'm not convinced about that since I'm expecting it every month (so really that is the least helpful thing that people can say, and I'm finding it a bit upsetting really). But anyway, here's to hoping that 2010 brings hubby and I a little mooseling of our own.
Sorry to end on a bit of a downer, but such is life. I hope everyone gets what they're wishing for :o)
Christmas is falling ever nearer and I did have a think about what I would like as my dad was nagging me for a list. I am 36 but still love the fact that him and my step mum buy me silly little gifts that are numbered 1 to 5 with 5 always being the best present. Daft I know but I am easily pleased.
If I had to have a real wish list then this is what it would be:
1) A telephoto lens for my Canon camera along with studio lights and a couple of different backdrops (serious cash here) - however it would be so I could get started on my photography business idea which leads to..
2) My own studio. Just a little one enough to house a studio and reception and viewing room. Not much then!!! Its a very minimal price to rent a studio but to buy it is a whole other matter
3) My own website to be up and running -although as this is on my wishlist- it would be for someone to do it for me and maintain it and look after it. I am not fantastic on the computer and so to have a graphic designer who did everything would be a dream :)
4) To have my hair cut at a sooper swanky hairdressers and then be taken out somewhere lovely and posh to eat and for it all to be paid for. Maybe overlooking the Thames or somewhere with a nice view. Im not really a girly girl but I could enjoy a bit of pampering!!
5) To win some money so I can clear not only my debt but also members of my family. It would so wonderful if we didnt have to worry about money. We all struggle through it and my parents and sister have helped me out no end through my life so it would be nice if monetarily I could pay them back. Especially as my mum and step dad no longer work and rely on a pension. To be able to pay off the mortgage would be a huge weight off my shoulders.
6) To meet the Rock. Dwayne Johnson is my all time fave. For any of you that dont know who this hunk of beef is, he was a wrestler on the WWE and then became a movie star.
7) If miracles could happen I would go back in time and erase what happened on the 31st october this year to a close friend. He was murdered and only 30. He lost his life over a stupid incident that wasnt his fault. He had so many plans and I would love to be able to see him fulfill them.
8) I would love to live in a house :) I have lived in my flat for 10 years now and dream all the time of having a house and a garden. You never know though...if I win the lottery....
9) To have a huge massive vat of sweets in my front room...or even for my front room to be redisgned to match the sweet factory. Yeah I would be like Ten Ton Tessie but I would as happy as a pig in....its sty!! ha ha!
10) And finally a nice cheesy but easy one...to have peace and goodwill for the christmas period and for there to be no rows!!!
Thanks for reading and if any of you know the Rock ...let me know!!!
Having read and clicked someone else's wishlist my imagination was caught and here I am. Christmas is just a sneeze away, 20 days and it's not long until dreams can be reality.
Reality is good books, nice body products, a little bit of fan merchandise and a fab day with my kids but I'm going for the ultimate indulgence, what would I reallllly like? Just me? No Miss World ' Ah would like world peace' statements, no sweeping statements about all my loved ones, just me?
10. A Teasmaid. Now I realise I sound old and possibly sad but I drink tea like it's going out of fashion and honestly it's just too late in the day if it takes more than 3 seconds after I wake up (and that never happens). Some days I don't even have time before I leave the house so being woken with piping hot tea sounds like my idea of heaven. Pass the Twinings Everyday please!
9. My cat back. I had the most fabulous cat, Sisko and he moved out when my twins were born 4 years ago. I miss having him around. He was half Siamese, black and chock full of personality. He would keep me company washing up or fold himself silently over my feet whilst I read a book. Comfortable companionship.
8. A day of total indulgence, massages, facials, manicures and pedicures. I've got a vile cold at the moment and such a day sounds blissful, but then I've worked really hard for months on end now so a whole day of doing what I want is something incredible. My last day off was swallowed up by my tax return!
7. A Ford Cougar. It's not pretty, it's not girlie but damn it's a smooth ride and I love the overall comfort mixed with a slightly older and sophisticated sex appeal. It's just a lurvely car.
6. Show tickets. I haven't been to see a West End show this year and it's something I strive to do each year if I can. It took me way too long to begin my big show trips and I don't want to stop them now. It's a long way to London from here, no small feat.
5 . A recliner sofa. I sit in the most peculiar positions in order to get comfy, which does my back no good at all and I really think a recliner sofa would be just the thing with which to enjoy my....
4. Home cinema. I love watching films and I could really easily live with a good 42 inches of high quality visual entertainment on the wall. I know 42 inches doesn't seem so big but then the wall is kinda close, so maybe I need a....
3. Bigger house. I have a lovely house but I have these romanticised ideas about old houses with endlessly huge rooms where furniture doesn't have to be rammed against walls and where windows have gothic arches and the doors are studded, my own personal castle but on a smaller scale. But oh! the heating bills, maybe I should consider...
2. A place in Egypt. If I'm going to have a great house I might as well have two. I love Egypt and I'd love to spend much more time there so a home from home seems like the ideal answer really. But that costs a lot of money so maybe...
1. Well, in going for gold, all my materials wants would be solved with a single piece of paper, a lottery ticket with any figure over £150,000 would pretty much solve the immediate concerns. Any figure bigger than that would start solving the list 2-10.
Ahhhh if only!
What does one put on their Christmas Wishlist when one (like yours truly) isn't into things like flashy holidays, cross-stitch or jewellery? I don't own a car - I can't even drive....and I hardly use any cosmetics. I do use toiletries and perfume, but I like to choose and buy them for myself. I love books and music, but again I prefer them to be my own choice.
Most of my friends and I have an agreement not to get one another any presents, and my sister and I simply go out for a meal where we share the bill; that's our Christmas present to ourselves, and I just give my great-nephews some money so that they can buy whatever they wish. A couple of other friends and I have an agreement simply to buy one another food-orientated presents, as we each have enough scented candles from Christmases past to last us longer than a lifetime.
I have fond and mildly amusing memories of my now late mother every year being enthralled to receive as many pairs of slippers as possible - she wore them constantly, and got through them like wildfire. Each Christmas my sister and I would both present her with oblong box-shaped parcels and my mum would act all excited - it was so contrived because she surely knew both parcels which were shoe-box shaped contained the much desired slippers? On opening them she'd go into paroxysms of ecstasy at receiving two lots of the gift of her dreams. Despite my sister and I having had some relating problems with our mum during our formative years, I can say that my mum was the easiest person in the world to buy presents for as she was happy with oodles of slippers, chocolates and toiletries. Give her a huge jar of pickled onions too, and she was as happy as a pig in proverbial!
I don't really celebrate Christmas much and I'm one of these awkward people who finds receiving gifts a bit on the embarrassing side; but I do have a sort of a wishlist inside of my head for this year in particular - it's all fantasy though, as what's in my mind probably wouldn't occur to most people when choosing gifts.
Of course I wish for world peace, total abolition of things like hatred, greed, terrorism, prejudice, arrogance, violence, yob culture etc., and the return of good manners and respect for others, but those things can only come from inside of other people's spirits - that's something I have little or no influence over; so, I think the following even though mostly impossible, is probably a more realistic set of requests.
My 2009 Christmas Wishlist......(in no order of preference):
1. I'd love a complete makeover, both inside and outside, for my little mobile home. I've been living here for just over three years, and apart from a quick slap of paint on the outside walls which is now wearing off and half a painted bathroom, I've done or had no decorating whatsoever done since moving in. Though I'm by no means a house proud person, sometimes I can get a bit depressed when I look away from the computer screen for 5 minutes and realise that I'm living in something which is only one rung up the ladder of domesticity from Steptoe's yard! I'm caught in a sort of a Catch-22 situation in that I have to work all the time (evenings and weekends too), and without working I can't gather the cash together to pay someone to decorate my place, yet in order to gather that cash together, I can't risk taking any time off - time which I would have to take off if somebody were here slapping paint and wallpaper paste around, as my job isn't one which can be done if I have someone else with me. Though I'm very happy where I live, it's at the times when I realise I'm living in a dump that I miss my old semi-luxury flat; at least I don't have a mortgage on this place though and I own it outright.
2. I think another Christmas gift which is by no means guaranteed but would be really nice if chance were to smile upon me, is a winning lottery ticket! I'm not after millions, but £100k or so would set me up nicely and I'd be over the moon with that.
3. This may seem a strange wish, but I'd love a garden shed. I'm tired of seeing all my garden tools, including the lawnmower, stuck in poky corners inside my half-decorated bathroom.
4. It would be lovely to have somebody to do all my cooking, washing, cleaning/housework, shopping, gardening etc. (all the jobs I hate) for at least a year....preferably for life!
5. I'd love to have a complete pampering session for my skin, feet and hair. I'm not worried about my fingernails, as I'm good at doing them myself and they are my pride and joy, but I'd just love to feel as if my feet, skin and hair were being given a new lease of life.
6. I'd really like a new bed with a firm, posture-sprung mattress and a wooden frame with a satin-padded headboard. There's nothing wrong with the bed I have now, but it's very cheap, basic, and doesn't have a headboard, so when I want to read just before going to sleep, I have to shove a pillow behind my head leaning against the wall.
7. I'd love a washer-dryer. The washing machine I have isn't very old and it's supremely efficient; it's so far given me no problems at all, but I don't have a tumble dryer any more (no room for one) and even if I did have one, there's nowhere I could efficiently place the outflow pipe. I get fed up with drying clothes indoors (I don't have anywhere outside I can dry them) and a washer-dryer would be a Godsend. Like with the garden tools, I have to keep my washing machine in the bathroom as that's the only place where there's space for these things.
8. A few years ago when browsing through an antique shop not far away from where I live, I saw a beautiful old slot machine which had been rescued from one of the amusement arcades on Southend Sea Front back in the early 1960s. It's a huge machine and I'd have nowhere to keep it (unless some kind soul presented me with a sizeable garden shed), but what a brilliant memento to be in possession of. Problem is the price ticket on it back then was about £3,000, so the asking price could have doubled in the ensuing years.
9. I'd love a kitten or an older rescue cat. That for me would be one of my dreams come true, but I have to be realistic and remember that my income is erratic, very low, and vet's bills could prove to be a major problem - which would be very unfair on the kitten/cat should it become ill and need treatment.
10. I'd love somebody to find an instant miracle cure for arthritis. I'd give anything to be able to walk as fast as I used to be able to - although some days I can walk a lot better than other days. I'd love to be able to kneel on the floor again and actually be able to get back up! I'd love to be able to just zip up and down stairs like I used to. It would be wonderful each time I go out on a simple trip such as shopping, not to have to stop and think about silly things like sizes of shopping bags to take, whether I'll get too tired walking around the shop, arranging my shopping list such that I don't have to bend down and other things which may seem weird or even unnecessary to other people, but when something like arthritis strikes, we find ourselves having to pay attention to silly-isms that we otherwise would never have cause to think about. The cherry on the cake would to be totally pain-free once more.
Well that's about my list for this year. Perhaps I should get cracking and write a letter to Father Christmas. I actually do have a chimney I can send it up, just like I did when I was a little girl - all the things I used to request then did magically appear on Christmas morning, so maybe that's what I should do now, at age 55?
Thanks for reading and I hope it wasn't too boring!