Tuesday, November 08, 2016

help me, readers

Okay. I get that this is totally privileged first-world white-girl stuff going on, but I need some help/suggestions.

I need to give my parents a list of things for Christmas (also which they could pass on to Brother and Sister-in-Law). I am kind of drawing a blank except for maybe one or two things.

I do need new field boots but of course that would have to be either a before or after Christmas gift because I'd have to try them on.

I need smallish stuff. I actually prefer getting smaller, sillier, inexpensive items to one or two big things. Also, my parents are very practical (Depression babies, I probably need say no more) so there are certain things I'm not fully comfortable asking for.

Also, if I give a longer list, there's more of an element of surprise. I dislike asking for just one thing and then knowing I am going to get it. (And I realize: that's privilege talking right there. The truth is, most things I NEED need I can go out and buy even if it means saving a couple months for them).

I am not a gadgeteer. I am not really into shoes or purses and I am v. picky about clothing to the point where I prefer to make dresses and skirts myself. (Maybe ask for fabric? I don't know)

I already have more yarn than I can use up, and more quilting fabric than I can use up. (What I need is time.)

I could use another nice big sweatshirt (I would request an XL) like this one but that seems kind of a high price.
If I were more "out" about being such a massive Pony fan, I'd ask for Pony stuff, but I admit I'm not comfortable with that because my dad sometimes watches "weird news" and I'm afraid he'd have the wrong idea about how I am a fan, based on some of the news stories run.

Does anyone have experience with the Rosetta Stone software? Would that be a good way to keep learning German? My main issue right now is I really have trouble with verb tenses and sentence structure, I'm pretty solid on vocabulary. Or if not Rosetta Stone, is there some kind of good software I could use?

Does anyone have recommendations on music theory books for someone who knows a little but isn't a super technical music type? I would like to learn more music theory.

Would asking for a snowglobe or music box seem too impractical? I don't even know exactly what I would want besides a "kind of nice one, NOT a plastic snowglobe" type thing - and even then, it would be hard to carry a snowglobe back with me unless it was professionally wrapped and shipped to me. But I find increasingly those little day-brightener type of things are kind of necessary for me.

I can't think of any kitchen stuff I need. I have all the pots and pans I need, I have an immersion blender, I have a scale, I have an instant-read thermomenter. Stand mixers are too expensive for me to feel comfortable asking for one, and besides, I have no room and don't do enough elaborate cooking or dough-making to necessitate one.

I have a battery powered camp lantern for power outages and also a lantern that will run off of cooking oil for BIG emergencies.

It was so much easier when I was a kid and I could just tear pages out of the Sears wish book, and "toys" were at the top of the list.


Lynne said...

Are you familiar with the Teaching Company? Www.greatcourses.com . Full price is a bit high but there are always some on sale so if you wait they're not bad. Richard Greenberg, who does most of their music courses, is good. I've listened to Bach and the High Baroque, How to Listen To and Understand Great Music, and The Symphonies of Beethoven. I have the music theory one but haven't made time for it. But you could probably knock off a lecture during your exercise time. I've got a 14 minute commute which doesn't lend itself to lectures.

Kucki68 said...

Could you ask them for a set number of piano lessons? Admittedly hard to wrap up, but a voucher for 5 or 10 lessons would be good, no? How about a subscription to a organic vegetable box (or would that not work with your allergies?) to help with the stress of shopping?

No idea on the music theory or Rosetta, sorry.

purlewe said...

Our library has a rosetta stone subscription. perhaps you could see if yours does and if so try it out to see if you think it is something you'd like bought for you. (OK I just looked and they no longer have rosetta stone, but duolingo and mango languages. But you could still ask and see if they do that way if they do you can try it out.)

I think asking for money for fabric is good. Money for your fancy books (I am forgetting the brand name, but you occassionally order from them. perhaps they can get a GC for you?)

tea, small treats, We always get chapstick. a windup toy for your stocking?

I like the idea of a monthly fresh fruit subscription like henry & david. would that work? even a monthly tea sub, or a monthly something. they could do it for 3 months instead of the whole year.