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Holiday Wishes Meme

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.


1. For the midget to get the hang of peeing in the potty. As soon as she's potty-trained, she can start preschool. done, summer 2005

2. To learn how to do something new with my hair. I have straight waist-length hair and I only know how to put it in a ponytail, a bun, simple braiding (not French braiding), and how to twist it up and clip it with a barrette. I'm willing to buy different hair products, curlers, etc., I simply don't know how to use any of them yet.

3. Go to somebody else's list and do something for them.

4. Any of the America's Test Kitchen companion cookbooks (Inside America's Test Kitchen [thanks, revme!], Here In America's Test Kitchen, The America's Test Kitchen Cookbook).

5. For Laurel to hear from her dad sometime during the holidays. She was crestfallen when he didn't call or send a card for her birthday and we haven't heard from him since August. He doesn't have to send her anything, she just wants to talk to him. Himself called on 17 December, see related post.

6. Cotton tights and a few solid-color cardigans, preferably in neutral colors, to wear with the dresses I plan to make so they'll be wearable year-round. (I fit into a ladies' small or girls' extra-large and am 5'2".)

7. Fabric remnants for my sewing stash. I'll seriously take any fabric someone doesn't want (I use fabric I wouldn't use for clothing for bag linings, to make a sample garment before cutting more expensive cloth, etc.) and I'm always happy to sew things in return. My current hunt is for pretty remnants under a yard and as small as 9x12" for handbags.

8. A Vario Plus Snap Kit (see one halfway down this page) or similar pliers for setting snaps with interchangeable heads for different size snaps. acquired in spring 2005

9. A babysitter for a night out with Vogon. We haven't been out without Laurel since early September and I'd like a night or weekend afternoon out with him.

10. Good health for all of my friends, especially the folks with chronic illnesses and/or recovering from surgery or serious injuries.

My contact information is always available on my website. The Colorado address on it is my parents' and forwards to my Texas address; e-mail me for my Texas address.

What do you want for the holidays?


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 22nd, 2004 02:34 pm (UTC)
French braiding is pretty easy to do to yourself... I think I taught myself in 6th grade. You comb your hair out so it doesn't have any snarls, then you divide hair up at the front (your bangs area or behind the bangs) into 3 sections. Put right over middle, left over the (new) middle, keep them tight, and then hold the 3 sections with your left hand. With the thumb of your right hand, create a section of hair by moving it horizontally, front to back, and combine it with your right hand, with the right hand section. Smooth the side out as best as you can, and then move the whole section over the middle section. Hold all 3 sections now with your right hand, and use your left thumb in the same way to do the same on the other side.

Repeat, repeat, repeat, adding hair as you go, when you get to the bottom of your head, you just do a plain braid the rest of the way down.
Nov. 23rd, 2004 04:47 pm (UTC)
I tried this morning and got about halfway to the nape of my neck before my arms got tired. Tomorrow I'll try again with a clip handy so I can take breaks and I think I'll have it down soon with practice. Thank you!
Nov. 23rd, 2004 05:15 pm (UTC)
Cool, glad to have helped. :-) You can do it faster by taking bigger chunks of hair (which is easier for you with longer hair). That's what I used to do when my hair was longer and if I didn't get a shower, at least in a french braid it wouldn't be so obvious that it needed washing. :-D

The backwards french braid, instead of doing the right/left OVER the middle, you'd put it UNDER the middle, and that's how they get the braid to lie on top.
Nov. 22nd, 2004 08:10 pm (UTC)
Brilliant question of the evening...

Define neutral colors. (I think pink is a neutral, I don't own anything beige, so...I ask.)

Also, is Laurel still into Dora the Explorer? Barnes and Noble has a cute little snowglobe that you get when you buy two children's books. All our youngster relatives are getting books for Christmas from us, so I've "earned" three of them. I'd love to send her one if that's OK with you (they're plastic, and seem pretty indestructable).

Would you rather me send the Panda directly to Texas? (My email is holly.ray-kirby AT faulkner.edu if you'd like to email the Texas address).
Nov. 23rd, 2004 11:59 am (UTC)
Neutral usually means without color; colors like beige, ivory, taupe, black, gray, and white are neutral. Most of my current wardrobe is neutral with a few colored pieces because I grew up with the idea that a classic wardrobe is neutral with colored accent pieces, but I'm really not picky. The dress I'm about ready to cut out and sew for a nice holiday dress is kelly green with a white snowflake print. (:

Laurel loves Dora and snowglobes, so that'd be wonderful. Is there anything you'd like in trade?

Things sent to my Texas address arrive faster (my Colorado address forwards here), so I'll drop you an e-mail with it. Thanks!
Nov. 22nd, 2004 10:19 pm (UTC)
This site has been most instructional. It has step-by-step pictures for many different kinds of braids, and harpie84 comes over and tries different kinds of braids from that site (on my head, because I'm the one with the long hair).
Nov. 23rd, 2004 06:24 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love her work! I'm still mastering braiding my own hair, so those are things way out as goals for now. (vogonpoet can apparently braid much better than I can, but the only time we've actually tried he got distracted by something else and I lost my small brush in the study. I'll find it one of these days.)
Nov. 23rd, 2004 11:41 am (UTC)
this is going to be kinda odd, but jo anne just sent out like a major coupon, 40% i think. Ill see if I can find it around the house, im not sure what its for but even if its just one item, thats alot.
Nov. 23rd, 2004 05:18 pm (UTC)
It's not odd at all. I've been slow to get on store mailing lists since moving here, so any coupon excites me. There's a JoAnn's a few minutes away from me and I didn't even know it until a few weeks ago. Thanks!
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