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In my family, the Amazon Christmas wish list has become a bit of a tradition. I think I started it when I picked up a truly regrettable scarf down in SoHo for my sister one year, when after much prodding the best I could get out of her for what she wanted was "jeans," "music," and "a nice scarf." The one I picked out(in her words) was like a cross between vomit and moldy shag carpet. I insisted that if she wanted better gifts she had to give me better instructions because apparently I wasn't up to working out what a "nice" scarf was - I thought it was chic. Hall was all over the idea that he could give us technical specifications for the precise speaker he wanted for his jeep, and I liked the guarantee of not being dressed down because I can't pick out a decent scarf.

It does feel weird, to work out what you hope people will give you, but I think we've avoided that by us kids making lists that are at least fifty items long so people still have lots o choices and it doesn't feel like you're dictating to anyone. But the real fun for me is sitting down and thinking of what you'd like. It's hope and play, I guess, and I'm really no good at those this year - it seems exorbitantly positive. So forcing myself to do that was a good thing, I think.

It also gives a window into what I'm interested in, and maybe gives you guys some ideas as well. So if you're interested, here's my list:

http://amzn.com/w/1799XYXGLDZ16

The one item I didn't add? This beefcake calendar featuring the men of Sherlock by Reapersun. It's not just the art, but the whole concept is such a send-up to that whole genre. It makes me giggle and smile.

On a slightly different note I got into a conversation with a neighbor about Benedict' engagement today. She said I must be at least a little disappointed. I wanted to say (but didn't) that the closest I came to fancying anyone on the show was Mark Gatiss, who is famously married to another man, and that if she thought factual unavailability had anything at all to do with making googly eyes over actors in fandom, she really didn't understand how it worked. Were I so inclined and did I think I had a chance at all , Benedict's getting married would be small potatoes.

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donutgirl
Nov. 29th, 2014 01:04 am (UTC)
what did you tell her?
marta_bee
Nov. 30th, 2014 10:23 am (UTC)
The person who asked about Benedict? I did my usual answer-non-answer thing: smiled, batted my eyes in this over the top way and said "We'll always have Tumblr" (like Paris) and let the conversation move on to other things.

Stupid questions don't deserve real answers. :-)
donutgirl
Nov. 30th, 2014 10:26 am (UTC)
ah yes. that was a good answer... can't hurt to show that fans have a sense of humor about this stuff.
azalaisdep
Nov. 30th, 2014 07:38 am (UTC)
The wish list thing did make me smile, having spent a lot of time in the last few days exchanging emails and texts with my siblings about what to get for all our respective nieces/nephews! (The Resident Geek despaired of ever sorting out his 6(!) Indistinguishable!Backup!Nieces - all aged 6 or under - until I pointed out the large stash of picture books, craft activities etc in the big bag on top of our wardrobe which I've bought whenever I've seen them in sales and hung on to for present emergencies...)

Isn't it maddening that Amazon won't let you buy things digitally for other people? (In the UK, not even books for Kindles - which is sodding ridiculous because I'm sure technologically it can't be that difficult.) Giving a voucher just isn't the same, especially if you have found something that you think the other person would love but that you know they would never ask for (either because they think it's too expensive or because they don't know it exists...) I wish they would sort that out!
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