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Birthday+Christmas wants

’tis the season to be selfish, fa la la la la, la la la laaaaaaaa

Nerdy stuff:
build my own nerdy charm bracelet (I like the leather wrap bracelet with the companion cube, 8-bit heart, TriForce, Lego brick, science flask, beer, puzzle piece, periodic AU, and Wheatley personality core charms best)
Portal 2 coasters
Portal companion cube for me to love and squeeze and NOT incinerate
-Lego!!!
-several thousand piece puzzle (specifically Game of Thrones: Westeros 4D puzzle)

Video games:
Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii)
-Tomb Raider (PS4)
LEGO The Hobbit (PS4)
-Yoshi’s New Island (3DS)
Fire Emblem Awakening (3DS)
-Phoenix Wright: Ace Attourney – Dual Destinies (3DS)
-Professor Layton: The Azran Legacy (3DS)
Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attourney (3DS)
-Bravely Default (3DS)

Books:
-C. S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia in one large storybook form
-the complete works of Edgar Allan Poe, in a nicely bound volume
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
-Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
-The Wild Truth by Carine McCandless
The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom
Deception Point by Dan Brown
-Angels & Demons by Dan Brown

Clothing & related items:
-casual shoes and flats (size 7 or 7 1/2…depends)
-semi-dressy, medium-sized purse (something that can be dressed up and down and isn’t too huge as I don’t like large purses)
semi-dressy light coat (springtime/fall warmth level, preferably made from some kind of cloth fabric, waist length, again something that can be dressed up and down)

Unreasonable requests:
-MacBook Pro, built to my specs (~$4,000)
PS4
iPhone 6

Other miscellany:
-among other pieces that I really love by this artist: this one, this one, and this one. Available on Granville Island or by direct order from the artist 😀
-Blu-ray box set of all the 007 movies
Cards Against Humanity, plus (in?)appropriate expansion packs
-Munchkin card game (starter game, not the expansions)

This list is mostly for my mom.

But if any of you happen upon it and it results in gift-giving, more power to ya!

You know the drill: my birthday is almost a week away, and then shortly after comes Christmas. Here’s a little help with the “what to get Rachelle?” dilemma.

Nerdy stuff:
Portal 2 coasters
this geeky, sciencey shirt of awesomeness
Portal companion cube for me to love and squeeze and NOT incinerate
Portal earrings
-Lego!!! (hint: I really like the Sydney opera house or the really big bridge one, if you’re a big spender. Think $300-400 :P)
-several thousand piece puzzle (like 7000-10000 and beyond)

Video games:
-Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii)
-Last Window: The Secret of Cape West (DS) this game probably has to be ordered on eBay from a UK seller.
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (3DS)
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS)
-Tomb Raider (PS3, the newest one)
Pokémon X (3DS)
-Castlevania: Mirror of Fate (3DS)

Books:
-C. S. Lewis’s Narnia series in one large storybook form, preferrably with gold leaf edging, ribbon bookmark, and hand drawn pictures throughout

Kitchen gadgets:
a traditional bamboo matcha whisk + spoon and a really nice stone matcha bowl to mix in
-bowls like this (at least 4)
-cast iron skillets that can go in the oven (ie: no wooden handle), a small one (got the big one last year!)
the classic whistling teakettle by Le Creuset in Carribean blue. The reason being, my gas range heats my current kettle, which doesn’t have a rubber handle, so hot that I can’t touch the handle without burning my hands off. This kettle is really cute and has a rubber handle too!
-really nice salt & pepper grinders (not electric)

Clothing & related items:
-really fuzzy onesie pajamas. With feet. And a butt flap. And maybe a hood. (Hint: there’s a new store in Guildford mall that sells them. And I saw some cute ones at Bluenotes)
boots
-flats (take me shopping, I’m picky!)

Other miscellany:
-a really nice yet compact easel
-among other pieces that I really love by this artist: this one, this one, and this one. Available on Granville Island or by direct order from the artist 😀
a portable mini book light/reading light for reading at night or in the dark
-boxed Blu-ray set of all the 007 movies
-Cards Against Humanity, plus (in?)appropriate expansion packs. I’ll invite you over to play…!
-and if even this list can’t stimulate you to be creative with a gift, I do accept cash, in any denomination, but bigger is always better!

Let the gifting begin!

Materialism: It’s that time of year again!

It may seem a bit selfish, but I was told that the birthday/Christmas gift list I made last year was very helpful, because apparently people don’t know what to get me. And it didn’t hurt that I got 90% of the items that were on the list. So, here it is again: the great and wonderful list of things I want, now sorted for even greater ease!

Nerdy stuff:
Portal 2 coasters
this geeky sciencey shirt of awesomeness
Portal companion cube for me to love and squeeze and NOT incinerate
Portal earrings
-Lego!!! (hint: there is an AWESOME Lego store in Oakridge mall, and I really like the England-esque set)
-several thousand piece puzzle (like 7000-10000 and beyond) which you can buy at this store in Central City mall that sells all kinds of card games and board games

Video games:
-Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii)
-Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask (3DS) or any other Professor Layton game except Professor Layton and the Last Spectre
Paper Mario: Sticker Star (3DS)
Need For Speed Most Wanted (PS3)
-Crush 3D (3DS)
-Last Window: The Secret of Cape West (DS) this game probably has to be ordered on eBay from a UK seller.
Myst (3DS)
Journey (PS3)
Sonic Generations (PS3)

Books:
-C. S. Lewis’s Narnia series in one large storybook form, preferrably with gold leaf edging, ribbon bookmark, and hand drawn pictures on every few pages
-“The Casual Vacancy” – J. K. Rowling
-“Wild” – Cheryl Strayed
-“The Time Keeper” – Mitch Albom
-“Where We Belong” – Emily Giffin (paperback)
“The Hobbit” – J. R. R. Tolkien (I do particularly like this cover of the book)

Kitchen gadgets:
-a traditional matcha whisk + spoon and a really nice stone matcha bowl to mix in
-bowls like this (at least 4)
-a couple of these really cute owl tea cups to match my owl teapot
-cast iron skillets that can go in the oven (ie: no wooden handle), a small one and a big one
-the classic whistling teakettle by Le Creuset in Carribean blue. The reason being, my gas range heats my current kettle, which doesn’t have a rubber handle, so hot that I can’t touch the handle without burning my hands off. This kettle is really cute and has a rubber handle too!
this butter dish, also by Le Creuset and also in Carribean blue.
a really good, non-manual, high-powered milk frother. Mine doesn’t really froth so much as whisk…
-really nice salt & pepper grinders

Other miscellany:
a tin of Forever Nuts from DavidsTea
-a really nice yet compact easel
an external hard drive that is at least 1TB
-among other pieces that I really love by this artist: this one, this one, and this one. Available on Granville island or by direct order from the artist 😀
-really cozy & comfy slippers for around the house (emphasis on cozy, and extra emphasis on comfy, my feet get sore after standing on wood floors all day!)
-I left my glass tea tumbler behind when I moved *sadness*. But then I discovered this beautiful glass tea tumbler from Teavana! It would make a suitable replacement.
-a portable mini book light/reading light for reading at night or in the dark
-onesie pajamas. With feet. And a butt flap. And maybe a hood.
-and if even this list can’t stimulate you to be creative with a gift, I do accept cash, in any denomination, but bigger is always better!

Let the gifting begin!

Give and ye shall receive (much gratitude from me, that is)

My birthday is a mere 4 weeks away from today. So with that in mind, I give you my birthday wishlist:

a really nice mortar & pestle thanks mom (bday)
mandolin (the one for slicing food really thin, not the instrument) thanks mom (bday)
Portal 2 coasters
this geeky sciencey shirt of awesomeness
Portal companion cube for me to love and squeeze and NOT incinerate
Portal 2 (PS3) merry Christmas to me from Sammi ❤
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii) with compatible Wii-mote we bought it! & Jonathan hates it 😛
Need for Speed: The Run (PS3) both my mom and Jonathan’s mom & sister got me a copy of this for Christmas…great minds! Gonna exchange one, possibly for Skyward Sword 😀
-cast iron skillet (small one and big one)
“Sisterhood Everlasting” by Ann Brashares thx Jo 🙂 (xmas)
3DS + games (Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Super Mario 3D Land) thanks Jonathan, you spoil me! (bday)
-Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii)
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (SNES) birthday gift to myself 😀
the new Lights album Sammi spoils me 🙂 she also took me to see Lights before my birthday and went mug painting with me
manual pasta maker thanks mom, yet again. I’ll have to cook you guys up some fabulous food soon (bday)
-C. S. Lewis’s Narnia series in one large storybook form, preferrably with gold leaf edging, ribbon bookmark, and hand drawn pictures on every few pages
immersion blender thanks to Dani, Kevin, Sam, and Alex for yet another awesome gift (bday)
-Lego!!! (hint: new store in Guildford mall downstairs across from Starbucks & Below the Belt)
-several thousand piece puzzle (like 7000-10000 and beyond) which you can buy at this store in Central City mall that sells all kinds of card games and board games
-a really nice yet compact easel
cozy PJs (like, COZY. I get cold easily, especially at night) Zack got me the softest, coziest, Mickey Mouse PJs ever!!!! yay (xmas)
-a traditional matcha whisk + spoon. if you’re feeling particularly gifty you can throw in a tin of some good quality unsweetened matcha too 🙂
the complete plays of William Shakespeare (ideally a very nice and expensive complete WORKS, if you love me), either in one nicely bound volume or in a set, each individually bound probably my favourite gift, a three volume set of the complete works of Shakespeare, with printing press style text and illustrations every few pages. I am in love. Thanks mom & dad!! (xmas)
Apple Magic Mouse the scroll ball on my 2007 Magic Mouse no longer scrolls down 😦 I caved in and bought a new one as the old one was beyond frustrating!
mini muffin pans again, thx mom 🙂 (xmas)
-cash

If you don’t find the opportunity to purchase one or more of these items for my birthday, not to fret, Christmas conveniently comes just over a month after my birthday.

Commence appropriate procurement and showering-upons of birthday gifts!

Update: I am spoiled. Also, even though Christmas & my birthday have both come and gone, please feel free to finish this list up 😛

2010 Reading List

It’s late and I’m bored. I give you: What I want
to fill my head with this year (even though the year is more than
half over, which means I have a lot of reading ahead of me!!). I
want to pass on books I have deemed worth reading so you can
experience them as well. My ratings out of five are included, and
if it’s a reread it must be good (=

[ ] A Perfect Mess – Eric Abrahamson, David H. Freedman

[3 1/2] Baby Proof – Emily Giffin

[4] Beatrice and Virgil – Yann Martel

[4 1/2] Best Friends Forever – Jennifer Weiner

[ ] Congo – Michael Crichton

[ ] Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert

[ ] Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes (reread)

[4] For One More Day – Mitch Albom

[ ] Her Fearful Symmetry – Audrey Niffenegger

[ ] Gluten-free Girl – Shauna James
Ahern

[ ] Life of Pi – Yann Martel (reread)

[5] Love the One You’re With – Emily
Giffin

[ ] My Name is Memory – Ann Brashares

[5] Pirate Latitudes – Michael Crichton

[4 1/2] Something Borrowed – Emily Giffin

[4] Something Blue – Emily Giffin

[5] The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom (reread)

[ ] The Heart of the Matter – Emily Giffin

[ ] The Last Summer of You and Me – Ann Brashares (reread)

[5] The Lost Girls – Jennifer Baggett, Holly C. Corbett, Amanda Pressner

[3] The School of Essential Ingredients – Erica Bauermeister

[5] The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

[ ] The Woman At the Well – Patty Froese Ntihemuka (reread)

[5] Tuesdays With Morrie – Mitch Albom