09 December 2017

My Holiday Wish List - Day 9

While I feel a little grumpy adding these to my wish list, I need them. So here they go. I just started a new job at the school, and I've got a uniform/dress code. I have to wear the shirt required, with khaki or black pants, and black or white no-slip shoes. So once I got my start date, I had one whopping day to get ready for work. Target had a pair of pants to get me through, and I've just been wearing them every day. Ew? Maybe a little, but I only work two hours a day, so they have a lot of air out time. LOL

I'd like to get some more suitable pants so I can, you know, change pants some days. These from Old Navy look great, in either the light brown shades or the black, in a size 10 tall (love the talls, then I can worry less about them shrinking if I wash and dry in a hurry).

I have no idea what brand the ones I already got are. Luckily I like them, as I didn't have a lot of option when I had to buy them in a hurry. I laughed in the fitting room, since all the Target associates are required to wear a similar outfit. I asked them on my way out where else to look and they said besides Target, they often get them at Old Navy. Good tip, my fellow khaki-wearing friends.

08 December 2017

My Holiday Wish List - Day 8

I still want Zomlings. I've been asking for years, but I still don't own any. Of course I don't 'need' them, but they look like the coolest little guys, and while my kids tolerate my appreciation for zombies, they don't like them enough to collect Zomlings themselves. So I need to ask for my own, apparently.

What toys have you collected? Are they leftover collections from childhood, or things that caught your fancy in adulthood?

07 December 2017

My Holiday Wish List - Day 7

This is another classic for my wish list every year. I have one of these fabulous cooling racks, and would love to have another one to stack on top when I'm baking cookies.

Basically, I'm not a fast baker, so inevitably, my baking time overlaps with dinner time, and then usually breakfast time too. If I could take up a bit less space for cooling until they make it to the cookie jar, we'd all be happier. I wouldn't be yelling at people to not bump the cookies, and frequently, the cookies wouldn't end up knocked to the counter or floor because the slightest breeze makes things fall off an over-full cooling rack.

Still on my baking agenda this year - sugar cookies (frosted by the kids and I), the cookie-press spritz cookies, and maybe some crock-pot crack. What are your favorite cookies to bake?

06 December 2017

My Holiday Wish List - Day 6

A friend of mine who is local to the artist has been recommending these purses forever. I even got to visit the actual studio/store when we were in town last year.

Holly Aiken bags are mostly vinyl, and super easy to clean and use forever. They say the biggest problem with loving these bags is never actually 'needing' another one since they last so well. I don't know if I've ever had a bag I loved that much, but I'd like to try.

After looking at the site for way too long, I decided I would love to own this Turbo Jr style bag, and the Jade/Orange/Dinosaur color combination is my favorite. It's even orange on the inside! I love a bright inside color on a purse as it makes my stuff so much easier to find.

Have you had a favorite bag or purse that you've carried forever? I find that I just carry what's convenient until I have some reason to change (frequently, needing a backpack for more space).

05 December 2017

My Holiday Wish List - Day 5

Hubby and I were chatting the other day that we see a need for more flasks in our life. He mentioned skiing, but I thought of weddings where they don't have my Southern Comfort. Both were deemed occasions requiring a flask. So I thought back to a girls' weekend years ago when I saw some adorable Anne Taintor flasks at a great vintage store, and for whatever reason, did not purchase one right then. I've actually thought back to that a few times - one of my regrets in life, not getting that flask when I had the chance.

Anyway, a flask has finally made it to my holiday wish list. She's designed several great ones to choose from; I'd actually recommend looking over her whole site for some giggles. On looking through them today, I'd definitely choose 'everything matches after four martinis,' but feel free to send me a different one if you really think it would be better for me.

As I said, my flask will usually contain Southern Comfort. While I've gotten bourbon or whiskey plenty of times at a wedding or other occasion for an open bar, the SoCo is always my favorite. What would your flask contain? And what the best reason to carry it?

04 December 2017

My Holiday Wish List - Day 4

A month or so ago, I got a couple delicious teas from a vendor I was sharing a room with at an event. But I haven't used them yet. While the teas are delicious, I can't stand dirt in my drinks. So far, every tea strainer I've tried using to make my wonderful hot tea, has left tea crumbs in my cup. This makes me very sad.

For the holidays, I would LOVE an extra fine tea strainer, like this one claims to be. If you're a tea drinker, please let me know your secrets. I've heard I could also use a coffee filter for an additional straining, or a cold-press coffee maker (to be used for nothing but my tea, of course).

I have a beautiful teapot (which is seldom used, but I grew up seeing one on the stove, so I keep one there now...), but I need something to keep the dirt out of my tea. Help!

03 December 2017

My Holiday Wish List - Day 3

Speaking of my keep-warm favorites (from yesterday), I got several pairs of Smartwool socks last year that I LOVE. Hubby warned me not to fall in love with the fancy compression ones (too expensive for SOCKS?), they are indeed my favorite. But I have a pair that aren't compression too, and they're still quite cozy.

In the interest of warmth, I don't want those low cut little cold-ankle socks. Bare flesh defeats the purpose. These crew numbers are cute, or they have some knee socks too. And since I don't have anywhere fancy to go, fun prints are always better.

Are you as goofy as me, to have a favorite brand of socks? If so, what are they, and why? I went longer than 40 years before knowing this could be a 'thing.'