Thursday, December 09, 2004

Wish List

Smartmom noticed that a lot of bloggers have wish lists, that is, lists of things they want for Christmas or Hanukah. Some of these lists are quite specific and include links to Amazon and other web sites where the desired items are sold.

The idea of making a wish list seemed very strange to Smartmom. She's never been one to directly ask for what she wants when it comes to gifts (and other things too, she is discovering). But what's wrong with asking for what you want? Are people supposed to read your mind?

Truth be told, Smartmom finds it a bit crude to openly admit to one's materialistic urges. Yet, these wish lists aren't just about stuff and things. They include books of poetry and works of art -- and the lists themselves can be a great guide to books, music and other pleasures that are out there. So in the spirit of asking for what she wants, here are Smartmom's desires for this holiday season. Some are more easily attainable than others. If you don't ask...

1. Peace in Iraq
2. Fulfilling and lucrative work for all those who want it
3. Good health to all
4. Happy relationships and less kvetching
5. A baby for Groovy Aunt and Bro-in-Law
6. More meditating
7. A house in Park Slope
8. Enrollment fee for Jack Rabbit mini-marathon course
9. Sessions with physical trainer (Elizabeth Pongo)
10 "The Last Clear Narrative" by Rachel Zucker
11. A painting or print by David Konigsberg
12. Land
13. An agent
14. Better listening skills
15 More clients
16. Children who go to bed earlier and are easier to wake up in the morning
17. "Bartlett's Book of Quotations"
18. A gift certificate to Community Books (or Gotham Book Mart)
19. An iPod (YES)
20. Gift certificate to iTunes (YES)
21. "Chronicles Vol. 1" by Bob Dylan
22. A week at a meditation retreat
23. A week at a writing retreat
24. A round-trip airline ticket to London, Paris or Barcelona
25. A retirement fund (and good health) for Beautiful Smile
26. Acceptance at Teen Spirit's first choice public high school
27. Ice Skating lessons for OSFO at Wollman Rink in Prospect Park
28. Debussy: The Complete Works For Piano on CD. Walter Giesking, pianist (EMI Records)
29. "Best New Buddhist Writing" (on the counter at Community Books).
30. "Sun House: The Original Delta Blues"
31. A gift certificate to Virgin Records
32. "Elephant Rocks" by Kay Ryan
33. A car with automatic transmission (Volvo)
34. "Sontag and Kael: Opposites Attract Me" by Craig Seligman
35 Admission and tuition to a private high school for Teen Spirit
36. A CD of Schubert lieder, which includes Gretchen am Spinnrade
37. A decent health insurance plan with good prescription drug coverage
38. A gallery show for Hepcat
39. Workout clothes from Slope Sports
40. Elliott Smith's first album
41. Kiehl's grapefruit bath and shower gel
42. "The New Biographical Dictionary of Film"
43. Beginner's mind
44. Dinner parties
45. Energy
46. Creativity
47. Health
48. Good socks for running


At 10:31 AM, Blogger mamainwaiting said...

That is quite a list. Here is a woman who knows what she wants. It is important and very difficult to sit down and write down what you want to have in life, in all ways - materially, spiritually, intellectually - in all ways. It seems to get easier as one gets older and i suppose wiser. I want you to have so many of the things on the list - especially a house or land. I know you will have it because you have put it out there and there is no reason that you shouldn't have what you want. Determination and desire are key. thanks for putting me and J on your wish list. Good luck in achieving your goals

At 11:21 AM, Blogger Little Light said...

A very smart way of getting what you want and need. May all of your wishes come true this season.

At 1:37 PM, Blogger Helen_of_Sparta said...

Wow, I'm impressed - you really aren't all about materialistic goods! #s 1-5 are wonderful; that's very unselfish. I especially agree with #1. Don't we all...
Anyway, I hope you get everything that you want! Happy Christmas/Hanukkah!
~ Lydia

At 2:57 AM, Blogger brooklynfox said...

But how will I know if someone has already granted you one of these wishes? (Maybe we need a blogspot wish registry.) I'd like to get you (and all of us) peace in Iraq but my powers are not so far reaching. I can, however, use what I've got to attain something that's available on 7th Avenue. I'm sure you will receive many of the items on your list since so many people love SM. RFJ

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