My Christmas List
Once again my mother has surfaced with requests for a Christmas list. The harassment began earlier this week, when she sent me and my sisters an email titled â€śChristmas lists?â€ť that contained a one-sentence message: â€śAny help in this department would be much appreciated.â€ť Another missive came two days later, and when I spoke with her last night, she brought it up again. Anyway, last night I began thinking long and hard about what I want for Christmas, and hereâ€™s what I came up with. To be honest, itâ€™s an off year â€” I canâ€™t really think of much.
A cast iron skillet â€” Some of my cookware is falling apart, and Iâ€™d like to replace my cheap old pan with something more durable.
New shirts â€” I would like some new shirts that arenâ€™t too dressy, but that I could wear to work. (Not that the dress standard is all that high around here, but I try not to look like a total slob on at least four out of five days.)
A new fleece â€” It has been a while since Iâ€™ve gotten a nice new fleece.
Books â€” I always make a list of books I want for Christmas. Here are a few titles that intrigue me:
â€śGone Girlâ€ť by Gillian Flynn â€” This 2012 thriller has received rave reviews.
â€śThis is How You Lose Herâ€ť by Junot Diaz â€” Iâ€™ve read a collection of Diazâ€™s short stories, but Iâ€™ve never read any of his novels, which are supposedly really good.
â€śThe Standâ€ť by Stephen King â€” Iâ€™ve never read this, even though itâ€™s supposed to be Kingâ€™s best book, and Iâ€™m a big King fan. So maybe itâ€™s time to finally see what â€śThe Standâ€ť is all about.
â€śBehind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercityâ€ť by Katherine Boo â€” Boo has done some excellent reporting on poverty, winning the Pulitzer prize for public service in 2000. Her new book, about an Indian slum, is supposed to be very good.
CDs â€” I always make a list of CDs I want for Christmas. Here are a few that interest me this year:
â€śGossamerâ€ť by Passion Pit â€” Iâ€™m a big fan of Passion Pitâ€™s 2009 album, â€śManners,â€ť and Iâ€™ve been meaning to pick this up for a while.
â€śThe Very Best of Dr. Johnâ€ť â€” After seeing Dr. John in concert, Iâ€™d like to own more of his music. (I have his 2012 CD, â€śLocked Down,â€ť which is very good.)
â€śAmazing Grace: The Complete Recordingsâ€ť by Aretha Franklin â€” This is a classic Aretha album, which Iâ€™ve had on my radar for some time.
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