I am in full Enjoyable Calendar Fuss Mode now. When I went to my Amazon cart this morning, one of my calendar options (the Wallpaper calendar, which I found after writing this year’s calendar post) had dropped to half price so I bought it—but I’m not really sure about it (the picture of it makes it look like it might be one of the cheap dollar-store ones that rips and curls), and also I still need a second one.
In the meantime, let’s exchange loot lists! Here are some things I got this year:
A Week in Winter, by Maeve Binchy (photo from Amazon.com). This won’t be released in the U.S. until February, so what I got was a note in an envelope saying it had been pre-ordered. Which is what I asked for: this is Maeve Binchy’s last book (she died this year) and I really really really really really want it the very first minute I can have it. I don’t want to patiently wait for the library copy, or for the next gift occasion.
Kiva gift card (screenshot from Kiva.org). Kiva is one of those places where you can give a tiny loan (like, $25) to someone else. Then that person pays it back to you, and you can loan it out again. And again and again. The idea is that sometimes people only need a small boost to make a huge difference in the way they make a living (especially in a country where a little cash goes a long way), but banks are not going to loan them $100. Four Kiva members can team up to loan it, though. I’ve been enjoying loaning and re-loaning so much, I put a $25 Kiva card on my wish list.
Les Etapes de Montmartre print by Andre Renoux (photo from Prints.com). I have a giant poster-sized print of a different painting (Place Furstenberg) by this artist, and I really like it. My parents bought this one and my dad built a frame for it.
ZAD Owl Earrings (photo from Amazon.com)—but the bronze/gold-tone ones instead of the silver. Darned if I can find some bronze/gold ones to link to, so I don’t know where Paul found them. (Oh, here they are!)
Hello Kitty mug (photo from Amazon.com). I have wanted this mug for a long, long time, but felt a little silly for wanting it. My brother and sister-in-law bought it for me, and I have a happy feeling knowing it is MINE.
Little Dino earrings by Marmar on Etsy (photo from the shop). Oddly, these are much smaller than my other Marmar earrings (squirrels and bird girls), though they’re all the same price. It’s unfortunate because I like to mix-and-match them—but on the other hand, the scale of the little dino ones seems right when I’m wearing them. I wonder if the rising price of silver is causing smallening of jewelry, or if these were always smaller. It makes me feel tempted to buy up the other Marmar earrings I want NOW, in case they’re about to get smaller too.
How about you? What did you get? …Er, in addition to All The More-Important And Non-Material Things About The Holiday?