How's it going? I hope you've had an excellent year - not too stressful - and you've had a chance to get in a nice vacay since last Christmas. I'm thinking that maybe you and the Mrs. might have enjoyed a nice holiday in warmer climes. Hawaii perhaps? I hope so.
How's the weather at the North Pole? I just checked the Weatherchannel.com and the closest place I can find to you is Thule, Greenland, and the weather there is -2 degrees. But they say that with the wind chill, it feels like -19. So I'm guessing it's nippy. It's in the 60s and 70s here in Los Angeles this week, so I bet you're looking forward to a little warm weather on your around-the-world trip, and we're happy to oblige.
If you remember correctly, last year, instead of leaving milk and cookies out for you, I left out bourbon and cookies. Which you seemed to enjoy. I figured that since, according to NORAD, we're your last stop before you head back up to the North Pole, you might appreciate a little nightcap. If you'd like, I can do it again this year. Let me know.
I believe that I have been a mostly good girl this year. True, I am occasionally naughty, and grumble and snap at Jimmy fairly often, but I feel that I can blame a certain amount of it to the whole middle-aged hormonal thing. I'm sure Mrs. Claus could explain to you what this is like. And I think that all of my volunteer work and such has been enough to place me on the "nice" list.
And so, I have a few things that I would very much appreciate getting for Christmas. I've tried to be as specific as I can be. I understand that you may not bring all of these, but I figured I'd just throw things out and let you pick what you think is best. I trust your good taste.
A Cute New Laptop Bag -
As you know (because you know everything), about 3 times a week, I take Jude to swimming and spend the hour and a half of his practice writing on my laptop in the library next to the pool. So I have to tote my computer around quite a bit, and my old laptop case is falling apart. It's pathetic. An attractive new one would be excellent. I did a little shopping, and located this one on Etsy.com...
A Nightsweat-Proof Nightgown -
As I mentioned before, the peri-menopause is rearing it's ugly head around here, and I often find myself up in the middle of the night sweating like crazy. It is not pleasant. I have a large drawer filled with both sexy silky nighties and snuggly pajamas, but all of these spell M-I-S-E-R-Y for a woman with the nightsweats. The little silky numbers have ZERO absorbancy, and leave me all damp and slippery, and the pajamas make me feel like I'm trapped in a straitjacket. So I am forced to wear this one sad, worn-out nightgown over and over. So here's what I need - I suggest asking Mrs. Claus to help you with this one, I'm sure she'll understand. I need a knee-length, light-weight, sleeveless nightgown, made from some kind of soft, absorbent, breathable fabric. Maybe something like this...
or maybe this...
New Dinnerware -
About 8 years ago, when I purchased our current set of dinnerware, I deliberately bought a popular set of dishes from The Pottery Barn, because I figured that if any plates got chipped/broken I could simply replace them from the store. But guess what? The stupid Pottery stupid Barn DISCONTINUED my "Sophia" dinnerware! And now, about half of them are either chipped or have disappeared, and it's reached a point where we can no longer have more than 5 people to dinner at the same time because I don't have enough dishes! They now have these at the Pottery Barn...
...which are much like my old Sophia dishes, but cuter and not discontinued. So I would like these please. A set of 8 would be excellent.
A Plumber -
We got our new refrigerator with the Thru-the-Door Ice and Water Dispenser OVER A YEAR ago, and we still haven't gotten the ice and water hooked up! It's ridiculous. People come over and try to help themselves to a refreshing beverage, stick their glasses into the little dispenser and then stand there while it does...nothing. The problem is that I have to get a plumber to come and run a line under the house from the sink over to the fridge, and this involves drilling a hole in the tile floor and it just sounds overwhelmingly expensive to me. But it shouldn't be, should it? Maybe you could send some elves down to do the job? They can pretty much do anything, right? Or at least you could just leave me the name of a reliable, cheap plumber? I'd appreciate it.
A Zynga Gift Card-
This is one of those silly things that I've always wanted someone to give me, but no one in the whole world knows me well enough to know how much I'd like it. I obsessively play these absolutely stupid on-line games at Zynga.com - you know, stuff like Farmville 2 and Castleville. Yes, I know, it's all a gigantic waste of time, but it relaxes me, what can I say. But as much as I would love to upgrade the walls of my castle to the fancy gold ones, I absolutely refuse to spend real money to buy the "crowns" necessary for the update of my virtual walls for my virtual castle when I need to spend real money to update my real walls in my real house. But if somebody gave me say...$15 in Zynga money I could go CRAZY! Could be a nice stocking-stuffer.
One More Year of Belief -
As you know, my boy, Jude, has long been a faithful Believer. He truly believes that you are the most awesome person who ever lived, right next to Jesus Christ himself. He has serious theories and scientific justifications for how everything you do works, from how reindeer can fly to how your bag holds so very much stuff (he believes it works much like Hermione's handbag, is this true?) to your serious speed. But recently, he has been...questioning. And I've come to find out that some of his friends are no longer Believers. I know, he's 9-years old, and I guess it's time, but I just can't stand it - he's going to be so disappointed when he finds out that I help you out, if you know what I mean. So if you could please, please, pretty please, help him to continue to believe at least until after Christmas. It would make a boy so happy. One more year of childhood magic.
Alright, I guess that's about it. If it's all too much, I would also accept cash or gift cards.
Hope you have a wonderful and safe flight this year! Tell you what, I'm just going to go ahead and put the bourbon out for you - no need to get back to me. Love to Mrs. Claus and the elves! And the reindeer!
Your friend Gretchen
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Stacy at Stacy Uncorked - NEW on FRIDAY
Vandy J at The Testpsterpme Three and Me - NEW of FRIDAY
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