I did this first in 2007 and had great success. I got some cool sci-fi and fantasys books from Candy Poses, a beautiful chain maile necklace from Lady Brett Ashley, a fan-freaking-tabulous day in New York City with Audacia Ray (and a stop to see Jamye Waxman!), and a fun trip to see Sweeney Todd on Christmas with my Jewish Queer sister from another mister, Butterscotch Cripple. I did it in 2008, and while I got fewer things (including beautiful satin sheets from Curvaceous Dee), I was able to grant a lot of people’s wishes, so it was also rocking. In 2009, I received some beautiful plugs for my ears and fantabulous art supplies. The last few years have been hectic, so I stopped…but I’m going to do it against this year, because it worked so well for both myself and my community at large. So please, read it over, and if you see anything you can help me with, I’d really appreciate it. Also, please repost it with YOUR wishlist on your blogs/social networking sites, and leave a link here so I can see what you’re fiening for !
I know I’m posting it kind of early, but my birthday is December 9th (see, holiday and birthday season double up for me), and I celebrate Channukah, so I thought I’d get it done early.
Holiday givng-type meme: I’m all for it. Here’s the cut and paste:
– Make a post (public, friendslocked, filtered…whatever you’re comfortable with) to your blog, FetLife, Facebook notes, etc. The important thing is to make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.
– If you wish for real possible things, make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it’s your address or just an email address at which you can be contacted by potential wish-grantors, real or imaginary.
– Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your post, so that the holiday joy will spread.
– Surf around your friends list/blogroll/RSS feeds (or friends’ friends, or just random sites) to see who has posted their list. (Note: feel free to comment in the comment section with a link to your list)
– If you see a wish you can grant, and it is in your heart to do so, make someone’s wish come true. Sometimes someone’s trash is someone else’s treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don’t want or a gift certificate you won’t use–or even know where you could get someone’s dream purebred Basset Hound for free–do it.
You needn’t spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn’t to put people out, it’s to provide everyone a chance to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not–it’s your call.
There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. Just…wish, and it might come true. Give, and you might receive. And you’ll have the joy of knowing you made someone’s holiday special.
Wishlist If you happen to want to send me any of this gifts, please email me at ShannaKatz at gmail dot com or comment on here. Thanks in advance
1. Size 6g ear jewelry in metal, glass, stone, or wood. Especially rainbow, animal print, swirly or sparkly ones. Also, “regular” earrings; the more dangly and dramatic, the better!
2. A flight to Canada, Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago, Philly, Mexico, Italy, Germany, Portland, etc. Basically, if you somehow have a ton of extra miles, I’d love love love them. Small sex toy stores can rarely afford to bring me in, so I only get to speak there if I already am traveling there.
4. A weekend get away to the mountains, somewhere, sometime. I would to get away (preferably with my partner or a friend) and relax and process. A hot tub would be a huge bonus.
5. A way to get some of the tattoos I want. I especially would like this gorgeous squid on my leg, ideally from Molly Tsunami at Lady Luck, but being a grad student makes it hard to pay for things like tattoos that are not required for daily living.
6. A glass fire cupping set. Also, mini fire wands (made from leather/tanning poker things instead of full on skewers).
7. Pretty eye make up. Esp MAC and Urban Decay. And Estee Lauder Beyond Paradise perfume.
8. Leopard print floor mats, bucket seat covers and rear bench cover for my car. It’s an HHR. I’ve had these amazing leopard print bucket seat covers for years and they are finally falling apart.
9. Tickets to local theatre productions. Tickets to hockey (the Avs or Cutthroats). Tickets to music. All of these things are on the “cannot afford, I’m a grad student” list.
10. A red, leopard print, polka dot or houndstooth, single breasted wool coat, size XXL (22-24).
11. A recumbent bike so I can get more movement in at home.
12. New windows in the basement of our house. They are pulling away from the wall, which lets in both spiders and the cold. New ones are not going to be affordable until I finish grad school in 4-5 years.
13. Concrete poured to make a ramp to our front door. We paid to put in a railing, but on high pain days, even those three steps can feel impossible.
14. Expansion packs for Settlers of Cattan (we only have the original, so pretty much anything else).
15. DVD of Murder on the Orient Express.
16. Leopard print, cephelodpod (Octopus, Squid, etc), cat or pumpkin anything.
17. Manicures/pedicures, hair cuts, etc in the Denver/Boulder area. Again, these are on the “frivolous” list until after grad school is done.
18. Books on sex, sexuality, gender, feminism, race, racism, White privilege, disability, ablesim, etc for my collection.
19. An adventure day to the Havana Health Spa (Korean Spa) or Lake Steam Baths in Aurora and Lakewood respectively.
20. Other things that you may have that scream “Shanna” to you and would be a treat for me that you don’t need anymore :)
Thank you a caboodle in advance. Please don’t forget to post your list too, so I can try and grants some wishes too!