Wednesday, September 23, 2009

What I'm Wishing For.... :-)

This week the question we were to answer what it is that we want to know.
-----I want to know why dramatic people never seem to stop. I want to know why they don't mind when people resent the havoc they wreak. I want to know WHY?
-----I want to know why things I try to do for several years usually fall through at the last minute. Why my plans and dreams are dispensable....and why others see no problem in making this clear.
-----I want to know why many people don't see me as a human being due to my eye problem. I want to know why people pretend that this treatment is horrifying....but do the same thing to me. Also, why I can put on a pair of sunglasses and the same people are nice to me and don't recognize me...why they see the eye problem and not me. I want to know why people mistake me for anyone else they have seen at my work who has an eye problem or is less than conventionally pretty.
-----I want to know why other people choose to vent their childhood issues on me.
-----I want to know why Doggie only gives kisses for the most part when I get in the car after being at work. The kisses-after-work are a ritual with Doggie. :-)
-----I want to know why men are naturally better at video games and role-playing games (like Warhammer 40K) and there are games that I can't get no matter how I try (like some parts of Warhammer 40K).
-----I want to know why some people spend their every day thinking about how they can make their life better and how they can control the lives of those around them. I want to know why you would want to be like this and why you cannot see that it makes all involved unhappy. I want to know why I cannot figure out a way to not be in pain over such behavior.
-----I want to know what my newest niece will be like. :-) I love doing the Christmas presents for the little ones in my family. So far, I have found one curbside item and have stockings that were a gift from a friend (I used some of them last year and the kids loved them). I generally put a lot of effort into holiday presents....and a lot of hunting and gathering. :-) Seeing the smiles is one of my favorite parts of being an aunt. :-)
Other things I want:
-----To get a working record player. Also, to collect more records. I go to a lot of thrift shops and rarely find an unscratched record. I must find a way to travel to record shops more often...yes, I have to travel to find a record shop (groan). I plan to make some sort of turntable...and hope that I will not ruin records using it.
-----To buy a graphic novel called "Nixon's Pals." It is about a man who is a parole officer for super heroes. Imagine the training one would have to do for a job like that.
-----To get a big thick chopping block like they use at the CIA (Culinary Institute of America). I would also like to have a set-up where a large amount of my countertops are chopping blocks (like Julia Child's kitchen).
-----The series "The Chopping Block" to have another season. For what it's worth, I agreed with the choice that was made for the winner of this show. I could not make up my mind what I thought of the second place couple and I really liked the third place couple. I really learned a lot from this show. I think that I might eventually like Marco Pierre White more than Gordon Ramsay.
-----I would like Trader Joe's to post more of their products online. It is hard when they only talk about 3 or 4 products at a time. I went to Trader Joe's for the first time this past weekend....and found a lot of interesting items.

-----One of my things on this list was to go to a zoo. I am planning to visit in a couple of days. I doubt they will have I want to see...but you never know. I am going to practice my photography skills. For obvious reasons, I hope not to see animals in environments like the one below (albeit temporary....and yes, I know that turkeys can fly).

-----This Iron Butterfly Baseball Cap. I would also like to see a video that actually looks like Elvis singing Inna-Gadda-di-Vida.....I think he would have been awesome at singing this. I wrote an e-mail to Iron Butterfly telling them that they should do this. I enjoy having Husband do an imitation of Elvis singing Inna-Gadda-di-Vida.
-----To attract a lot of bees to my yard (fairly safe bees only). I am trying to do my part to fight Bee Collapse. We are going to take up beekeeping....wanted to start this summer but a lot of other projects got in the way.
-----To attend the BlogHer and SXSW Conferences within the next few years. BlogHer is within my price range next year....I hope...if I use the student rate. When I do SXSW, I want the full package...and that is going to take some saving up.
-----To try many grilling recipes next Summer....especially marinades. I have been collecting different marinades whenever I see a clearance or sale at the grocery (of course, I won't be saving these until next year). I like Newman's Sesame Ginger and have a Merlot Sauce in the pantry that we are going to try. Over the winter, I will collect up recipes to try.
-----To avoid catching the Swine/summer Flu. Despite concerns over outbreaks, I see so many people that still sneeze and cough on others. I have several co-workers that come to work knowing they are contagious...and every time I catch something I have to stay away from visiting my mother (due to her being weakened from Stage 4 Breast Cancer). I understand needing the money...but I once got a viral illness so bad from a co-worker who had been ordered not to work that I had to sleep sitting up to avoid choking in my sleep and came very close to a trip to the ER that I could not afford....and no one at my work cared about how sick I was or how I got that way (or that the effects lasted for a few months).
-----To own "Dragon:The Bruce Lee Story." If I could ask for things that weren't possible...then one of them would be for Bruce and Brandon Lee to have not tragic-and-premature deaths. I also wish that tragedy hadn't befallen Lennon and JFK, Jr. I watched a good movie based on the life of JFK, Jr. recently....I will have to find it and post a link (it is up on Hulu).
-----More farm-fresh eggs. I have found someone to buy them from and need to call to start arranging pick-ups. The info is on the side of my refrigerator...I just need to call and get this started. Maybe I will tell people I am subscribing to farm-fresh eggs. :-)
-----To visit Dollywood. I want to go on their SkyZip ride. Multiple ziplines in the Smokey Mountains. I also want to safely see a bear in Smokey Mountains National Park...and have the knowledge of how to photograph it (relatively) safely.
-----To visit Graceland. I want to make leaf rubbings of the Fall leaves there...a souvenir that would suit me.
-----I would love to have the sewing talent to make a Elvis-style jumpsuit that suits me. I saw the VMA's on TV recently.....and did not really like Katy Perry's outfit or performance.....her outfit looked like Elvis' Aloha from Hawaii jumpsuit cut-up and I was not impressed with her idea of covering "We Will Rock You."
-----To have Hogan's Heroes remade into a movie. I would want it done in a way that was not offensive to Germans/other people in WWII.We have the complete series that we have been slowly watching....and then passing on to my Mother (who is very ill and likes them to pass the time). has a rotating schedule of episodes that you can watch for FREE.
-----More storage containers....lots more. I am especially longing for refrigerator and closet containers. I do not like Tupperware that just gets weird after a while. I would rather buying Ziploc containers every so often.....and am glad that I got a new one in my Goodie Bag at a recent Taste of Home Cooking School show.
-----A dehydrator.To make different kinds of jerky. I am intrigued by jerky made out of salmon.
-----To buy a case of Blu Frog (energy drink). I like the flavor much more than Red Bull. Unique. I was hoping to buy some for Summer guests but they did not stay long enough.
-----To find if the song Judd Nelson sang about wanting to be an Airborne Ranger is a real song. If so, I want to learn the lyrics.
-----To find a medieval-looking dress that coordinates with my green Marvin the Martian fisherman's hat. "The Very Merry Seamstress" seems like it might be a good choice.
-----Purchase a mosquito trap called a "Mosquito Magnet" for the grill area. The Mosquito Magnet traps the mosquitos for 200 feet! Right now we have citronella oil tiki torches that we use for get-togethers....and they are beautiful (looks like a Hawaiian lua or fire poi show).
-----To try linguini with clam sauce. Both the red and the white sauce.
-----To take a cruise to somewhere warm. Cliche but true wish. I also plan on a whale-watching cruise to New England/Alaska.
-----To play Bossaball. I do not know of anywhere in the United States that offers this game. I hope I am in better shape the first time that I play.
-----To find ways of eating meat that cause less strain on the environment.
-----To have a complete lapidary equipment setup. I have picked out what I think will be our first rock saw and now must save up. I have BAD hand-eye coordination due to an eye, I will have to ask Husband to complete anything I design for me (same with the bee-keeping).
-----To finish our bathroom remodel.
-----A new stock pot set. I want to make sure that this set is made better (last did not take to prolonged periods of heat...I kid you not). I also want it to be the correct width/height proportion to not have soup evaporate quickly. I have done some reading on this and found that my original pots were likely not thick enough.
-----A claw-foot tub. We have considered putting in an enclosed bathhouse outside. :-)
-----A rubber duckie. I have told Husband that they have rubber duckies at the dollar store. I am going to drop this "hint" to Husband again. The rubber duckie and the claw-foot tub would go perfectly together. :-)
-----To learn both freehand and string glowsticking.
-----Replace several necklace chains that I am allergic to.Repair a couple that have broken.
-----Purchase and board a horse. Or at least go horseback riding with the same horse on a regular basis. Learn how to saddle/care for a horse. There is an equestrian school that I really want to attend.
-----To make another Kiva investment (micro-business loans to third-world countries). I am on my second Kiva investment and it seems to be going well for the small business that I am lending to.
-----To open a coffee shop....obviously from the title of my blog.
-----More home barista equipment. We need a coffee grinder....oddly enough we do not own one (have to take beans to someone else's house and borrow theirs).
-----To go Zorbing.
-----To go on a hot air ballon ride. Every time I have tried, the weather has thwarted me.
-----To get more intense w/my urban farming efforts.
-----To get a truck....because we have to borrow one a lot when hauling manure and the like.
-----To get my Phd. I will be getting very intense with my urban the point that in the end I will technically be an Environmental Engineer. Another want, unfortunately, is for me to be better at math...I have to pass several higher level math courses at some point.
-----Finish paying off this laptop. I need to get all the stuff off my old laptop as I am going to let Husband use it...a process that is taking me a very long time.
-----Get the proper set-up and repairs done for my guitars. Then learn how to play them. I need a boogie bag for all but one. I also need guitar straps and stands.
-----To watch every video on FoodTube.
-----To put down tiles on the floor of the kitchen sink cabinet...we always seem to be breaking the same pipe and this would be better for the wood. I got this idea from "The Itty Bitty Kitchen Handbook" by Justin Spring.
-----People to keep my Mother in their thoughts and prayers. She has Stage 4 Breast Cancer, Diabetes, Had a Heart Attack and has a host of other health problems. She is supposed to have a surgery but is not strong enough right now. Please think/pray about her if you can.


April said...

I hope you are able to achieve your wish list. Your mom is in my prayers.


Lynn said...

I would also love to have all my countertops as chopping blocks! I love to cook and that would be awesome!

I will definitely be praying for your mom and I wish her the best with her treatment. I pray she will be well enough soon to have her surgery.

May you accomplish all you listed!


Kristin said...

The Judd Nelson song is what is called a military jody. They sing them when they are running in formation.

Praying for your mom.



April-Thank you. :-)

caitsmom said...

Sending hope for your mother's health.

Loved reading the "I want to know" segment." Very interesting and thought provoking. . . .


Lisa RM said...

Wish you all the best in getting your wishes.


Thank you.

One thing I wonder about the chopping block countertops is how often you have to replace them. Plus, how easy are they to take care of?

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