Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Life lately.

Here's a little rundown on what's been up in my world so far in 2017.  This is my life currently...

Reading:  The Prison Book Club by Ann Walmsley.  I received this book for Christmas, and it is the subject of our next book club discussion.  I'm about 3/4 of the way through, and finding it quite...bland, unfortunately.  Underwhelming.  A bit of a snoozer.  But I'm plugging away, forcing myself to read at least one chapter a day so that I can be done and move on to something else.

Watching:  Having Fridays and Mondays off this time of year allows me extra Netflix time, so I've been blowing through some pretty great TV. Since Christmas, I've wrapped up the most recent season of Scandal, watched The Crown (and loved it), and have now started my next Netflix commitment, which is Gilmore Girls.  Almost done the first season.  So far, not madly in love with it, but I'm told it will only get better.  Hey, Jimmy Fallon loves it, so I must too.

Listening to:  Drake White & Ed Sheeran.  Two pretty opposite ends of the spectrum, yet I can't seem to get enough.  Drake White's song "Making Me Look Good Again" inspired me to download his whole album, Spark, and it may well be the best thing I've done so far in 2017.  Aside from also downloading Ed Sheeran's two new tunes, "Castle on the Hill" and "Shape of You".  Musical investments are so worth it when you get as much play out of them as I have with these guys... so far, haven't tired of any of it!


Eating: ugh.  One of my 2017 goals that I've been failing miserably at is eating healthier.  I've had the odd good day here and there, but for the most part, still eating far too much crap (chips, chocolates, candy...) and eating out as often as I can, which is no bueno.  On my day off Monday, I made chili and made my first attempt at homemade buns, which I was super happy with except for a little mistake I made.  The tops came out super-browned, which I originally thought was because I'd cooked them too long, but it was actually because I mis-read the recipe.  I thought I was to put melted butter on before they went into the oven, when actually you're to butter the tops after they come out.  Whoops.  Lesson learned.

Inspired by: Michelle Obama.  I got a little caught up in Obama Fever last week, as the farewell addresses were going on, and Michelle also made an appearance on Jimmy Fallon.  Breaks my heart that these fine people are on their way out of the White House in the US.  What classy, well-spoken, intelligent human beings.  And yes, Michelle has inspired me.  She's inspired me with her genuine, down-to-earth, humble approach, her sense of humour, and most importantly, she's inspired me to move.  I heard her talking about her Let's Move campaign, and honestly, there have been days where I don't feel like exercising or doing anything, and I'll think, "Michelle Obama would tell me to just get out there and do it."  I've taken more walks, danced more, and just moved in general more in the past week thanks to her!

Working on:  A few projects, actually.  1) Last Friday, I cleaned the "junk room", which used to be my "craft room".  In the past few years, it's become the catch-all for anything that I didn't know what to do with, and then on top of it all, it's where the Christmas decorations are stored.  Last year, I never got the decs completely put away - some were in bins, but most were scattered about the room haphazardly.  Two weekends ago, I took Christmas down, and just threw it in that room.  It was awful.  A total disaster.  I promised myself I wouldn't leave it like that all year again, so I tackled putting everything away and cleaning it last Friday.  It's not perfect, but a hell of a lot better than it was.  And I could actually do crafts in there again if I wanted to. Next up: Front hall closet.  It's gotta get mucked out, big time.

2) Getting rid of stuff I don't need.  In the junk room cleanse, I discovered all the old issues of The Equity I had been hanging on to.  I hadn't thrown one out since I started writing the Quyon social notes a few years ago. Eeep!  I decided this was stupid.  I have all my notes saved on my computer, why did I need a hard copy?  Stupid.  Out they go. Along with Sears catalogues and other magazines that have been piling up for years.  WHY do I hoard this stuff? WHY???

3) A puzzle! Oh I love puzzling in the winter.  I got a puzzle for Christmas that I started on Friday afternoon, and it's been coming together so nicely.

Wearing:  Blanket scarves.  They are my fave piece of clothing these days.  Not only fashionable, but also handy to wrap around myself when I'm cold, which is often.

Feeling:  Not the best these days, to be honest.  Nothing major, but... I woke up Sunday morning with a rash all over my face.  No idea where it came from, or why I have it, but ugh.  I have sensitive skin, breaking out in rashes or hives is not uncommon for me, but seriously.  My FACE?!?  Thanks a lot, world. Thanks a lot.  Then yesterday morning, I woke up with a "funny" head, which developed into a sinusy headache during the day, and by last night, was a whopper.  I pumped myself with Advil, put the magic bag on my neck, and stayed horizontal on the couch all evening.  But guess what, it's still here.  ugh again.  And, on top of it all, in my Michelle Obama-inspired move more quest, I decided to put together my own little Zumba routine the other night, and ever since, I've been hobbling around like an old lady.  ugh x 3.

Looking forward to:  Some fun things going on this weekend, including a movie night, and celebrating a few birthdays... an upcoming trip with my Mom... getting some R&R... and I know it's still a long way off, but the re-boot of Prison Break coming in April!  Eeeek!!  Lots coming up to get excited about! :)

What's up in your life lately??

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017!

So, as we established yesterday, we are well into 2017 now.  And quite frankly, I'm relieved.  There was a lot of talk about how 2016 was an awful year, and for the most part, I agree.  It really wasn't the best year of my life.  Not the worst either, of course, but I spent a lot of it filled with anxiety and stressing over things I had little to no control over.

That being said, 2016 had it's good days too, and I'd like to take a minute to reflect on the days that made me smile, the happy times and good memories, the accomplished goals and big moments of the year.

  • Paint Days and Paint Nites galore!  One of my goals for 2016 was to embrace my creative side, and so I took every opportunity I could to participate in Paint Days & Nites, both with my talented neighbour Shannon, and in the city.  Not only is it a great time with friends, I also find it stress-relieving and cathartic to paint. I am growing quite a collection of art now, and it really is something I enjoy very much and I'm proud of.
  • By extension, I'd like to commemorate 2016 as the year I made my first real art purchase!  As I mentioned, my neighbour across the street, Shannon Purcell, is a very talented, self-taught, local artist, and I LOVE her work.  I've enjoyed spending time with Shannon as she's taught me so much about painting and helped me rediscover my creative side, but I also had a goal of one day owning a "Shannon Original".  This past summer, I finally decided which piece of art hanging in her home studio that I wanted to be mine, and Shannon let me make payments on it throughout the summer.  The day I finally got to bring it home was an exciting day for me.
  • FALLONTINE'S DAY!!  This might have finally been the year I learned to enjoy V-day, previously one of my most hated days of the year.  And it's all thanks to Jimmy Fallon, of course.  I made "Fallontines" - bags of homemade cookies and candy - and handed them out to family, friends, and kids at church.  Also, Jimmy had a Valentine's Day Special, a two-hour show highlighting the best moments of The Tonight Show over this first two years as host.  For the first time since, like, elementary school, I think I enjoyed the day.  Truly enjoyed it.
  • Getting the Internet!  Getting Netflix!!  I emerged from the Dark Ages in early March, finally getting Wifi in my home and setting up a Netflix account.  BEST. THING. EVER.  I have SO enjoyed my time with Netflix, and just having Internet in my home.  Fabulous.  And it also has opened up many new crushes in my life: Danny from The Mindy Project.  Harvey from Suits.  Jim from The Office.  Fitz from Scandal.  Prince Philip from The Crown.  *sigh* drool.
  • Relay for Life!  After missing the 2015 edition, it was great to return to the Slipper Sisters this year, as we raised funds for the Canadian Cancer Society, and walked all night in memory of loved ones who have fought, or in honour of those who are still fighting, this terrible disease.  It was a night of ups and downs, as usual, but we all emerged #stillfriends, and I was glad to be back this year.
  • FINALLY paying off my line of credit.  This one was a long time coming... in my early twenties, I got into credit card trouble, and ended up having to take out a line of credit (with a lower interest rate) to pay it off.  Since then, I've been slowly working at paying off the line of credit.  It wasn't easy, but I made a concerted effort in early 2016 to chip away at it in bigger chunks, and it was a huge relief to officially pay it off in full early last summer.  I celebrated with dinner out, a pedicure, and Lindsay teaching me to be "frugal" by taking me shopping at Value Village. LOL!
  • Celebrating Canada Day was a highlight of the year for me, for sure.  It was a different celebration for me, as it was the first year in my adult life that I was not part of the Canada Day Committee in town, which meant that I got to take part in the family celebration that happens at my home!  A bunch of my aunts, uncles, and cousins gather in my yard for a BBQ and to watch the parade, and it was SO much fun.  It was a little bittersweet watching the Committee walk by carrying the flag and not being with them, but other than that, I loved the day.  Then the next day, we celebrated again at my aunt & uncle's in Sand Point.  While it was a cool, rainy day, and I was a little hungover, I thoroughly enjoyed the whole Canada Day experience.

  • Ice cream.  OK, this might be silly, but having an ice cream place right in town for the first time in years was SO nice!! Not good for my waistline, mind you, but I loved summer trips to the store for ice cream.
  • Summer vacation at the Camp was, as usual, a wonderful week of unwinding, relaxing, and enjoying being "disconnected" from the world.  It has become our home away from home, and I so look forward to our time there.
  • My Birthday!  Okay, so, post-30 birthdays kind of suck, but I choose to celebrate anyways, and I like to drag the celebration out as long as I can.  This year included a party courtesy of Aunt Marion & Co. at the Camp, a movie date and lunch with my niece and nephew, a surprise cake at the golf course with friends, and a BBQ with family.  Wonderful memories.
  • THE TRAGICALLY HIP!!!  It was a sad year for Hip fans, as we learned in the spring that iconic lead singer Gord Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.  The Hip decided to go on one last cross-country farewell tour in the summer, and by some miracle, I was able to score tickets to their August show in Ottawa.  I also had a little "Hip Party" at my place the following Saturday, the day they broadcast their final show in Kingston, live and uninterrupted on the CBC.  I will always treasure those days of "Hip fever".  It was a special time as our country came together to celebrate and honour Gord and the boys.

  • Shawville Fair is another time I'll look back on fondly when I think of 2016.  I had the most fun at the Fair this year than I've had in a few years.  Great food, great music, beer tent shenanigans, fun with friends.  I loved the 2016 Fair.
  • Photo Safaris and just taking pictures in general.  My Project 365 ended in early August, and I have so missed taking my camera out every day since then that I decided to start a new Project 365 for 2017.  
  • The weekend trip to Kingston.  I didn't get too far from home this past year, but I really enjoyed my long weekend in Kingston with friends.  It was nice to just get away for a few days, eat good food, shop, act like tourists.  It was fun!
  • Early decorating for Christmas.  I was troubled and sad and scared after my American pals elected Trump as their next President (still am, honestly), so to cheer myself up, I busted out the Christmas decs way early this year.  Like, literally right after Remembrance Day.  And I don't regret it one bit.  I think it will be my new practice, to decorate in mid-November.  
  • Attending a Sens game for the first time in a long time... and being there for Chris Neil's 1000th game celebration!!  Then, a few weeks later, watching the game on TV when they retired Alfie's #11.  With Wade Redden there to give a speech, it was definitely a big night for me. ;)
  • Taking up Curling.  It was a decision I struggled with, and I'm still not sure if I'm cut out to be a curler, but at least I'm trying something new and getting some exercise while I'm at it.  And I do enjoy the social aspect!
  • Saying farewell to Rev. Nancy.  After 8 years with our church, Nancy moved on to a new congregation closer to home, and so we celebrated her time with us with a farewell service in December.  We will miss her, but it's a move that made sense for her, and we all wish her well with her new congregation!
  • So many good times with family and friends...dinners out, pool party, book clubs, girls nights...too many to mention!!

There's more... now that I'm thinking about "the good days" and the "special moments", it's amazing how quickly they are coming to me!  I guess 2016 wasn't that bad after all!

I hope to make 2017 an even better year - a year that I focus on my own happiness, and doing things that make me a better person; a more calm and peaceful and creative and loving person. Here are a few of my goals to keep me on target:
  • Read 15 books
  • Keep exercising, and return to healthier eating habits.  Focus on being "healthy" rather than "skinny".
  • Start jogging again in the spring
  • Project 365: A Year in Shades of Grey - my latest photography endeavour.
  • Continue my 52-Week Money Challenge. (this will be my FOURTH year doing this, and it is so nice to have that pot of money at the end of the year, to use towards bigger purchases, or to pay off  Christmas bills.  I'm starting the year virtually debt-free thanks to my money pot from 2016!)
  • Play guitar.  Toughen up the fingers.  Write a song.
  • Paint more.  Be artistic whenever possible.  Buy my own supplies and paint at home.
  • Write more!  START YOUR NOVEL, JILLIAN.
  • Take better care of my skin, especially taking time for a bedtime routine with moisturizers for face and feet.
  • Look up to see if there's a Daily Devotion website or app I can use, to center myself each morning and focus even more on my faith.
  • Make Danica's Scrapbook (long overdue...)
  • Watch Gilmore Girls
  • Go to the movies whenever possible.
  • Have fun!  Say YES to things I want to do and NO to things that stress me out!  Do the things I LOVE to do MORE!!!
Let's do this, 2017!!!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Holiday Re-Cap

It's January 11th.  2017 is already 11 days old, and I'm just getting to my holiday post now.  Ack!  But better late than never, right??

I love Christmas.  So I'm understandably blue when the season is over.  It's making me sad even to do a "re-cap", because that's like admitting it's in the past.

But, like I said.... January 11th.  No denying it any longer.  It's over.

It was a wonderful holiday season.  For me, it felt like it officially "kicked off" at noon on December 23rd, when the Mountainview gang gathered in the shop for brews and tunes to celebrate.  I hadn't planned on staying long - one beer, I swore - but it turned out to be such a great little party that I stayed well on into the afternoon!  The guys were playing guitar and fiddle and singing, and one beer turned into two, turned into three, turned into four... It was so much fun!!  I missed my planned afternoon nap because of it, but it was worth it.

That evening, I had supper with Ryan, Lindsay, and Sam, while watching Christmas movies, a yearly tradition we have that I so enjoy.  After Linds and I finished "It's a Wonderful Life" (truth: we slept through it. oops!) I was off to my cousin Kayla's, as she and her hubby Ben were hosting an Eve of Christmas Eve party.  Yet again, a wonderful time!  This day was just bursting with Christmassy fun, and I loved every minute of it!!

Christmas Eve day was actually quiet, with it being a Saturday and no plans until evening.  I took my time getting ready during the day, had my traditional viewing of "Miracle on 34th Street", packed up all of my stuff, and headed to my mom's late afternoon.  We had a quick supper before heading to church for a terrific Christmas Eve service.

We had no major plans for after church, so I decided to come up with some games and fun to keep things lively for the kids.  We enjoyed some drinks and snacks while we bobbed for candy canes, played pass the present with oven mitts, enjoyed a few Christmas-themed Mad Libs, and played some Christmas trivia.  We also read "Twas the Night Before Christmas", and passed the book around, each taking a turn at reading a page - it was Caden and Danica's idea to do it that way, and it was really cute to watch them each taking their turns.





Christmas morning, Danica and Grandma were the first ones up - usually I lie on the couch waiting for the kids, but this year, I was wakened when Dan whacked me across the face to get me up. LOL!  Once we were all up, we dove into our favourite Christmas morning breakfast of sticky buns, opened our stockings, then moved on to the gifts that were piled beneath the tree.







The kids were super stoked with what Santa had left for them, and I have to say, I was pretty thrilled too!  I was a lucky girl this year.  I was gifted with a bluetooth speaker, a Josh Donaldson Blue Jays t-shirt, a blanket scarf, a rolling pin, two of the books I need for this year's book club, a new Starbucks travel mug, iTunes gift card, among other things.  I felt very fortunate!

We joined my brother-in-law's family for Christmas dinner that night, and it was so nice.  The turkey dinner was delicious, and it was an evening of laughter and fun.  We are thankful to them for inviting us to join them!

Boxing Day was another great day.  We lazed around the house while the kids played with their new toys.  I read a lot, and napped a lot... we watched hockey, and Mom cooked her turkey, so we had another amazing dinner.  YUM!

The week between Christmas and New Year's seemed to fly by in a blur.  Way too fast for my liking!!!  I had some solid Netflix time, as I binged on The Mindy Project and Scandal, and also got to the theatre to see "Collateral Beauty" and "Sing".  The latter was the movie date I had offered up for our church's fundraising auction back in November, so I had fun taking the winners to McDonalds and to the theatre.  It was a blast!

New Year's Eve is my sister's birthday, and this year she was turning the big 4-0, so I decided to drag her with me to the Legion in town, where there was a New Year's Eve party going on.  Yet again... a blast!  We brought in the New Year with great friends, party hats, glasses of champagne, and noisemakers.  I was SO glad we went!!


New Year's Day, we had a little surprise up our sleeve for Kara's birthday, as we had a few people in for dinner to celebrate her 40th.  We all had a great time visiting and enjoying a delicious potluck supper of ham, tourtiere, scalloped potatoes, beans, etc.  Mom had made an ice cream cake for dessert, and it was a big hit too.  The first day of 2017 was a great one!!






So that's the holiday re-cap...an awesome week off spent with family and friends, and I'm still so sad that it's over!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Almost there...but not quite...

Just wanted to pop in to say Happy New Year to all my bloggy pals!  I'm still here!!

I have a Christmas re-cap coming, and a New Year's Resolutions post swirling around in my head, but just haven't had the time to get back at it yet.  I'm not sure why it's so hard for me to get back in action after Christmas break, but man-oh-man, I struggle!  Hopefully I'll get back in the swing of things before 2017 is over... ;)

See you all soon! :)

Friday, December 23, 2016

Merry Christmas!!

Happy Eve of Christmas Eve everyone!! That magical time of year is finally upon us... I'm so excited I could BURST!!!

This morning, there is Bailey's in my coffee (courtesy of Rolly out in the shop, who always makes sure we have something "boozey" for our Christmas coffee!), and I have had fun running around delivering treats & gifts to my co-workers.  We'll have snacks here in the office before shutting 'er down at noon, hopefully have some drinks and music out at the shop before packing it up for the holidays.

The next few days are going to be abound with the sights, sounds, smells, and feelings of the season.  I hope this Christmas finds you happy, healthy, and in the company of loved ones.  Soak up every moment... eat all the foods, drink all the drinks, open all the presents, pose for all the photos, sing all the carols, and BE HAPPY :)

Merry Christmas to each and every one of you.  See you all in 2017!!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Eve of the Eve of Christmas Eve Rambles

It's the Eve of the Eve of Christmas Eve and, surprise surprise, Jill is would up tighter than a bobbin.  I've been up two mornings in a row long before my alarm goes off, because... well...some things never change.

It's been a bit of a busy, buzzy week full of Christmassy excitement, just the way I like Christmas Week to be!  Here's a little snippet of what I've been up to:

  • Monday evening, I was sitting on the couch eating some of the fudge I brought home from the Cookie Exchange I attended last Friday and watching a Christmas movie when I heard a knock at my door.  And not just a little knock - a bangbangbangbangbangbangbangbangbang relentless kind of knock that had me laughing and wondering which one of my friends was out there.  I went to the door with a huge grin on my face, threw it open expecting to find someone delivering an early present or a bunch of Carolers or something, and instead found a rough-looking woman smoking a cigarette.  It startled me.  She asked if I was the Reverend, and I told her sorry, that I'm not, I just rent the house.  (I live in our church's Manse, right next door to the church, so not unusual for someone to think the minister might live there.)  She proceeded to tell me she was looking for a family member's birth certificate and she'd been told to come see the Reverend who lived at my house.  I explained over and over that I just rent, that the reverend doesn't live here, but she was persistent, and kept trying to get in my door.  I asked her a few questions, and realized it was actually the Catholic church she was looking for, so I tried to direct her there, but she wouldn't budge.  She asked me to phone the priest for her, and when I said no, she then asked to come in and use my phone herself... I was a little bit nervous about the whole situation, and when she wouldn't give up and leave, I eventually had to close the door in her face.  Eight years I've lived in the Manse, at that's the first time anything like that has ever happened to me.  I've been making sure to lock the door ever since!
  • After that little episode, I headed to the kitchen - at the back of the house, where I couldn't hear anyone banging on my door even if the tried all night long - and proceeded to make peanut brittle for the first time in my life!  I had a borrowed candy thermometer, a recipe in my Betty Crocker cook book, all the ingredients, and yet, I was certain it was going to be a disaster.  I followed the steps precisely, and it seemed to take forever, but once I finally poured the peanutty goo out on the pans, I was still not convinced it had worked.  It didn't fill the pans like I expected it to, and it was hard to spread, it was hardening so fast... also, I burnt my finger trying to spread it when I accidentally grazed my finger on the stuff.  So needless to say, I was a wee bit surprised when an hour later I took it out of the fridge, snapped it into pieces, and had a taste test... and it was delicious!!  Success!!!
  • I'm feeling extremely ready for Christmas right now.  I got the last few odds and ends I needed yesterday (I think I've said that four times now, but I keep thinking of "more" that I need), so the gifts are completely wrapped, stocking stuffers all ready to go, snacks and fun Christmas food stocked up in the cupboards and fridge, beverages bought, games planned for Christmas Eve (and prizes bought & wrapped too!)... plus I've been able to watch pretty much all of my favourite movies/specials, and have plans made to watch the ones I haven't got to yet.  Feeling Christmas-accomplished!
  • Yesterday was our annual Mountainview "Hollying & Jollying" day, which has become a bit of a tradition.  I'm not sure when we started doing it, but one year the office girls headed off to hand out baskets to the post office and bank ladies, had a Christmassy lunch out, and did some last minute Christmas errands...and it is now an annual event!  We had lunch at the new spot in Shawville, Cartrite's, and did all of our hollying & jollying.  It was a great day!
  • Tonight is the Curling Christmas Party, and I'm looking forward to that as well...far more excited for it than I am for actual curling! haha!
  • Tomorrow is the Eve of Christmas Eve... it's going to be such a fun day!  Because it's the last day of work before Christmas, we're having some fun snacks in the office in the morning, then around lunchtime everyone will shut down and head out to the shop for some drinks and music.  I love the Christmas jam at MVT!  Late afternoon, I'll head to Ryan and Lindsay's for our annual Christmas supper & movie night.  I have Mickey's Christmas Carol set out to watch with Sam, then Linds and I will settle in for Its a Wonderful Life after he goes to bed.  And THEN I will head over to my cousin Kayla's, as she and her hubby are hosting the Eve of Christmas Eve at the Duquette's!  Like I said... a day packed with Christmassy fun!  Eeeeep!!
  • AND THEN IT'S NOT EVEN CHRISTMAS EVE YET!  HOLY SMOKES!!!
  • Christmas Eve feels like it's going to be different this year... first of all, it feels like the first time in history it falls on a Saturday for some reason.  That's good, though, because I'll have all day to recover from any hangover I might have (who knows), get everything ready to head up to Mom's later in the day, and hopefully have time to squeeze in my annual Christmas Eve viewing of Miracle on 34th Street.  Our Christmas Eve church service will also be different, as it is members of the congregation leading worship that night, and I am one of them.  We have a fun service planned with all the traditional important parts intact, and lots of carol singing planned too.  Then we'll go home, and I have a bunch of games planned for us so that we won't just be sitting around looking at each other.  
  • Have I mentioned that... I CAN'T WAIT?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
I'm so excited for Christmas.  I always am, and this year is no different.  Also looking forward to having a little break next week, getting some down time with Netflix hopefully, some trips to the movies in the plans, and just spending quality time with fam & friends.  

Seriously dudes... can't wait. :)

Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Wishlist: Christmas 2016

Well, it's that time of year again... I'm ready to share my Wishlist for Christmas this year!  I'm not sure how I'm going to be able to handle it, since I don't need a bread maker anymore (what is a Jillian Christmas Wishlist without a BREADMAKER?!?!)

And here's the usual disclaimer:  Presents aren't a big deal anymore, and I know the love of family and friends is all the gift I need.  And for me to have finally reached this point in life is a bit of an accomplishment.  Maybe it's just laziness as I get older, but I'm quite content on Christmas morning to sit back with a cup of coffee and watch the kids tear into their presents.  It's nice to finally be at a stage in the game where my list has more "wants" than "needs" on it.  

That being said... I am still a kid at heart, so a list comes quickly and easily when I sit down and think about.  Here is what's on my Wishlist for 2016:

A Wireless Speaker (to hook up with my iPhone) 

I have tons of great music on my iPhone, and it's such a pain in the ass to hook it up to my laptop, transfer the music to my iTunes, and burn CD's.  Kind of an archaic form of listening to music nowadays.  I can put the volume up loud and listen to it straight from the phone, but I like my music louder than that, and if there's a gang around, I need better sound.  This is definitely the one thing I'm hoping Santa brings me the most!

A Josh Donaldson Blue Jays Shirt  

I have one Jays tee, which I bought at the Rogers Centre when we went to the ball game in TO  several years ago, and I remember at the time being reluctant to pay the $45 price tag.  But I have worn the shit out of that shirt.  It is one of my favourite tees.  It was definitely worth the $45 I paid for it at the time.  So I think I need a new one now... and I would love it to have my fave Sexy Josh's name and number on it!  

Perfume

I'm running low on my perfume supply, so a new bottle of either CK One or Tommy Girl would be nice... I've had both those scents in the past and liked them.

Books for next year's book club

There's a few that I need for next year, and they include:
The Prison Book Club by Ann Walmsley
All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda
Behind Closed Doors by BA Paris
Below Stairs by Margaret Powel
The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

iTunes Gift Cards

They need no explanation.  Since I've learned to be a grown-up this past year and purchase my music legally rather than stealing it from free downloading websites (that have inflicted my laptop with many viruses over the years), iTunes gift cards would never go astray.  I loooove discovering and downloading new music.

A Ceramic Travel Mug from Starbucks

My travel mug cupboard is jam-packed, and would lead you to believe no new mugs are necessary, but I just love the Starbucks ceramic travel mugs, and I don't have one of them yet.  I promise to throw out one of my stinky old ones if I get a new one, so there will be room. ;)

Earrings

I seem to have lost a lot of earrings this year; my collection is growing pretty dismal.  They don't need to be anything special.  Even just a card of different ones from Walmart would be great.  I like to change 'em up daily, and I need some new ones to freshen things up.

A Rolling Pin

How often would I use a rolling pin?  Not very frigging often.  But I discovered this past fall that I kind of needed one when I tried making cinnamon rolls for the first time.  I had to use a wine bottle to roll out the dough.  Would also come in handy with pizza dough, and who knows what else I might get into.  Lately I've been thinking I might want to try my hand at making and decorating sugar cookies (thanks to Nicole for the inspiration! haha!)

A Nutcracker

No, not to actually crack nuts.  Just as a decoration.  I think it might be one of the very few traditional Christmas decorations that I don't have.  Ideally, I'd like a fairly large one, that could stand in the corner of a room and look significant.

So, what's on YOUR Christmas Wishlist this year??