December 4, 2017

Christmas Wish List and Christmas Will-Never-Likely-Get List

I've realized that being an adult is just replacing things you already own so as to keep your belongings in good condition. And/or to use things up, wear them out, and make sure you got your money's worth before buying something new that's similar.

That being said, this is a very adulting-ish Christmas list.

1. New living room pillows and blankets. This is an "always" on my Christmas lists. They just change the whole look of the room, so I try to refresh them once a year.

2. New slippers.
I love the slippers that I got at Costco last year but they don't last forever...I briefly considered sticking a pair of Ugg slippers on my list (so many friends have them) but I don't know that I like them that much for that price.

3. New phone.
Mine is two years old and doesn't do everything I want it to do all the time. I'd like an upgrade. This will likely be a birthday present in January.

4. New rubber boots. (Scott already got me a pair)
I bought these rubber boots in the spring of 2011 because Scott insisted I go clamming with him and the fake Uggs weren't cutting it. I wore them twice in Alaska. I wore them not at all in Missouri. When we came to Colorado, I realized they made perfect prairie boots. They prevent the tumbleweeds and grasses from scratching me and falling in my shoes. They provide moderate protection against snakes. They're great for helping Scott pump water out of mud puddles on our dirt road. They're my dog-walking boots.
They are also now full of holes. I had to patch a hole with duct tape the other day. It's time for new boots. I will say this may have been the BEST $39 I ever spent (at Sports Authority in Wasilla, Alaska).
The ones I have are Kamik and they've lasted this long so maybe I'll look for another Kamik pair. 

6. PSU/Steelers gear. I will have to stock up when we go home for Christmas.

7. Books?
I don't love buying books because clutter is the worst and I'm always afraid I'll dislike a book (I'm not afraid of a DNF) and have it taking up space. That's why I've done so many ebook-borrows from the library and audiobooks in the last few years. However, I want to buy books without feeling like I'm wasting my own money on something frivolous (I prefer to buy clothes as my frivolous purchases). I think a gift card to Amazon or Target or somewhere I can get new release hard copies of books would be the push I need.

8. A dutch oven. I wanted to make a bread recipe and realized I couldn't because I needed one of these. It'd probably be overall useful for other things as well. Is a 6-quart big enough?

9. Movie theater gift cards. Since we discovered that there are two theaters within 2 miles of our house in Laramie (and nice theaters, at that), I decided it'll be pretty easy to keep my resolution for next year...I'm planning on going to the movie theater once a month. I love small, well-kept theaters that aren't over-crowded cattle chutes. The ones in Laramie are perfect for me to go to in my pjs (because that's what we used to do in Wasilla).

And then the wish list items I'll likely never get...

1. Neverfull bag from LV. I've had my eye on one for a bit now. Funnily enough, when we were in San Diego I saw SO many and I'd always point them out to Scott. When we we flying from Atlanta to Denver in October, a girl on the plane (because she was probably college-age) had one and I made sure Scott saw it. He rolled his eyes. His exact words were something along the lines of "Not even if we had a million extra dollars lying around". Sigh.

2. Ugg boots. I've never had a real pair of Uggs. (I might actually get these.)

I like these black ones with a bit of heel.

I really like these too. 

What's on your list? Things you'll actually get or buy yourself? Or things you'd rather not splurge on?


  1. You don't want to just buy the bag for yourself?

    I am not an Ugg fan but those black ones are cute.

    Totally with you on updating throw pillow covers and blankets.

    The 6 qt dutch oven is pretty big. I have one and use it for almost everything.

  2. I don't have too many splurge items on my wish list, because I wouldn't get them, but I would love a HP sprocket and an Instant Pot. Have you heard of Movie Pass? You pay like $10 a month and you can see a new movie, everyday. I'm thinking of signing up for it - I hear good things and a friend of mine has it and likes it. If you want to see a movie a month, this saves you!


  3. So I really want a neverfull also. Like really want one. My caveat is that when the time is right in life and I feel Ive paid my dues, I will totally gift it to myself. For now I love them, but I wont spend the cash on it and wont let Danny either. I'm such a miser and (again, for now) prefer to spend extra cash on traveling and home stuff.

    That said, if YOU want it now, I think you should have it. My friends have LVs and love them and I told them the same thing - GET IT! Beautiful bags. I'll live vicariously through you lol

  4. My big splurge item that I want this year is an updated FitBit with the heart rate monitor. I already bought myself a Paperwhite.

    I have the same issues with buying books. I'm afraid I'll spend the money and it'll suck and then I'll be angry.

    1. I also struggle buying books when the library is free. Although I will buy if the library doesnt carry and I really wanted to read it.

  5. I would go for a bigger dutch oven, you would be surprised how much you use it and a bigger one is nice.

  6. My splurge would definitely be these Bose headphones I saw in Best Buy on black Friday - they were like $300, but you put them on and the noise cancelling is amazing. We can dream!

    Meg, Borrowed Heaven

  7. My phone is slowly dying too and I'm trying to put off the inevitable.

    Definitely go for a dutch oven! I have a 24cm Le Creuset (no idea what that is in quarts, but I think it's this one and it's my prized possession. Definitely go for the good quality, the heat retention is astounding. I use mine all the time. I also got a jazzy blue colour which makes me happy!

  8. I'm the same way with UGGS. Want them, but no... I stick to the knock off versions.
    I love buying books too & try to get more free ones but its awesome when you can use cards to load up on hard back books with no hurt to your purse

  9. I have a Cuisinart dutch oven and I. love. it. As a matter of fact, I just made a HUGE batch of cabbage, potato and sausage soup in it this weekend. It's enamel coated like the one you linked to so it washes really well and can even go in the dishwasher, which is great for lazy people like me. Mine is the 7 quart size and I would recommend that size.

    I don't know what I would want as a splurge item this year. I'm having a hard enough time coming up with even cheap ideas! I need new pot holders for my kitchen...


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