Tuesday, August 20, 2013


This year I decided to man up & make a birthday/xmas wish list because I can't think of any other way to hint about what I'd want because it all seems so materialistic.  I think I've gotten pretty conscious about this, though, & made my lists & what I'd want for myself a little more timeless.  I'd like to keep my life classic, in some ways ... while still maintaining that natural, Southern Californian, book nerd persona I think I have...

The first thing I could think of is that taking me to get my balloons colored in or to start my Jackalope would be pretty darn great.

A cheaper option would be something on vinyl, like The Lion's Roar by First Aid Kit - or this soundtrack, Of Monsters & Men, Fleet Foxes, The Avett Brothers, even Elton John or Paul Simon.

More expensive, would be getting my breaks done, a full tune-up, or a new set of tires for my little purple June car so that I can have plenty of worry-free road trips.

A striped serape is ALWAYS a good idea in my mind!  Anything that will aid in picnicking or camping would be an excellent idea, or anything having to do with John Muir or Theodore Roosevelt for that matter.

Keeping with the textile idea, this little dude is pretty awesome!  No puppy noms allowed!

Hippies Always Welcome - because, duh.

Something simple, like this American Flag scarf would be nice to keep my road tripping, National Park visiting neck burn-free.  I've also been searching for a pair of boots like these for some every-day wear.  A black felt panama hat has been on my list for quite some time, too!  Everything I'd need for a romp in the park.  

For something to add to my library, this awesome book written by the real life Ron Swanson would do the trick.

Or, if you feel bad for my lack of natural sight, you could always aid with a pair of specs

But more important than any of these "things" would be to have a nice BBQ dinner party at the cabin with the ones I love - surrounded by both artificial & the real twinkling of starlight.  The sounds of a record playing soft sounds of folk music, & the laughter of good company would be all that I need to have a great birthday.

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My mom's birthday isn't till November but I think I have a pretty good plan for what I'd like to do for her so that she can have a special day - she's always doing fun things for people & working around my brother's birthday, so I think it's about time she has a good birthday for herself!  I absolutely love planning fun days for people, I just wish I could think of something to do for Jonathan.  I'm completely stumped, so he better make a list of sorts as well!  It'll be hard to top what he did for me last year - a trip to the Griffith Observatory, a sushi lunch, & a shopping trip to Amoeba Records!  He's a total keeper!