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message 1: by Emma (new)

Emma  Blue (litlover) | 2389 comments Chapters giftcards. And maybe more free time. If that's possible.

message 2: by Liz (new)

Liz (busy91) 1. Money

...that is all

message 3: by Lori, Super Mod (new)

Lori (tnbbc) | 10123 comments Mod
oh dear... not christmas already???!!!

message 4: by Jessica (new)

Jessica | 1000 comments 1) Cash (always top on my list)
2) Borders gift cards
3) Gas cards

Petra: all work & no play makes you poor.On hiatus (petra-x) 1) I hope lots of people want books for Christmas and that Santa comes to my shop to buy them.
2) I hope that Santa brings me a cell phone cover because my phone is black and disappears into my bag and I can't ever find it in time.
3) I want a miracle weight loss pill that works.

Fiona - you almost got it right, its Shantaram.

message 6: by Ann from S.C. (new)

Ann from S.C. | 1395 comments Earplugs...My 9 year old wants an electric quitar and amp...

message 7: by Sarenna (new)

Sarenna (djsthree) | 63 comments I would love a new TV for my bedroom. Oh, and a Wii, but I'm going to tell Santa it's for the kids and not me. ;)

Oh, and if you get that weight loss pill, Petra, tell Santa to bring some for me too. And if it could be coated in chocolate that would be an added bonus.

message 8: by Lynai (new)

Lynai since i wasn't that "nice" this year, i think a complete set of THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA and THE MARK OF THE LION SERIES will do. Please, Santa?

but if you say that's still too much, i guess either one of the above will be okay.

message 9: by Jeane (new)

Jeane | 4891 comments uhmmm..nothing really...but my boyfriend's mum is already talking about lsits and I never want to make them because I am always thinking..if someone wants to give me a present for chrsitmas fine but they don't need to. I am the kind of person thta gives presents when she suddenly feels like it or sees something and think it would be great to give that as a present to a certain person. If it is around a special day, well even better.

But wait with christmas...first it's my birthday and an italian family doesn't think like I was explaining before:-)))

Don't get me wrong I adore getting and giving presents!!!!! :-)
ps An idea for the once who want a weight loss pill. Every day you take all your books out of te place they are and replace tem in another way one by one...knowing all the similar souls on this will burn kilos!!!!! But if it would be me I am already see myself sitting reading parts of all the books or even start reading a book in between..... okay forget it.

message 10: by Laura (new)

Laura (apenandzen) Ann - make sure you get the kind of amp that has a plug for headphones - only slightly more expensive.

message 11: by Marc (new)

Marc (authorguy) >>1) I hope lots of people want books for Christmas and that Santa comes to my shop to buy them.

I have the same hope, although my 'shop' is a stall at a craft fair somewhere. Good luck to us both!

message 12: by Emma (new)

Emma  Blue (litlover) | 2389 comments Jeane, having a Christmas birthday must be great! Fiona, I feel it takes the fun out of gift giving, because you HAVE to buy gifts. I love the food though. On Christmas Eve I watch Christmas movies and dine on goat cheese (yum), spinach spread and bread. And the next morning is all lox bagels!

message 13: by Donna (new)

Donna (dfiggz) | 1626 comments Cash is a must as usual

And of course my borders and coffee gift cards!!

message 14: by Donna (new)

Donna (dfiggz) | 1626 comments Oh yeah and world peace

message 15: by Ann from S.C. (new)

Ann from S.C. | 1395 comments Laura, Thanks for the heads-up on the amps. We have a bonus room where he can play, but the headphones sound great!!

message 16: by Laura (new)

Laura (apenandzen) Trust me, the sound travels ;) If I were you, I would make it a condition - I didn't keep my daughter to the rule, and I work upstairs of her room, which does not always make it easy....the good news is most of the time, I like to listen. But that would not always be the case !

message 17: by April (last edited Oct 17, 2008 12:54PM) (new)

April (escapegal) | 130 comments My church is working with Habitat for Humanity this year (in Florida) the week after Christmas, so I've conned talked them into sending me down a week early to spend Christmas with my aunt and uncle!! So, I won't be needing any presents this year, Santa*, a sunny beach Christmas is good enough for me! I'll be thinking of all you poor suckers up here in PA/NJ (Lori, Ken, hahahhahaha)!

*I'll never turn away a good book to read on the plane, however. :)

message 18: by Jeane (new)

Jeane | 4891 comments Fiona and Emma, I am not a christmas baby:-) jst that my birthday comes before Christmas arrives and even if it isn't special for me, just like all other so-called present or celebratin days (they are all just another day of the year)but eing in Italy...well you know Italians.... you do notice it whe it is your birthday or one of the other days.

My mother would get annoyed in the past on the evening of the 24th because everybody would be prepare everything for the evening and I would be studying upstairs... but in Italy it's more difficult because they have all these traditions when there is something to celebrate and lots of food!!!

I also can't make lsits with what I would like to have becase:
-I feel like I tell someone that they have to buy something for me
-maybe they wanted to spend less money than what costs on the lsit
-I feel like it isn't them choosing and if someone gives me a gift i's nice if it's something you wanted but I prefer that it's something the person decided on and felt like giving me

Me and my Italian friend have a not original, not written down almost kind of tradition for our birthdays. Since we know each other when we give a birthday present to the other, we seem to give or a book (s) or a book voucher and the card always seems to start with: I know it isn't original but .... and in the end we are always soooo glad with the gift!!!

message 19: by Jackie (new)

Jackie (thenightowl) Jeane, you sound like my boyfriend and I. We just give each other giftcards that you can use anywhere. It started because he gets into a panic anytime he has to buy a present for someone. He worries that they are not going to like it. He would drive me crazy asking me what I want. For the same reasons as you I hate making lists of what I want, so to ease his worries I just told him to give me a giftcard. The idea works great!

message 20: by [deleted user] (new)

I just want a my mom's candy receipes this year & oh she better send me some carmel popcorn. Simple.

Petra: all work & no play makes you poor.On hiatus (petra-x) I took my son to see Phantom in London last year, Fiona. We both thought it was amazing. Every year when we come to London we go to at least one show because there isn't much cultural on the island. This year we went to the Chinese National Ballet performing Swan Lake in Covent Garden Opera House. It was phenomenally expensive $150 a ticket and it was..... boring. I've probably put my son off ballet for for life. (I took him to see Meet Dave to make up for it though).

message 22: by Petra: all work & no play makes you poor.On hiatus (last edited Oct 17, 2008 07:10PM) (new)

Petra: all work & no play makes you poor.On hiatus (petra-x) Fiona - when my son goes away to college I don't want other kids to think he is some barefoot island kid who doesn't know anything. I want him to know about museums, art galleries, the ballet, opera, Shakespeare and so when we come to the UK in the summers I make sure we do at least one of those sort of things every day. Over the years it has had some effect (but he still is the barefoot island boy nonetheless).

Not everything is expensive though. The three big museums in South Kensington are free as are a lot of the art galleries we go to. If you go to the TKTS booth in Leicester Square (and only that one, none of the others are genuine) you can get half-price tickets for the West End theatre that day. We always do that too. Also in Leicester Square is the (free) National Portrait Gallery which has a mixture of amazing historical stuff like full-size portraits of Henry VIII painted while he was alive and modern works.

message 23: by Jeane (new)

Jeane | 4891 comments Fiona, I wanted to do the same ting when I was living in London. I went to see many museums but in the end less theatre than I wished. But at least I went to watch We will rock you and Cirque du Soleil, which for the last ten years I wanted to see.

message 24: by Jeane (new)

Jeane | 4891 comments Fiona, also the british msueum is free and wonderful. I don't follow any order and jsut go walk inside. That way I went several times nd saw different things. Like Petra said in South Kensington they are interesting free museums. Even the V&A looks great from outside.
The Leicester ticket office is said to be really good but every single day I passed there it had huge amount of people waiting.
Don't remember the website but there is one that sels also cheap tickets for theater in London and sometimes also half prices. Both time, We will rock you and Cirque du soleil, we bought them this way and at least for the we will rock you show we got half price tickets. The others were much cheaper also than normally.

petra that's great what you do together with our son. I am not complaining about my youth (not too much) but I always wished that my parents would be more or jsut interested in museums and theater. The only times I went to a museum or theater play together with any of them was twice with my mother but it was me taking her to an exhibition! I am always wondering from who I got the love for museums, books...

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (susannag) | 1736 comments I have always wanted to go to both the V&A and the Tate. The British Museum and the National Portrait Gallery are both great, though.

message 26: by Ann from S.C. (last edited Oct 18, 2008 11:02AM) (new)

Ann from S.C. | 1395 comments I have to make a comment about the ballet. My nephew dances with ABT (american ballet theater, Gray Davis, check out the web site) Anyway, he is dancing this Christmas with a local dance company to make some money. (The Spartanburg Ballet) They are doing THE NUTCRACKER. Ok, If I have seen TN once, I have seen it 1000 times. Every Christmas, since he began dancing, guess what he danced... TN. Also, his sister, and my neices all dance, and they all dance.. TN. Well, I told my 9 year old, "Guess what? We get to see Gray dance this year!!! Aren't you excited??" He looks at me and says, "Oh yes, But if you say it is THE FREAKING NUTCRACKER, I am running away from home!!" I was ROTFLMAO!!!!
Yes, he has seen a little bit too much of the ballet!!

message 27: by Jessica (new)

Jessica | 1000 comments Susanna, I've been to the Tate. I'm not that much of an art fan to begin with and most of the exhibits were really out there to me. Like the room that had plain white walls and stuffed birds stuck to the walls with arrows.

Petra: all work & no play makes you poor.On hiatus (petra-x) The V&A is ok, depending on the exhibitions. The British Museum is amazing but there are usually thousands of Japanese tourists there all wanting their pictures taken by their friends in front of all the more interesting exhibits - the mummies particularly.

I grew up in the South Wales valleys so every single school trip was to yet another castle - there are about 20 within a 20 mile radius. The nearest one was just up the road. My parents always took us to either a beach or a forest, depending on the weather.

message 29: by Jeane (new)

Jeane | 4891 comments Petra, lucky you. I adore castles. Still don't know te reason but every school trip was almost always without me. For a weird reason I always got ill the day before:-(

message 30: by Jessica (new)

Jessica | 1000 comments Ha, it's funny you mention the Rosetta Stone, Fiona. In the picture I took of it, I have this weird Japanese guy peering through the other side of the glass, straight at my camera!

Petra: all work & no play makes you poor.On hiatus (petra-x) Fiona - the Tate is huge, you can ignore the modern exhibits if you like. My favourite art gallery in London is the Whitechapel in the East End. It does usually have very avant garde stuff but not always. I saw a stunning exhibition of drawing from Egyptian to modern times there, including Da Vincis and Picassos. The reason though its my favourite gallery is that it has by far the best little cafe in London right on the top - so if the exhibition (free) is no good, you can just race up to the top and indulge yourself in home-cooked gourmet food.

I have lived in some lovely places its true. Some exciting ones too. I lived up the Amazon for three months after sailing to Brazil. That was amazing. Generally I change what I do and where I am every five years.

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (susannag) | 1736 comments Jessica - was that The Tate, or The Tate Modern? I'm not interested in the modern stuff - I like Turner and the Pre-Raphaelites and such.

message 33: by Jessica (new)

Jessica | 1000 comments Susanna, I honestly don't know. It was right by the Globe Theater and was a little side-trip we ended up taking.

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (susannag) | 1736 comments Ah, the Globe Theatre. I'd like to see that.

JG (Introverted Reader) Speaking of The Tate...

If you enjoy orchestral (?) music, Arvo Part has a CD called Lamentate that was inspired by an exhibition at The Tate Museum. I'm too lazy to grab the liner notes to remember more than that. I enjoy instrumental music, but I don't know a whole lot about it, but one of my co-workers who does had this playing in the office one day. I fell in love and asked for it for my birthday. My husband obliged and bought it for me.

And that's all this American knows about The Tate Museum. :-)

Petra: all work & no play makes you poor.On hiatus (petra-x) The Tate's cafes are very expensive and always full. I tend to rate museums and art galleries as much by their cafes as by their exhibits. After all if you travelled to them and possibly paid out an entrance fee and can't stand the exhibitition de jour the least you can hope for is a nice clean table, a good cuppa and a nice slice of cake to go with it at a price that won't bankrupt you.

message 37: by [deleted user] (new)

Fiona, What about Chichester for a play? In the past they had some really good stuff there.

message 38: by Anita (new)

Anita (tigergirl) | 45 comments Petra X that's a good one a miracle weight loss pill that works!! that would be a very good Christmas present! LOL!!


message 39: by Coalbanks (new)

Coalbanks | 186 comments A Dickensian Christmas Feast! From soup to nuts, enough for all until no one can say: "Please Sir, May I have some more,please."

(My apologies to Mr. Dickens for any mis-quotes.)

message 40: by Jeane (new)

Jeane | 4891 comments Petra X if you change every five years, how long before the five years are over and what is the plan then?

Petra: all work & no play makes you poor.On hiatus (petra-x) Wow, I've just seen your message Jeane, months later. I added an cafe to my bookshop last year which is not at all successful yet but now I have the right staff it might work.

Not sure about what I will do next as I like having the bookshop. I would like to build a little guesthouse very green and sexy in the rainforest with tiny streams trickling through the rooms (all separate) and treehouses with slides down for the kiddies. I have plans and costs for the guest house but no money, none at all.

message 42: by Lori, Super Mod (new)

Lori (tnbbc) | 10123 comments Mod
Petra, that sounds quite amazing....

Petra: all work & no play makes you poor.On hiatus (petra-x) Just single hexagonal wooden rooms with wrap-around balconies and integral bathrooms. One time when I was in Bali I got a design and quote for them from an architect that builds similar ones to ship. Now I have to find the money and buy some land. I don't have any money so I must find someone who has some (but those sort of people all stick together).

message 44: by Ann from S.C. (new)

Ann from S.C. | 1395 comments Petra, I want to be a guest!! My husband is promising me a trip somewhere tropical on our 20th in 3 years. What do you think??

message 45: by Jackie (new)

Jackie (thenightowl) Oh I want to go! I love tropical places.

I really don't want to spend time with my family this year, so I think I'm going to skip out on festivities this year. Instead I want to go to the local casino, which has a hotel and spa. A massage sounds yummier.

message 46: by Jeane (new)

Jeane | 4891 comments Petra, you could call it The NBBC house...

Petra: all work & no play makes you poor.On hiatus (petra-x) If everyone put some money in and a load of hardback books we could build it together and use the books as supports.

Fiona - I live up in the rainforest so yes its humid but the trade winds blow constantly and its not very hot, never really gets above 78, so it doesn't feel hot or humid. I like humidity a lot - keeps your skin nice (and your hair frizzy of you have curls) and you don't have to iron your clothes. I don't like the dryness in Britain, my nose always drys up and my eyes are sore in the mornings. It isn't humid like the jungle or Bali or anywhere that isn't close to the sea. You would like it, almost everyone does.

message 48: by Lori, Super Mod (new)

Lori (tnbbc) | 10123 comments Mod
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Since this is called the Ba-Humg thread, I had to post this!!!

"HoHoHo... Santa is plastered and half naked in jail tonite kiddies, looks like christmas will be postponed this year!"

message 49: by Angela (new)

Angela | 1934 comments I am looking forward to spring weather!! Typically April/May :)

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