Thought About Your Christmas List?

You know it’s time to get thinking about a Christmas list when you see e-mail messages like these waiting for you:

The first is from my mom’s mom:

Are you working on a Christmas stocking and gift list? You better be………you don’t want to find coal in your stocking do ya? lol,lol,lol

And then there’s this from my dad’s parents:

Grandma and I are open for gift ideas—gift Cards, Cash, or Candy Canes.

Regardless of the fact that my grandma used “LOL” in an e-mail, I think it’s still pretty awesome that: 1) my grandparents care enough to solicit requests, rather than just assume I’d like a knitted sweater with a bird on the front, and 2) that my grandparets solicit these requests via e-mail, and not through snail mail or a phone call.  They are, more or less, hip with the times.

I’ve been thinking about potential Christmas gifts (hey, they asked), and all I’ve thought about is all three seasons of 30 Rock on DVD.  My mom should go for that, because that would mean I’d stop stealing hers.

The other item that has really been on my mind is The Grammar Devotional.

From what I have gathered, it’s a daily “devotional” book, but instead of encouraging messages or scriptures, it gives you daily grammar and writing tips.  My mom told my aunt about the book as a gift idea for me: “Yes, Paige really asked for this,” she said.  (Image from the Boulder Bookstore website.)

While flipping through the pages of the most recent issue of New York magazine, which includes their annual “Gift Guide,” I found this gem:

It’s the New York Times Jigsaw Puzzle.  You can pick any New York Times cover page since 1888 to be made into a jigsaw puzzle (the picture came from the site online where you can purchase the puzzle):

Also in New York, I found an advertisement for a brand-new product that I’m sure will be sweeping the nation soon.  The “Snoodie.”  Behold:

This is somewhat unbelievable to me.  Considering they’re currently confined to a quarter-page ad on page 132 of New York, I don’t think Snoodies have hit the Snuggie’s level of popularity, but I’m still bracing for their impact.

There’s only one month left until Christmas Eve: what’s on your Christmas list this year?  I’d love to hear your ideas.  It might spark some inspiration for me and other gift-buyers.  If you haven’t thought about it, get going.  My grandma might e-mail you if you don’t.  LOL.

“News” Update

In recent news:

First: ESPN has canned the LeGarrette Blount video from my previous post.  My apologies…you can watch this instead.  Totally unrelated, but much more lighthearted.

Second: I’ve realized that I can see the future: it’s quite possible that my life will turn out to be a mashup of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “30 Rock.”  If this is true, I’ll work for a TV show or station and live in Minneapolis or New York (or maybe in the middle: Cleveland?) and still be single at 35 or so.  I’ll probably have Liz Lemon’s passion for food and Mary Richards’ work ethic.  Only time will tell, but I won’t complain if I somehow end up like Liz and Mary.

Third: This New York Times article should have been on the front page of every newspaper in the country, if you want my opinion.  It described a reporter’s findings of what New Yorkers read while they ride on the subway.   Of course, most people wouldn’t have cared, and it’s not really that important, but if you like big cities and/or books and/or people watching, give it a go.  I was fascinated.  If you read it, let me know your thoughts; what would you read?

Fourth: Speaking of New York, the US Open tennis tournament is happening right now.  I know college football opened its season this weekend, but you should take the rest of the week to watch some tennis: 17-year-old American Melanie Oudin is kicking some major butt.

Melanie Oudin

She has beaten 4-seed Elena Dementieva, 29-seed Maria Sharapova, and 9-seed Nadia Petrova en route to the quarterfinals.  Oudin is from Georgia, and she seems to be extremely motivated, well-spoken and gracious.  She plays again on Wednesday, and I’ll be watching; the future of American tennis is looking bright.  Do you think a sparkling new player like Oudin might make the sport more relevant in America today?  Aside from Venus, Serena, and Andy Roddick, we haven’t got much.   I’m hoping Oudin’s amazing US Open performance signals a changing of the guard in American tennis.

If any more pressing news items appear today, I’ll be sure to let you know about them.  Until then, I’m off to deal with this weird feeling that comes knowing the rest of my family is at at work or school while I still enjoy summer.