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A Month Away

Count yourself lucky that I have not posted the blog post I spent the other day writing. It turned out to be a 2,000 word essay on defamiliarisation as narrative device in Emma Donoghue’s Room and Lionel Shriver’s We Need To Talk About Kevin complete with bibliography and footnotes. If I were still handing out assignments, I would totally ask undergraduates to compare and contrast narrative devices in the two novels. But, you are not getting 2,000 words on literature. Why make it easy for undergraduates? I wish had read Kevin a few days earlier than I did, incidentally. It would have added some much needed quality to my 2011 reading list.

I have also been kept busy by a quasi-flu and trying to compile a wish list for my birthday. Wish lists are hard because they need to fulfill a certain list of criteria (mostly to do with my family’s location) rather than what I’d love to have in my wildest imagination. So, without further ado, here’s my real wishlist:

+ A dwelling similar to this one, but in Glasgow. Also, with very different art.
+ A puppy, preferably a little crossbreed with a dash of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (not a purebreed because Cavaliers are awfully in-bred and unhealthy).
+ Moda “Circa 1934” Jelly Roll: .”. collection [of] its typewriter key caps, vintage numbers and ornate medallions.. Rich red, worn yellow, antique white and sage green give you the perfect palette to work with.
+ 15 balls of Rowan Baby Alpaca in mid-grey. Just because, you know, it’s a gorgeous yarn.
+ Andrew Pettegree’s The Book in the Renaissance
+ A chromatic typewriter
+ A really, really snazzy DSLR camera – I do like Canon’s cameras.
+ A trip on the Orient Express – art deco decadence for the win!
+ This poster in a lovely understated frame.
+ A cherry brooch
+ This t-shirt – although I should read the book (again? – have I read it?)
+ You can take the girl out of Scandinavia, but she’ll always love classic Danish design lamps.
+ Another trip to New Zealand. I’d love to show D. Wellington – man, I loved Wellington. Yeah, two months should be plenty. Thank you.
+ And, finally, blocking wires! I cannot believe I still don’t have any!

So, which things would you love to receive but also know you’ll probably never get for your birthday?

4 Thoughts on “A Month Away

  1. I’m still waiting on that trip to Scotland…
    Camera gear and photography lessons (and in a different dream, a black and white darkroom) are also on my list.

  2. agirlinwinter on January 11, 2012 at 7:32 pm said:

    Oh my, that fabric is wonderful. It’s going straight on my wish list. My birthday wish would be to expand the spare room in my flat from a cupboard to a decent sized craft room.

  3. It’s my birthday next week and I’ve been badgered for a birthday list. One problem is also that it’s so close to Christmas and I haven’t yet absorbed all my Christmas presents. I do like your list though, I hope you get at least some of it. Wellington is nice, but then I might be biased as my mum’s from there. I’d love to go back sometime.

    I think I’d most like a month away in the country in the spring, somewhere quiet and pretty and comfortable to rest.

  4. Anne (aka FrozenP on Ravelry) on January 14, 2012 at 7:30 am said:

    My birthday in Feb and I wouldn’t say no to that cherry broach (or the trip to New Zealand for that matter) Other things I’d like and I know I’m not going to get include a macro lens for my DSLR camera, another trip to Denmark since you’ve got me started on trips (or Norway) and a new house with a few acres of land. :-) (There’s no probably about it – I’m DEFINITELY not going to get any of those!)

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