Making a List…

Alex's Very Big List

There’s a quiet hum of activity at my house.  I found my daughter cutting the legs off a pair of her jeans last night. (“To make presents with!”) My son has been spinning about like a top, cajoling everyone he can into taking dictation for the list he started back in July.  The tree is up, the lights are hung, and tickets for the Nutcracker have been purchased.  The puppy is stealthily removing ornaments and (mostly) exchanging them for bites of cheese. So, without further ado, here’s my own list of holiday wishes:

An extra week of  winter vacation — one that doesn’t add on a week of school at the end of the year.

A snowstorm during said week, preferably immediately after a run to the grocery store, just large enough to make sure everyone has to stay home in pajamas.

A mysterious loss of power to the Wii station, and only to the Wii station, during that time.

Ten consecutive hours of sleep.

A new book under my Christmas tree, one that I’ve never read before but immediately love with the passion I reserve for Practical Magic, The Time Traveler’s Wife, and Voyager.

News from a reliable source that Joss Whedon has decided to do at least two more seasons of Firefly. In addition to the ‘lost’ season recently discovered in the archives and put on sale just in time for Christmas.

A report from the government that mashed potato and stuffing sandwiches, followed by a Snickers bar, have amazing health properties and no calories. Particularly if eaten while lounging on the couch in pajamas.

Good health and happiness for everyone I know.

What’s on your list?

All lit up

Liz Michalski


  1. Christine Greeley on December 1, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Wait…WHAT?? Your kids have a Wii? 🙂

    • liz on December 1, 2010 at 1:32 pm

      Yes, I was overruled last year. 🙂

  2. Cathy Westbrook on December 2, 2010 at 7:53 am

    Alex’s list looks very familiar….especially the “big case of gum” and the “jelly bean shooter.” I don’t know about you, but I especially appreciate the ranking system.

    • liz on December 2, 2010 at 10:01 am

      I’m amused by the live baby duckling. We fostered 12 last year for a week for his school, and animal-lover that I am, the only duckling that will come back to this house is a stuffed one! What do your boys want this year?

  3. Linda on December 3, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Oh, the “no eye patch” is 4 stars! What do you do when the thing your child really wants is not something you have the power to give?

    • liz on December 5, 2010 at 5:07 pm

      I think it’s something that gets harder as they get older, because there’s so much you can’t control. But he’s lucky — he just got the good news he won’t have to wear one — for now.

  4. Elizabeth Loupas on December 5, 2010 at 10:46 am

    You are so organized! You have so much DONE! I haven’t even thought about Christmas yet, other than to get annoyed at all the ads and commercials. Your list is terrific. I especially like the part about the Snickers bars and stuffing sandwiches. 🙂

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