Some Things I’m Going to Buy

I really hate holiday round up gift posts on blogs that are, at best, greedy wish lists and, at worst, affiliate links begging for sponsorship. It’s one of the reasons that I don’t use affiliate marketing on this blog and have turned down a lot of ad opportunities over the years.

I used to make lists here about the things I wanted but it serves no purpose in my life. In fact, let’s not even talk about my most recent birthday. Instead this is a note to self on things I want (slash “need”) in the next year. I might buy them next week, or never, but despite my Amazon wishlist, there are always things flung all over the internet I forget about when I’m shopping.

(Oddly enough, since writing this list I have already bought some of the things on my list but too lazy to think about other stuff to add so I left them in.)

Since my current robe is over a decade old I want a new fluffy one, preferably in black or dark gray. I always think of this purchase in mid-summer when they’re not on sale. (Update: found one on sale at bought it! Super comfy…)

No fewer than 30 people have convinced me that the cashmere plum candle at Target is the best scent ever – except I can’t confirm since my store is perpetually out of stock. So I continue to burn my off brand cheapo candles to make room for this one, eventually.

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(Update: I found it at Target Sacramento and it is magical, burning in my office as an incentive to work)

Now that I’ve removed the tree that was destroying my front yard, I want to rent a stump grinder for the weekend and grind the 2 stumps in the yard. It’s the first step in turning the front yard into usable space but really, I want a couple of these fencing panels from Home Depot and a handyman to install them. I figure that if I can extend the fence line by 24′ (3×8′ panels) and across to the house with a new gate then I’ve added 40% more yard space for the dogs and added privacy to my yard. The challenge, of course, is that they’re very not-cheap and I’d still need all the extras to add the posts and ensure they don’t fall over in a gust of wind.

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Bonus points if I can figure out what equipment I need to rent to break up my crooked sidewalk that will need to be replaced. Sigh, I see a lot of sweaty spring weekends in my future.

Inside the house things are looking good these days but I have a plan to build something totally awesome in the dining room. The only thing I need is a new blade for my table saw (as the original is rusted beyond belief and smokes like crazy) and the lumber. Oh, and time but that’s easy enough to make.

I’ll pick up one of these when I have the mental energy to fight the table saw:

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Oh, speaking of saws (I have several), after rearranging stuff in my garage and looking at storage options I’ve nearly decided on the items I want to finish one wall with a new workbench and storage towers.

These towers have been hanging out in my cart so long they’re not available online anymore:

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but I’m planning to get two for garage storage (to replace a couple units that aren’t too sturdy). Have you experienced this with your purchases? When it’s time to stop using what’s good enough for now and find what will work long term and be far less of a headache?

(Update: I bought the tall one and a smaller one for laundry supplies. They’re awesome)

Keeping my tools and supplies organized in the garage is a priority but I also put this workbench on my wishlist so I can keep the saw handy for quick cuts and still be able to access tools on the pegboard:

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I thought for a long time that I’d simply make one after I finished the potting bench this summer but realistically, I need the metal frame which will keep the whole unit much lighter and easy to move. There are some upgrades coming to the garage once the weather gets nice again but I’m already excited about the storage units and workbench together. I keep this work bench in my cart but haven’t ordered it yet.

I finally caught the Newsroom on Amazon streaming and love, love, love this show. So much that I immediately put the DVD set on my list so I can watch all the bonus bits. I’ve heard horrible things about Season 3 but 1 & 2 are absolutely gold so I might take the risk on a bad storyline since the acting is so, so good.

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Basically I like movies and series that I can listen to while I work around the house or to relax after an exhausting day. I’m sure there’s a season of Criminal Minds that I haven’t picked up yet but most of the other shows I love have gone off air.

Since I already have the most spoiled dogs on the planet, I’m probably going to build the dachshunds a set of stairs for the bed/couch someday since they’re always climbing up to cuddle with me. I’ve looked at a lot of plastic ones and they’re just so ugly, it might be worth the headache of applied geometry and finding non-bowed wood to make a sturdy set of stairs for the dapper dachshunds.

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In the kitchen my white dinner plates from Ikea are getting chipped left and right so I’m on the hunt for a set of simple white plates, and am yet to find ones that are classic but not so expensive I’d cry when they break.

(Update: I found some pretty blue ones to replace the white which are off to Goodwill)

I’m almost convinced that I should buy this chair for the living room after crushing on it for 2 years… it would replace some of the other chairs I own but doesn’t it look like the perfect place to curl up and read by the fire while pushing dogs off your lap and telling them not to bite the fabric?

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It’s not expensive enough that I would freak out over the dogs sitting here but still, I haven’t bought it just yet!

Okay, one more for the wishlist and this is my wildly impractical, Kelly you don’t need that, item. It’s a blue titanium druzy necklace and I love how sparkly it is…

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In reality, there’s not much that I want and very little that I truly need. Probably the only thing that’s a reaching a true “need” is a new vacuum. My parents gave me an ancient Kirby one that weighed 30 lbs and was a beast to move (that I returned to them after hating it for years) and the one I picked up from Craigslist this last year isn’t working very well. So I’ll probably bite the bullet and get it replaced in January when everything cleaning related goes on sale.

Sigh, some times it’s boring being an adult and thinking that “new brakes for the car” should go on a list, or, even better, a replacement set of screw driver bits since my set has gone missing.