Friday, May 15, 2015
Monday, December 16, 2013
He's like a pair of these fine Vans in black, size 11...
And if there's a better version of Silver Bells than this old rollicking punk version by the Yobs, well I haven't heard it...
She'd also like a spaceship, Firefly Class. Perfectly reasonable, and you can probably find one cheap at the used lot on the space station at the edge of the galaxy...
However, if her secret Santa is unable (unwilling?) to travel to the outer quadrants of the galaxy where lawlessness reigns, she'd be quite happy with a sturdy, washable loveseat slipcover, such as this one from Bed, Bath and Beyond...(that's too much like infinity and beyond; she really does want that spaceship).
And here's a fantastic version of the John Lennon classic, Happy Xmas, as performed by Os Mutantes.
Saturday, December 14, 2013
He'd like a golf rain pullover very much like this one (so that's the one) in either black tan or orange. So get the orange, obviously. Why mess around. (Size large, by the way.)
He'd also like some black leather gloves, size large...
And he also needs to replenish his golf ball supply...his preferred brand is the Titlist ProV1...or whatever he finds in the woods.
Amy Poehler and Billy Eichner hit the streets of New York looking for carolers for sing-alongs. Priceless!
She'd like some Essie nail polish (topless & barefoot). Conveniently available online!
She'd also like a pair of Canvas Authentic Vans in pool green and white, size 8. Magically available online!
Aaand...she'd like an Instant Heat Ceramic Spiral Styler. Available online of course!
Rufus Wainwright stops by with a nice little original, "Spotlight On Christmas"...
Friday, December 13, 2013
He's going to be reading this Christmas season...he'd like the new Jeff Shaara book, A Chain of Thunder. He'd also like the new Tom Clancy story, Command Authority.
And he'd also like this handy little Home Depot gadget that converts a 5 gallon bucket to a wet shop vac...pretty cool!
If there's anything left over, well it turns out he would like a decent cabernet...
And here's Wade Johnson and Danielle Ate the Sandwich with a sweet rendition of Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas...
Thursday, December 12, 2013
He'd like the The Walking Dead Volume 19 TP: March to War comic book, as well as the The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor Paperback.
He'd also like a nice pair of water proof/resistant winter gloves.
And finally, he'd like a Walking Dead T-shirt - but it's going to have to be a very cool T-shirt or else it won't be worn. Embrace your inner zombie and choose wisely!
Let's cheer things up with the endearing Pomplamoose and their lovely version of O Come All Ye Faithful...
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
She would like this Alex and Ani silver starfish charm bracelet...
She also has a need for the Access for Dummies book...because nothing says "Christmas" like Access for Dummies.
She also has a need for black knit knee socks.
And the Dropkick Murphys drop by for the holiday with their rollicking Christmas song The Season's Upon Us!
Sunday, December 08, 2013
OK, I'll go next...
I want a spaceship and a unicorn, but I'd settle for a jetpack and a pony. But if my secret Santa can't do that I won't cause a fuss if I can have the book Amsterdam by Russell Shorto.
Also, given the rate at which I lose golf balls I need to replenish my supply...I like the Nike golf balls.
Also, given the rate at which I drink bourbon I need to replenish that supply too... Buffalo Trace offers good value for good flavor.
And if I'm going to be out there golfing and drinking bourbon, I should probably have a cigar to round out my Christmas...I'm particularly fond of the AVO Robusto...
And here's alt-rockers Shonen Knife with a funky and highly catchy Space Christmas...
She really really REALLY wants the book S. by Doug Dorst...looks interesting.
She could also use some new cooking spoons, wood and plastic, and also a big spatula.
And also the LL Bean Hearthside slipper...bright berry in a size 9.
She rounds out her list with a request for Blu-ray or DVD movies:
Star Trek: Into Darkness
The Hobbit extended edition
Here's the Flaming Lips with the wonderful, jagged Christmas at the Zoo...saw the Flaming Lips several years ago. Shockingly good.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Let's keep this rolling, shall we? Ellen's up next with her wish list...
She'd like the finely crafted L.L. Bean Hearthside side slippers in a size 7. You can surprise her by choosing either tan or dark brown as the color. I know! Such dilemmas!
You can round out her wishes with some flavored vinegars from O'Live a Little. They can be found at Evergreen Walk, and of course online.
Another repeat I'm sure, but this never gets old...old punker Captain Sensible goes all pop crooner and gives us this gem: One Christmas Catalog...
Edit: She needs the size 6 slipper, not 7!
She would like a steamer for clothes...it seems this one would offer considerable utility and versatility, yes?
And I'm sure this is a repeat - because hey, there's only so many of these unique Christmas songs by indie artists around - but here's the endlessly wonderful Thanks for Christmas by one of my favorite 70's and 80's bands ever, XTC.
Let's get this warmed up with the latest Carnival of Space!
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
He'd like the Tudors complete series on DVD box set....which can also be found here.
Added: Mea Culpa! Forgot Jordan's Christmas song! Don't worry Jordan, I saved the best for last...here's the endlessly endearing Wonderful Christmastime from Sir Paul...
Friday, December 14, 2012
She knows exactly what she wants: a nice silver tone dress watch. Nothing fancy given the amount of wear it will get...
She suggests this one...and also this one ... and hey this one too!
And check out Rhett and Link with their fine version of Silver Bells...
He would like this new single serve coffee maker...
And he'd like it if you could round that out with a nice bottle of cabernet...check the listing here for reveiws and ideas.
And check out this rolicking version of You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch by Electric Six...
I do need a left hand golf glove, large, to assist in my emerging dominating golf game...
I also need a cover for my golf driver, which is of course one of those oversized monsters but doesn't seem to actually help my game one bit...
And fully embracing the sport of my dotage, I could always use a dozen decent quality (but not professional grade) golf balls...goodness knows enough go missing!
My secret Santa can top it all off with a good quality cigar so I can complete the geezer look with a little style. The AVO brand, in particular the Lonsdale and Double Corona, are my favorite...
And here's the lovely Tina Sugandh with a spacey version of White Christmas that I've always enjoyed very much...
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
She would really really like this Limitless Creations Illuminated Computer Speaker System.
She would also like these boots... (size 8).
Maybe do one and a gift card toward the other? She's apparently open to deal making! (the boots are on sale.)
And here's the always endearing "It's Christmas Time" from Sweet Afton...
This seems like a good place to start...
And this would also be worth checking out...
And here's a pretty funky version of Little Drummer Boy by Sumo Cyco
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
The LL Bean Wicked Good Slippers, brown, size 7...
And here's longtime indie crooner faves Belle & Sebastian with Are You Coming Over For Christmas?
Sunday, December 09, 2012
She'd like a couple of vinegar selections from O'live A Little gourmet store at Evergreen Walk, a fruity balsamic, either blueberry or raspberry...
From Land's End, she'd like a down vest - Petite Medium - 407703-A1X, in white, as well as a flannel night shirt - Petite Medium - 423941-A17, in Blue Depths Dot.
She's a big fan of Stonewall Kitchen sauces, in case her Secret Santa wants to go in that direction...
She'd like a nice, strong frother for her latte's...
A wall (not desk) calendar from Despair.com, and please note that it's for her office so nothing too offensive!
And here's the great duo She & Him with a delightful version of Sleigh Ride.
Staying with his previously established zombie theme, he'd like The Walking Dead Season 1 as well as Season 2.
He'd likely also enjoy The Walking Dead Graphic novels.
Entirely unrelated to zombies, he could use a couple of pairs of khakis, 36 x 36, from Old Navy, or Docker's from Bob's...
And here's a delightful Zombie Christmas Song.
Saturday, December 08, 2012
Sunday, December 02, 2012
A K-cup coffee pod holder...
The Hunger Games (DVD or Blu Ray)
Benefit the POREfessional primer
A new tea kettle
A new casserole dish
Boscia T-Zone treatment or hydration gel
Hey, she told you it was a varied wish list...
And check out this smokey bluesy version of I'll Be Home for Christmas by Sister Hazel...
Page is in first and she's feeling a combination of artsy and industrious, asking her Secret Santa for some specialty paints from Sea Rose Cottage.
Specifically, she'd like these Annie Sloan chalk paint samples:
4 ounce Barcelona Orange
4 ounce Emperor's Silk
4 ounce Coco
4 ounce Versailles
Soft Wax - Clear
And let's kick off the Christmas song season with this charming version of The Christmas Song by Mindy Glenhill...
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Friday, November 16, 2012
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Ah, but who cares, amirite? We live in a country where 51% of the people don't think that 20 trillion dollars worth of debt is any big deal. Forward! Taxpayer funded contraception and such!
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
Friday, June 22, 2012
Friday, April 06, 2012
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Well, actually sometimes it can be pretty good...
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Friday, January 20, 2012
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
"Unconsciously"? I'm pretty sure they mean "subconsciously", cause I think guys want to be conscious around "hotties". And that's what make the science dubious - from everything I've ever observed, everyone consciously wants to date a hottie...
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
The Ramones picture just makes me sad; Tommy looks so forlorn standing there all by himself...
Thursday, January 05, 2012
What would explain the ability of a low-budget sci-fi show to not only reach across generations, but leave young and old equally transfixed? I'm convinced my daughter learned more about liberty and loyalty, commitment and fairness, from those 14 episodes than she did in 12 years of public schooling.
Anyway, when I saw this article about watching Firefly with your kid, well it struck a chord with me. So we watched a few episodes last night, just for old times sake...
Sunday, December 25, 2011
I like how the singer has a young John Lennon thing going on...
A delightful role-reversal with the Not My Fault daughter this morning; for all these years she's been waking me up early...today I got to return the favor!
Friday, December 23, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Good advise. I've done yoga about 20 times in the last 4 months, and even though I can't say what or why exactly, I can say unequivocally that I feel better and that it's improved my life...
Saturday, December 17, 2011
I'm not enough of a television viewer to have a strong opinion on this. There are many, many great offerings in the comments, and there are many shows I'm not familiar with. And in several instances where I am familiar with the show, I'm not familiar with the episode.
Actually, I could probably do a top ten list with just Seinfeld and Simpsons episodes. Well, make that a top nine; my 10th would be the WKRP Turkey Drop episode...
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
There are two area wine making shops where his secret Santa can browse for items...
Beer and Winemakers Warehouse in Hartfordand the Brew & Wine hobby shop in East Hartford.
(He suggests the Hartford shop is a little more organized so that may be best.)
Some needed items are:
Shrink Wrap Caps
1 Piece Air Lock
Also, he'd enjoy the book "The Wine Maker's Answer Book".
To round out the wish list, bottles of nice Red Wine to offer inspiration are always appreciated! And as I've previously mentioned, they are a potential fine investment!
And the brilliant pop duo Belle & Sebastian perform a beautifully restyled version of "O Little Town of Bethleham".
Monday, December 12, 2011
I'm sure his secret Santa can be creative with an additional item to compliment Gerry's outdoor activities...
And here's Julian Casablancas with the stylish and kickin' I Wish It Was Christmas Today...(he's the guy from the Strokes).
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Leather Gloves (Men’s large)
Golf (large) Umbrella
Ski (specific) Socks
Calloway Tour i(z) golf balls
Bottle of Cabernet...always a wise investment.
And here's the Ramones! With their classic Christmas song! Merry Christmas! (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight!)...Johnny Joey DeeDee Marky! Good times!
She'd like a pair of black flat boots...specifically Bare Traps Jaline, in black, size 7. Right here, as a matter of fact...can also be found here with free shipping. Bonus!
She also very much enjoys shower gel from Bath and Body works.
She'd also like a WHITE down vest (not ivory!). They are evidently hard to find, but you might start here Also here? Good luck!
UPDATE: never mind the aforementioned white vest...Eric found one
And here's the talented Meaghan Smith with her charming rendition of Silver Bells...
Sunday, December 04, 2011
She's like a pair of LL Bean Hearthside slippers in Chocolate, size 9...these, to be clear, in chocolate.
She'd also like Josie Maran Argan Oil from Sephora.
She also has a need for a stadium chair for UConn games...here's a handy list.
Additionally, she has a need for a cover for her Nook Simple Touch...
And finally she would enjoy dry, full-bodied red wine...a sound investment!
The Saw Doctors make an appearance with Merry Christmas Tuam...
UPDATE: Kerri no longer needs stadium seat...
Recognizing the need for an ever greater need on self reliance, he is asking his secret Santa for a hand crank radio. And really, who among us couldn't use one of those?
Additionally - and again, who among couldn't use one of these - he'd like the Zombie Combat Manual. Indispensable! Why do I think we'll all be hiding at Ryan's house when this finally happens...
And why not! It's a Very Zombie Christmas!
Thursday, December 01, 2011
Ashley is up next, and she'd wishing for some of the fine products from The Body Shop: (note the discount code!)
Tea Tree Foaming Cleanser;
Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream;
Shea Body Butter;
Camomile Eye Makeup Remover.
And here's terrific new indie band The Late Greats with their catchy version of Sleigh Ride...
She needs a stainless colander with open handles so it can be hung from a rack. And for the Cape house she also needs a nice collapsible one.
She's also looking to add to her cookbook collection, in particular from cuisineathomestore.com...she would like:
Slow Cooker menus Vol 1 and Vol 2,
Quick & Easy Italian,
Cuisine Light Vol 2.
And here's a clip from The Nightmare Before Christmas featuring the lovely Cure song, A Thousand Hours...
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
I received an urgent text from friend Guach on Thanksgiving Day: “The Cure @ Beacon Theater. They are playing first 3 albums in entirety with original lineups!!!” Dan & I are original Cure fanboys, so I frankly thought his text deserved a few more exclamation points…
Recently nominated for 2012 induction to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the band looked and sounded great, and it was a genuine treat to be able to hear all the original Cure songs as they were initially produced.
Robert Smith was always the smiley face of the Goth rock scene…for as dark as some of the music sometimes seems, you always get the sense that’s he’s winking and smiling through it all.
Opening song: 10:15 Saturday Night. A gem.
Closing song? How about this: Boys Don’t Cry, my favorite Cure song ever.
In between? The entirety of Three Imaginary Boys, Seventeen Seconds, and Faith, followed by a full hour of encores (which included all the songs from Japanese Whispers B sides collection)… maybe 45-50 songs total.
An amazing experience all around...
Enjoy some Cure music right here.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Anyway, this is somewhat time sensitive; you get free shipping for the next 48 hours, so we hope this can be coordinated. A new yoga ball would round out the package nicely…
And here’s one of my favorite bands from back when with their outstanding original, Thanks for Christmas...
And for your listening pleasure, here’s geek rock band Weezer with The Christmas Song...
Let’s start with Oma, as she was well prepared with a nice range of items for her secret Santa to pick from. She’s in need of slippers (why do I think she’d like these?), and I'm sure you could find something here she'd enjoy...she'd also like some Clinique face cream (color #06, sand) and soft black mascara. Finally, she also has a need for a wind up alarm clock that will keep running if power and batteries are unavailable...
To kick off our official Christmas song season, you can enjoy this charming rendition of Last Christmas as performed by Florence & the Machine.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Thursday, November 24, 2011
As for the sentiment of giving thanks and gratitude in general, it seems it's actually quite healthy both mentally and physically. The science is settled!
We can also be thankful for one of the greatest comedy scenes in television history..."As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly..."