Sunday, November 4, 2007

All I want for Christmas is . . . . .

Folks, it's begun. Now that I've booked my flights for my first trip home, I'm already making lists, my favorite way to manage both anxiety and anticipation. I think there's a little bit of both going on here.

Lists of friends I need to see: you know who you are!

Lists of shows I need to catch up on since iTunes, who I otherwise love, won't let me download the episodes (because my computer is now registered in Ireland. Damn you iTunes!): Battlestar Galactica, Gray's Anatomy, Blood Ties.

Lists of foods I need to bring back with me: peanut butter, mac and cheese, jalepeno red pepper jelly (is that only a southern thing?), Maker's Mark.

Lists of restaurants to visit and foods I need to eat: Fandango Salad and Frontega Chicken Sandwich at Panera Bread; Cabo Chicken Sandwich at Quizno's Subs; good salads anywhere (Ireland is direly in need of good fast food outlets).

Lists of stores I really really REALLY need to visit, even if just to stand and stare in awe at the neverending aisles and overstocked shelves: Bed Bath & Beyond - inexpensive bedding and towels in a plethora of colors and styles, hangars!; Rack Room Shoes - nice selection of reasonably priced (compared to Ireland) shoes; SRI Warehouse - aisles of discounted fashion footwear as far as the eye can see (believe me, the picture is wildly inadequate to demonstrate the beauty that is SRI)


Barnes. And. Noble! B&N itself is going to take me a couple of days.


That all's a lot for just 2 weeks, I know. And I still have more than 6 weeks to go in which to add to the list! Thank goodness the euro is doing so well against the dollar, I'm going to need every bit of help I can get.

11 comments:

Steph said...

Why do I get the feeling the B&N employees are going to have to physically remove you to close the store. :)

Sirmelja said...

Because you know me so well, girl! :-)

THE PERIODIC ENGLISHMAN said...

Oh dear. I was just downstairs commenting in your last post, trying to make myself seem all worthy and erudite and considered and stuff. I could have been in here all the time, though, gawping at shoes. Damn.

I think, although there is obviously no clear scientific evidence to back such a claim, but I think that so many shoes in one hallowed space is very probably an earthly glimpse of what heaven looks like. Just a hunch.

Incidentally, I despair at the lack of a decent bookstore in Cork. It is one of the main things I miss about Glasgow. You're a lucky duck to be anticipating spending days on end in B&N, Sirmelja.

Right, now that I'm here, I need to congratulate you on your new cyberpet, 'Meesha'. Actually, I may well have misused the word "need" in that last sentence. Perhaps you should switch it for "choose". My own cyberpet is superior, obviously, but you've done well to add such a thing to your blog, in my skewed and fatally flawed opinion. Go you. Yay.

Kind regards etc....

TPE

andrea said...

I think if you go to the bottom of itunes and switch it to the US version, and you have a US credit card, you can still purchase those shows. That is how I do it and my computer is in London, and I never have a problem!!

n'Drea said...

I would be in heaven in Barnes & Noble. Sigh.

Sirmelja said...

Hey TPE, heaven as a neverending shoestore. Hmmm, it definitely has possibilities! :-)

I feel no need to challenge your obvious delusional beliefs about your clearly inferior cyber pony. You do get loads of credit for having introduced me to the whole idea though. Go you!

Sirmelja said...

Thanks for the tip, Andrea. Unfortunately, because I tried to purchase something before changing the country on my iTunes account from the U.S. to Ireland, it got hung up in payment (my U.S. credit card now has Ireland as my address) and I have to go through a couple of other steps to fix it. Which I keep forgetting and/or lacking the motivation to do. I'll get to it soon.

TPE said...

Hmm. I do have certain delusional beliefs about the power of my pony, that's definitely true. I notice, incidentally, that you seem to have attempted a clean up job on your cyber cat - you've maybe tried to tidy up the edges and place it more centrally in the sidebar? Look, I'm not saying it's a botched job, just that it's a botched job. I think you will probably find that pony-pet is perfectly placed upon my hallowed page. Just saying.

Anyway, you'll know where to come when you finally admit to yourself that you need help in these matters.

You'll be glad I called, I'm sure.

Kind regards and foolishly happy stuff....

TPE

(Hope you're okay today, by the way. Lovely, as always, to visit your bloggy.)

Sirmelja said...

TPE, I am deliriously happy you called! You should know though that, since I'm going to be depending on you to fixed the botched job, I'm choosing (out of the goodness of my heart) not to come out with any of the fabulously witty yet snarky bon mots to put you in the place you so clearly deserve. I'm just that good of a person. You can thank me later.

AML said...

Ooh, somehow my first time over at your blog but beyond flattered to see my own listed on here. And me thinks we might be kindred spirits - do you have DSWs back home, too? Also, in the US you can get the Grey's episodes free at abc.com - not sure if it would work abroad. So excited to have a new daily read.

Sirmelja said...

aml, I think we have a mutual admiration society going here :-) I do very much enjoy your blog. To answer your question, we do have DSWs back home in Raleigh, but somehow it's never captured me. My first love is SRI Warehouse and I'm known for my sometimes illogical loyalties :-)