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This all started because my brother is getting married, and he and his intended have two registries full of.... Well,
I'm forty-two and single and jealous (I admit it) and also a bit angry. Since when does deciding to live permanently together
and getting a legal paper entitle you to beg for overpriced luxurious goods from any one you know? Besides that, both my
brother and his fiancee have each had their own households for a good many years. They are marrying "late in life"
as they used to say. My brother and I each get cash gifts from our father on our birthdays too so that really makes all the begging
inappropriate and....I wish I could do it too!
No, I take that back. I don't want to beg. Just having a house full of nice stuff would be enough to make me happy. I don't like the begging part
all that much. Fortunately, I get paid every month and also get birthday and holiday cash gifts. Why not get a registry of my own and buy the things
I want every pay check? I can have all the fun without having to wait until my boyfriend gets settled enough to commit, and if
he does marry me, so much the better. I can enjoy all my goodies while I'm engaged.
Well I cold find a favorite store and set up a wish list to keep my purchases on track, but there's a small problem with that.I'm the one
who's going to be paying for the goodies. You're not. That means I'm
going to go where the prices are the best. Some of these goodies will
never go on sale, but quite a few do eventually. Being tied to one store is a very poor
Anyway, here at the UNRegistry, I get to have my fun, keep my notes, buy what
I want and tell all of you about it. I can make as much do about getting
and spending as any engaged lady, but you don't have to spend
one red cent on me. What could be better.
Well, I managed to get a pretty good vase at Pier One Imports and I orderd the
siddur and machsorim from Artscroll so those items are off the list,
so it's time for some new items.
Item #1R (R is for religious. I'm really not such a material girl you know) is a mesuzah complete with
case. One has to buy the parchment separately, roll it up, and put it in the case. Then the nailing and
blessings begins. It will be nice to have one of these beauties mounted outside my apartment. It will
make the home feel blessed. The parchment has an excerpt from either Numbers or Deuteronomy on it.
One is supposed to have mesuzot on all the doors of one's home (that means each room!) if one is at
all religious but since I've lived in rented digs and the command has always been intimidating since I
have always had way too many room doors, I've done nothing. I ought to change that.
On a more practical note, Item #1S (S is for secular.) are six Tupperware storage containers. These beauties
are insect and rodent proof. The upstairs apartment has mice and niether the upstairs neighbor's little
yappy dog nor my cats seem to be able to eradicate the little varmints. I smell their droppings in the
cupboard where I keep my staples so I currently keep a lot of my staples in the freezer. This gift will be
bought in two parts of three containers apiece and probably relatively soon. I'll be rotating it with the
Fiestaware (see below). I broke one of my Fiestaware mugs so I'll have to replace it. Thankfully my color
is current and rather new so Fiestarware is open stock. That's the nice thing about open stock.
Well the Fiestaware arrived alive and well and Lou and I are eating off of it.
Remember what I said about enjoying all these gifts while one is engaged or even
if one isn't. Having an UN-Registry is a great idea. Because there are other
things I would like to have, all Fiestaware items are currently a variety of
ITEM NUMBER THREEs but let's just say they are a close third.
Well, no Fiestaware set arrives
complete for everyone's lifestyle, and one thing Lou and I enjoy is our pasta. This
is not item number one, but it is up there, pasta bowls. Four of them!
Then there is the butter dish. Yes, no more crappy imitation crystal plastic
thing. I guess I'll give it to someone who is desperate for a butter dish. A
good or even mediocre butter dish is hard to find, but Fiestaware has one and
it matches and it is in my color. Long live Shamrock!
And Lou enjoys his morning coffee with sugar and milk. Of late
he has complained about the lack of sugar bowl and creamer. Well
guess what I have here. We haven't ordered this beauty yet, but
give me time. There are so many good things out there for those
who want to get and spend.
And yes, here is a covered casserole bowl. I am short of serving dishes,
and plain clear glass (crystal) and silver looks plain, austere, and ugly
to me, but shamrock, my lovely Fiestaware Shamrock, now that is special. It
is solid, has the potter's marks in it, and weighs a ton. It just feels like
quality without losing that bright colorful appeal that says "I'm still
pretty." Yes, folks, this is all a planned purchase so stick around.
Nothing beats the fun of getting and spending.
Well ITEM NUMBER FOUR (It's not really number four because there is
so much Fiestaware, so I'm not sure how to prioritize) is tumblers. I drink
cold tea out of a plastic tumbler and I have a nice set of plastic tumblers
with fruit on them, but I'd like to have some spify glass ones to go with the
nice FiestaWare. These are about as spiffy as it gets, and they are outrageously
priced to boot, but so what! I deserve it, and they look expensive.
Here is the rest of the stuff. It's on the list but not prioritized. It's
just getting to be too long a wish list, but stuff moves up and I'll
eventually buy it all. That is the beauty of the UNRegistry.
Well what is a dining room table without a real cloth table cloth. I want either two or three
of these beauties from Penny's. They have hunter green and basil. I might also get the burgundy one
too. I like reds and greens remember. Should I buy cloth napkins too. We have a laundry across
the street from the complex so it is easy to wash napkins and beats a run to the store. It is also
more ecological, but cloth napkins need napkin rings. Yeah, I know about all that stuff. Where is
Pier One Imports when you need them. The tablecloths by the way come from Penney's.
And yes I still have a silverware pattern. This
will sell me a 45 piece service for eight for just $45.00 plus shipping and handling. Now,
part of me would like to complete the set in a pattern I bought as odds and ends and liked.
That pattern is Cordoba by
Cambridge and as far as I can tell it is discontinued and very expensive to replace. It is
just better economic sense to start from scratch. I don't know what number this is on my
list of things to buy. I think the Fiestaware which is on sale has to come first. I've decided
to hold off on buying myself any silver because I don't know thing one about it. I don't
know about stainess either except that my pattern goes with the china I hope to someday
buy. I know it's cute and gimmicky but I have cheetah throws on my old cot and two chairs
to make a pretty good living room set and a tiger lamp from National Wildlife.com. Yes, they
do have some good canisters too...Another wish list item? We'll see.
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