Wishlist 2009

Hi, everyone. I'm Tonya, and this is the second year that I've done this (though not consecutively. I believe 2006 was my first year. I'm 31 and live in Kansas, USA.

It's been a rough year, but things are starting to look up. I'll be getting back to work (my first real job in almost five years) in January, and hopefully back to school within a year. My family (Parents and I) had a home fire in January. We weren't insured, and Dad spent the first 8 months of the year on worker's compensation, so putting things back together was a little rough. Luckily we had absolutely incredible support from our church, family, and friends. They gave us back our home, and so I'm hoping to be able to give back to some other people this holiday season. We're still pretty broke, but we're getting through it.

So anyway, here's my list.

1. There are a few charities that I'd really like to see get some support this year. I'd be thrilled if you could give your time or your money to Habitat for Humanity, particularly for their Gulf Recovery program. Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf 4 years ago, and they're still a long way from recovery. The need there is still tremendous. Heifer International runs a great program meant to lift people out of poverty in a sustainable and re-creatable way. If you have some spare books lying around or spare DVDs, Comic Books, etc, think about sending them to a deployed soldier through Books for Soldiers. There are a few hoops to jump through these days, but it's so worth it. I have a family friend in the National Guard. He's spent four of the last eight years deployed overseas and will soon be leaving again. He has lots of people to write him letters, and send him the small creature comforts that we take for granted, but he's always telling us about buddies who never receive anything and how that can just drag them down.

2. I'd love a layout for my journal made just for me. I'd really like to have a Leverage layout (especially one that featured Eliot and/or Parker), but I'd adore something non-fandom related as well. A left side-bar is a must, and In really need easy to read text. I don't like pink, but other than that I'm good with pretty much any possible color scheme.

3. For the fannish types out there I'm looking for fanfic and fanvid recommendations in some new to me fandoms. I'm not picky about genre or pairings (Gen, het, slash, and femmeslash are all fine with me), but these alternate between the tiny, I don't know where to look fandoms and gargantuan, I don't know where to start fandoms. These are: The Spectacular Spiderman animated series (the newest of the animated series where they are in high school, I've tried all the comms I know for Spiderman), Tin Man, The Mentalist, dueSouth, The Sentinel, and The Dresden Files.

4. Be kind to retail workers -- I think this is something different from the standard Random Acts of Kindness. It is so very easy to get caught up in the stress, rush, and craziness of the holidays. Our tempers can be short with everyone, and employees of retail stores tend to be on the receiving end of that more than most people. Just try to remember that they're just trying to do their job. Their day has probably been just as stressful as yours, and yelling at them really doesn't help. If you're having a good enough day to remember, a simple thank you is something that is pretty rare and always appreciated.

5. Books -- New, used, digital, it doesn't matter to me. I love to read, and lost nearly 300 books in the fire. I'm slowly rebuilding that collection, but I'd appreciate anything I got. I'd love to have anything that really struck a chord with you, or made you see the world in a different way. Fiction or non-fiction, it's all good. I have a particular weakness for the urban fantasy genre and post-apocalyptic sci-fi, but I'll read pretty much anything but romance novels. Graphic novels to Westerns to Lit-fic to social commentaries. I love it all.

6. Cookbooks/Recipes -- I feel like these need a separate entry, because I really really want them separate and apart from my desire for fun and interesting things to read. I love to cook, and between my mom and I we probably lost 100 cookbooks. Mom prefers good old-fashioned homestyle cooking, but I'm particularly fond of regional and ethnic specialties. I love Indian and Thai food especially, and baking. If I could only ever get one cookbook back that I lost, it would be the More With Less cookbook. Best granola and high-protein cookie recipes I've ever found, and I miss them a lot. I'd also take copies of any of your favorite recipes, whether they're written out on a card and mailed, or just e-mailed to me.

7. Spices -- This is probably the most expensive thing to replace in our kitchen. I'm getting there, slowly, but I could still use almost any spice, particularly specifically asian or Indian spices. A few years ago, someone sent me a huge jar of Garam Masala. It was a Turkish import and the secret ingredient in my holiday turkey. It will be missed this year, but I'd love to get more of it, or even just find a supplier so I can have it again next year. (round plastic bottle about five or six inches tall with, I believe a gold or yellow plastic lid. Most of the label was in script I can't read, but I do remember that it said it was from Turkey, mostly because it always amused me that it was my #1 turkey ingredient)

8. Avenue Gift Cards -- I mentioned that I'll be starting a new job in January. They don't require me to dress up a whole lot, but I will be expected to have business casual attire. I haven't had to wear anything fancier than jeans and basic pullover type shirts in so long that I'm not sure I have anything to wear. I know I'll be getting a little money in December that I plan to put towards a work wardrobe, but a little extra couldn't hurt. I love Avenue's clothes, and it's the only store that I've ever been able to buy a shirt at which I didn't have to have altered to fit properly, so this would be much appreciated.

9. Jewelry -- I used to have about a million necklaces, bracelets, and rings (size 8 1/2 or 9). I'm looking to start rebuilding my collection. I prefer white metals to gold (sterling silver and stainless steel are my favorites) and love things with no stone or pretty much any colored stone. My birthstone is garnet, and I love them. Other favorites include green amber, hematite, opals, jade, and pearls (real or glass, doesn't matter). Even just something simple would really make my day.

10. And the requisite seemingly impossible item -- My laptop, quite miraculously still works, but I'm scared to death that it could die at any moment. The case is kind of melty, and it's just not quite right. I'd really like to replace it. It wouldn't have to be new and I'm not picky on platform. I would like something at least as good as it was, which isn't very. It's old (2002) with 512 MB of RAM and an 80 GB hard drive, running Windows XP. It's plenty of computer for my day-to-day use. If you've got an old one sitting around gathering dust, I'd be pleased as punch to take it off your hands. Like I said, I'm not picky about platform. I'm familiar with Windows, Mac, and several builds of Linux.

Wow, this ended up much longer than I had really intended. Thank you to everyone who takes a look, whether you send anything or not. Also, a big thank you to the maintainers of the comm. If you need my physical address, you can e-mail me at delwyncole (at) cox (dot) net. Thanks again and Merry Christmas, or happy whatever holiday you celebrate.
Recipes - enjoy :)
Peanut Tamarind curry

If you can't find tamarind paste (sold in ethnic grocery stores or specialty markets), substitute 1 tsp. lime juice.

1 large sweet potato, peeled and cubed (about 1 lb.)
1 Tbsp minced fresh ginger
1 jalapeno, chopped (about 1 Tbsp)
1 tsp curry powder
1/2 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
3/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup crunchy peanut butter
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp tamarind paste
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups cooked brown rice

1. Heat skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add potatoes, and saute 1 minute. Add ginger and jalapeno, and cook 1 minute or until fragrant. Stir in curry powder, and cook 1 minute more. Add broth, cover, and reduce heat to medium low. Simmer potatoes 10 minutes, or until soft.

2. Whisk together juice, peanut butter, brown sugar, tamarind paste and salt in bowl. Add to sweet potato mixture, and bring to a simmer. Cook 5 minutes, or until sauce thickens. Serve over rice.

Thai red curry

2 tablespoons peanut oil, divided
1 12-ounce package extra-firm tofu, drained, patted dry, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (prawns also work well and I assume chicken would too)
1 pound yellow and/or green zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 large red bell pepper, diced
1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
1 1/3 cups canned unsweetened coconut milk
3 tablespoons (or more) fresh lime juice
1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
3/4 teaspoon Thai red curry paste
1/2 cup sliced fresh basil, divided

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add tofu; sauté until golden, about 4 minutes. Transfer tofu to bowl. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil, then zucchini and bell pepper to skillet; sauté until beginning to soften, about 4 minutes. Return tofu to skillet. Add ginger; stir 30 seconds. Add coconut milk, 3 tablespoons lime juice, soy sauce, and curry paste; stir to dissolve curry paste. Simmer until sauce thickens, about 6 minutes. Season with salt and more lime juice, if desired. Stir in half of basil. Sprinkle with remaining basil; serve.
sorry to hear about the fire!

i make jewelry, and can happily send you some thing garnet and maybe more.. but. it *may* have to wait until AFTER Xmas, since yaknow.. retail season...i am selling stuff, and spare inventory is nonexistent until i see what sells or doesnt.

cookbooks? i got cookbooks. tons of cookbooks...

also a box full of random books.... email me your address (and pls, take pity on me this season, send a copy of your wish list? or a link? or something)
kirsten at fabricdragon dot com

oh, and thanks for the books for soldiers link, i had lost it.. and i donate to Heifer every year
Thank you so very much. After Christmas is perfectly wonderful as far as I'm concerned. I've been more or less jewelry-less for nearly a year. I didn't think I'd miss it, but I do. Most of my things actually survived the fire, but we had 3 break-ins in four days and all but one bracelet was stolen. The neat thing is that it had been a gift, the very last present I ever received from my grandmother, so I guess even in that there was something to be thankful for.

Sent an email with my address.
Glad, the link is going to prove useful, and it's nice to find another person who donates to Heifer. They're a wonderful organization, and I wish I could send them more than I do.

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Oh, wow, I went a little overboard there, but there's just So Many I wanted to go through and share! Happy cooking! And I'm so sorry about your losses, but man won't you have fun collecting new recipes...
Thanks so much. I know I could have just started looking up recipes on my own, but there's so much out there. It's really nice to get things that other people thought were worthwhile enough to pass along. I've even got the ingredients to make a few of these things without a grocery store run.

I'm really looking forward to trying the carrot oatmeal cookies and several of the vegetarian recipes especially, though they all sound fabulous (and the rest of the family will appreciate meat with their meals)
Sentinel fic:
Anything by Cindy Combs - she's one of my favorite TS authors and I love her crossovers.
Black Panther Productions - three virtual seasons
Cascade library - TS fandom specific archive
Faux Paws Productions - another virtual season production (two seasons here)
Novation Productions - yet another virtual production (two seasons here)
Five Senses Slash - slash-centric virtual season

Cookbooks/Cooking blogs:
copperbadge just posted a cookbook here. Also check out his recipes tag - the cafe put together a cookbook a bit back.
While not cookbooks per se, here are a few of my favorite cooking blogs - where I often go first when looking for recipes.
A Year of Slow-Cooking (she just put out a cookbook based on the blog)
Smitten Kitchen
Sassy Radish
Thanks for the Sentinel fic recs. I watched a few episodes earlier in the year and was hooked. I managed to watch the rest of the series, immediately went to look for fic, and was promptly overwhelmed by the sheer size of the fandom. I'm particularly excited to see an author who writes crossovers on your list.

The recipes and blogs are nice too. I know that I can look a lot of things up online, but there's so much out there. It's nice to get recipes and sources that other people think are good enough to pass along. I love that the recently posted cookbook is for people with gluten intolerance. I don't have it, but my dad does. It's mild, and most of the time we just try to keep his intake at a minimum, but it's always nice to have some gluten-free recipes for him.

Thanks again.
You're very welcome. I worked at Wal-Mart for a couple of years, and the holidays were especially rough. Friends have assured me that it doesn't get any easier in other stores.
It was so nice to open up my email and find recipes. Everything looks wonderful, and I especially can't wait to try the Garithes (Shrimp) Santorini. My Mom just bought a huge bag of jumbo shrimp and brought them home, apparently on a whim. Then she said, "What are we going to make with these?" so the timing is perfect.
Hey there! Can you send me your address at smallwaldo at gmail dot com? (And when you do, can you remind me of your username, so I can remember what it is that I plan to send you :)
Just wanted to say thank you for whatever you plan to send. I'm sending out an email with my address now.
4. Be kind to retail workers -- I think this is something different from the standard Random Acts of Kindness. It is so very easy to get caught up in the stress, rush, and craziness of the holidays. Our tempers can be short with everyone, and employees of retail stores tend to be on the receiving end of that more than most people. Just try to remember that they're just trying to do their job. Their day has probably been just as stressful as yours, and yelling at them really doesn't help. If you're having a good enough day to remember, a simple thank you is something that is pretty rare and always appreciated.

omg, thank yooooooou. i posted something similar in my own wishlist today, haha. i work in a drug store as a cashier/floors person, and i know exactly what you mean. it's just so lovely when you have a customer who just appreciates the effort you put into it. i know it's what we get paid for, but i really do try my best at making them happy, it's nice to get a smile every once in awhile :)
I have worked in retail, though thankfully I don't anymore. It always amazed me how much nastier customers could treat people as Christmas approached. I don't think most people are just mean nasty people in general, but it's so easy to forget that employees in places are just people, and even when they don't mean things personally, their words and actions wear on us too. A little reminder can't hurt.
I'm a big fan of Queer as Folk, the show ended 5 years ago so you can get them all on dVD and the fandom is quite alive!! I promote!
Thanks. Nice to know that there are some people out there who will be taking extra care to be nice to retail employees this year, and anything you can give to any charity really, is great. These are just my 3 pet causes for the year (well, Heifer is a perpetual cause of mine, but the others kind of rotate in and out as things catch my interest).
Just wanted to let you know- I have a huge family, and for Christmas, instead of buying gifts for each other, my aunts and uncles and parents all buy animals through Heifer International in each others names. So you can count on some great donations to that again this year!
That's great. I give my mom a Heifer gift every year. It's a really nice tradition. Most of the tie we don't actually need more stuff.
i want to fufill a wish of yours can you please email a link to your wishlist and your address to janeknox01@hotmail.com

drop me a pm with your email and ill send you some recipes and a link to a really good harry potter fan fic.
Thanks! Sorry it took so long to reply, I've been briefly without access. Sending a PM now.