Waldo's Wishlist of "stuff", the 2009 edition.

Hey there.  It's Waldo, back for year... 4?  I think.   I'm a 4th grade teacher in a very inner-city school.  You know the ones: if I want them to do a poster, I have to give them the posterboard.  All of my kids get free lunch... that kind of school.  So some of what I'm asking for is for me and some is for them. 

Just a quick note: used media is my friend.  Books, CDs, DVDs that need a new home are very welcome. 
Textile stuff (yarn and such - anything I can't wash in hot water) that has been in home with or around cats is extremely problematic for me due to an absolutely insane allergy. 

One additional note: I am not a Christmas person.  I'm a Yule/Winter Solstice person if you find anything along those lines, but more importantly, I am not a Christmas person.  Thanks.

My list:
1.  Crochet stuff: Yarn, hooks, patterns/books for someone who is very much a beginner.   I'm planning on crocheting cat/small animal toys for people on this list, so even remnants can be put to good use.

2.  Fandomish stuff.  Trade books, fics, icons, whathaveyou.  My big favorites right now are NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS, Torchwood, House and White Collar. If anyone felt up to making cover art for any of the stories at my smallwaldo journal, that would be awesome.

3. Stuff for my students.  There's lots we need, like colored computer paper or construction paper.  Markers/Crayons/Colored pencils.  Chapter books!  For kids in 3rd and 4th grade (Think Goosebumps or Hannah Montana/Mary Kate and Ashley  type things).  They also like non-fiction books that are made for children.  Animals, outer space, careers...  Also, postcards!  I'd love to have postcards and/or letters from all 50 states and as many countries as we can manage.  Just a quick hello (a few words in your native language if it's not English would be awesome) and a note about what makes your country/region special would be fantasitc! 

4. Ferret Stuff: treats made for ferrets, bedding (hammocks and little cuddle cups and the like)  Or ferret stuff for humans.  t-shirts (size L or bigger), jewelry  or whathaveyou.  If you aren't sure what's good for ferrets you can check either my Amazon list or pretty much anything at Doctor's Foster and Smith Ferret Store.  (If you're looking at snacks, my ferrets have dietary 'issues' - read: old and fat issues. :)  They like Bandits and the dried chicken bits - not the stuff that's like jerky, the stuff that's like styrofoam)

5. Photography Stuff.  I recently got a dSLR camera.  It's a Canon XSi.  I could use any kind of accessories that you think of.  Data cards, filters, lenses, a better neckstrap... pretty much anything that will fit that camera.  Including gift certificates to places like snapfish.com or shutterfly.com.  There's a few things on my Amazon list if you're wondering what accessories my camera can take.

6.  Coffee type stuff.  Little one-pot packets, whatever... I'm pretty good to try anything once.  Unless it's that bizarre pumpkin stuff.  Not a fan of the pumpkin flavored anything. :)  Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts cards also will certainly be put to good use.  (* last year someone sent me some *AMAZING* caramel coffee - it came in a flat, silver packet... I'd love to at least get the name of that brand, since I was a dork and tossed the package before noting it.  Thanks!)

7. Idiot proof recipies - I seriously dislike cooking, but I'm kind of bored with the same 6 things I can cook without screwing up.  I have a small crockpot, a George Foreman grill and basic apartment appliances.  Assume that if I can screw it up, I will, so you know, feel free to dumb down the cooking terms as far as you can. :)  I don't eat seafood or much in the way of pork, but chicken, beef, pasta, vegetarian... that's all good. :)

8. Fun Socks/Slippers. It's chilly here in Chicago and I have hardwood floors in my apartment.  I have a size 6.5 shoe.  While on a trip this past fall I found socks specifically sized for 6-7 shoes (as opposed to the norma 5 - 9 that end up getting all saggy and loose) I'd love more socks that are made to fit that well.

9.  The good old standby:  My My Amazon.com Wish List.  Which is full of all kinds of stuff. :)

10. And my one big thing: a netbook.  I'm a Mac person when I have the choice, but I'd love to have a little tiny netbook that I can carry around in my backpack when I don't want to bring the whole big Mac laptop.  Not looking for a particular brand or anything.  Even a used one that still gets online and has a battery life of more than an hour would rock.

If you feeling so inclined to help me out, you can ask for an address at smallwaldo@gmail.com.  If you're thinking of sending a card or letter to my students, please let me know as I'll have you address it to them and send it to the school.  Please put Wishlist or something like it in the subject line of the email so I make sure to get back to you ASAP.  Thanks so much for looking over my list!
Recipes - enjoy :)
Italian sausage and lentils

2 cups Puy lentils
2 large carrots, sliced
1 large sweet onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 bay leaves
1-2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper
2 good pork sausages per person

Saute onion, garlic and carrots in olive oil till golden. Stir in the lentils and bay leaves and cover in about an inch of water. Bring to the boil and then simmer till the lentils are tender (~30 minutes). Meanwhile roast the sausages till brown. Pile the sausages on top of the lentils and serve with crusty bread.

Spiced Coffee

10 tablespoon ground coffee
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Combine all ingredients in a jar.

Instructions for making: as normal instant coffee. Best with cream instead of milk but good with milk too!
Can (and should) be doubled/multiplied for gifts.

Mediterranean Coffee

3 tbsp ground or instant coffee
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cocoa powder
1 tsp anise seed (whole; cut amount for ground)
1 pinch dried orange peel pieces

Combine all ingredients in a jar.

Make as normal instant coffee; strain if you prefer. Makes 2 cups, should be multiplied for gifts.

Sweet fennel coffee

3 tbsp ground or instant coffee
1 tbsp brown sugar
2 broken cinnamon sticks
6 crushed fennel seeds

Make as normal; straining is a good idea. Makes 2 cups, should be multiplied for gifts.
Hi Waldo! =)
I'd love to send a postcard from Italy to your class. Please let me know the address at: alessandra.polettiATgmail.com
i can do a post card no problem!
kirsten at fabricdragon dot com i live in Philadelphia, a very educational and historic city.. lots of neat post cards.
( put Holiday wishes in teh subject line and in the email say what the address is for)

you may also wish to investigate bookcrossing www.bookcrossing.com (i am fabric-dragon there) as a project to do geography and get some free books

i can probably send you books, but i like in a multi cat household, and i am concerned that anything that actually comes INTO my house would set off your allergies!
Thanks so much! I'll send you the address in a second.

Books from a cat house are okay, I can wipe them off with a Clorox wipe. It's just anything I can't wash/wipe down, like wool yarn (if I wash it it felts! :)

So if you'd like to send books, that would be lovely, but obviously there's no expectation or obligation.
I helped you last year, because you're a teacher and I'm on my way to being one... Had alot of fun shopping for you and your kids!

Please drop me an email (yobabyhey@hotmail.com) with a link to your list and your address, and your students' address as well! I can't wait to shop for you again. Seriously had a ton of fun last year :]

You can also grill sweet potatoes. Prepare similarly to baking in that you coat them with olive oil and grill until soft. I season my sweet potatoes with salt and pepper before I grill or bake though.

So Good and So Easy!!! I would recommend that you put waxpaper/baking paper/parchment paper down on the Jelly roll/cookie sheet with sides instead of just spraying it with cooking spray. I say this because when oil is baked onto a dish, it's hard to clean. The paper will help out with that A Lot!

You can use just about any dough for these. If you can't find frozen bread dough, you can use biscuit dough, pizza dough, puff pastry dough. I would not recomment phylo dough however. When I made these, they turned out really good. And if you wrap them in foil, you can freeze them to bake later too.

You can use this same method to roast any winter vegetable as well. Just nix the lemon.

Best cheap, easy food to make? Bean soups! Here's an introductory for you. A bean tip they don't mention here is that when you are cooking the beans, make sure you remove the bubbles from the top of the liquid with a spoon. Those bubbles are what cause people to have gas when they eat beans. If the bubbles are stirred back into the soup, there will be gas. So just remove them.

This one has pictures to follow with the step by step instructions.

Happy cooking!

I can do a fanfic for you for either House or NCIS. Any certain characters/pairings you like?
My kids have a bunch of chapter books that they've outgrown. I'd love to send some to your students. I'm emailing you for your address.
Hello! I would love to send some things to your students! If you could, please send me an email and link back to your wishlist here, so I don't lose it, that would be great!

Also, do you mind if the books are previously loved or do you want only new ones? Are all of your students reading on the correct grade level or should I include some at a lower level as well?

You can answer these questions in an email if you'd like! Thanks!
I'd love to send a postcard to the kids.

I can also probably get a box of kids books and supplies together to send, but that likely won't be until after the holidays (early January, maybe).

You can send me the address at delwyncole (at) cox (dot) com, or PM me from my profile.

Edited at 2009-11-17 06:49 am (UTC)
E-mail your address with the subject "Postcard" to faeriequeen06 (at) yahoo, and I'll get one in the mail to you!

Also, if you want me to write the postcard to the students rather than to yourself, let me know how to address them ("Waldo's Class" or whatever). I might also try to send some when I'm abroad next semester. :D
I live about 45 minutes away from St. Augustine, FL (the oldest city in the US) and just went down there and picked up some postcards. I'd love to send a couple to you or your class. Just email me the address and who you'd like me to address it to at jillianfish(at)mac(dot)com.
Here's a good recipe for an appetizer.

Hot Mexican dip

Layer the following in a pie plate or 9x9 baking pan: 1 package of softened cream cheese, 1 can of chili without beans, 1 small can of chopped green chiles. (Or 2 cans if you like a little more chile flavor.) Sprinkle shredded cheese (plain cheddar or a Mexican blend) heavily over the top. Bake at 400 for 20-ish minutes (until the cheese is all nice and melty). Serve with chips.

It also can be layered in a crockpot or just all dumped in a mixed up and heated up that way if you have food day at work. It's not very visually appealing, but it still tastes yummy.
I'd be happy to send you some nonfiction kids books. Just send your address and a reminder of what I promised to auralily2000 at yahoo.com
drop me a pm with your addy and ill send a postcard or two out to you. also include your email and ill see about getting you a recipe or two :)