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Hi there!

My name is Bria! This is my second or third year doing holiday wishes. I am a 26-year-old single mama of one awesome little 18-month-old guy named Ryatt. Holidays are extra-lonely for me, because I have no friends or family out here in Chicago, so I usually end up spending them alone. This year has been really rough. Back in the beginning of the year, my son was diagnosed with some sort of blood disorder. At first, the docs thought it was just iron deficiency, but he has been on iron and nothing has changed. And his docs don't seem to care. I have been fighting with them for months to please try something different to help my son and they just refuse. It's one of the most heartbreaking, frustrating situations I have ever been through. So, I am hoping for a little bit of joy, courtesy of this community. :-)

1. Money. Don't we all wish for this? :-) As mentioned in my intro, I am a single mama of an awesome little guy with some type of blood disorder. As I also mentioned, the doctors I am taking him to are doing nothing for him. He is not getting better. I want to take him some place else (I already have some place in mind), but the people I want to take him to do not accept my insurance. So, I am trying to save up money so that I can take him and get all the fancy tests they want him to have. Even if it is just a dollar, I am desperate for answers and will scrimp, save, sell, beg, borrow or steal anything I need to in order to get them. I do have PayPal, and that address is different from my e-mail address, so if you can help out, contact me to get it.

2. A Jayne hat for me and my son. I am a huge fan of Firefly and would love if some one could knit us both Jayne hats to keep us warm in the cold Chicago winter.

3. A warm coat and new pair of shoes for myself. After 4 years of living in Chicago, you would think I would have gotten it through my head that Chicago is both cold and snowy in the winter. But alas, I have not. As a result, I do not have a winter coat. I have been surviving with layers upon layers of sweatshirts, but wow would it be nice to have an actual coat. As for the shoes, I just discovered that the one pair of shoes I have that fits me has cracks in the soles. As a result, if I walk on wet ground, the moisture seeps into the soles and my feet get wet, which could cause a problem when it is 15 below 0.

4. Anything cute, funky or punk for an 18-month-old. This can include clothes, toys, whatever. I am not a huge fan of "normal" baby things, as I pretty much despise all pastels, so if you have something funky, send it over. :-P My son is pretty tiny for his age and wears anything that falls in the range of 12 or 18 months.

5. Buttons/pins/badges. I collect them! I have a shirt on my wall filled with them and it is aaaaalmost completely full. I would love some pretty or unique ones to fill in the rest. Bonus points if it's a button that has something to do with where you live.

6. A copy of your favorite book. I am a voracious reader, and love reading new and exciting things. I have a wide range of interests and some of my favorite authors include Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Francesca Lia Block, Christopher Moore...So, pretty much anything. :-P Also welcome are awesome books for kids.

7. Anything rainbow or penguin-themed. I am unabashedly queer. I also unabashedly love penguins. So, anything that incorporates either of these themes is a-okay in my book.

8. A gift card for a Timbuk2 messenger bag. This is my long shot. I am a messenger bag junkie. They are completely awesome for carrying around all of my junk and the junk of my child. I just recently had my favorite bag that I had been carrying around disintegrate, so I am in the market for a new one. Timbuk2 bags seem study (a must) and stylish and I would love to have one. If you happen to have a black and red one laying around that you do not use, that would also be acceptable. :-P Or (I should soooo not go to their website) THIS ONE.

9. Anything from my Amazon.com Wishlist. Ah, yes, the good ol' Amazon Wish list. Used is encouraged.

10. Donate your time and/or money. The holidays always put extra stress on non-profits, whether it be an animal shelter, soup kitchen, food bank, senior center, etc. And, with the economy being the way it is, they are already stressed enough. It would be wonderful if everyone could kick in $20, but I know that is not a reality for some people, so consider donating your time or some physical items. Soup kitchens need people to serve and non-perishables to hand out to families, animal shelters need cleaning supplies and things for the animals, homeless shelters need toiletries for the residents, toys for the kids, clothes...pretty much everyone has something laying around in their house that could be useful to a non-profit. Also, don't forget about them after the holidays and continue to donate what you can.

If you need to contact me, please feel free to e-mail me at anjul.of.grace@gmail.com. Please put "Holiday Wishes - [your LJ name]" in the subject line so I can stay all organized and stuff/ :-P

Thank yo so much. I wish you all peace and love this holiday season.

Bria and Ryatt
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Address please, you can email me here, remind me of "rainbow penguins" and what coat size are you? I might have one in my closet.
I can send a button/pin. I think it's really cool that you collect that! Please email your info to worstxintentions at gmail dot com with the subject "Holiday Wishes - Pin"
I donate a lot of my time furing the holidays. I donate my time and some funds to my local food bank, homeless shelter and my local no-kill shelter is that okay?

Happy Holidays.
I can send you some pins! Please email me at strange.butnotastranger at gmail with your address.

I checked out your profile and you sound like all kinds of awesome. :)
Hey there! I have a lot of pins lying around, and would love for them to find a good home. PM me your address? :)