Now that I've been blogging for a bit (nearly five years!), I try to avoid posting wish lists and my findings from the world wide web. Lots of other blogs do that, and they do it well. I make it a goal to stick to story-telling and to observation-making as much as I possibly can.
I hope you'll indulge me today.
Next week, I turn 26 years old, and for the first time in a long time, I just don't have much planned. I do, though, have a few things I wouldn't mind unwrapping this year, and I thought I'd share them here (despite my aforementioned editorial policy).
Without further ado, a birthday wishlist. 1. A Fabric-and-Handle bag that can transition from winter to spring. 2. A new pair of tennis shoes to run and exercise in (with bright orange laces, please). 3. A Falling Whistle necklace. More on the heartbreaking cause can be found on the organization's website. 4. A classic signet ring from, where else, J. Crew. 5. Gold flatware perfect for parties. I visited a West Elm store last weekend in Jacksonville, and I've kind of been obsessed ever since. 6. An exercise mat to use during my Bar Method DVD (more coming on this next week). 7. I'm thinking I maybe want an iPhone (and this pretty case). Here's the thing: I want to have an iPhone without becoming an iPhone person. Is it possible to have a smart phone without constantly whipping it out during dinners and conversations with friends? 8. A lovely pair of earrings. 9. A FashionABLE scarf. I got an infinity scarf for Christmas that I love, but I'm kind of digging the stripes on this one. 10. This shift dress is both trendy and timeless. 11. I've been ready to read An Altar in the World since I finished Leaving Church back in November. 12. It's time for a new wallet, and I think this one would do the trick nicely.
It's the iPhone that's the most unrealistic, and ironically, it's the wishlist item I'm still a little hesitant about (I think I get some sort of pride out of not having a smart phone just yet), but I have to admit: There are times it would certainly come in handy. Otherwise, I think this list pretty much covers my current wants (and a couple of needs).
So you've seen the wishlist. Now forget the gifts, and tell me: What's a girl to do to celebrate her 26th birthday?