Honestly though, this year I'm not really expecting much. I spent a lot less than usual on my husband's gifts, and since he purchased our quite expensive plane tickets, I told him that's enough for me. I'm trying to keep our home buying goal front of mind--in a few months I bet we will be glad we didn't splurge on Christmas gifts!
But hey, on my blog I can always dream. So if we won the lottery, these are some of the things I would like.
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Standard Zoom Lens
This has been on my Amazon wish list since May. I really would like to upgrade from my kit lens to this, and use it as my universal, everyday lens. I would finally be able to zoom in on wildlife!
K-Swiss Women's Bigshot Tennis Shoes, size 6.5
Supposedly (according to the K-Swiss site) the fastest tennis shoes on the market. Considering I've been playing 3-4 times a week, I think I need something a little better than the $30 Target shoes I've been wearing.
The rule of thumb is you're supposed to get your racket re-strung an equivalent number of times per year as times per week you play. So if I'm playing 3-4 times per week, I should be getting it re-strung 3-4 times per year. Uh, yeah. I've owned my racket for about 15 years, and had it re-strung once, about 14 years ago.
For travel and hiking
Dolica AX620B100 62-Inch Proline Tripod and Ball Head
For around the house
Let's Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir)
Jenny Lawson's book (aka The Bloggess), sure to be awesome.
ASICS Unisex Adult De-Luxe Fleece Headband
I had one of these in college, and it rocked in the cold weather for keeping your ears warm, but not messing up your hair. My ears have been freezing while playing tennis at night, and I couldn't find one of these at Target. :(
Fotodiox Dedicated (Bayonet) Lens Hood
For the above lens.
The rest of my wish list is just experiences. With animals! :)
Conservators' Center Photography Tour
This tour offers participants the opportunity to capture great wildlife shots. You will have access to areas off of the regular tour path and the chance to safely take photos against the fencing with the aid of an experienced staff member.
Duke Lemur Center Lemur Keeper for a Day
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a Lemur Keeper? Well, find out! Join one of our amazing lemur caretakers for a day and experience the life of a keeper first-hand. You will be involved in all aspects of the daily husbandry of our endangered prosimian primates here at the DLC. Help us prepare diets, clean, feed, enrich, and whatever else happens that day (lemurs ALWAYS keep you on your toes)! You will have a behind the scenes experience that only staff members ever do. So put on your cleaning boots, grab a hose AND your camera, and romp through the forest for a day with the lemurs! This will be an experience you will never forget!
Carolina Tiger Rescue Twilight Tour
Your tour will take you on guided half-mile walk outdoors on grass and gravel to meet some of the world's most endangered species. Your guide will personally introduce you to tigers, lions, caracals, servals, ocelots, binturongs, and kinkajous, explaining the rescue stories that brought them to Carolina Tiger Rescue and the issues that their kind face in the wild. The tour will last approximately 1 1/2 - 2 hours, depending on the group's involvement.
What are you asking for this Christmas? Or are you being more practical this year, and only dreaming about fun gifts?