I guess it's the holidays… so the traditional 'what I want for Christmas' post is in order

And well, I have a bunch of things I could talk about both physical and non, I guess.

I maintain two wishlists online: one is on Amazon.ca and only consists of things I stumble upon on Amazon.ca so it's pretty limited but does include a selection of items that I do actually want. http://www.amazon.ca/registry/wishlist/KL451NLK7LUL
The other is on my Board Game Geek profile and basically lists a wishlist of sorts of board games (pretty much only board games): http://boardgamegeek.com/wishlist/AliKira

But there are evidently other things that I want and wish for, as per the usual. Many of which do not fit squarely into the categories of Amazon.ca items or board games (as awesome as both tend to be!) And no, this list is not in any particular order but for an order of things that I've managed to come up with I guess:
-Jonathan Coulton's new album: One Christmas At a Time https://secure.jonathancoulton.com/ocaat/
-a better carry on travel bag (not that I know what that would be!), as mine are great but one that fits within carryon restrictions and is more useful and light and durable than the ones I already have would be ideal (pipe dream?)
-great times with awesome friends (yes I'm working on this)
-a glass pen (with ink of course) for my letter writing hobby (which I don't do enough of, but I've wanted one for SO LONG!)
-ideally someday I would own an eliptical machine, but I will admit that these are large and cumbersome and that I probably don't have adequate space for one, particularly as I've come up with better ideas as to how to use the extra room in my place… but someday, eh?
-a great board gaming table and chairs, along with board game storage cabinets to outfit either the spare room (currently) or someday in an awesomer home a games room… realistically I'm not going to worry about the gaming table and chairs at the moment, as I have no idea as to decor and whatnot for an eventual such room but I wouldn't mind getting some awesome wardrobes (IKEA) to use for board game storage (one to start with most likely with glass doors and shelves in it… as for colour not white, I'm unsure about choices to be honest or styles or anything unless I were to see it in person but damn it I do need better board game storage!).
-True love! 😉 (yes I don't believe in love at first sight, I believe in lust at first sight… but hey companionship and romance would always be nice… that said, I'm perfectly happy with the friends I already have though it would always be nice to have more awesome folks in my life!)
-less stress (yes stress has been occasionally negatively impacting me this past year. I'm working on it).
-more motivation to get my thesis work done (more motivation in general would be exquisite!)
-the money and time to have a true vacation [and not a vacation alone](I'll admit that this won't happen until I'm at least finished school, and that finishing school might cause me to be less likely to have the finances that I WANT to spend on a true vacation. I do still plan to finish within the next year though).
-some awesome made-to-measure boots! http://poppybarley.com/ no, I can't really afford this right now, but my stylish boots are starting to really wear out so I'll need to replace them eventually… and this keeps coming to mind!
-in fact made to measure footwear in general is awfully appealing! As are most clothing items!
-I really want to get a new winter coat one of these years (mine is slowly wearing out though it has another year or two in it if need be).
-newfangled snowshoes (I have the old fashioned kind but they're kind of too big for my frame and damn it I want to go snowshoeing more often!) (on that same note: snow pants, cross-country skis and poles and the wherewithall to use them, and really other trips into the great outdoors without freezing myself silly would be great!
-delicious hot chocolate (mine is running out) that is marginally healthy (sans extra preservatives if I could!) and did I mention delicious?
-Okay I really should get my skates sharpened, but someday I also want to own figure skates again (not just hockey ones!) and I wanna go skating this winter!
-and doing something about my movie watching deficit (with company as I suck at watching suspenseful movies alone apparently if yesterday is any indication) might be wise!
-I want to get some heavier dumbbells (probably an adjustable set (of two) that starts at 5 pounds and goes up from there to 25 or 30 pounds each (or more) in 5 pound increments would be ideal). I really don't need anything super heavy (I don't think I could handle it right now) but my light weights are on the verge of being too light again and I like lifting them!
-Awesome things, experiences, happenings etc. I mean I don't actually always know what I want/need.
-Great food… I'm doing better at cooking for myself these days without getting overly bored of my leftovers, and I do occasionally use Groupons and the like to entertain folks and eat some delicious creations, but I do adore good foodstuffs and so that's rather appreciated.
-pampering (a la Spa or otherwise) as this would also probably help with the stress issue.
-balance in life (working on it, but others have helped too!)
-thick warm tights or long socks (that actually stay up or have some method of staying up) such that I can still wear my skirts in the winter, please!! Geeky ones are awesome too… like literary tights or otherwise!

That's what I can manage to come up with at the moment. And I think that that will do for now. I mean, sure there's other things but given that this is a Christmas wishlist I won't actually focus on the whole 'world peace', and other huge wishes that no single person can even fathomably gift. And no I don't expect receiving ANY of these above things (though some would be rather welcomed), because that's not what it's all about. I much prefer finding gifts for others rather than asking for stuff for myself… but seeing as I've been asking folks what they want, I may as well answer their questions too! And I like to be a whole heck of a lot more comprehensive than well some folks (who I shall not name here) who haven't answered the questions with enough information, particularly when they're gift exchanges that traverse a considerable distance, are for people I don't know well enough, or are for very particular people!

I know that the second I hit 'post' on this, I will immediately think of other things that I might want be they items or experiences, but whatever. I try to put this list together every year. And only do a mediocre job. But I do very much love the holiday season, and gift giving is such fun!