Gayle Madwin (queerbychoice) wrote,
Gayle Madwin

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Christmas Loot

Susan and I spent a lovely Christmas at my parents' house. She made two pumpkin pies for the occasion, one of which we shared with my family. The other one is all mine! (Susan doesn't much like eating pumpkin pie.)

Here are the books I got for Christmas:
  • Collected Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges (from my parents)
  • Lilith's Brood by Octavia E. Butler (from my parents)
  • Botany in a Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification by Thomas J. Elpel (from my parents)
  • The Joys of Motherhood by Buchi Emecheta (from my parents)
  • Home Landscaping: California Region by Roger Holmes and Lance Walheim (from Susan)
  • Born on the Fourth of July by Ron Kovic (from my parents)
  • To Quote a Queer: A Compendium of Wit, Wisdom, and Devastating Remarks edited by John Lessard (from Susan)
  • Patience and Sarah by Isabel Miller (from my parents)
  • The Sorrow of War by Bao Ninh (from my parents)
  • them by Joyce Carol Oates (from my parents)
  • Marianne by George Sand (from my parents)
  • A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (from my brother)
  • Cane by Jean Toomer (from Susan's sister Wendy)
  • Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls (from my parents)
  • The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty (from my parents)
And here are the other things I got for Christmas:
  • a purple scarf (from Susan)
  • pink, purple, and black pens (from Susan)
  • burgundy socks (from Susan)
  • lip balm (from Susan)
  • a purple box-opener that fits on a keychain (from Susan, who bought it at a kitchen-products sales party she was obliged to attend and buy things at for work-related social reasons I don't entirely understand)
  • a purple hand towel (from Susan, who bought it at the same kitchen-products sales party)
  • a bizarrely unnecessary and extremely purple "handy scraper" (from Susan, who bought it at the same kitchen-products sales party and said "I gave it to you because it was purple; you can use it for scraping garlic off the cutting board after you chop it for me")
  • a pale lavender short-sleeved shirt (from Susan)
  • a mint green short-sleeved shirt (from Susan)
  • a hot pink long-sleeved shirt (from Susan)
  • a reddish-purple queen-size sheet set for our new mattress (from Susan)
  • a purple queen-size comforter for our new mattress (from the pets, according to Susan)
  • a Hoover WindTunnel "Pet Rewind" vacuum cleaner (from the pets, according to Susan; Susan will be doing the vacuuming with it)
  • a red plaid circular tablecloth, for turning into a circle skirt (from my parents)
  • the CD Give Up by the Postal Service (from my parents)
  • the CD Return to Cookie Mountain by TV on the Radio (from my parents)
  • a candle holder and three candles for it (from my Aunt Kitty)
  • a stuffed moose and tons and tons of mint candies (from Susan's Aunt Laurie and Uncle John)
  • photographs of us at Susan's sister Kathy's wedding (from Kathy and Kirk and kids)
  • photographs of our neighbors' children (from our neighbors' children)
  • room fragrance oil with sticks (from our neighbors)
  • tons and tons and tons of chocolate candy and candy canes (from Susan)
I gave Susan flannel-lined jeans, a striped polo shirt, two scarves (blue and hot pink), many colors of rollerball pens, an M. F. K. Fischer book, a Jeff Sharlet book, and tons and tons and tons of candy. And I gave other people . . . other things. It was all good. It was a good day.

We gave Stardust a live catnip plant, which she crushed to death by rolling around on it for hours in drug-induced delirium. And we gave the dogs an entire gigantic box of new toys. The dogs thanked us by adding some extra excitement to the day . . . we arrived home to find the door blocked by the Christmas tree, which the dogs had tipped over on the floor during our absence.
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