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November 2010, or, That Time of the Year I Shouldn’t Really Dread

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November. Ahh. Just typing that word sends chills down my spine.

Why, you ask? Because I turn 1 year older at this time of the year. Incidentally, it means starting this year my age will be greater than the number of days there are in a month. Yikes.

But like someone wise (and I don’t really remember who so don’t ask) said, “It’s better to grow old and celebrate your birthdays. Consider the alternative.” Well said, dude. Well said.

So now that I’m turning that much older,
I think a birthday wish list is in order.
(Ooo look at me, I can rhyme!)

In case, you know, some generous, loving, kind-hearted, soul out there is just thinking to him/herself, “Hmm, I wonder what Cyrene would like for her birthday this year?” Well. Think no more! Here are some gift ideas I’ve put together so you don’t have to stress yourself out trying to come up with what to get me. (You’re welcome. I’m thoughtful like that.)

Ever since I set my eyes on these beauties, I’ve never been able to get them out of my mind. I’ve been looking for something like them here in the Philippines – no such luck. Either one of these are swoon-worthy.

Hand Stamped Sterling Silver Family Tree Necklace with Hummingbird Charm by Lilly Ellen Designs

Mama Necklace by Lisa Leonard Designs

I love books. I love to read. And for me there’s nothing like the smell of a brand new book, or even better, an OLD book. That said, I may or may not have a hundred (quite possibly more) ebooks waiting to be read. But if you’re like me, and have been sitting in front of the computer all day a lot, getting updated on Facebook, Twitter, blogland (hello some 30 or so blogs in my reader!) and with the world in general it’s a literal pain in the befreakinhind to read books from the computer. Let’s face it, even if my desktop is the only friend I interact with on a daily basis, limits must be set for my well-being.

SO, after that long-winded introduction, I present to you the new Kindle.

It’s sleek. It’s 17% lighter. Its battery life lasts up to one month. It can store up to 3,500 books! It’s WONDERFUL! What’s not to love about it? Nothing, that’s what. Especially if you’re hoarding ebooks like I am.

I’m sure it’s pretty obvious by now that writing has become an important part of my life. I’m by no means great at it, but it is my hope that by writing on this here blog I will get better and who knows, maybe even write a novel someday (complete with run-on sentences)? It’s why I’ve been trying as much as possible to join in on writing workshops like the ones Mama Kat and The Red Dress Club are hosting every week.

When I saw Keel’s Simple Diary featured in a magazine, I knew I had to have it. If you’ve ever maintained a blog or even a diary, you know how hard it is to come up with fodder every. Single. Day. This diary promises to engage my mind, and help me focus, possibly get the creative juices flowing. It isn’t your typical diary and I love that it comes in my favorite color!

From the time I spotted these photos on one of my favorite blogs to read by Nicole from By Word of Mouth I’ve wanted them printed on t-shirts. Or framed to hang on walls in our home-to-be. Because sometimes, your family just needs a clue. And maybe someone could throw in another housewife as a bonus, eh? I would never say no to that! Goodness knows I would be grateful to have someone who could help me keep our place spic and span. Having a tornado masquerading as a toddler around sure isn’t helping me in that department!

And last but definitely not the least – something that my heart’s been longing for, well, FOR YEARS. Something that I may never get – unless you, my awesome family and friends decide to pool all your money and get me this ridiculously exquisite WORK OF GENIUS. Drum roll, please!












In this color please, thank you very much!

No? Oh well, it was worth a shot. I might as well work on actually learning how to drive and getting my driver’s license first anyway.

Maybe next year?

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  • I hope you get all your heart desires for your birthday.  My grandma likes to say, “better old than dead.”  She’s 89 now!

    • LOL! Your grandma must know the dude who said that quote I wrote above. 😉 Thanks Joey!

  • Jiw

    nice try, sis! hahaha. happy birthday! paboo!

    • LOL. Like I said, it was worth a shot. Paboo! 🙂

  • chilie

    does bath and body body spray count? 😉

    • Ooo definitely! You know me too well and how much I adore the good-smelling stuff. 😀

  • Josiah Aaron

    can i get you a toy minicooper? 🙂 or i could baby-sit sophie for you sometime haha! 🙂 happy birthday ate cy 🙂

    • I’ll take you up on babysitting!!! You can count on it lol. Thanks brother! 😉

  • Pop

    Happy birthday month!
    My wife wants a Kindle too. We’ll see if Santa thinks she’s been nice this year. 🙂

    • Thanks Pop! Oh, come on! You know she has. 😉

      Also? Just goes to show your wife and I have great taste.

  • Happy birthday!  And from my perspective you’re still quite young.  I have the old Kindle but now that they’ve come out with a newer, sleeker (and less expensive) model I’m lusting after that a bit.  I hope you get all you wish for and more!
    Thanks for the lovely comments you’ve left at my blog.  You always say the most beautiful things.

    • Thank you Kristin! You’re right. But sometimes it’s hard to feel like it, lol. The new Kindle just beckons to me, I’m sure you know what I mean hahaha.

      You’re welcome. I have quickly come to love your blog and getting to know you is amazing. I must be wearing the words out but really, you write so powerfully!

  • That’s quite a list, Cyrene!! Good thing you deserve it. ;0) The car would be fabulous … a girl can dream, right? But the jewelry is pretty sweet, too… love it. Reminds me of Vintage Pearl. They have such awesome jewelry on that site. Whatever you get, I hope you have a wonderful birthday. You already have a treasure in the sweet girl and your hubby!

    • Hahaha, I know. My family knows how crazy I am about the Mini and so they teased me about this post over the weekend. Oooo, thanks for mentioning Vintage Pearl. I’m going to look at the beauties there too. Thank you so much – you are SO right, my family is the best thing in the world!

  • great wish list, Cyrene! I think the last one is my favorite!
    happy birthday!

    • Great minds think alike, huh? Thanks Erin! 😀

  • Great choices, I love Lilly Ellen too but can’t find them anywhere here even on multiply.
    The car is a must have, I’m with you there . . . Happy Birth Month!

    • Aren’t they just divine?! Thank you Jho!

  • Zaida

    Naku I should have seen it before I bought your pasalubong. tsk tsk … as if i can buy any of these things. hehe… just the same happy, happy birthday. you may not have everything you want at this time, but you definitely have everything you need- and that includes us. we love you.

    • Aww Ate Zaids, I’m sure I’m going to love whatever you got for me because you have great taste! I agree, I have all I will ever need and I am grateful. Love you all! 😀

  • Nice list! That diary looks really interesting. Sometimes I’m wary of prompted diaries. I bought one once that I didn’t realize was filled with naughty things I wouldn’t want people to find in my desk if I died tomorrow.  lol  And my husband has asked for a separate list for birthdays and Christmas now, just so he doesn’t buy me something I think is a gift grandma should buy me. After he bought me spatter shields for my pans last Christmas. That went over like a lead balloon.
    Anyway—happy birthday! Hope you get something good!

    • LOL! Whoa, I wonder which diary that was that you bought. Keel’s looks innocent enough but we all know looks can be deceiving sometimes. I’ve read a few reviews and they have good things to say about it.

      At least your husband learned his lesson then, huh? 😉 Thank you very much Rachel!