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Christmas Presents for Me

December 22, 2013 | 11 Comments | Uncategorized
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Between work and farm and house and holidays, this is never a kick-back-and-relax time of year for me. Sometimes it’s a hide-under-the-covers-until-the-animals-threaten-mutiny time of year, but for the most part I’m running around like a madwoman (which is pretty much like every other time of year, except there are more shopping bags and less power tools involved.)

The truth is that last couple of weeks have largely been a blur. I’m not doing my best thinking, or writing, or building right now, and I’m a little disappointed not to have more time to anticipate and enjoy the holidays. However, I’ll always be grateful to have too much going on in my life, rather than not enough. Plus… presents!

Since I haven’t had the fun of lavishing presents on a significant other for the last couple of years, I’ve redirected that energy into lavishing presents on myself. This is definitely not a sucky part of being single. I quite enjoy it, actually.

And I like to get things I will really anticipate having, wrap them up and wait until Christmas to “use” them. However, I’m certainly not ruining any surprises when I tell you what’s waiting under the tree for me this year…

First on the list: Lumber storage racks. Two sets of them.

One of the big projects on my list for next year is to finally get the workshop in order, and wall storage for lumber is the first step to making that happen. It remains to be seen if I’m going to install them right away, or wait until I get some of the insulation/drywall issues figured out in there first.

Also, one of my all time favorite presents to buy myself: Books. So many books.

I’m most excited to read this one.

A collaboration between J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst, where the story plays out in the margin notes of the book.

And, of course, it doesn’t feel a proper Christmas if I don’t add a new tool to my collection. However, right at the moment there– gasp!– isn’t any specific tool that I need. I haven’t taken it off the list yet (I’m thinking of some equipment for joinery perhaps) but I might also re-purpose the tool funds to have my new wood burner installed in the workshop. Right now, a heated workspace would feel like quite a gift.

So that’s what’s on my gift list for myself this year. Anyone else buying themselves any awesome presents this year?

 

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  • David


    I bought myself a new 100th Anniversary Edition Stanley Thermos….;-)

    Merry Christmas!

  • Jessica


    Let us know how that J.J. Abrams book is. It’s on my Amazon wishlist, but it seems like it would be really involved to read, and having children has all but destroyed my attention span.

  • Sarah In Illinois


    I am super excited that my parents and brother got my BF a new router and I got him the matching router table! I can’t wait for him to open it! And I a pretty sure he got me either a watch or jewelry and I am 100% happy for either!
    Merry Christmas Kit!

  • KC


    As usual I spent way too much money o everyone else. My favorite part of Christmas is buying the perfect gift for each person. Between hating winter and being alone it’s hard for me to really get into any other part of Christmas anymore, although I did decorate my mantle. And I still do about 80 hand-written Christmas cards.

    Hoping you have a wonderful family holiday and a great new year.

  • Steve Fentriss


    This is a really neat post, I have never thought about getting myself anything for Christmas before (though I have totally done it subconsciously for years without admitting it).

    I guess what I bought myself this year was the first three tracks from “Bach: music for guitar,” an album by Pete Downes. It is beautiful acoustic guitar music that I desperately needed because I work too much.

    Merry Christmas to all! Keep writing this great blog Kit I am enjoying it.

  • Joseph


    I don’t remember if you ever wrote about biscuits. If you don’t have a biscuit joiner and biscuits, those are without a doubt the greatest way of joining wood that pretty much absolutely ever was. Porter Cable makes an excellent plate joiner with two blades. One is for regular biscuits, the smaller one is for tiny biscuits to use with things like picture frames. I’ve used mine for years and can’t say enough about it. Here’s a link, if you’re interested.
    http://www.portercable.com/products/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=11115

  • stephieZ


    I’m single so I always wind up buying my own gifts. Quite perfect since no one shops better than me:) I got a Nikon D7000 and, the kicker, a 24-70mm F/2.8 lens. So excited!

  • Kit's Mom


    Ha! I can’t wait for Christmas morning at the farm!

  • James


    Merry Christmas! And thanks for diydiva!

  • Kimberly


    Happy Holidays
    I bought myself a portable dishwasher for my apartment. I might hate dishes in the way you hate laundry. I don’t mind laundry so much, though I hate having to fight over the one washer and dryer for six apartments.

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