Tuesday, December 11, 2012

All I want for Christmas is...

well, a lot of things.

Welcome to the time of year when blogs are filled with posts like "Gift Guides for (fill in the blank)." Men, women, your favorite runner, a newbie triathlete, your brother, your uncle's cousin's girlfriend.  Okay, maybe not that last one, but you get the point.  I have no gift guide for you because that crap is boring.  Instead I will tell you what I want.  So if you have a couple extra dollars (okay, maybe couple extra $20 bills) laying around, you can buy me just what I want this Christmas.

1. Bike trainer - Cyclops Fluid 2 Indoor Bicycle Trainer.


I've been coveting an indoor trainer since the weather started getting cold.  You just set up your own bike on the trainer and ride to nowhere in the middle of your living room.

Instead of buying one for myself for Christmas, I bought one as a gift for Matt.  How foolish of me!  He's been trying to convince me to give his gift to him early, but I've held firmly on the No.  Mostly because I really like opening presents on Christmas/Christmas Eve and this way, I can use his gift until Christmas.  I've already set it up in my living room.  I had to make sure it worked properly and I've already set it up for him!

And don't worry about him reading this and ruining the surprise, he already knows what I got him.

2. Running shoes - Asics Gel Kayanos (size 9)
Except, of course, I can't find any of my current version (17) in my size.

My current pair of running shoes are kaput.  I've still been running in them because I don't have anything else, but I can feel how worn out they are.  Running any longer than 10 miles in these shoes sounds like pure torture so I better get a new pair soon.

3. Running gear - Head Lamp, Reflective Vest, Running Tights

I usually just give up running outside when the sun starts setting at 4:30 pm.  But the treadmill is already starting to bore me.  With lights and reflective gear I can safely run outside after work or in the mornings before work.

I currently own only one pair of running tights and they aren't for really cold weather.  Other times I just run in capris because I'm tough like that.  Actually that's not true at all, I'm usually shivering I'm so cold.

4. Cast iron skillet


I've been eyeing these (along with everything else in the store) at Bed, Bath, & Beyond.  I've been trying to replace some of my cheaper cookware and utensils with good quality pieces and this pan is perfect.  I also like that it is so heavy-duty and that you can't scratch any Teflon-coating off - like several of my other pans.

I asked my grandma for this because she likes really specific ideas.

5.  A French press


Another thing from Bed, Bath, and Beyond.  I love browsing in that store.

I think French presses are so cool and even though I only have coffee 1 or 2 times per week, I still want one of these.  My little 4-cup CoffeMate brewer from Goodwill doesn't make that great of coffee.

6. Vitamix


I didn't even ask anyone for this because they are so ridiculously expensive.  But I'm about 80% convinced that this is what Matt got me for Christmas. I asked him like a million times for a triathlon bike, but he thought it was ridiculous to spend $1500 on me.  For the record, I thought it was ridiculous too, but I thought it was worth a shot to ask.

Lest you think I am a spoiled brat, I realize this list is quite extensive and don't really believe I will be getting all of these things for Christmas.  

What's on your Christmas/holiday wish list?




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