Amazon Universal Wishlist

Amazon Universal WishlistJust found this the other day, figured my birthday was as good a day as any to post it.

Amazon has allowed other retailers to use their site as a store-front for quite some time now, I suspect Amazon gets some sort of kickback from this so it pays off for them I’m sure.  It seems they want to take control of the entire online marketplace now, which is perfectly fine by me.  Having only one place to shop for all your needs sounds like paradise.

Did you catch that I hate shopping?

Either this is a recent development or I’ve been in the dark.  You can now add items to your Amazon wishlist from any website.  This is awesome! To do so, all you need is the Universal Wishlist Button.  This is just a Bookmarklet, so if you don’t like clogging up your toolbar with links you use only rarely, just add it as a bookmark instead.

I took the liberty of adding a few ThinkGeek items to mine…   If you’re wondering what to get me for my birthday (and you don’t believe in charity:water for some unknown reason) feel free to check out my lists.

My Wish List

My Photography NEED list

But remember, I can already drink clean water.  There are MANY out there who can’t.  Please consider donating to those who need it.  If you’d like more information, check out my previous post all about the September Birthday Charity:Water campaign.

DISCLAIMER: items purchased, NOT on any of my lists are subject to be sold and proceeds donated to Charity:Water.  You have been warned.  Then again, I might sell items ON the list and donate the proceeds…

Mystery Candy


Our Christmas gift at work was pretty lame this year. They gave us orange reusable grocery bags with the company logo on it. Yes, exactly like the reusable Wegmans bags you can buy for $.99.

At first I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it. Someone made the comment that it was supposed to be a Halloween present and they were just late. Not to be deterred in obtaining candy of any kind I hung it on the outside of my cube wall as a joke.

After a few days there was a lump. CANDY! Candy then started appearing fairly regularly. First a hotball, then some dum dums, a kit kat bar and now this…

I’m not really quite sure what to make of what appears to be homemade candy.

1 – I have no idea what it is
2 – I have no idea if it’s poisoned
3 – I have no idea who made it

Candy keeps appearing and as long as I know what it is and it’s sealed I’ll probably keep eating it (or giving it away).

If I knew who kept leaving it perhaps I’d say thanks… For now, anyone want some homemade candy?

A Very Memory Christmas for Grandma

If you’re part of the Masten/Kerber family you’ve probably already seen this note from Rachel but duplicating it here just means more people might see it.

We have something special planned for Grandma this Christmas and we need your help. We are looking for memories that you have of Grandma. It can be a funny memory, a special way she has touched your life, copies of old pictures, reasons why you love and appreciate her or anything you think she will enjoy and cherish. In order for us to complete this project we need to have 10 or more memories from each person in your family. This is much easier than it sounds.  Once we started thinking the memories just kept coming and coming.

While this task definitely deserves some attention, some people might be stressing about it. Don’t over think this task as it can be as easy as reminiscing on the old days. We thought we’d throw up some ideas to get you started.

  • I remember when you 
  • I remember how you used to make us 
  • I’m so thankful for you teaching me
  • I remember the old days when
  • I appreciate the way you helped me
  • I love the way you always
  • It always makes me smile when
  • I like how   always makes you
  • When we were kids I loved when you would take us

As a more specific example:

  • I remember how we would feed the chickens at Grandpa Frankies and …

Obviously your memories don’t have to be limited to this list, but hopefully it’ll get you thinking and give you some ideas.

Remember, Christmas is just around the corner and we can’t finish this little project without your help!

BBQ with Cake

For my birthday Rachel organized a surprise party by tricking me into a dinner at Dinosaur BBQ.  It was a load of fun and completely unexpected.  It was my first surprise party and I’d call it a success.

To top off the great BBQ dinner at Dinosaur Rachel got everybody together for the Cake concert.  Cake is one of my favorite bands and she had been making excuses for why we weren’t able to go.  When I opened my birthday card at dinner and found 2 tickets for the concert I was ecstatic.  The concert was better than I could imagine.  Cake turns out to be one of those bands that sounds just as good if not better live than on their pre-recorded music.

An awesome birthday thanks to the worlds best wife.

And yes, I know this post is 2 months late.  Sue me.

Dear London and Denver,

Thanks for the birthday card

But I’m a little confused as to how you were able to fill in your paw prints and get it in the mail without the card getting shredded.  Maybe now you won’t shred MY mail?  Wishful thinking I suppose.

You must have had help, I just wish I could say thanks to whoever it was.

Making me Fat

Berry Banana BouquetYay! I’m 25. Now that’s over.

Apparently I need to gain more weight despite my thoughts on the matter. Some of what I got For my birthday:

– The Edible Arrangement pictured (left).
– A home cooked Chicken Marsala Dinner
– A home cooked Turkey Dinner
– A new type of Carvel Ice Cream Cake

Sensing a trend here? I did.

That being said it was all scrumptious especially the chocolate covered bananas.

Thanks for the great birthday everyone!