The bad thing about me shopping around for anything is that I want the best version of whatever it is if I am going to exchange money for it and take it into my home for years to come. So, okay, I know nothing about wine. And if I want just one kind of glass instead of two, which one should I get? Looking around on the internet had me convinced almost immediately that I did need at least two kinds of wine glasses and both by this hoity toity expensive brand--until George gave me his "my family is from blue collar Midwest America, you have got to be kidding me with this blue blood Southern nonsense" look. I knew I would get that look. I am glad I married someone that can give me that look (most of the time). Imagine the financial foolishness of a pair of me! George is also usually very generous in his understanding of this inconvenient little peculiarity of mine, asserting that I merely understand and place a high value on quality. In the moment though, I usually just get the look. And it was win, win really. Because I really started out just wanting the Pottery Barn wine glasses. George was pleased with the price on theirs after seeing what the swanky ones cost. But earlier today, he felt confident that I could go to the Dollar store and get a fine vessel. So while I am not getting Riedel wine glasses, I am also not going to the dollar store, which is a very happy thing.
Another thing I have looked into is Christmas music. I know that some people would say that Christmas is over, but I would remind you that it is just Advent that is over and that Christmas lasts until January 6th. But most people don't pay that much regard, which I get, I just happen to be in a church that does. And I am glad because I get to keep listening to my Christmas music and still have a few days to get some cookies to some folks I meant to bake for. Anyway, I didn't say much about Christmas music this year. I have particularly been enjoying Sufjan Stevens' Songs for Christmas. George got me an Emmylou Harris Christmas CD, Light of the Stable, this year too, and I spent some time enjoying getting to know it. And then there's the usual stuff, two radio stations of 24/7 Christmas music, Amy Grant (since I was a kid!) and Andrew Peterson's Behold the Lamb of God, which I have raved about in years past, and still love so much I gave copies to several people this year. But I need some new albums to add into the mix. I have listened to a kazillion samples on Amazon today and I am thinking I might enjoy Mary Chapin Carpenter's Christmas album, though it sounds very mellow. I loved Mary Chapin way back when, but I haven't listened to her for years. She can be very dull, you see, and very liberal as well. But there is nothing dull or political about Christmas. But George hates the samples from her Christmas CD on Amazon. And history proves that I cannot maintain enjoyment of something that George abhors, so I think it better to go with something different. The other one I think I might like is Sara Groves' O Holy Night. Does anyone know anything about her or have her album? I am not much in to the Christian music scene. But I enjoyed the samples I heard. I am open to other recommendations as well.
Wine glasses and Christmas music- what say ye?