I usually don't ask for much, and really, the things I'm about to show you are things that would be NICE to have--doesn't mean I'm asking for them. I just want them :)
A new camera. I follow camera reviews pretty closely--my favorite camera and lens reviewer being Ken Rockwell--and he has given his approval to the newly released Nikon D7000. It's small, lightweight (which is awesome because the lenses are already so heavy), and it's less expensive than the D300 which is what I originally wanted, but The Rockwell says this one trumps the D300... so that's exciting. I'm still not planning on upgrading to a Full Frame camera and lenses anytime soon, so this one would work until the day I really want to lift weights while I work.
No one I know would (be able to) get this for me in one swoop (though my mom is working on my dad for me lol), so I've asked the parental units on both sides (mine and hub's) to forego the "stuff"giving this year and donate to the cause.
The Bamboo Pen and Touch or the Bamboo FUN
Not only is this relatively affordable, but it's flippin sweet. You can write on it, draw on it, and it inputs directly into your computer--no more scanning and tracing with the pen tool in Photoshop!! AND it comes with Photoshop Elements which I lost when I switched to Mac (Adobe gave me CS5 for Mac, but wouldn't do Elements for some reason...). AND... it's purty.
Nikon 135mm f/2.0D AF DC-Nikkor Lens
Yes, it's a mouthful, but The Rockwell says it's THE portrait lens, and it sounds pretty sweet to me! Too bad it costs the same as feeding a small village.
Any gift card--Fav choices would be Borders, Amazon, Hobby Lobby
MUSIC!!! When I edit photos and write, nothing keeps me going like music. Lately I've been listening to movie scores (because if the music has words, I WILL sing which is distracting and sometimes I'll type what I'm singing instead of what I meant to). Here are a few I'd like to add to my collection.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1
And I wouldn't mind having the score to Sherlock Holmes too
Those are a "few of my favorite things" this year. Of course, the music and gift cards are the more practical ones, and more likely :) But a girl can dream!
What's on your wish list this year?