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If you give us money then it will go toward regular expenses like the mortgage, transportation, groceries, cat supplies (and medical expenses), and so on.

Hence, if you actually want us to have an item then you'll have to buy that item and give it to us (or order it for us and tell us it's coming). The best way to buy us a service is to arrange with the servicer for the thing, pay for it, and tell us what you've done. <p> Please note that the point here is that doing something for me (including taking care of things that I am trying to do) is often way more valuable to me than simply getting another widget.

Here's my list of desired things:

    Monetary help. If you're contributing for a specific thing then please indicate such with your gift. If you don't specify then your help will likely go toward whatever is the next thing to get paid.
    • Help with the mortgage
    • Help pay down the student loans

    Acts of Service
  • Giordano's deep dish pizza, delivered. We like garlic or meat or spinach or cheese or something similar. If you can find a way to get one for Becky that's dairy free then that's even better. A small pizza with a calamari appetizer is a great idea.
      Design work. Help me plan projects:
    • A custom desk (easily adjustable to changes between standing and sitting).
    • Cat furniture
      Construction and Project Help. Help us execute projects:
    • Repainting our home
    • Cleaning the bathrooms and kitchen
    • Hanging curtain rods
    • Building the custom desk
      Run errands *for* us. Errands may be similar to the following:
    • Shop for groceries (Instacart or Aldi Gift cards are less preferable but could work too.)
    • Take our bulky donation items to a thrift store
    • Take our electronics recycling to be properly disposed
    • Shop at the hardware store (Gift cards to Ace Hardware or Home Depot are less preferable but can still work.)
      Run errands *with* us. Take us on errands such as the above, as well as others -
    • Taking us and the cats to the vet or groomer
    • Uber and Lyft Gift cards are less preferable but can still work.
      Electronics repairs. Make phone calls and arrange appointments.
    • Call up a local repair shop and arranging for computer screen repair.
    • You’re welcome to get me a new laptop if you like
    Physical Subscriptions
  • Gift cards for meal kit delivery services such as Meez Meals
  • A toilet paper subscription delivery service
  • A produce delivery box from a CSA
    Physical Items
    • Colleen Pinfold art print like the one in Grandma Raffensperger's bathroom
    • New terrycloth bath towels - large solid color ones would be best
    • Queen size sheet sets or comforters. Dark blue or black would be ideal.
      Office & Electronics
    • Noise-canceling headphones (wireless ones would be great too)
    • Wireless mouse x2
    • A mat specifically designed for standing on for long periods. I stand up to work, and the hard floor is unpleasant to my feet
    • Barnes and Noble Nook E-reader. I don't want or need anything fancy. Here's the main page for buying
    • Electric bike assist, electric motorcycle or electric car.
    • Case studies on applied operations research. Like this book
    • Instructional books on data analysis and machine learning in python or R.
    • A countertop blender
    • A salad shooter (for shredding things like carrots or cheese)
    • A bread machine
    • A new garment bag (like for travel)
    • A winter hat with ear flaps. Having a bill would be great too; ear flaps are the most important part
        Solid color or simple pattern button down shirts. Colors like yellow, pink, dark green, brown, dark blue, or grey would be great. I'd prefer to have a single chest pocket.
      • Long sleeve: Neck about 15-15.5 I think. Sleeves 34-35.
      • Short sleeve: I prefer darker patterns, but I'll likely take what you can find.
    • Solid color undershirts that are black or the same color as the button down.

If none of the above appeals to you then go to someone else's list and get that person something from their list. Yes I'm serious. You can tell me about it later.