The Birthday Wishlist

It is October and so the question I hear most often is, “What do you want for your birthday“? As I’ve gotten older I find that it takes me longer to find items that I feel I will truly enjoy so that I can add it to my Amazon wishlist, and then link people to that list. When I was little it seemed easier to answer the question of what I wanted for my birthday or Christmas. Tamagotchi! Backstreet Boys’ newest CD. Barbie convertible. A horse. Walkman. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets for PC. Kid Desiree didn’t care if she would only play with a game for three days or how expensive an item was. She just knew that she saw it and wanted it. However, Adult Desiree spends a lot of time window shopping and adding cool items she would love to have, then ultimately culling down the list for a variety of reasons.

This year is a bit special as it is what you would call a Golden Birthday, or lucky/star/champagne birthday. It’s where you turn the same age as the day of your birth. For me I will be turning 28 this year and my birthday is on the 28th. I’ve been really excited about this for years. Originally I wanted a couple tattoos that are special to me for this day, but I feel like I need to get back down to my goal weight before getting them just due to the location. So *sigh* I have to come up with actual present ideas, not that I wouldn’t have had to do so anyway because family ya-know?


  1. AEO Denim X Cafe Hi-Rise Flare Jeans – I’ve found that hi-rise means I don’t have to tug them up as much due to the way my body is built.
  2. Illustrated Harry Potter Books 1 & 2
  3. Bandai Figuarts Black Lady Figure
  4. Catbus Toy
  5. Razer Bluetooth Wired/Wireless Mouse
  6. Personalized Vertical Bar Necklace with Vincent and Alexiel’s name in Block 2 format.
  7. 8bitdo SNES30 Wireless Bluetooth Controller – I have a Steam controller that works well, but there’s just something about having a SNES controller for SNES games.
  8. Spirited Away BluRay/DVD
  9. Tiramisu cake and an iced latte.
  10. Gift cards – always gift cards

So there you have it. Those are the top items on my birthday wishlist. I would love to hear about items you’ve got your eyes on as well.

P.S. My birthday is on October 28th.


Life Lately – September Edition

Life Captures

Cubone! • Trenta • Sick Vincent's going back to school • Rainbow • Alexiel & Storm Vincent says this is "Mommy Princess Zelda" • Koi pond in my hotel • Winking Pikachu
Cubone! • Trenta • Sick
Vincent’s going back to school • Rainbow • Alexiel & Storm
Vincent says this is “Mommy Princess Zelda” • Koi pond in my hotel • Winking Pikachu



September 08 – I had the two screws removed from my foot. The first thing I asked the anesthesiologist when I woke up was, “Do you play Pokemon Go?”. He said he couldn’t understand me. He must have been Mystic.

Overall: September was an interesting month for me. I began job shadowing and then spent a good week in anxiety as I waited to hear where my training was going to be. The two options I were told were either 5 hours away from me – clear across the state where I’ve never been to before, or 4 hours away from me in Denver, Colorado. I live in a town of 95 people and grew up driving around areas less than 10,000 people.

When I hit larger towns and areas my skills vary and my anxiety shoots through the roof. I panic, I fret, I make dumb turns that I”m honestly shocked have not gotten me hit by another car, and the idea of having to drive in Denver, Colorado freaked me out to no end.  It’s not that I’m not sure I couldn’t do it, even if I had to go at a snail’s pace, but I don’t WANT to do it. It’s scary. By some miracle I get a phone call saying my training is going to be an hour and a half away, in a city I have a little trouble driving in, but am more comfortable. HURRAH!

I left Sunday the 11th at night, checked into a snazzy hotel in which I asked nicely to change rooms from the 2nd floor to the first floor due to my foot surgery three days prior. It wasn’t at all because the wifi sucked up there – it sucked in my room too – and that I was a tad closer to the Pokestop that if I held my hand out right I could reach it. The quiet of the room was really nice. I enjoyed all those moments to myself, until I tried to go to sleep. I missed my family. I wanted to snuggle up in bed with my Husband. Not even gone 24 hours and I started to feel homesick. I walked around the hotel and found that they had an awesome Koi fish pond, which perked me up a bit.

My hotel may have crappy wifi, but I discovered they have a koi pond! KARP KARP

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My training class overall was pretty good. I found out Starbucks sells a size Trenta of iced coffee, so that was pretty cool. The only bummer for the week was that I was anxious I wouldn’t be able to pass my test on Thursday, and being homesick caused me to physically get sick so I had to blow my nose a lot and couldn’t keep any food down. After the test on Thursday I was the only one out of my training group that was confident they passed, and I did pass – we all passed.

It was nice to come home and spend time with my kids, even if I did miss the quietness of the hotel once I got home. Amazing how that works. 😉





Life Lately – August Edition

Life Captures

Mustache craziness Alexiel * Storm * Vincent Vincent and Pikachu * Alexiel is proud of herself * Vincent likes the Gameboy
Mustache craziness
Alexiel ▲ Storm ▲ Vincent
Vincent and Pikachu ▲ Alexiel is proud of herself ▲ Vincent likes the Gameboy


I picked up Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon this month since it just re-released as a Nintendo Select game and I wasn’t willing to pay for the price-spiked versions on Amazon. I’m not very far into the game, but I do not like how the Professor seems to call me every minute. JUST LET ME PLAY! He seems to reference the first Luigi’s Mansion for Gamecube a few times, but it doesn’t seem like you have to play it to understand what is going on. Besides the excessive babysitting the game only lets you save after each mission, so I have to remember to leave my 3DS plugged in if I have to put it in sleep mode due to parenting duties.




One day, Naho Takamiya receives a letter written to herself from ten years in the future. As Naho reads on, the letter recites the exact events of the day, including the transfer of a new student into her class named Kakeru Naruse.

The Naho from ten years later repeatedly states that she has many regrets, and she wants to fix these by making sure the Naho from the past can make the right decisions—especially regarding Kakeru. What’s more shocking is that she discovers that ten years later, Kakeru will no longer be with them. Future Naho asks her to watch over him closely.

Right now I’m on episode 9 of 13 of this anime as it is still currently airing in Japan. I really enjoy it, but then again I’m a sucker for Shoujo anime. I’m curious to see if Naho’s attempts at changing the future through her letter to herself will work, and what will happen to her if it does. Right now it seems that they are setting up for a parallel universe theory.


Watching this anime breaks my heart though because there is a love triangle, and Suwa is such a good guy. *sigh* Maybe I should have read the manga first so I don’t have to be on edge every week.


– Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts 1 & 2 written by Jack Thorne
Originally I wanted to give this book a three out of five rating, but the more I thought on it, the more I felt like it was “just okay”. The big “plot twist” left me to eye roll because logistically it seems improbable to have happened in the Harry Potter universe. I felt like I had read a fanfiction rather than a continued journey.

The format of the book did not bother me, but rather the characters themselves and how they were portrayed. So much angst and “emo” teenagers. It felt like a lot of boo-hoo-ing. Get off my lawn. I did enjoy the “broship” of Albus and Scorpious. I felt like that was something that would have happened in the original story line.

– Uprooted by Naomi Novik
So, where’s the dragon?” my mind wondered as I read the book, then understood. It wasn’t what I expected, but it was neat all the same. I really enjoyed Uprooted, save for some sighs of “of course she’s SUPER” and feelings that she would become “super witch” and save everyone in the end like Bella from Twilight. As it turned out, the book didn’t end the way I anticipated and it was interesting. My heart went out to the heart-trees and I wanted to know more about them and the main characters ties with them. It couldn’t be as simple as she was just born of the valley could it?


I suppose the biggest event for August is that I was officially hired and started training for my first job in just over five years. The 20th of August had me feeling very anxious in both a positive and “oh my waffles I can’t do this” way as it was my first day of training. Before that I cried over my weight gain from my second pregnancy, texted my best friend Panda about how I had no work clothes, cried to Jeremy while body shaming myself, and then started panicking because this is my first job in over five years! I have been a stay at home Mom since I was pregnant with Vincent, and now that is all changing. I no longer would be here all the time for everyone.

Once I calmed down I realized that I “totally had this” and there was nothing to worry about. I would not get things right on the first try and THAT IS OKAY! They don’t expect me to. My family would be fine, and the reason I applied for a job in the first place was because I felt I needed that change. That this type of change could help me with my depression.

It’s been about two weeks since I’ve been training and while I’ve had some stressful days because I felt I wasn’t retaining information, I have been happier and excited. I look forward to going into work and getting out of the house. So yay! Now if only I could get my boss to say my name correctly…