I wasn’t going to write an entry on this, on the grounds that it would constitute yet another example of the phenomena that was being critiqued, but:

One of my friends, having read my earlier posts about various birthday proceedings, sent something off my Amazon wish list* with the note, “I’ve never seen such abject begging on a blog. Don’t think this isn’t quid pro quo!”

Now if I could only remember when her birthday is. Some time in February?

Thanks, Victoria!

* See? it’s impossible to write about it without looking like I’m fishing for more stuff! Not that it wouldn’t be unwelcome– not to cast aspersions on the very generous gifts I’ve received….