It doesn’t feel like it’s time to start thinking about Christmas, but it is definitely getting there. Department stores have been ready since July. So I’ve been working on my Christmas list — things I want along with things to get for others…but mainly what I want. At the top of the list is a digital camera. I expect I’ll need to do a little shopping by myself to assure that my parents, if they do buy me one, buy me a nice one that’s not too expensive. I’m afraid of expensive things. After that, I keep trying to think of things I want but I keep being drawn back to things I need…i.e. winter boots, money, a new computer mouse, money, a cell phone with service, money, text books for next semester, and money. I doubt I will get most of those things, but it would be a boring Christmas anyway. I bet I get socks. Those are exciting.