Toad in the Hole
December 28, 2006
PSOtD tagged me with another meme. Bad habit, me boy. I'll twist it a little: Five things I got on Christmas this year; four factual, one fictional, you guess.
1 A field guide to the plant galls of California.
2 Fluffy sox, two pairs, lavender and dark green.
2 A surf guitar CD.
4 A disco ball.
5 A chilepepper cookbook with long taxonomic disquisition.
I bet it was 3 - because there was no three!
Posted by: PSoTD at December 29, 2006 02:23 AM
Wow, it's so hard to guess. I genuinely think you might have received all of these.
The socks are too ordinary, though. I'm guessing it's the socks.
I want the cookbook.
Posted by: Sara at December 29, 2006 02:42 AM
I was going to say the socks, too, except I see that the plant guide hasn't been published yet, which doesn't make it fictional, does it?
I say the disco ball is fictional, because you already have one.
Posted by: narya at December 29, 2006 03:40 AM
Well OK, so here's my take on the list.
1) Very plausible. Hot off the press is the 2007 edition of Ron Russo's "Field guide to plant galls of California and other Western states" originally published in 1979. Despite the 2007 publication date, she may have been gifted with and advance copy.
2) Possible. The gift of choice from ne-persons.
2) Possible. A surf guitar CD. Ron, you need an editor! Is it Dick Dale?
4) Least likely. A disco ball.
5) Is it "Red Hot Chili Pepper: Bring a Touch of Fire to Your Cooking with This Sizzling Collection of More Then 140 Chili-Hot Recipes" by Jenni Fleetwood
My bet is that the ringer is the disco ball.
Posted by: Emma G at December 30, 2006 09:42 AM
disco ball. even in the tacky-funny gift realm, that's a little over the top, isn't it?
Posted by: kathy a at December 31, 2006 07:01 AM
AHA! The disco ball was real. Yes indeedy. I know, because I wrapped it and it's purse size in case Ms. Toad-in-the-Hole feels the need to dance through the wait in the Berkeley Bowl check out line.
Posted by: Okate at January 15, 2007 07:28 AM
Yes she did. And I hung it in the bathroom window where the sun comes in.
Since it's well after Three Kings Day, I'll come clean: the sox were fictional. And the CD is indeed Dick Dale's "Tribal Thunder." Joe gave me that along with one of the earliest from the Makaha Sons of Nihau, "Na Mele Henoheno, Na Makahiki Mua, helu 'ekahi" which is not surf guitar.
Just BTW, the disco ball accompanied Putumayo's "Arabic Groove" collection, a scented candle and bath salts, some nifty bling, and a really gorgeous scarf. Put me right in the mood, I'll tellya.
Know what I like about the Berkeley Bowl? If I started to dance in the checkout line I'm pretty sure someone else would join me.
Posted by: Ron at January 15, 2007 06:20 PM