First of all, thank you for last year's gifts. I have tried hard to be a very good girl this year and I am sure you will agree that I have done very well, although I admit I could keep my bedroom a little less cluttered at times. Now, I know that I previously wrote to you requesting a moutain bike for Christmas this year. Riding along bike trails with my friends sounded like a lot of fun, plus I figure it is a good thing to add to my exercise routine, which is virtually non-existent at this point. I mean, a mountain bike has got to cost a lot less than a double-bypass heart surgery for clogged arteries when I am ninety, right? So I was very excited about my mountain bike. However, several large snowstorms over the past few days have caused me to doubt my original decision. There has been so much snow here lately that I am thinking of buying a snow shovel to scrape my windows after work. And I will soon need a good pair of ice skates if I want to walk anywhere without slipping on the ice and breaking my neck. The one bright, shining light in all of this (besides a good, long kiss while being held tight in the arms of a cute boy with the snow gently falling all around us) has been the electric blanket that I get to come home to every night!! I love it and don't know if I will ever be able to sleep another night without it. So, back to my Christmas wish- I have decided that instead of a mountain bike this year, I would rather have a HOT TUB!