I received an Acorn catalog in the mail and I love to "dream shop" so I went through and realized, I'd have to be pretty financially secure to be handle all of my heart's desires! Just for fun, let's see how much money I didn't spend.
Remote Control Jousting Knights, $49.95
The crowd grows silent. Hooves thunder. And you, brave knight that you are, knock your opponent to the ground. Huzzah! Revisit the days of yore and get all medieval with this fun action toy. Each knight-onhorse is 7" long, 6" high. Comes with two jousting staves and two remote controls. Set requires 8 AA batteries (not included). Ages 8 and up.She Who Must Be Obeyed Sweatshirt, $29.95
Sometimes it’s Mrs. Rumpole who must be obeyed (just ask Horace). And sometimes it’s wise to do what she wants, whoever she may be. Red tunic-style sweatshirt (no banded bottom) is 50/50 cotton-poly. Sizes S–2XL. Imported.
Light-Up Moon with Lunar Phases, $34.95
Clouds will never block your view of this moon; it hangs on a wall in your home. The detailed 3-D moonscape automatically lights up when it gets dark and cycles through 12 phases on its own or manually with the remote control. Match what the real moon looks like—crescent, full, waxing, waning—or pick your favorite phase. A 15-minute CD gives a guided audio tour of the moon and beyond. Takes 2 AAA and 4 AA batteries (not included). 10" diameter. Ages 6 and up.
Admiral Fitzroy’s Barometer $79.50
The captain of the ship HMS Beagle during its second survey expedition—the one with Charles Darwin on board—Robert Fitzroy was also a skilled meteorologist. His now-classic “Remarks” that describe the meaning of rising or falling mercury were printed on barometers starting in the late 1860s. Our weighty, high-quality Fitzroy barometer features selections from his “Remarks” (“much rain,” “very dry,” “less wind”) on a cream face. Brass bezel; mahogany veneer with piano finish. 11 ½:" diameter. From National Geographic.
The Works of William Shakespeare: Tragedy II, $149.95
These BBC performances from the 1970s and ’80s are prized by libraries and universities for their staging, casts (Helen Mirren, Derek Jacobi, Sir John Gielgud, Anthony Hopkins), and completeness; not a word has been cut. Each is English-subtitled to capture the nuances of Elizabethan language, and downloadable scripts are included. Respected and essential. Each set is 10–15 hours on 5 DVDs.
The Vatican Museums, $59.95
It took three years, 32 scholars and historians, and 40 directors and technicians to make this spectacular documentary film. Produced in 1997 for the Jubilee of the Year of Our Lord 2000, new to DVD, it’s a guided tour of one of the world’s most spectacular and sacred repositories of art, history, and faith. Includes a history of the museums and close-up looks at Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Etruscan art. Approx. 420 min. on 3 DVDs.
Tree of Life Tapestry, $169.00
Woven in Belgium, where the finest tapestries have long been made, this is a glorious example of the art. The design is harmonious, the details exquisite, the colors rich and glowing. Comes complete with hand-painted finials and wood hanging rod. 100% cotton jacquard; fully lined in back; 26 ½" x 35 ¼". A treasure.
Twilight Turtle, $36.00
How sweet it is to fall asleep under a starry sky. Winner of a National Parenting Center Seal of Approval, the plush, life-size Twilight Turtle projects stars and constellations onto the walls and ceiling of any room. Three color options—blue, green, and amber—create a tranquil environment. Shuts off after 45 minutes; reactivates with the push of a button. A star guide identifies the constellations. 14" long, 5" high; runs on 3 AAA batteries (included).
Let's see what else:
Book Lover's Pajamas, $69.00
Book Woman Long-Sleeved Tee, $29.95
Alphabet for Life Plaque $35.00
Swedish Welcome Light, $42.50
Civilisation: The Complete Series, DVDs $179.98
Historic Globe Mobile, $75.00
Various DVD collections: The Crusades, The Dark Ages, Byzantium: the Lost Empire, $24.95-29.99 each
Saint Francis Prayer Möbis Bracelet, $79.50
Grand Total of my "dream" shopping experience: $1654.88
Yowsers! I will say that the Twilight Turtle might have a home though, and possibly the Light Up Lunar Phase light. I have very expensive tastes! The Vatican DVD is very tempting...
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