The actual words were a bit different, but this was the gist of the conversation.
Howard: I’m going to need a list from you of things you want for Christmas.
Me: I’ll put together a list of suggestions for you to work from.
Howard: I don’t want ‘suggestions’ I want ISBN numbers and specific instructions.
Me: But then it feels like I’m just handing you a shopping list, sending you to fetch the things that I have already picked out. I don’t care if things are not perfect. Opening things that are unexpected is part of the fun.
Howard: (sigh) okay.
I’m so glad that he puts up with me.