When Kim and Jenn came back from Mexico, I was presented with a ceramic piggy bank. It was hideous, and I think that's part of why it was chosen for me (I've been known to gravitate towards ugly prints on clothing, merely because other people are less likely to buy it). I ended up painting the piggy bank from the bright red, green, and yellow it originally was, and coating it all white.
I've found that it has served to be both the bane of my existance and a great comfort. I'm lucky to have friends who thought of me on their trip. It's a dear reminder of the good fortune I do have.
I also signed up for muxtape.com. I didn't do anything too fancy for my first go around--just some of my favorites. You can check it out here if you are so inclined. I think the next time I create a ""muxtape", I'll really dig in and choose a theme or unifying thread. The former college d.j. still lurking inside is just waiting for a chance to shine in the indie nerd spotlight.
And please, if you are on muxtape.com, let me know! I want to hear your creations.