Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Merry Christmas, Part 3

Today is my last day of work before the Christmas holidays. YAY! We were originally scheduled to work two more days after this, but they will be doing some sort of massive electrical repair, or something like that, so the president of Small Public Institution gave us two days off so that the electricians could complete their task before they took their holiday.

I had my picture in the paper earlier this month. I was interviewed because of my having read 52+ books this year. My friend Bret is friends with one of the hometown-paper reporters, so he contacted her about interviewing me. Bret and I chat about books at every social gathering. You can find the article at tiftongazette.com. Do a site search for "ABAC librarian." (I tried putting in a link, but it failed and I'm not computer-savvy enough to figure out why.) (My picture did not make it online, but, trust me, I'm as cute as pie -- NOT!) When I blogged with a list of all the books I had read during the year, I got comments from two of the authors, both Southern women. That was exciting. The year's not over and I'm still reading. I wonder if I can maintain the same pace next year.

I still have my Christmas knitting projects to finish, but I'm getting there. I hope I'm not up until the wee hours of Christmas morning getting them done. I bought too much yarn for one of them, but I'm not at all upset because I really like the color and softness of the yarn (Lion Brand Wool-Ease, color Pumpkin).

Pies will be baked this week. I had a hankering for cookies the other night, but I'm not sure I'll be making any. I only have so much ambition. Besides, I have other plans for my holiday break at home -- less fattening plans.

My Christmas wish again this year is for peace on earth. Wouldn't it be nice to see it in our lifetime? I hope your Christmas is peaceful and not too stressful. Relax, friends. Take it easy. Have fun. Hug all your relatives and tell them how much they mean to you. Go to church, if you're so inclined. If you are not of a faith that celebrates Christmas, happy holidays anyway. Peace.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Merry Christmas, Part 2

Richard and I usually pick a day in early December to go Christmas shopping. We take off work and start out early because the mall we go to is mostly deserted on a weekday morning. This year we did a bunch of online shopping before our shopping day out, so we didn't have a whole lot to buy at the mall.

Good thing, too. The mall was swarming with 6-year-olds -- four schoolbus loads of them. OMG! It really wasn't too bad. They were mostly in the play areas and food areas. We got our shopping done (Yay!), had a nice lunch, and went to a bookstore for one last gift and a little personal book shopping. It was unseasonably chilly for early December in south Georgia, but we survived it. The day was bright and sun-shiny and the wind was still.

Now, I just need a volunteer to wrap all the gifts. As usual, the volunteer will be me. I wrap and Richard writes the gift cards.

This year, again, we are bringing dessert to the family Christmas dinner gathering. We will be making an apple pie and a pumpkin pie. That's what we took to the Thanksgiving dinner and the family put in a request for the same thing at Christmas. Richard and I make good pies. I make the crusts and he does the fillings. I have no idea how he prepares the apples to go in the pie, but, come to think of it, I don't need to know. That's his job.

I hope your Christmas preparations are going well. I hope that your Christmas is as joyous and peaceful and beautiful as you wish for. And I also hope that Santa Claus is very good to you.

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Merry Christmas!! (Part 1)

would have...

asked for directions, arrived on time, helped deliver the baby, cleaned the stable, made a casserole, brought practical gifts...

and there would be


OK, I lifted this from a t-shirt ad in a catalog. You can find it here: www.acornonline.com. Do a quick catalog search for item number 14600. I would have just bought the t-shirt, but it doesn't come in my size. Rats!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Fifty-two Books

Here are the 52 books I read in 2010:

1. The Black Dove, by Steve Hockensmith
2. Shem Creek, by Dorothea Benton Frank
3. Knit Lit, ed. by Linda Roghaar & Molly Wolf
4. The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin
5. Home is Where the Wine Is, by Laurie Perry
6. He Who Fears the Wolf, by Karin Fossum
7. Fire and Ice, by J.A. Jance
8. Summer on Blossom Street, by Debbie Macomber
9. The Girl on Legare Street, by Karen White
10. East of the Sun, by Julia Gregson
11. Birds of a Feather, by Jacqueline Winspear
12. Split Image, by Robert B. Parker
13. The Postmistress, by Sarah Blake
14. The Professional, by Robert B. Parker
15. Voices, by Arnaldur Indridason
16. Twelve Sharp, by Janet Evanovich
17. The Shape Shifter, by Tony Hillerman
18. Home Safe, by Elizabeth Berg
19. The Blight Way, by Patrick McManus
20. Death Without Tenure, by Joanne Dobson
21. The Crack in the Lens, by Steve Hockensmith
22. Laced with Magic, by Barbara Bretton
23. The Black Cat, by Martha Grimes
24. Just Take My Heart, by Mary Higgins Clark
25. Hissy Fit, by Mary Kay Andrews
26. Nature Girl, by Carl Hiaasen
27. The Vintage Caper, by Peter Mayle
28. Lean Mean Thirteen, by Janet Evanovich
29. Return to Sullivan's Island, by Dorothea Benton Frank
30. Just Desserts, by Barbara Bretton
31. Time is a River, by Mary Alice Monroe
32. Changing Habits, by Debbie Macomber
33. The Scent of Rain and Lightning, by Nancy Pickard
34. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson
35. Deep Dish, by Mary Kay Andrews
36. The Devil Amongst the Lawyers, by Sharyn McCrumb
37. Fast Women, by Jennifer Crusie
38. The Help, by Kathryn Stockett
39. The Goddess of Fried Okra, by Jean Brashear
40. The Spare Wife, by Alex Witchel
41. Thursdays at Eight, by Debbie Macomber
42. The Draining Lake, by Arnaldur Indridason
43. Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert
44. Red Hook Road, by Ayelet Waldman
45. Faking It, by Jennifer Crusie
46. The Blue Bistro, by Elin Hilderbrand
47. Crossfire, by Dick Francis and Felix Francis
48. The Beach House, by Mary Alice Monroe
49. Compromising Positions, by Jenna Bayley-Burke
50. Painted Ladies, by Robert B. Parker
51. A Moveable Feast, by Ernest Hemingway
52. The Girl Who Played with Fire, by Stieg Larsson

... and then I continued reading:

53. The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, by Stieg Larsson
54. Crazy for You, by Jennifer Crusie
55. The Sugar Queen, by Sarah Addison Allen
56. Brilliant, by Marne Davis Kellogg
57. The Trouble with Angels, by Debbie Macomber

It's only December 1st, so I can probably read at least two more books -- as long as I don't neglect my Christmas knitting.

Every one of these books was good to read. Some I liked better than others, of course. I think my new favorite author is Mary Alice Monroe. Or maybe Jennifer Crusie. Or Marne Davis Kellogg. Oh, I don't know! Read them all!