Despite the fact that I've been on meds for a few days now, I'm still holed up in my pajamas. I am feeling better--less snot in my head--but now I've taken to coughing like an 80-year-old smoker and sound decidedly mannish. I was shocked and awed that the folks at Best Buy could discern my femininity over the phone this morning. Props to the Geek Squad.
I had a fantastic...or fantastique...Christmas. B. and I opened our gifts on Christmas eve, and yesterday I cooked a bunch of stuff (cheesy hash brown casserole, deviled eggs, sausage balls) and we went next door to his parents' house. We had a pretty good crowd and spent a sizeable portion of the day opening gifts, chatting and stuffing our faces. It was an excellent day.
And while gifts should certainly NOT be the total focal point of Christmas, who are we kidding! WE all want to report on our gifts. So without further ado, here's a pic (click for a larger version) of my haul and the breakdown below:
-I Love Lucy season 1 from B.
-Best of Molly Shannon DVD from B.
-Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix DVD from B.
-Beautimous painting that I've been lusting after for ages from B. (for my office)
-Speedy Suppers cookbook from my mom
-Fossil watch from Mom
-Laptop (technically not a Christmas gift...more a Christmas miracle) from Mom
-4 GB jump drive from B. (in sincere hopes that I'll back up my stuff more diligently now that my laptop has kicked the proverbial bucket)
-Journal from my cousins
-The Office magnets from Mom...for my office
-iTunes gift card (Rachel)
-A dog/puppy a day desk calendar
-A pink, flat, monthly desk calendar thingy (cousins)
-$50 Barnes & Noble gift card
-Embroidered pillow cases (B's bro and sis-in-law)
-Money (B's parents)
-A fuzzy blanket (cousins)
-A cute angel ornament (Rachel)
-A magnet that says "I gave up jogging because my thighs rubbing together kept setting my pantyhose on fire." (Rachel)
-Trouser socks (Mom)
And when in the land of Half-Price book stores, one must take advantage! These are the books I managed to fit in my suitcase and carry-on to bring back to NC. There are a few left in Texas, although the titles elude me at the moment.
- The Stolen Child, by Keith Donohue (audio)
- Ethan Frome, by Edith Wharton (audio)
- Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, by Lisa See
- The Book of Lost Things, by John Connolly
- The Birth of Venus, by Sarah Dunnant
- In the Country of Last Things, by Paul Auster
- Travels in the Scriptorium, by Paul Auster
- Demonology: Short Stories, by Rick Moody
- the latest edition of the Tin House literary journal
My strength is waning, so I'm going to wrap this post up, but keep an eye out for my upcoming "Favorite Books of 2007" post, and a recap of this month's reading.
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