Sunday, December 27, 2015

#AMonthofFaves: #WeekendReading

I had to pop back in here this morning with an addendum to this post. Last night, the area of northeast Texas I've called home all my life was struck by an outbreak of tornadoes. We were very lucky that we weren't affected in my hometown beyond a tornado warning that sent us into the closet with our dogs, but the nearest catastrophic damage was a mere 13 minutes away. The largest tornado, affecting Garland and Rowlett, was just shy of the area where we drop Greyson off every week with his dad. These are neighborhoods with which I'm intimately familiar. Where we shop, eat, pass through, know people.

This tornado happened across a miles-long bridge over an extremely large lake. I cannot imagine being the people stuck in cars watching this unfold ahead of them. But, in truth, I can imagine it because I go this way at least once a week. The terror of it. 

I feel for so many families who lost their loved ones, their homes, their pets. My Facebook feed is filling up with people looking, searching, for the people and animals they loved most.

The thing about having a putting it to good use. I implore you, that if you have the means, make a donation to the American Red Cross as they set up shelters, assess damage, feed people, and help them get their lives back. One of my former students and colleagues is a digital communications specialist for the Red Cross, and I have no doubt she'll also be on the ground working toward these efforts. They do so much. I never realized how much until she began to educate me. I've made my donation to my neighbors. You can do the same by text message or at the Red Cross website. 

Thank you for all the messages of concern I received from all over the US and the world in light of these storms. We are so blessed. Many were not so fortunate.


Today is a free for all! Tell us about something favority from the past week: a Christmas gift, a book, a blog, a post. Whatever floats your boat!

Check out Tanya Patrice and Tamara for more #WeekendReading and #AMonthofFaves.

Ahh, this past week was full of good stuff. Greyson has been having a blast in New York, and the pictures and videos have helped us feel like we're along for the ride. He will be home tomorrow, and we can't wait to see him!

We spent most of Christmas Eve and Christmas day over at my mom's house. We had a big meal with all the trimmings, a few cocktails, watched A Christmas Story, opened gifts, and generally lazed around. We even watched Scream and Scream 2 on Christmas day. That's a little quirky nostalgia for ya since growing up my mom and I always ended up seeing the newly-released Scream film in the theater on Christmas Eve. We also had a little family coloring marathon.

I always seem to find just one more favorite book at the end of the year, and this time around it's Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation by Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman, but more about that later this week. 

Heather and I had fun with words this past week. We were talking about that feeling of wanting to read ALL THE BOOKS at once. It never works out that way, but we came up with a word for it...a case of "gobbledybooks." 

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. What have you been reading? Did you get any bookish gifts? 


  1. No bookish gifts for me but boy did I eat a Tom! My parents flew in on Christmas morning and its been awesome seeing them for the first time in months.

  2. The three of us stayed in our pajamas all day and watched Christmas movies including Elf and Jingle All the Way. I finished a book that will make my favorites list yesterday - Brown Girl Dreaming.

  3. A great Christmas here, too - lots of family, food, and fun! I finished listening to a NF title I loved, The Philadelphia Chromosome, and am reading my first Thrity Umrigar book. Holding off on my list of favorites just in case...

  4. Awful about the tornadoes. Glad you and your family are safe.

  5. I'm so glad that you & your family are safe, Andi. The photos are devastating. I hope everyone affected is able to get the help they need to recover and rebuild, and my heart aches for the people who lost loved ones.

  6. Prayers to all your neighbors effected by this horrible weather!

  7. My thoughts are with that entire area. I cannot help but be thankful that you were spared though (is that wrong?).

    Your Christmas sounds delightful. I realized over the holiday weekend that coloring anything other than mandalas stresses me out. So, I passed on all my coloring books to my daughter. It made me sad but happy at the same time.

  8. I am so glad you guys are safe! I was trying to remember where exactly Trish lives, but I assume all is well with her family, too. I did see that she had her baby!! :)

    As far as book-related Christmas gifts, the only thing I got was an annual subscription to, which I've been eager to try for quite some time now. First up, The Invention of Wings. Can't wait to start listening once I get back to work.


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