Mamie's 2015 Madness (page 13)
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Looking for a final image for this year, and this one made me wish I was hosting a fabulous bash for all of you. Welcome to my final thread of 2015!
Books Completed in December:
92. Burning Down George Orwell's House by Andrew Ervin
93. The Christmas Cottage by Samantha Chase, borrowed ebook, contemporary romance - meh
94. Black Echo by Michael Connelly (reread) - LOVE this series
Books Completed in November:
85. Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith, 2015 acquired ebook/audiobook, detective fiction, LOVED this!
86. The Tilted World by Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly, 2015 acquired ebook, historical fiction - recommended by Katie and Susan
87. Twain's End by Lynn Cullen, 2015 acquired hardback, historical fiction
88. Bruno, CHief of Police by Martin Walker, 2014 acquired paperback, police procedural
89. Sweetland by Michael Crummey, 2015 acquired ebook, contemporary fiction
90. Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O'Nan, reread, 2013 acquired paperback sent to me by Ellen, contemporary fiction
91. The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires by Molly Harper, 2015 acquired ebook, pure fluff - urban fantasy
Don’t laugh. Okay, go ahead and laugh. I want to read more from my own shelves and from the library this year, so I am going to try to keep my 2015 purchased books to just fifty. That’s right. You heard me. Fifty. I arrived at this magic number by taking my age (47) and rounding up to a nice even number. This is where I will post my purchases.
These books were pre-ordered in 2014, so I am not counting them in my tally:
Love and Freindship and Other Youthful Writings by Jane Austen - comes out Jan. 27th (this is a clothbound classic, which I collect)
Fairest by Marissa Meyer - comes out Jan. 27th
The Alphabet House by Jussi Adler-Olsen - comes out Feb. 24th
Prudence by Gail Carringer - comes out March 17th
2. V-Wars edited by Jonathon Maberry ($9.99 paperback bought in physical bookstore) Purchased on 2/3/15
3. Five Quarters of an Orange by Joanne Harris ($1.99 on Kindle) Purchased on 1/30/15 - recommended by Carrie
5. Unseemly Science by Rod Duncan ($6.29 on Kindle, 2nd book in The Gas-Lit Empire series) Pre-ordered on 1/27/15, scheduled for release on 5/5/15
7. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee - Pre-ordered on 2/4/15 ($9.23 hardback with deckled edge pages!), scheduled for release on 7/14/15 - read about this in Joe's Cafe
8. Written in Red by Anne Bishop ($1.99 on Kindle) Purchased on 2/8/15 - recommended by Morphy
9. Flood of Fire by Amitav Ghosh - Pre-ordered on 2/16/15 ($12.99 on Kindle) - scheduled for release on 8/4/15
10. The Nearest Exit by Olen Steinhauer ($2.99 on Kindle), purchased on 2/20/15
12. Like a House on Fire by Cate Kennedy - recommended by Jacqui
13. The Six-Gun Tarot by R. S. Belcher - recommended by Jim
15. What Makes This Book So Great by Jo Walton - recommended by Heather
16. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman ($1.99 Kindle Daily Deal) - recommended by Donna and Susan
18. The Fat of the Land by R. Allen Chappell ($2.99 on Kindle)
20. Ross Poldark: A Novel of Cornwall by Winston Graham ($4.99 on Kindle) - recommended by Heather
22.The Moneypenny Diaries: Guardian Angel by Kate Westbrook
23. The Moneypenny Diaries: Secret Servant by Kate Westbrook
24. Dry Bones by Craig Johnson
25. Beach Town by Mary Kay Andrews
26. West of Sunset by Stuart O'Nan
28. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald - Birthday purchase
29. The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty by Videla Vida - Birthday purchase
30. The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things by Paula Byrne - recommended by Joe
31. In These Times: Living in Britain Through Napoleon's Wars, 1793-1815 by Jenny Uglow - recommended by Heather and Susan (hardback)
32. The News From Waterloo by Brian Cathcart - recommended by Susan (hardback)
33. I was Told There'd Be Cake by Sloane Crosley - Birthday purchase (trade paperback)
34. Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 by Francine Prose - Birthday purchase (trade paperback)
35. Church of Marvels by Leslie Parry - Birthday purchase (ebook)
36. Countdown City by Ben H. Winters - recommended by Katie and Charlotte, ebook/audio combo
38. The Wallcreeper by Nell Zink - because I loved Mislaid and the library doesn't have this one (ebook)
43. The Penguin History of the World by J M Roberts ($1.99 on Kindle)
44. The Histories by Herodutus - Penguin Deluxe Classics Edition! (which I collect)
45. Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans - recommended by Charlotte and Susan (hardback)
46. The Penguin Arthur Miller: Collected Plays by Arthur Miller - Penguin Deluxe Classics Edition!
47. Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick deWitt (ebook)
48. The Dead Key by D. M. Pulley ($4.99 on Kindle)
49. Six and a Half Deadly Sins by Colin Cotterill - book #10 in the Dr. Siri series ($1.99 on Kindle)
50. Murder on the Champ de Mars by Cara Black - book #15 in the Aimée Leduc series ($1.99 on Kindle)
51. Infinity Lost by S. Harrison - Kindle free book for October
53. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen - heard abut this on Mark's thread ($1.99 on Kindle)
54. The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen - book #2 ($1.99 on Kindle)
55. The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss - recommended by Carrie ($1.99 on Kindle)
56. Game of Thrones boxed set - Columbus Barnes and Noble (faux leather/cloth)
57. The Road by Cormac McCarthy - already read this, but I wanted my own copy - Columbus Barnes and Noble (trade paperback)
58. Djibouti by Elmore Leonard - Columbus Barnes and Noble (trade paperback)
59. Flow My Tears the Policeman Said by Philip K. Dick - Albany BAM (trade paperback)
60. Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King - Albany BAM (trae paperback)
61. The Quick by Lauren Owen - Albany BAM (trade paperback)
63. Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick by Philip K. Dick - recommended by Joe (Kindle)
64. World of Trouble by Ben H. Winters - book #3 in The Last Policeman series ($3.03 on Kindle)
65. Winter by Marissa Meyer - last book in The Lunar Chronicles (hardback/audiobook)
66. The Short Drop by Matthew FitzSimmons - Kindle free book for November
67. Seventh Heaven by Alice Hoffman ($.99 Kindle deal)
68. The Dark Vineyard by Martin Walker - the second book in the Bruno, Chief of Police series
69. Black Diamond by Martin Walker - the third book
Katie’s Dirty Dozen – KAK has earned her own category on my thread because she has been recommending books that I cannot resist adding to my stacks. Books placed in this category will not count toward my 50 books purchased this year. For those of you *cough, Jenny, cough* who think this is cheating, you are absolutely right – I am patting myself on the back for my brilliance in thinking of it! Books placed here must be: recommended by Katie (duh),
1. The Mermaids Singing by Lisa Carey ($1.99 on Kindle), purchase on 2/18/15
2. Bright's Passage by Josh Ritter (2.99 on Kindle), purchased on 2/23/15
4. Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler ($12.77 trade paperback), purchased on 4/1/15
5. Paradise Alley by Kevin Baker ($.99 on Kindle), purchased on 4/9/15 - second book in a series, first book Dreamland was recommended by Katie and purchased last year
7. Academy Street by Mary Costello ($9.99 on Kindle), purchased on 6/12/15
8. Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn ($5.99 on Kindle), purchased on 8/28/15
10. If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins ($7.99 on Kindle), purchased on 10/26/15
1. Dead and Gone by Charline Harris (reread, 9th in the Sookie Stackhouse series), ROOT ebook, urban fantasy
2. Walking Shadow by Robert B. Parker (21st in the Spenser series), (3 stars), library ebook, mystery
3. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (4.5 stars), 2014 acquired ebook, dystopian
4. The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary Mantel (3.75 stars), library hardback, short stories
5. The Ballad of the Sad Cafe by Carson McCullers (4 stars), 2014 acquired audiobook, novella and short stories
6. King Lear by William Shakespeare (5 stars), 2015 acquired audiobook, play
7. Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch (4 stars), 2015 acquired audiobook, urban fantasy, police procedural
8. The Blessing Way by Tony Hillerman (3.2 stars), 2014 acquired ebook, mystery
9. Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively (4.5 stars), 2014 acquired ebook, literary fiction, historical fiction
10. Prayer for the Dying by Stewart O'Nan (4 stars), library hardback, literary fiction, historical fiction - recommended by Katie
11. Fables: Legends in Exile by Bill Winningham (3.5 stars), library paperback, GN - fantasy
12. First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen (5 stars), 2015 acquired ebook, contemporary fiction, magical realism
13. Chocolat by Joanne Harris (reread), ROOT paperback, contemporary fiction, magical realism
14. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (3.5 stars), library paperback, dystopian
15. Fables, Volume Two: Animal Farm by Bill Willingham (3.5 stars), library hardback, GN - fantasy
16. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (4.5 stars), library audiobook, memoir, YA - recommended by Mark
Books Completed in February: (14 books)
17. Leaving Before the Rains Come by Alexandra Fuller (4.25 stars), 2015 acquired ebook, memoir
18. Saga, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan (4 stars), library paperback, GN - fantasy - recommended by Joe and Mark
19. Roseanna by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö (4 stars), library paperback, police procedural
20. Homecoming: Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs (3.5 stars), 2014 acquired ebook, GN - urban fantasy
21. Saga, Volume 2 by Brian K. Knight (4 stars), library paperback, GN - fantasy
22. Fables: Storybook Love by Bill Willingham (4 stars), library paperback, GN - fantasy
23. Disappearing Nightly by Laura Resnick (thinking), 2015 acquired ebook, fantasy - recommended by Dejah
24. Saga, Volume 3 by Brian K. Vaughan (4 stars), borrowed paperback, GN - fantasy
25. Moon Called by Patricia Briggs (reread), 2013 acquired ebook, urban fantasy
26. Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs (thinking), 2014 acquired ebook, urban fantasy
27. The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng (4 stars), 2014 acquired ebook, historical fiction
28. Dark Roots by Cate Kennedy (4.75 stars), library paperback, short stories, contemporary fiction
29. March: Book One by John Lewis (4.5 stars), library hardback, GN - memoir
30. How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Crowell (5 stars), 2015 acquired audiobook, fantasy - audiobook recommended by Katie and Jenn
Books Completed in March: (14 books)
31. The Legend of Colton H. Bryant by Alexandra Fuller (4.5 stars), library hardback, non-fiction, recommended by Mark
32. How to be a Pirate by Cressida Cowell (4.5 stars), 2015 acquired audiobook, children's literature - fantasy
33. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James (3.5 stars), 2015 acquired audiobook/ebook, literary fiction - recommended by Mark and Katie
34. A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan (4 stars), 2015 acquired ebook, fantasy - recommended by Roni
35. Dancehall of the Dead by Tony Hillerman (4 stars), 2015 acquired ebook
36. How to Speak Dragonese by Cressida Cowell (4 stars), 2015 acquired audiobook, children's literature - fantasy
37. The Goblin Emperor by Kate Addison (5 stars), library hardback, fantasy - recommended by Jim
38. Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs (3.5 stars), 2014 acquired ebook, urban fantasy
39. Trapped by Kevin Hearne (4 stars), 2014 acquired audiobook/ebook, urban fantasy
40. Garlic, Mint, and Sweet Basil by Jean-Claude Izzo (4 stars), 2014 acquired Europa paperback, non-fiction - essays
41. Shadow Tag by Louise Erdrich (4 stars), library hardback, read in one sitting
42. Goldfinger by Ian Fleming (3.5 stars), ROOT paperback
43. The City & the City by China Miéville (4.5 stars), ROOT ebook - recommended by Rhian
44. Rock Springs by Richard Ford (3 stars), library paperback - read for Mark's AAC
45. Navajo Autumn by R. Allen Chappell (3 stars), 2015 acquired ebook, police procedural
46. For Your Eyes Only by Ian Fleming (4 stars), ROOT paperback, short stories
47. The Moneypenny Diaries: Final Fling by Kate Westbrook (4 stars), 2015 acquired ebook, espionage
48. The Church of Dead Girls by Stephen Dobyns (4 stars), library paperback - recommended by Katie
49. Thunderball by Ian Fleming (4 stars), ROOT paperback, espionage
50. The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham (4 stars), 2015 acquired audiobook
51. The Spy Who Loved Me by Ian Fleming (3 stars), 2015 acquired audiobook
52. The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter (4 stars), 2014 acquired paperback, short stories
Books Completed in May: (8 books)
53. The Gracekeepers by Kristy Logan (4 stars), ER paperback, 2015 acquired paperback, dystopian
54. The Road by Cormac McCarthy (5 stars), library paperback - recommended by Katie and Julia
55. All the Old Knives by Olen Steinhauer (4.2 stars), library hardback, espionage
56. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick (4 stars), 2013 acquired ebook, sf - cyberpunk
57. Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbø (4.3 stars), library hardback, thriller?
58. World War Z by Max Brooks (3.75 stars), library audiobook (and I also read part of it from my 2012 acquired paperback - thank you, Stasia!!), dystopian, post-apocalyptic
59. Hell's Bottom, Colorado by Laura Pritchett (5 stars), library paperback, linked short stories - recommended by Katie
60. Blue Horses: Poems by Mary Oliver (4 stars), library hardback, poetry
Books Completed in June: (5 books)
61. Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear (4 stars), 2015 acquired ebook, steampunk - recommended by Roni
62. So We Read On: How the Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why it Endures by Maureen Corrigan (4.25 stars), non-fiction, literary criticism
63. The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters (4 stars), 2015 acquired ebook/audiobook, apocalyptic police procedural - recommended by Katie and Charlotte
64. Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing (4.9 stars), 2015 acquired audiobook, non-fiction, polar exploration - recommended by Katie
65. Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers (reread - always 5 stars for me), 2015 acquired audiobook, children's literature
66. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (reread), 2015 acquired audiobook, classic literary fiction
67. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (4 stars), 2015 acquired audiobook, humorous science fiction
68. Mislaid by Nell Zink (4.5 stars), library hardback - heard about this on Charlotte's thread, contemporary fiction
69. Careless People by Sarah Churchwell (4 stars), 2015 acquired ebook - recommended by Charlotte, non-fiction
70. Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin (4 stars), 2014 acquired audiobook - recommended by Susan and Karen, fiction - interconnected vignettes
71. Goldeneye: Where Bond Was born: Ian Fleming's Jamaica by Matthew Parker (4.5 stars), 2015 acquired ebook, non-fiction
Books Completed in August:
72. Travels With Herodotus by Ryszard Kapuściński (5 stars), library hardback - but I immediately purchased my own copy because I loved it so much!
73. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (4 stars), 2015 acquired ebook
74. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (reread with the girls)
75. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer (reread)
76. The Courtiers by Lucy Worsley (4 stars), library hardback - recommended by Charlotte and Susan
77. Hissy Fit by Mary Kay Andrews (4 stars), ROOT ebook - recommended by Katie
78. Our Man in Charleston: Britain's Secret Agent in the Civil War South by Christopher Dickey (4.5 stars), ER paperback/2015 acquired audiobook
Books Completed in September:
79. West of Sunset by Stewart O'Nan, 2015 acquired ebook, historical fiction
80. The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (reread), borrowed audiobook - loved the narrator!
Books Completed in October:
81. The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (reread), 2015 acquired audiobook, detective mystery
82. Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba and Then Lost it to the Revolution by T. J. English, 2015 acquired ebook, non-fiction
83. Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene, 2013 acquired paperback, espionage, humor
84. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick, alternate history
Mamie's Sweet Sixteen from 2014 (in no particular order)
1. The Hours by Michael Cunningham
2. *Middlemarch by George Eliot
3. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
4. *The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
5. Vanessa and Her Sister by Prima Parmar
6. *The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
7. Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood
8. The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings
9. The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan
10. *The Martian by Andy Weir
11. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
12. *The Snowman by Jo Nesbø
13. The Bullet Catcher’s Daughter by Rod Duncan
14. *The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony
15. In Paradise by Peter Mathiesen
16. Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller
* denotes that I listened to the audiobook
So, excellent news for me - went to my surgical consul this morning, and they can actually fit me in before Thanksgiving! They had one slot left, and I jumped at it - next Wednesday afternoon. I was really hoping to get it taken care of before Christmas, so I was absolutely thrilled when they offered me next Wednesday. *does happy dance*
This should do it - next one's yours!
ETA: And I'm first!!
Hmmm, two slots left in my Dirty Dozen.... I better get a move on ;-)
Ooh, Sweetland, it was sooooooooooooo good.
>12 cbl_tn: Welcome, Carrie, and thank you! I had another less potent attack last night, so really, the surgery can't come too soon for me.
>13 katiekrug: Thanks, Katie! So true about being thankful - I could not believe that I was able to get it scheduled before Thanksgiving. And I would LOVE to hear what other recommendations you would make. I plan to carry your dirty dozen slot again in my 2016 thread because it has been so fun.
>14 RebaRelishesReading: Thank you, Reba! I will be one happy camper, that's for sure. Um...as long as I don't have to actually camp...
>15 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe!
>17 msf59: You were right on time, Mark, as usual. I thank you! And I LOVED Sweetland - more on that in a bit.
>18 ronincats: Hooray indeed, Roni! Thanks for that!
>19 lkernagh: Thanks, Lori!
>20 scaifea: Thank you, Amber! I am very excited both!
Sorry to hear about your health troubles, but glad it can get taken care of so soon. Wishing you the very best with that surgery. xx
My health troubles are about to be fixed, thank goodness. I thank you so much for your kind words and good wishes. Hoping that life has been kind to you - I'll come over to catch up with you soon! xx
Have a lovely weekend and I am pleased that your hospital system seems to work with scheduling you promptly.
Hooray that you have your surgery date set!
>29 tymfos: Terri! Lovely to see you! And thank you!
>30 PaulCranswick: You are so sweet, Paul, but I am betting that this is my last thread of the year. Hoping to put in a better appearance next year - this one got away from me! I thank you for those kind thoughts.
>31 susanj67: I knew you would like them, Susan! No need to save me some - they are readily available here, so you enjoy all to yourself. They are Rae's favorite candy, by the way.
>32 Ameise1: Gorgeous! Thank you, Barbara!
>33 charl08: I think you would love it, Charlotte. I have not read the bio, but I bet it would be interesting - I don't know anything about his personal life, but he sure wrote beautifully.
>34 sibylline: Oh, hooray for that, Lucy! I am very excited that the surgery day is finally here - ready to go!
>36 jnwelch: *waves back to Joe*
>37 scaifea: Thanks so much for that, Amber!
>38 susanj67: Thank you, Susan! You made me laugh - hoping to get my steps in today before surgery, but we'll see. Tomorrow you should be able to beat me for sure!
>39 cbl_tn: Hi Carrie! Thank you so much for thinking of me!
Surgery is at 1pm, and I have to check in at 11:30am. I will be sure to report back in after or have one of the kids do it for me - thanks so much, everyone, for your kind thoughts and good wishes.
I most likely will not make it to anyone's threads tomorrow, so if I don't "see" you before then, Happy Thanksgiving!
Happy Thanksgiving to you all :-)
^I hope you have a wonderful holiday down there in Mamieland! Gentle hugs to my pal!
>48 Crazymamie: We appreciate the update, Abby!
I'm back! And feeling so great that I am practically giddy with thankfulness. Cannot believe how well everything went, and I am so grateful to all of you who were wishing me well and sending me positive vibes and for everyone who was part of my surgery experience - I was treated with an abundance of care and kindness and respect the whole way through. And I have not missed a day of getting my 10,000 steps, which has been an added bonus. SO far no side effects or worries - everything has gone even better than I expected or hoped. I just want to shout out a huge THANK YOU to those of you who shared your stories and helped to ease my mind about saying goodbye to my gallbladder. You were right! I look forward to continuing my weight loss journey and to sharing my reading adventures with all of you remarkable people. Wishing for each of you a day filled with fabulous!
Hope that the step success continues!
>43 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe!
>44 Ameise1: Thank you, Barbara! Hugs back to you. oo
>45 bell7: Thank you, Mary! Our Thanksgiving was slow and lovely - we made the sweet potato casserole (no marshmallows!) and the stuffing up ahead of time, ordered the turkey, ham and pies, and the girls made the rest of the feast. We watched Miracle on 34th Street (the original version) in the morning, like we always do and played board game s throughout the afternoon while watching the football games. Indulgent and fun! Hoping that yours was full of fabulous!
>46 souloftherose: It went really well, Heather. Thanks for thinking of me!
>47 charl08: Thank you, Charlotte! They worked!!
>50 cbl_tn: You're welcome, Carrie - and thank you for all the info that you shared before I headed into surgery.
>51 drneutron: Thank you, Jim! I firmly believe that this group works miracles with all of their positive thinking!
>52 DeltaQueen50: Thank you, Judy! We did just that.
>53 souloftherose: It was a lovely Thanksgiving, Heather, thanks!
>54 Berly: I was truly thrilled to be able to get it done before Thanksgiving, Kim! My surgery got delayed by about an hour and a half because of an emergency, but that is the only slight snag that I hit. Returning those hugs and delighted to hear that you should be around!! I'll drop by and catch up with you very soon. Thanks, my friend!
>55 susanj67: Thank you, Susan!
>57 jnwelch: Thank you for those thoughts, Joe! Our Thanksgiving was full of fabulous! And I got to eat pie!!!
>58 EBT1002: Thank you, Ellen! Guess what book I took to the hospital with me? Last Night at the Lobster! So it was like you and Katie were there with me!
>59 sibylline: Thank you, Lucy. Truly, I could not be doing better. Feeling really great.
>60 maggie1944: Thanks, Karen! The recovery is going great! And I love winter solstice, so I am thrilled to have my surgery behind me and just look forward to sitting back and enjoying the rest of the year play out.
>61 scaifea: I though of you and your eating a cheeseburger on the way home from surgery, Amber. I did not attempt that, so I stand in awe of your prowess!! I thank you so much for your good wishes!
No, but seriously, that's great news, Mamie. And now you have Christmas to look forward to, with all those foods that didn't agree with you before. I'm wondering now whether my grandmother had gall bladder trouble. Whatever it was, she refused to have surgery for it and managed it with diet, but she couldn't eat very much, and vegetables with "shells" (or maybe I mean skins) like peas and corn were off the menu. If we had peas, there were always beans for Grandma.
Mini pumpkin chocolate chip muffins will likely help.
Sorry to be absent for so long, but life has been very busy - I would love to hibernate for a week or two! And the weather! Sultry! It's supposed to be 83F on Christmas! I had to wait in line for almost an hour at the post office yesterday, and it was so humid we were all slowly wilting in the small space. Although it was highly entertaining - one man was trying to mail a gun priority, which the postal employee was trying to explain was not allowed. Another man was mailing a crystal vase with no packing materials in his box, so it was just clunking around in there. The woman in front of me had a very large package, and when the postal guy told her that she needed to fill out the customs form, she replied, "Oh, but it's just going to Canada." The remarkable thing was that everyone was very well behaved and polite.
I have not been getting my steps lately, but all is well - I haven't even been wearing my Fitbit full time because I didn't want to stress about it while trying to get all the holiday stuff done. I am happy to report that all the shopping is completed, so now I just have to finish up wrapping it all - I am a complete nut, so I actually like this part.
Poor Daniel has had a rough week - he took a shoulder to his face during his flag football championship, giving him quite the shiner and a LOT of swelling. He also had numbness that did not go away and pain when chewing, so yesterday he went to the doctor - they think he broke a bone in his face! He goes for a CT scan today to see if he fractured his eye orbital. To add insult to injury, his team lost by one point. Then, on Saturday, he was sitting completely stopped at a red light, and a lady rear-ended him, so now his car is all wonky in the back. Luckily, she was insured - now we wait on the paperwork to get it fixed. No one was hurt, so that was a blessing.
In other ground breaking and exciting news, I have had my very first mammogram, and it did not hurt at all. A bit of a surreal experience though, as I are not used to having that part of my anatomy gently placed on a plate as though it were a turkey on a platter. Made me giggle - I thought there should be a bit of garnish to finish it off, and mentioned to the tech that I felt some parsley or rosemary sprigs would not be remiss, and she just completely lost it. Yep. That's me, so mature. Anyway, this completes my testing required after not being to the doctor in seventeen years, so happy dance for me.
Hoping that all of you are well, and that your holiday season has been filled with fabulous so far.
And so glad your mammogram went well!
Sending you and your family bookish Christmas wishes!
For my Christmas/Hanukkah/Solstice/Holiday image this year (we are so diverse!), I've chosen this photograph by local photographer Mark Lenoce of the pier at Pacific Beach to express my holiday wishes to you: Peace on Earth and Good Will toward All!
I hope Dan will heal fast. May your holiday be shining and bright.
All that aside, I'm glad you're well, hope you survive the heat and which you and yours a very merry Christmas!!
Tenzing Norcat investigates the tree:
Hope everyone at the Pecan Paradisio has been having a most excellent holiday break.