Thankful for: A wonderful last week of Christmas break! We all loved The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Apparently, I read the book so long ago that I no longer have any idea what happened in the book, and what they added. I think I am happier that way. Noah and Jonathan noticed a lot of changes, but didn’t seem to be bothered by them. Then, of course, I was pleased to watch the Seahawks beat the Rams and clinch a first-week bye for the playoffs, plus home-field advantage for both playoff games.
I spent Monday afternoon visiting with my friend Michelle, and then her boys spent the night. Tuesday morning, I took them home and then braved Walmart to do my shopping. Oh. my. goodness. Talk about a packed house – everyone preparing for New Year’s Eve, plus all of us people who get paid at the end of the month doing stock-up shopping. I was very glad to get out of there! I came home and made bacon-wrapped Little Smokies and my Mexican dip to take to a New Year’s Eve party at a friend’s house. We had so much fun! I played two new-to-me board games: Wits & Wagers and Things. Both were a lot of fun. Kevin bought a few fireworks and entertained the kids outside. We both stayed up way too late – 1:30 a.m…..
….which made it very difficult to get up to meet friends for breakfast the next morning. I made it, though, and it was delightful. Then the boys and I and Noah’s girlfriend Meghan watched Despicable Me 2, which was awesome. That evening, Kevin and I took the whole family, plus Meghan, Natalie’s boyfriend James, and James’ mom out to dinner. It was a really fun day.
All in all, it was a terrific week, and a good way to wrap up our break.
Looking forward to: Leading worship at church this morning, then going to Spokane for the kids to roller skate and celebrate James’ 17th birthday. Plus, we get back to our normal routine on Monday. I’m partially dreading it, but know that things will seem more normal when we’re on a schedule again. Plus, it will be easier for me to get back on plan for Weight Watchers.
Reading: The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor; A Different Sun by Elaine Neil Orr; Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield; and A Star for Mrs. Blake by April Smith. Oh, and I need to catch up on my Lord of the Rings reading, now that we’re going back to school.
Recently finished reading: The Cure by Douglas E. Richards
Listening to: The Ghost Writer by John Harwood and The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
~ Book Review: The Colours of Corruption by Jacqueline Jacques
~ First Book of the Year 2014
~ 2014 “I’ve Always Meant to Read That Book!” Challenge – Check out this post for the winning titles and read-along schedule.
~ The “I’ve Always Meant to Read That Book!” Challenge: The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
~ 2013 End of Year Book Survey
~ First lines of 2013
What did you do to ring in the New Year? What book did you choose as your first read of 2014? Are you cheering on any football teams in the playoffs?
Books completed in December:
Relic (The Books of Eva 1) by Heather Terrell – 3 stars – my review
Paperboy by Tony Macaulay – 4 stars – my review
The Secrets of a Fire King: Stories by Kim Edwards – 4 stars – my review
The Supreme Macaroni Company by Adriana Trigiani – 3 stars – my review
A Prayer Journal by Flannery O’Connor – 3 stars
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro – 5 stars – my review
The Diviners by Libba Bray (audiobook) – 5 stars – my review
The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb (audiobook) – 4 stars – my review
The Colours of Corruption by Jacqueline Jacques – 4 stars – my review
Perfect by Rachel Joyce – 4 stars
After Her by Joyce Maynard – 4 stars
Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon – 3 stars
The Cure by Douglas E. Richards – 3 stars