What I Got for Christmas
white dress shirt
pretty silver picture frames
These were from Rock's mother and stepdad, the parents we're closest to, physically and emotionally. They live next door (well, down the hill and through the woods, really), but you can't see their house from ours. They give practical and very nice presents. I loved everything. I have no clue how they knew to get me a locket. I've been looking for one for about two years now, but I haven't mentioned it to anyone. This one is very simple and very pretty. I was absolutely blown away when I opened it.
digital picture keychain
pretty gold necklace
These were from Rock's dad and stepmother. The digital keychain is cool and holds like 60 pictures. That'll be fun to use. The necklace is really pretty and I've already worn it a couple of times.
The Quiet Girl by Peter Hoeg
Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo
Away by Amy Bloom
Just in Time cookbook by Rachel Ray
These were from my dad and stepmother. Yes, I requested the books. Hey, they asked for a list. You ask me for a list, you get a list of books. Except for the cookbook, of course, I've read something else by each author and *loved* it, so I'm very excited about each book. I just finished a book last night and I am going to have such a hard time picking what to read next because I have so many new exciting books!
My dad was so sweet when I opened the books, he said something about how glad he was that I still like to read so much. And he commented that he knew that part of my love of reading stemmed from the problems between him and my mom. And it does. Reading was always my escape. When things got bad, I would just go to my room, close the door, and disappear into a book. But, I pointed out to him, it's been a wonderful help to me in my life. Reading all but taught me grammar. We were basically not taught anything above the parts of speech when I was in school. Yet, I can proofread really well. I can't tell you why a sentence is incorrect in technical terms, but I can tell you how to fix it. And that knowledge has come from years and years of reading.
Wildman said "mama" for the first time
These were from the kids. Supergirl got me the candle and pillow when I took her shopping. I had to laugh when she said, "I want to get this for you!" She's a little cutie. And Wildman gave me exactly what I asked him for. Little sweetheart.
Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
World Without End by Ken Follett
Robin Hood Men in Tights
Monty Python Meaning of Life
and my huge present.......DIAMOND EARRINGS!!!!!
These were from Rock, obviously! Pillars of the Earth and World Without End weren't technically Christmas presents, we bought them because a book club he's in had the best price on them, but they arrived right before Christmas, so I put them on the list. I've read Pillars of the Earth, but it's been years and since World Without End is the sequel, I'll have to reread Pillars before I can read it. The movies are old favorites and oh, who am I kidding, the man bought me diamonds, y'all! This was huge for me because we didn't do rings when we got married, engagement or wedding rings, so I have never owned diamonds before. (We lived together for five years, already had Supergirl and I was pregnant with Wildman when we got married, in case I haven't told y'all.) The night we bought them, I put them on the minute we got home, and wore them until I went to bed, even after I changed into my pyjamas! I've worn them almost every day since then. They are seriously gorgeous.