Friday, January 4, 2008

What I Got for Christmas

What I Got for Christmas
by Shelly

white dress shirt
pretty silver picture frames
silver locket

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.

heated blanket
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.

seasonal pillow
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.


JMC said...

Your gifts sound great! I've been trying to decide whether to read those Follett books, what with the piles of books still waiting on top of my dresser to be read.

Shelly said...

Hey jmc! Pillars of the Earth is excellent, from what I remember. Like I said, it's been a really long time since I read it, but I really liked it and I'm looking forward to rereading it. And World Without End looks great, too. I saw on your site that you'll be posting a list of books you've read recently - I can't wait! I think I'm going to post my whole list of everything I read last year, because I think it's hilarious that I read that much. Last night I went through and added author's names so that I could include that info.

The Hotfessional said...

and when will we get pictures of those earrings?

And all the other loot, too!

Shelly said...

Ooh, pictures! Good idea, Hot. I will get to work on that. It will take me a while, because I am still low-fi and refuse to even buy a digital camera. But I will see what I can do!

Anonymous said...

Oooh, keep up with the book recommendations. I love to read (though it's harder these days) and am always looking for suggestions.

I hope to get diamond earrings one day. Thought it might be this year for Xmas, but alas it was not to be. You should try to take a pic of yours for us. Just one earlobe if you don't want to show the rest of your self.

Laura said...

It sounds like a wonderful Christmas. I have never owned a pair of diamond earrings but Leonard bought me a diamond necklace a few years ago and they are so difficult to take off...they sparkle so much.

Shelly said...

Hey Shelly! I've got a whole list of book recommendations for you! I just finished a book over the weekend which I may post a small review of and another I just started that is excellent that I will review when I finish.

And I'll keep my fingers crossed for you to get diamond earrings next year. I kind of dropped hints that I wanted jewelry, like leaving a jewelry catalog laying in a prominent place on the kitchen counter, but then I leave stuff laying around all the time, so that may not even have registered with him. : ) He said that I mentioned them once and he picked up on it. I don't even remember it.

Shelly said...

Thanks, Laura. It was a wonderful Christmas. He shocked the stuffing out of me, giving me diamonds. Yeah, they are difficult to take off. I wish I could sleep in my earrings! Your necklace sounds gorgeous!