1. All the holidays! I hope you had a wonderful Solstice/Hanukkah/Christmas/Kwanzaa/New Year! What gifts did you give and get? My parents got me an Amazon gift card, so I can hopefully make Small Press Spotlights happen. I also got slippers, headphones, and a map of Westeros.
|Cheyenne waiting for Santa.|
|Little G and the tree.|
|My decorations. Much festive. Very Christmas.|
2. Close encounters of the rabies kind. For me, December started with one of my idiot dogs cornering a coyote. In my part of the world, dogs and coyotes routinely kill each other. Luckily, no one got bit this time. Once we got the critters separated, I took some pictures of the coyote through a window.
3. I’m terrible at being normal. Adjusting to life without school has been surprisingly stressful. I’m nearly 30, and I’ve been in school almost every year since I was 5. I’m used to a structured university environment where I have to-do lists and constant feedback from mentors. I still wake up most mornings thinking, What do I have to research today? The answer is Nothing. For some reason, that completely freaks me out. I love college, okay! I need it. I’m a hopeless book nerd.
4. Speaking of school, my dad gave me a not-so-subtle reminder to keep up my writing and research. These are pins. I have tons of them on the backpack I use for traveling. Now I have tons more.
5. I’m flattered, but still poor. I looked at some clothes online, and my computer somehow got the mistaken impression that I have money. It keeps showing me ads for $500 shoes. I’m not sure if I should delete my search history to make the ads go away, or if I should be flattered that someone thinks I’m not a hobo.
6. It’s mildly unsettling that plants know the date. The Christmas cactus bloomed! It’s supposed to grow flowers around Christmas time every year. This year, most of the flowers opened on Christmas day. I guess “Christmas cactus” is an appropriate name for this type of plant.
7. I was naughty last year. Santa left a lump of Trump in my stocking. My dad gave me a coin with Trump’s face on it for my coin collection. He says it’s payback for that Christmas I gave him an Obama dinner plate. (Seriously, who wouldn’t want to eat dinner off Obama’s face? I thought it was a spectacular gift.) Anyway, I tried to take a photo of the actual Trump coin, but it’s so tiny that my camera won’t focus on it. (There are many jokes I could make right here, but I’ll leave them up to you.)
|Imagine waking up to this on Christmas morning . . .|
Books I Read
I read 8 books in December. Several of them were chunksters. (That’s totally a word.) Reviews will be up in the next few weeks.
Astray – Amy Christine Parker
Children of the New World: Stories – Alexander Weinstein
Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist – Dan Barker
Cold City – Cathy McSporran
Gemina – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories – Stephanie Perkins (Editor)
The Middle Ages: Everyday Life in Medieval Europe – Jeffrey L. Singman
Best Books Of December
1. Children of the New World: Stories – Alexander Weinstein
2. Cold City – Cathy McSporran
3. Gemina – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Most-Viewed December Reviews
Most-Viewed December Non-Reviews
All The Things!
All The Things! (AKA number of unread books on my TBR shelf) = 42 books.
I'm currently reading Witness by Karen Hesse.