Christmas Presents

Christmas Eve

I had a nice long weekend–it started with Friday off from work, I went swimming and then met a friend for a pedicure. It was really nice to see her and catch up with her after a few months of us both being swamped with life. The weekend wasn’t awesome, honestly–lots of chores and errands and trying to frantically get ready for Christmas. BUT Christmas Eve was nice!

We got to sleep in a bit and then I took Logan to daycare and went to the gym and then Michael and I went out for breakfast.

I got the special. It was a decadent treat and not something I’d normally order but since I knew I wouldn’t be eating lunch I figured, why not? It was a cheesecake french toast! I got the half order (which was the RIGHT amount) and it was topped with a tart cherry compote. The cheesecake filling to die for. Seriously good. And I also splurged and got the habanero peach mimosa! SPICY!

Then home and Michael started the brisket and I continued the sourdough process (and started the rosemary raisin sourdough I was making for Christmas dinner). My parents were driving down from Seattle to spend Christmas Eve with us. We decided to do a new tradition this year and host. It’s been harder trying to travel and fit everything in on one day with Logan.

My parent arrived after lunchtime (about the time I had the sourdough rising in the banneton basket and laying on the couch watching Die Hard. Then I we went to pick Logan up from daycare. Unfortunately, for some reason, he didn’t nap at daycare. I have no idea why (slightly annoyed by this) so of course he finally fell asleep at like 4:30.

Anyways. Our friends joined us this year for dinner. They brought a delicious kale and spinach salad and homemade fudge! My sourdough turned out fantastic!

And Michael’s brisket was great, too.

And he made his famous mac n’ cheese. It all went perfectly and everyone got seconds. There was still a lot of leftovers so people got to take some home with them.

I got some new holiday napkins at Target and some napkin rings (a black Friday splurge):

And Logan’s holiday placemat was a find from World Market:

Dinner turned out so nice. I was glad everyone was able to come and join us and help celebrate Christmas Eve. Even though hosting is kind a lot of work, it was still nice being able to immediately get in my PJs after everyone left. 🙂

The food turned out great!

Oh and my mom made chocolate brownies from scratch, topped with vanilla ice cream and homemade raspberry sauce. It was so decadent but good!

After dinner and dessert Logan got to open a few presents from our friends. Then bedtime!

Logan fell asleep almost immediately!

Stocking Stuffers for Book Lovers

A few years ago, Michael got me a Kindle Paperwhite for Christmas. For years I had been anti-E Reader. I was firmly against the technology. I wanted the feel of a book. I loved the SMELL of books. I loved bookstores. I loved the covers of books. I liked discovering new authors on accident. I liked going to the library (and I went to the library often).

He kept trying to talk me into getting one and I was just so against it. I didn’t want an electronic book, at all. I wanted a REAL book. I mean, I collected books! My library was EXPANSIVE! I think what cinched it for him was when he was unemployed for a few months about 6 years ago and he took care of all the house chore stuff while he was job searching. One of the things he kindly did for me while I was at work, was making the weekly trip to the library to drop off and pick up my books for me. 😉 I think he got sick of that real quick. Because that Christmas, a few months after he got his new job, I got a Kindle!

While I had been anti-Kindle for a long time, it was a very fast conversion for me. First, not having to find the time to go to the library often is nice (even better now that we have Logan). Second, I like being able to download books from the library (for free) and often get stuff quicker that way than if I was waiting on hold for a real book. Third, it is SO much easier to take a kindle on a vacation (when we went to Hawaii the first time I was reading the Game of Thrones books and had to lug two GIANT books on a plane, which was ridiculous). Finally, I find that I read faster on the kindle than with a real book (no idea why).

Anyways, if you are considering what you want for Christmas, or what to get the reader in your life, consider a Kindle. I do love mine. It did not take much time for me to fully convert. 🙂

Now, on to a few recommendations for books you should get the readers in your life for the holidays.

For the Readers who love Heart-Warming Books:

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Take Me With You by Catherine Ryan Hyde

The One-In-A-Million Boy by Monica Wood

Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin

Some Emotional Books:

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi 

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran

 The House of Tides by Hannah Richell

The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir

 

For Action/Adventure Book Lovers:

The Martian by Andy Weir

Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine

 

For the Horror/Creepy Book Lovers:

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne

Arrowood  by Laura McHugh

Some Great Series Authors:

Louise Penny (Armand Gamache)

Lee Child (Jack Reacher)

Linda Castillo (Kate Burkholder)

Michael Connelly

Craig Johnson (Longmire)

Robert Crais (Elvis Cole)

 

Hope this helped your hard-to-buy-for friends and family! Happy reading!

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