Thursday, December 31, 2009

2010 Time Travel Reading Challenge

I came across this challenge, also hosted by Alyce and thought it would be really interesting. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger is one of my favorite books and I would like to read more of the time travel books out there. I am aiming for three books for this challenge which are listed below. For more info on the challenge or to sign up, visit Time Travel Reading Challenge.
  1. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  2. The Cross Time Engineer by Leo Frankowski
  3. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

2010 Awesome Author Challenge

This challenge is to read books from authors that have been recommended, but still haven't read. The challenge is hosted by Alyce and runs from January 1, 2010 until December 31, 2010. I've decided to do the Moderate level and read six books for the challenge. As for the authors, I took a mini poll on Facebook with my friends in order to get some recommendations on authors and came up with the following six:
  1. Lady Oracle by Margaret Atwood
  2. Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
  3. Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster
  4. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
  5. Champagne for One by Rex Stout
  6. Good Grief by Lolly Winston
For more info on the challenge or to sign up, visit Awesome Author Challenge 2010.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Holiday Reading Challenge Wrap-Up

It seems quite fitting that I finished the challenge on the same day that we put away all of our Christmas decorations.  :)  The last two books I read were A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg and The Christmas Shoes by Donna VanLiere. A Redbird Christmas is the story of Oswald, who learns that he only has a short time to live and must move south right before Christmas because of his health. As for The Christmas Shoes, I am really glad that I read this one last. While I thoroughly enjoyed the first four books I read, I enjoyed The Christmas Shoes most of all. It's a story of how two people's chance encounter can really make a difference in one's life.
I am really glad that I decided to do this reading challenge and enjoyed reading the books. I'm looking for a few reading challenges for 2010 and am looking forward to completing those as well.  :)

Sunday, December 27, 2009

2010 What's In A Name Reading Challenge

I've decided to enter What's In A Name Reading Challenge for 2010, hosted by Beth Fish Reads. I'm looking forward to this challenge, it should be interesting choosing the books to read!
The contest starts January 1, 2010 and ends December 31, 2010. During that time, six books meeting the following criteria must be read:
  1. A book with a food in the title.
  2. A book with a body of water in the title.
  3. A book with a title (queen, president) in the title.
  4. A book with a plant in the title.
  5. A book with a place (city, country) in the title.
  6. A book with a music term in the title.
For more info regarding the reading challenge or to sign up, visit the What's In A Name? 3 blog.

Merry Christmas!

I can't believe Christmas has already come and gone! Actually this entire year has flown by as well. We had a very nice Christmas this year. Last week was pretty busy, even though I had the week off work. I left a little bit too much Christmas shopping to be done and ended up getting sick with a cold which made finishing up my Christmas shopping not that enjoyable. But everything was finished and Jim and I were able to have a really nice Christmas Eve dinner just the two of us (I cooked my first ham, which turned out really good). We also had a really nice Christmas, despite all the rain.  :(  Both of our families celebrate Christmas Day, so it does mean quite a bit of driving. We go to my sister's Christmas morning to open presents and have breakfast, then pick up Jim's sons and head over to his parents for Christmas dinner. Afterwards, we drive back home to open gifts with his sons. Unfortunately, we spend over three hours of Christmas Day in the car, but we obviously enjoy seeing all of our family. I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Ornament Exchange

I participated in an ornament exchange with other brides that also had a destination wedding. I drew the name of someone that currently lives in the U.S. Virgin Islands and bought a personalized ornament that holds a photo for her. I told my husband I thought we really should hand-deliver her ornament though! ;) Nicole drew my name and got me this ornament with our names and wedding info on the ribbon. I love it!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Holiday Reading Challenge Update

I've finished reading three of the five books so far and am really enjoying this challenge! I have to admit none of these books are normally ones I would pick out for myself without the challenge, but I have really enjoyed the books so far. The first book, Matchless: A Christmas Story by Gregory Maguire, was not quite what I expected. Like his other books, the basis is from an old fairytale, in this case, Hans Christian Andersen's classic story "The Little Match Girl". I didn't realize it until I opened the book to read it but it is a very short, illustrated story. I did enjoy reading it though. The second book, The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans, is a short story of a family who becomes caretakers for an older, ailing woman just before the holidays. The main character, Rick, learns an important life lesson through it. And the third book I just finished reading was Skipping Christmas by John Grisham. It's the story of a couple that have decided to 'skip Christmas' for one year and go on vacation. Although a little predictable, it was a nice holiday read.

So, on to the two books remaining on my list. Depending on how quickly I get through them, I may add one or two more books to my list. :)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

My Poor Garden

The gas company is in the process of replacing the gas lines on our block. In December, in Michigan, while it's close to freezing. :( The new line to our house was installed yesterday so we had the pleasure of coming home to quite a cold house since they had to shut off the gas. Well, the gas meter and hook-up to the house is in front of the house at the back of my garden. I took a closer look today when I got home and there are bulbs laying on top of the dirt, perennial flowers were dug up and replanted. And to add to it, there's more piping to the house than before resulting in it being a bit of eyesore. :( I'll either have to cover it with something or plant a something bigger in front of it. That will have to wait until next spring though. But, I'll be in the garden this weekend hoping to get it back in order. I just wish the weather wasn't going to be so cold though!