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This year, I'm again pledging to read at least 52 fiction books, though shooting for 60.

I did exceed my 52 book goal from last year.

2014 Goals

  • lose weight--get down to 120ish pounds (that's 16 lbs.)
  • pay off the credit card with proofing money
  • create bulb bed/plant bulbs on the side of the house
  • work on back yard
  • bookshelves in living room
  • ramp up proofreading
  • publish three more Romance Writer's Guides books
  • get my son graduated
  • read up on how to make the body work like it's supposed to and help my hubby lose weight and get healthy
  • read 64 books, including 12 books on plotting

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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Countdown to Christmas


We're almost to the big day! Do you ever reach the point where you're just ready for it all to be over? There's so much to do in a very short time frame. On top of that, for me, is that DH is gone--not that him being gone is a problem, it's just that there are always things for the fireworks store to be done in addition to Christmas preparations. Since the store isn't going to go away or be over, so to speak, and the holiday does, well, I get to feeling that way.

Anywho, let's talk about Christmas cards. I send them. I think I got out of the habit for a few years, but I'm back to doing it. Maybe I'm getting old. Okay, I know I'm getting older, but I'm really missing and lamenting the lack of certain traditions. Christmas lights on almost all the houses being one. Or maybe I'm mis-remembering.

And Christmas cards being another. It seems, by the meager number of cards I received, I think a lot of people no longer send them. Or maybe it's just that I have no friends. Okay, kidding. I know I have friends and that we all can't send cards to everyone we know. But I think next year, I'm going to send out a few more. :) Spread a bit more holiday cheer.

Here is my wall of cards:



Our Christmas song of the day is another classic, O Little Town of Bethlehem by Andre Previn. (another selection from my Time Life Treasury of Christmas)


Do you send Christmas cards? If so, to a small select group or a larger circle of friends and acquaintances? If not, did you ever and why did you stop?

2 comments:

Regina Richards said...

I do send Christmas cards. I usually address them in October, write them in November, and mail them the day after Thanksgiving. This year, I was way behind. I bought, address, wrote, and mailed them all a few days ago. Buth there are fewer to send. Many of the older people in my family have passed away in the last few years. So While I used to send about 50, this year I only sent about 30. And while I used to receive about 20, this year I've received about 10. Times and traditions change.

Lara said...

I send Christmas cards--I always love to get them, so I figure other people do, too! :)

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  • DH = my husband
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Books Read in 2014

  • A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Two epic novels worth of Sherlock fan fiction (and counting) by various authors
  • Up All Night by Renee Ashley Williams
  • Oral Invitation by B.J. Hayes
  • Lights Out by Ann Campbell
  • Explicitly English by Rachel Leigh
  • M-theory: Mycroft, Moriarty, and Magnussen’s shared motifs, James Bond’s “M,” Mary and Janine, and the big gay long game by the loudest subtext in television (that's a screen name, if you hadn't guessed)
  • Noble Beginnings by L.T. Ryan
  • Christmas Justice by Robin Perini
  • Just A Fling by Olivia Noble
  • Running by Patrice Fitzgerald
  • Buster's Law by Laraine Lebron
  • Harry PotterPage to Screen by Bob McCabe
  • Professional Plot Outline mini-Course by Holly Lisle
  • The Plot Skeleton by Angela Hunt
  • Rock Your Plot by Cathy Yardley
  • Basher Five Two by Scott O'Grady
  • Mai Tai Marriage by Chris Keniston
  • Still Delicate by padfoot4ever (Harry Potter fanfiction)
  • Deliate by padfoot4ever (Harry Potter fanfiction)
  • Montana Sky by Nora Roberts (audio book)
  • Mad About Plaid by Kam McKellar
  • The Roles We Play by JoAnna Grace
  • Drowning by Racel Firacek
  • Whip Me Up, Tie Me Down by Lavender Daye
  • Game of Fear by Robin Perini
  • Lost in Temptation by Lauren Royal
  • What Wendy Wants by Nikki Sex
  • Improper Proposals by Juliana Ross
  • Kira's Keeper by Jan Schliesman
  • Improper Arrangements by Juliana Ross
  • Improper Relations by Juliana Ross
  • How to Kick Your Fat in the Nuts by T.C. Hale
  • Stop!!! Manifesting Money by D/C Russ
  • A Lady in Defiance by Heather Blanton
  • Secret Obsession by Robin Perini
  • Rebooting Your Life: A 12-Day Program for Ending Stress, Realizing Your Goals, and Being More Productive by Gibbons
  • 30 Daily Weight Loss Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle by Joshua Wylie
  • Stealing the Preacher by Karen Witemeyer
  • Coconut Oil Recipes: Nature's Remedy for Health, Beauty, Weight Loss, Allergies & Detoxing by Scarlett Aphra