The holidays got super crazy and I couldn’t keep up here. I am so sorry guys! The O’hana descended on Mo. in mass and we just had a ball. We saw the Christmas light display that a church in Carthage does every year (Grandma loves this), went bowling, and Surprised my sister with an early birthday on Christmas. We all drove down in Dad’s party bus (seats 15- I think he got it at an auction), gave her the TV everyone went together into and saw a movie. Bentonville has a superb theater! The plush chairs recline, there was more than enough leg room and not a sticky spot or speck of trash. I was seriously impressed! We went to see Downsizing…. which I have to say I was less impressed with. My sister thought it was going to be hilarious- it wasn’t. My cousin hoped it would be more of a commentary on how we need to be better on our planet- yeah… no. It had it’s funny moments, and interesting moments…. but mostly it was just okay.
We did Secret Santa and (keep it clean) Dirty Santa on Christmas Eve. I got a pair of plumeria earrings. My Secret Santa couldn’t make it, so my sweet husband ordered two books for me in hardback- The Speaker by Traci Chee which I haven’t read yet, and my favorite book of the year: Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore. I love that book and would revisit chapters every time I went to the library. Due to space constraints and my inability to give up books easily I have to be very selective in what I get a hardcopy of but I knew I wanted this one. When my niece was down we had what my sister jokingly refers to as second Christmas where we gave each other all the gifts we didn’t want to do at the big celebration. Warren got a PS 4 from the family and has already ordered Rock Band, his favorite game. I got a new shirt (above) and a good winter coat. My sister Mei and her husband Scott surprised me with a used copy of The Illustration of Life written by two of my favorite Animators for Disney. I love the older works, the animation and care of detail. Apparently it used to belong to Scott’s uncle before he passed. I am honored. I actually cried- not only is this an indulgence I would never buy myself, but it belonged to someone he cared about. I feel like used books have a history and this one was is in spectacular condition.
I read several Sofie Ryan books in preparation for my eARC of The Fast and the Furriest coming out soon. I am also reading a book called A Land of Permanent Goodbyes by Atia Abawi. It is fantastic, but very hard hitting and I have to take breaks. I love it though!
So that’s it for me, what’s up with you?