Saturday, December 27, 2014
The End of a Month and Year
I walked the dogs Tuesday morning. It's been cold here and what little snow we've had is in the mountains. The ski resorts have had to make snow and we're really worried that this winter will be another dry one.
The anxiety wore me out through and I woke up the next morning about half dead. We had planned to see a movie and then go out for Chinese food but it just didn't happen. We exchanged our gifts and then settled into a quiet day. I surprised Ian with a Kindle Paperwhite and I'm shocked that I was able to pull it off. He's impossible to surprise. He's made it a tradition to give me two books, a fiction and a nonfiction. He spends quite a bit of time reading reviews and trying to figure out what I'd enjoy reading.
One day about a week ago I started reading one of the prepublication books that I got from Random House called The Book of Unknown Americans by Christina Henriquez. I was utterly sucked in and couldn't put it down - not a good thing just days before Christmas. It turns out that it was my fiction book. Ian pulled his copy out of the closet and handed it to me when I was about halfway done. He wanted me to have two books Christmas morning so quickly ordered the Anita Diamant as a replacement.
Margi, Ian's oldest daughter, got a promotional job opportunity and is in the process of moving to Susanville, a mere 40 minutes from us. When she learned that we were going to be home, she drove down to spend the afternoon with us. We ate leftover ham and sat around, laughing and talking for about four hours. It's the quietest, most intimate Christmas I can remember and it was lovely. We sent her home with my old Zaggfolio for her iPad, Ian's old Kindle and a copy of the Book of Unknown Americans - oh, and a bottle of desert wine someone had given us.