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A New Year’s “Hello” and The Mystery Gift

Happy New Year to you all!! My computer situation has not improved, but I am now back at work so having a computer won’t be a problem. I’ll have to figure it out of course, as I can’t get by without my own, but right now I just can’t spend the money. Maybe soon, but not right now.

Some Updates:

We had a lovely Christmas. We spent much of our free time at home, and the other half, I spent shuttling kids back and forth between rehearsal and basketball practice. You’d think these things would take a break during the holidays but no… not really. Because of it, my two weeks of bliss wasn’t quite bliss and went by super fast, but that’s okay. I still enjoyed the time off. We hit Disneyland right before Christmas and although everything broke down numerous times (horribly windy, electrical problems) and the fireworks show was canceled as was THE SNOW on Main Street, we still managed to have a really good time.

You may recall me talking about the “mystery gift” that The Hub purchased from a traveling salesperson. Well, it was a punch card for some beauty services. One of which was BOTOX. Now, I am not highly sensitive and there were some other treatments on there to choose from, but nothing I would choose for myself and not from the salon that I normally go to. So, it was returned! We are still waiting for a refund (traveling salesperson and all). So he is going to take me to breakfast and a movie and call it a day. I could have been a bit prickly about it. Especially after those horrible photos that someone took at that party I went to, but I analyzed my face in the mirror for a good 20 minutes and chalked it all up to cluelessness.

New Year’s Day, we hit Santa Barbara. It was so gorgeous out! We had a nice lunch, did some window shopping and made the drive home. Simple, easy day, but fun,

I could go on and on because two weeks is two weeks but I’ve been reading everyone’s posts from my phone. Glad that most of you had a wonderful holiday. So sorry for those of you who were sick! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog to say “Hi” or “Happy New Year.” I wish you all the best of 2012. Cheers!

P.S. It is supposed to be 82 degrees in So Cal today. This past week has felt like summer!! Makes me want to kick off my shoes and read outside. In fact, I think I will. Well, later. Once I get home from work.

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Books Reviewed in 2011

This is a list of the books read in 2011. Click on the link to read my review.

1. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
2. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
3. Safe from the Sea by Peter Geye
4. Great House by Nicole Krauss
5. C by Tom McCarthy
6. Room by Emma Donoghue
7. Hating Olivia by Mark SaFranko
8. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
9. The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher
10. The Devil’s Star by Jo Nesbo
11. Pit Stops by Michelle Sathe
12. The Sweet Relief of Missing Children by Sarah Braunstein
13. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
14. The Other Life by Ellen Meister
15. You Couldn’t Ignore Me If You Tried by Susannah Gora
16. The Murderer’s Daughters by Randy Susan Meyers
17. Wither by Lauren DeStefano
18. The Four Ms. Bradwells by Meg Waite Clayton
19. The Swan Thieves  (audio) by Elizabeth Kostova
20. The Raising by Laura Kasischke
21. The Uncoupling by Meg Wolitzer
22. A Canticle for Leibowitz by Water M. Miller
23. The Snowman by Joe Nesbø
24. Ordinary Thunderstorms by William Boyd
25. Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon
26. Anthem by Ayn Rand
27. The Wikkeling by Steven Arntson
28. Lost Boys by Orson Scott Card
29. The Violets of March by Sarah Jio
30. In Stitches by Anthony Youn, M.D.
31. The Gin & Chowder Club by Nan Rossiter
32. The London Train by Tessa Hadley
33. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell
34. Across the Universe by Beth Revis
35. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
36. The House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni
37. The Absolute Value of Mike by Kathryn Erskine
38. Pearl of China by Anchee Min
39. Duma Key by Stephen King
40. How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu
41. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
42. Miss Hildreth Wore Brown by Olivia deBelle Byrd
43. The Upright Piano Player by David Abbott
44. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
45. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
46. Model Home by Eric Puchner
47. Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman
48. Dance, Dance, Dance by Haruki Murakami
49. The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta
50. Caribou Island by David Vann
51. Child Wonder by Roy Jacobsen
52. On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
53. After the Quake: Stories by Haruki Murakami
54. Annabel by Kathleen Winter
55. The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister
56. Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
57. Strangers by Anita Brookner
58. The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian
59. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
60. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
61. We the Animals by Justin Torres
62. The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma
63. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
64. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
65. The Train of Small Mercies by David Rowell
66. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
67. The Winters in Bloom by Lisa Tucker
68. Cucina Povera by Pamela Sheldon Johns
69. The Personal History of Rachel DuPree by Ann Weisgarber
70. The House on Tradd Street by Karen White
71. Sunset Park by Paul Auster
72. The Bungalow by Sarah Jio
73. Thirteen Reasons Why (audio) by Jay Asher
74. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
75. The Secret Lives of People in Love by Simon Van Booy
76. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
77. Lamb by Bonnie Nadzam
78. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
79. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
80. After Dark by Haruki Murakami