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List Love: Christmas

The other day, The Hub told me that he bought me something. Something that was unsolicited by me. This has only happened a handful of times and the results (in most cases) were hilarious. I’m sure they weren’t supposed to be and I can count a couple of instances where I pitched a Christmas meal into the trash because of the frustration over said gift or the quippy response that came with it. So when he said he bought me something, I paused and said, “Hmmmm.”

The next day… he said he bought it from a traveling salesman.

Double, “Hmmmm.”

Remember that I Love Lucy episode where the guy came to the door selling all that Handy Dandy stuff? I cannot help but think of that episode. What WILL I end up with? The thing is, my needs are few and my wants are simple. I am not a hard person to buy for. I enjoy simple things, meaningful items and gadgets. So just for fun, I am listing stuff here that I wouldn’t mind getting.

  • A Nook Simple Touch ( I have a Kindle, which I love but I do not love Amazon)
  • The new Michael Bublé Christmas CD  (Michael Bublé Christmas)
  • A new Tourmaline hair dryer. Mine is dying and bad hair makes me unhappy.
  • Dreamer PJ’s from Victoria’s Secret. I spend so much time in PJ’s, might as well have another set.
  • A big, giant vat of my fave lotion.
  • Some new bookmarks.
  • A really nice pair of scissors. My kids take mine and cut bacon (yep!) with them and other damaging materials like glue tubes and Popsicle sticks.
  • This very cool calendar.
  • This awesome lens for my camera.
  • A Spotify upgrade to Premium so I can take my music with me.
  • Some sparkly hair clips.
  • A copy of A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami
  • Any of these movies on DVD: The Family Stone (so great!), It’s a Wonderful Life (lost my copy), Serendipity (John Cusack…sigh)

See? Not so bad, right? Of course, material items aside, good health is always a welcome gift but I don’t believe door-to-door salesmen have figured out a way to sell it.

So, what do you think The Hub got me? Knives? A blender? Tupperware? He doesn’t read my blog so you can have fun with it.

The 2010 Indie Lit Awards (Results)

Indie Lit Awards

As one of the literary fiction judges for the 2010 Indie Lit Awards, I can honestly say that reading the shortlist was a pleasure. We had such a great list, as picked by book bloggers which makes it even more special.

In addition to the reads, working with the rest of the panel members proved to be quite rewarding. I picked up some new blogs to add to my reader and hopefully, made some lifelong bloggy buds in the process.

Enough of me…here are the results:

2010 Indie Lit Award Winners


Winner: Annabel by Kathleen Winter
Runner Up: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green, David Levithan

Literary Fiction

Winner: Safe From the Sea by Peter Geye
Runner Up: Great House by Nicole Krauss


Winner: The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
Runner Up: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Speculative Fiction

Winner: Kraken by China Miéville
Runner Up: Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness

Congrats to all of the winners! A big “thank you” to Wallace for creating these awards. It’s been a pleasure. Oh, and a huge shout-out to Peter Geye!! We loved your book. You are a rock star in my eyes!

If you’d like to see how it all came to be, check out the award site.