Saturday, December 12, 2009

Home and Presents

First of all, before anything, I forgot to mention that I guest blogged about my favorite Christmas Eve traditions over at Book Blather last week. Go check it out here if you haven't already!

Second of all, I want to say a HUGE thank you to all of your comments of consolation with regards to my last post about the closing book store. I really appreciate all of your sympathy, and I was SO sad to hear that similar things have happened to some of you. It's really just a horrible feeling. So again, thank you all SO much!

Now, before I get to the PRESENTS, I've got a small update for you guys.
On Monday, I am headed home to Louisiana for the holidays, and I'll be there until December 30th. I have NO idea what my internet situation will be like there, but my fingers are crossed that I'll have access. Because, starting next Wednesday, I've got something Christmasy planned for you guys every day up until Christmas.
I AM SO EXCITED! I L<3VE Christmas, and I can't wait to get home and spend time with my family!! :-)
Apparently it even snowed at home last week and stuck for almost an hour. This is the first time this has happened, well, ever in my lifetime. So I might even get a white Christmas this year. Which would be totally awesome! I've never had that before in my life. :-P

Now I get to the point in which I admit that I signed up for both Secret Santa and The Holiday Swap. I couldn't help myself! I just love presents so much!!!! Both giving them and receiving them!
I received my Holiday Swap gift about a week ago and my Secret Santa present on Thursday. They had been sitting patiently wrapped under my (fake) tree until this morning, when I finally opened them!!

My Holiday Swap partner was Annabel from Gaskella.

From Annabel, along with an adorable card, I got the CUTEST little felt booty ornaments ever! They're on of my favorite shades of pink, and I absolutely LOVE them! I am planning on hanging them on my mom's tree the second I get home. :-)
I also received an ARC of "the Unicorn Road" by Martin Davies. This is not only the first ARC I have ever even SEEN. Which makes it more than awesome. It's also got unicorn in the title, and I LOVE unicorns. And it's about Asia, and I am obsessed with books about Asia. Total awesomeness! I absolutely can't WAIT to read it!

My Secret Santa partner was Charlotte from The Book On the Hill. I actually also had her. Hmmmm. . .

From Charlotte, I received first off some cookies that she bought without thinking I was vegan. They're not in the picture because I gave them to my friend Tatsuya, who devoured them, saying they were some of the best cookies he ever tasted. Tatsuya te remercie, Charlotte. :-)
I also got "Island of the Sequined Love Nun" by Christopher Moore, which was on my wishlist. I ADORE Christopher Moore, so I am super looking forward to reading this.
I also got the "Vampire Kisses" by Ellen Schreiber box set, which was also on my wish list. I have been wanting to read these for ages!!!!
Since she knows I love Japan, I also got the coolest looking picture book called "Travelling Solo in Japan." I have been thumbing through it, and it looks totally rad. Oh so very me.
You'll notice that the card also has a Japanese theme! So cool - I'm planning on hanging it up on my wall. :-)
The little ladybug you see attached is the most adorable magnetic bookmark.

You're jealous, right? It makes me sad that I have to wait until I get back from the holidays to start my fantastic new books!
And, if you haven't already, you should go check out both blogs. The Book On the Hill is an old favorite of mine, but Gaskella was new to me, and I've been really enjoying it since my discovery.


Ellz said...

Nice gifts. I love Christopher Moore and Charlotte is a doll. She is one of my favorites.

Charlotte said...

Yay for Secret Santas ! You're totally welcome Audrey, I had fun preparing your presents, and I'm glad you liked them !

Sorry again about the cookies, I SO know that you're a vegan, I actually realized my mistake 5 minutes after getting them. Glad your friend enjoyed them though !

Enjoy your holidays at home, I hope your Christmas will indeed be white ! I'll blog about your presents when I get the package and open them. Can't wait !

PS : Thank you Elie for the nice comment. :)

Stormi said...

Im 34 and I LOVE Presents still too..LOL. I signed up for two of the secret santas just for that reason..I wanted to get something cool for Christmas..and well I admit it was fun finding something to send to my santa pals..LOL

Hope you have a safe trip home and have fun for the Holidays!

Oh and hope you have internet access cause I am curious to know what your Christmas goodies are..LOL :)

Alyssa Kirk said...

How fun! Presents are a joy at any age!

Alyssa Kirk said...

And by the way, hope you get a white Christmas!

Anonymous said...

A Santa exchange with book lovers sounds like such a great idea. I think I would be totally happy to get nothing but books for Christmas. :)

Josette said...

Your gifts sound really, really nice. Glad you like them!

The Christopher Moore book looks interesting. What makes you adore his books? Please recommend a title for me. :)

Tales of Whimsy said...

Sweet! Very cool!

Felicity Grace Terry said...

Two great gifts there. I was so disappointed that I missed out on The Holiday Swap - I found out about it too late. oh well, there's always next year. I look forward to your Christmas posts. Happy Holiday.

Lauren said...

What awesome gifts to receive. Enjoy your trip home - I am *so* hoping you get that internet access because I can't wait to see what your Christmassy posts are.

Alyce said...

Your holiday gifts look great! Hope you have a great Christmas in Louisiana!

Ladytink_534 said...

I'm over in southern Mississippi and as hot as it is today I wouldn't count on that white Christmas :(. I was really enjoying the cold weather here too! Hope you have a great trip with lots of pretty pressies!

You had great Secret Santas this year!

Esme said...

What wonderful presents you received. You are coming state side-good for you to be able to spend the holidays with your family-can I give you my France food wishlist to bring stateside?

Merry Christmas

Annabel Gaskell said...

Dear Audrey - I know this is very late, but I finally caught up with checking if your holiday swap prezzie had arrived. Glad you liked it - especially the stockings (made by me!).

Hope your Christmas was great, and very best wishes for 2010.


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