Here we are 2013. That sure seems a long way from 1952 (my birth year) and 1963. I just finished reading Killing Kennedy by Bill O'Reilly. Boy have times changed. So much of the legwork that had to be done back then is made instantaneous via the internet today. I'm grateful for all the technology that we have access to. All that being said, I would highly recommend this book. It really goes in to detail---much more than we were privy to at the time. I read Killing Lincoln prior to this. I'm glad I did. The author did some comparisons that I found pretty interesting.
The reason that I mention books is that I have so loved my Kindle that I got for Christmas in 2011. It's just the bare bones, no frills variety. I've been totally happy with it. I just add my little book light for night time reading in bed. But the thing I liked the best was creating a category for "books I've read."
Normally, I have no idea how many books I read in a year. I know that it is approximately 2 books a month. I belong to a book club, so besides that monthly book, I have time to read one more. This year, I was pleasantly surprised to realize that I read 31 books. That may not seem like a lot to other avid readers (I consider myself to be in that group), but considering how much I have going on, I'm pleased with that number.
Now, I do want to show you some of what I got for Christmas. I think I got the most thoughtful gifts this year.
From Butch, I got some new pajamas, Taylor Swift dvd, Justin Bieber dvd, Pink cd, some eye shadow, another pair of slippers, Pitch Perfect movie (if you are a Gleek, you'll love it), a small atlas (I'm terrible about knowing where things are in the world) and a Kate Spade iPhone case.
All in all, a great Christmas. Everyone liked what I got for them. Only two things---a pair of Toms for Victoria had to be exchanged for a larger size and a Ralph Lauren "hoodie" I got for Butch is being exchanged. That's one of the things I love about my family. They are grateful and seem to love everything I select for them. That makes it so much fun to shop for them. I never feel stressed about their gifts. I will admit, the guys are the hardest. And now that Mitchell is 16 and nearly full grown, he's getting harder too. You just can't find little cute stuff for boys. Girls are easy, a hair bow or pair of earrings for that little something extra. I don't like to do gift cards or cash like most grandparents. I'm sure it will come to that eventually, but for now, as long as they like what I get them, I'm going to keep shopping!
What was your favorite gift this year and why??