Sunday, December 09, 2007

Holiday Happenings...

I was so excited yesterday. My copy of North and South had finally arrived at work. I was already to put the kids to bed early and join the Crusade! Then I fell asleep on the floor while waiting for HBomb to fall asleep (Yes, I have to keep him company until he goes to sleep. Sigh.) I woke up at 1:40 with the passing thought of turning it on, then went and passed out in my bed. I'm starting it tonight and nobody's stopping me.

Anyway, there's some fun holiday related things happening in blogland. First off, stop by TGTBTU for the duodecimal celebration. All manner of readers and writers contributing their romance related lists. While there, check out my review of the fourth Aisling Grey book, Holy Smokes, by Katie MacAlister. Mediocre, but I really liked the first two. For more info, see here.

Then a group of bloggers, many of whom are new to me, are doing an advent event. Each day leading up to Christmas, a blogger is writing about Christmas. I look forward to spending more time reading up on this. To see the what, when and who, go to Marg's blog.

And finally, the ladies of Book Binge are doing a totally awesome contest. They're giving away an Ebookwise! Although I hold out hope of making my IPod Touch into an ebook reader, I really like the Ebookwise device. You just have to complete a holiday meme. See mine after the cut.

Christmas Meme:

1. What is your favorite Christmas romance to re-read each year?
I feel like Scrooge, but right now I can't think of a single Christmas romance I've read.

2. What is your favorite Christmas movie/show?
How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. It's schmaltzy, but I try to catch Love, Actually every time it's on.

3. What is your favorite Christmas cookie?
Good old chocolate chips

4. When do you start Christmas shopping?
I started before Thanksgiving this year. It actually made my life easier, but now I have to wrap everything.

5. Do you re-gift?
Occasionally, but only if I think the gift is something the other person would enjoy and I have it or similar things already.

6. What is your favorite Christmas song?
I like traditional Christmas music sung by choirs and what not. Otherwise it's Do They Know It's Christmas (Live Aid), Christmas Wrapping (The Waitresses) or The Barenaked Ladies/Sarah MacLachlan version of God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen. Last year I bought my first non-classical Christmas Album, One More Drifter in the Snow by Aimee Mann. I like it a lot.

7. When do you get your Christmas tree?
A week or two before Christmas.

8. Wrapping presents: Love it or hate it?
HAAAATE! Thank God for gift bags.

9. Who is the hardest person to buy for?
My in-laws hands down. Thank God for Omaha Steaks.

10. Christmas tree: Real or artificial?
We're thinking about going for a fake tree this year. I prefer real ones, but I'm bad at making them last. And the needles, oy vey.


Dev said...

I've so excited for you to see N&S!!! I watched it yesterday and am still gushing. I'm going to watch it again today :-)

Marg said...

Thanks for posting about the Advent calendar. It's been a lot of fun so far!

Kristie (J) said...

Aha - so you got it! Hopefully you won't fall asleep next time you go to watch it *big grin* Of course once you pop it in, I'm thinking you may be rivetted and just ask Dev - you will be a pile of happy mush at the final scene!!

Devon said...

I fell asleep putting HBomb to bed again, but woke up at 10:35 or so. So by the time I got started it was 10:45. I watched the first two parts, then I seriously considered staying up until 2:45. What a part to leave off at! I can't wait for tonight.

Oh my, do I enjoy John/Richard Armitage. Curious to see what happens with Margaret, she seems a bit of a brat right now.

Kristie (J) said...

*quivering in excitment*
I can hardly wait for you for tonight!!
And isn't he fine though!!! Oh so fine!
*chuckle* I would throw the bra at him.

Devon said...

Squee worthy for sure. I watched the Train scene about 5 times. Man can he smolder. "You don't need Henry to explain" Yum!

I want to post about it later.

Kristie (J) said...

Yipeeeeeee!!! You liked it!! I shall be waiting with Very Bated Breath for you thoughts!!
Wasn't that ending just the best?? And were you a puddle of mush? With a happy sappy silly smile on your face and thinking a huge AWWWWWW?

sula said...

yayyyyy! omg, train scene! I can't watch it enough. lol.

"Are you coming home with me?"

melt melt melt. That voice! Those eyes!

Ok, I promise that I can be more eloquent than that, but some things just reduce me to babbling. lol.

Kristie (J) said...

That smile, that kiss!

Dev said...

Awww, you liked it! You liked it!!! I love, love, love the train scene and could watch it over and over (and over) again ~ especially since Sula has it posted on her blog :-)

I can't wait to see your thoughts on it.

Devon said...

That smile when he got off the train, was just like Oh My! I think that's the first time we've seen him smile.

I knew I'd like it, b/c I have a predilection for BBC miniseries but it so hit the spot. Perfect accompaniment to sticking labels on Xmas cards, since I can't read while doing that.