As hard as it is to believe, it is time for my big "Top Ten" Books of 2013 post. Twenty-thirteen was a great year for reading. For the past 10 years, I've tried to read at least 52 books a year--this year I finished 67! I had so much fun looking back through my book journal and remembering all of the fabulous stories I read this year. As always, my list is filled with fiction, some new, and some not-so-new. Ready for my Top Ten? Here they are in no particular order:
The Middlesteins, Jami Attenberg.
This completely dysfunctional family stole my heart.
Tell the Wolves I'm Home, Carol Rifka Brunt.
I am still thinking about the fabulous Miss June. A terrific story.
The Round House, Louise Erdrich.
A coming-of-age/mystery book with a surprising young hero.
May We Be Forgiven, AM Homes
Oh, Harry. I am in love with your big transformation.
Yahoo! It's Friday!
If it seems like forever since I posted a "Five for Friday" it's because it has been forever. : ) For some reason I keep thinking my life is going to slow down at some point, but that never seems to happen. Oh well. I really have so little to complain about. Life is good!
1. New York Magazine just released their Top 10 books of 2013. Year-end lists are my favorite. There's nothing I like more than a list of good books to read. Of the ten, I've only read one, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, which I loved, and blogged about here. I have The Flamethrowers sitting by my bed right now. I plan on posting my own year-end list in the next few weeks. It was a great year for reading.
3. Last Friday, John and I went to see Delivery Man, the movie about the guy who finds out he's fathered more than 500 children. We both ended up liking it--it's perfect if you just want to be entertained and laugh.
4. I love to wrap presents--I love wrapping paper and the smell of Scotch tape and fun little gift tags. I am continuously inspired by the images I see of how people wrap their gifts. These book inspired gift wraps are amazing. I especially like the Dr. Suess inspired set. Wow!
And there you have it! I'm off to Milwaukee later today to take Maddie to the Arctic Monkeys concert. It will be the second time we've seen them together. And by together I mean she will be down in the crazy-pit while I am up in the balcony sipping on my club soda and lime.
I had big plans to get all caught up on my December Daily this past weekend, but that didn't happen. I hate when real life (and lots of episodes of "Prison Break" on Netflix) get in the way! : ) I did manage to get the opening page (above) and days 1-3 done. Day 4 is almost done, too.
I am not putting a whole bunch of pressure on myself to stay caught up, but I don't want to get too far behind, either. I need to balance this project with other things I've going on.
I always love going back and looking at my mini albums, and I never mind if there are holes. In fact, I'm usually surprised by how much I actually accomplished. : )
More pictures to come as I crank them out. Thanks for stopping by!
Here it is--this year's December Daily album cover. Isn't it fun? I always have the hardest time figuring out what to do with the cover art. This whole project's start was delayed because I was fretting about the cover. Silly, right? This year I am using Studio Calico's kit, but I'm also sticking with my commitment to my One Little Word, "Less" by using many things from my stash. I knew I wanted to paint the chipboard cover white and use the big wooden 25 on the cover, but I had no idea where to go from there. I decided to paint the 25, too, and then cover it with glitter. I love how it turned out.
The paper behind the 25 is from my stash, as is the felted holly sprig. The glitter strip and pom-pom ribbon both came in the kit.
This little "'Tis the Season" badge is from Elise Cripe's new line at Scrapbook and More, as is the "Joy" badge I used on the spine. I love pretty much everything Elise designs. She's fabulous.
And now onto the good stuff--pictures and memories from this holiday season!
Lots more pictures coming soon!
Are you making a December Daily? If so, leave a link--I'd love to see yours!
Thought you might like a peek at some of the highlights from our fabulous Thanksgiving weekend with John's family. Our Thanksgiving weekend with them is always one of the highlights of the year.
Because John's parents winter in Arizona, we also celebrate Christmas that weekend (hence all the red and green). There's always plenty of birthdays to celebrate over the weekend, too! It's just one big, huge celebration--I love it!
The picture above is of John's Grandma, "GG", with 6 of her great-grandchildren. The one below is John's sister, Suzanne, and her completely fun family. Arielle is our Goddaughter and the boys are twins (can you tell?):
We even managed to get a family photo taken. Fun fact: GG made all the sweaters in this photo except Jack's. Aren't they awesome?!?!
My absolute favorite part of the weekend is the white elephant gift exchange. There is always lots of fun gifts going back and forth between all of us. Check out these awesome antlers that I got from Suzanne:
And this fun elf hat and Rudolph nose:
Thomas got a set of mammoth playing cards,
and Roberto got a pig timer. Buster loved his bone:
This year we celebrated GG's 99th Birthday. What a life she has had! We are all blessed to have her in our lives:
And one more picture of Buster sporting the antlers (love this picture!!):