The tree is coming down.  I feel a little Scrooge-ish for taking down my  Christmas tree on the day after, but I wanted to put it away with organization, and that takes time.  Plus, it’s easier to do such things now, while life still isn’t quite back to “normal,” because next week I’ll be needing to work–and work hard. 

BTW, hubby and daughter gave me a lovely surprise for my birthday.  Hubby contacted several friends and relatives and asked them to write me a personal note or card for my “big” birthday.  Daughter then artfully arranged cards and letters into an album.  It was so sweet–I cried as I read through it, so I know I’ll have to go through it again when my eyes aren’t so blurry!  
I’ve been reading a lot over this break–ODD THOMAS and BORN STANDING UP and THE DEAN KOONTZ COMPANION and THE SOUTH BEACH DIET (’nuff said) and GOOD DOG. STAY.  All delightful reads . . . well, I don’t know that I’d call a diet book “delightful,” but at least it’s “doable.” 
Here’s to the real world.  I’m ready to get back to it.  


  1. Kay

    I’m not reading any books about dieting, I’m writing a blog about it instead! LOL
    Not really dieting, but the changes I made that have kept 50+/- pounds off for more than three years.
    Take a look if you want. I only have one post,(just started it today).

    Happy New Year, Angie. And I think you look great just the way you are!

  2. Anna

    I often have that feeling right after Christmas, too. 🙂

  3. GinH

    I LOVE Koontz’s Odd Thomas series – and the Fear Nothing series, as well. I don’t find a lot of people reading them, though. I LOVE them. (Notice I love them enough to say it twice.)
    Just finished your elevator book as well. What a scream!

  4. Angela

    I love Odd Thomas, too. The book I just read was BROTHER ODD, which had somehow gotten lost in the stacks in my library. But after finishing THE DARKEST EVENING OF THE YEAR, I had to dig out Odd’s latest adventure.


  5. GinH

    The Fear Nothing series is just as good. It’s about a guy with a disease that keeps him from being able to go into light of any sort, so he’s a night roamer.
    My 12 year old son liked it, too. He’s hard to please. Needs action. He did NOT like Odd – too much character for him.

  6. Angela

    I’ve read the FEAR NOTHING books and loved them, too–especially the dog. 🙂



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