Thursday, December 27, 2007

Santa was here...

and he was very, very generous!

Now, I fully admit that I am married to a truly wonderful guy who loves me and tries to make me happy at every opportunity. But this Christmas, I suspect there was something more at play when it came to my pile of gifts. Guilt.

Yes, for 2 weeks in mid-January, Rich will be off in the sunny Bahamas helping teach a field class in marine biology. While I will be home taking care of house and children and animals galore. And most likely shoveling snow on a nearly daily basis. And while I am not looking forward to those two weeks, I'm fairly certain that they helped secure me one enormous pile of loot this Christmas.

Just a few of my favorite things from my sweetie...

Two new poppets (the orange and purple ones) joined our little family.

This little book journal isn't actually from Rich (thanks Jean!), but I had to show it because I simply love it! Jean actually gave one of these to Annie on her last birthday, and I've always coveted it. (I know, I know, not very becoming, but true none-the-less.) Anyway, this little journal is just so cool, with sections for books to be read, favorite passages, etc.

Season One of Jericho. I love this show...oh, how I hope they don't cancel it again!

And last, but most definitely not least...

Can you believe that pile of books?!!

*I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak
*The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
*Horns & Wrinkles by Joseph Helgerson
*A Nameless Witch by A. Lee Martinez
*Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell by Susanna Clarke
*Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
*Wicked by Gregory Maguire
*What-the-Dickens by Gregory Maguire
*The Fairy Reel: Tales from the Twilight Realm edited by Ellen Datlow & Terry Windling
*Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders by Neil Gaiman
*The Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman
*Dead Watch by John Sandford
*Double Cross by James Patterson (this one was from my Secret Santa)
*The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
*The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
*The Golden Apples of the Sun by Ray Bradbury
*The Homecoming by Ray Bradbury
*In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner
*Envy by Kathryn Harrison
*Wolves of the Calla: The Dark Tower V by Stephen King
*Song of Susannah: The Dark Tower VI by Stephen King
*The Dark Tower: The Dark Tower VII by Stephen King
*The Regulators by Richard Bachman (Stephen King)
*From a Buick 8 by Stephen King

Oh yes, I am one very spoiled gal!


Stephanie said...

Holy Cow!! What a haul!! Mike is just too afraid to buy me books. (Actually I think he's afraid our foundation will cave in if I GET any more books!) That's a GREAT list!! I can't wait to see what you think about all of them!!

But for the record, I DID get a copy of the Jericho Season 1. NUTS! What a great show!

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Oh wow, you did have a great Christmas! Love the journal and LOOKIE at that awesome pile of books :)

Hope the entire family had a wonderful Christmas and are enjoying lots of time together. Happy New Year to all of you guys!

Chris said...

Can I just say WOW! LOL! So was each one wrapped individually?? What an awesome haul of books. Each one of those is incredible! And I love that journal. It's just too cool! I wanna see what Annie got too ;) You should tell her to do a post!

Carl V. said...

Totally awesome! I am so impressed. Well done, Robin. Way to soften her up for the trip!!! Which, by the way, I am jealous of as well.

I cannot wait to hear your thoughts on all these books as you read them, they all look terrific. I have several of these myself, many of them unread and waiting to be experienced.

I need to know who did the cover art on that copy of War of the Worlds if you don't mind, I love it.

Thanks so much for posting this, it is so fun and I'm really happy for you!

Nymeth said...

wow! Such nice gifts! New Poppets! And books by Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Susanna Clarke, Rau Bradbury, Gregory Maguire! I absolutely love so many of those books! I can't wait to see what you think of them. And that journal is awesome too!

It sounds like you had a really nice Christmas. And, like Chris said, I wanna see what Annie got :P

cj said...

Wow! How cool and if he's abandoning you to shovel snow on your own for two weeks, he should be feeling a little guilty!


Joy said...

WHOA! . . . Enjoy! :)

Debi said...


Uh oh. Now I'm worried about your foundation...'cause let's face it, we ALL know you'll be getting plenty more books! And hooray! It's nice to find another Jericho fan...I'm so afraid there's just not enough of us out here.


Thanks! And I hope you and Tim and Beau had a wonderful Christmas as well! Can't wait to hear what new books were under your tree!


Yep, he wrapped each one separately! I was the last one unwrapping this Christmas. I loved the journal you got as well...they make great gifts, don't they?


Isn't that painting fabulous? It's by Jim Salvati. (Whom I've never heard of, but that's not saying much! Is he someone you're familiar with?) This is one of those books that just looks like a little of those ones that I can't seem to keep myself from picking up every time I happen to notice it. Anyway, am I right in assuming that it would qualify as science fiction?


We most definitely did have a wonderful Christmas! And, of course, it was about so much more than all the books. My parents and brother were here with us, and we just had a really great couple of days! And by the way, I'm definitely going to tell Annie that she ought to show off her loot, too...some of which I'm going to be more than happy to borrow someday :)


Yeah, I agree...but I've been trying really hard not to make my feelings too obvious. My mom told me I should have laid it on really thick to see what I might have come away with. But frankly, I don't think he could have been much better to me :)

3M said...

Great haul, Debi!!!

Melody said...

Oh wow! Glad to hear you have a WONDERFUL Christmas, Debi! Just look at those lovely gifts! I just love those poppets! :D

Carl V. said...

War of the Worlds is indeed science fiction. Thanks for the info, I haven't heard of the artist but will be looking him up. Its a great cover!

DesLily said...

To quote a famous cartoon character: "good grief!!" That is a huge haul! LOL.. guilt can really be a good thing eh wot?!! hahahaha.. glad you had such a great christmas!!

Jennifer said...

Sounds like you had a well-deserved wonderful Christmas!!! Looks like you have plenty of books for joining more challenges in the new year!

Dewey said...

Piles and piles of books! I didn't get any Christmas books because TBR Mountain was staring my husband and son in the face saying DON'T DO IT! But wow, you've got some great reads there! You'll have plenty to do while your husband's getting all tan.

Jean said...

I'm so glad you like the journal, not that I had any doubt whatsoever. I remember your saying when I gave Annie hers how much you coveted one. I just had to wait for the right occasion. :-)

kreed said...

Looks like you had a great Christmas! You deserve it!

gail@more than a song said...

You did have a nice Christmas! Books are always such a nice gift, how fun.

~**Dawn**~ said...

Santa was awfully good to me too, Debi. We must have been very good girls last year.