How was your Monday, everyone?! Mine was OK. I did just a little bit of schoolwork today, because I’m still getting used to having a normal, school-y schedule. I don’t know about you – I would assume that my international readers might have different vacations – but my winter break ended today. Goodbye, glorious-two-weeks’-worth-of-vacation.
Here is what I did during that time.
1. Wrote a bunch of wrap-up posts.
I suppose this counts as one. Sorry if you don’t like them, but I really enjoy writing them and promise they’ll come to an end quite soon.
2. Watched the Carmilla Christmas special.
LAURA AND CARMILLA ARE THE DEFINITION OF “ADORKABLE” AND THAT EPISODE MADE ME FANGIRL SOOOOO MUCH.
3. Had a very quiet Christmas Eve/Day.
I opened presents, ate yummy food, decorated cookies, and hung out with relatives. Our conversations resulted in several extremely weird inside jokes that we hadn’t had before… so basically, it was a normal Christmas for me!
4. Watched Unbroken with my family.
The theater was absolutely PACKED on Christmas Day! (We’d never gone to the movies on that day before.) The movie was all right, I guess, but it lacked that special something from the book. If you’ve been thinking about seeing it, I would recommend that you read the book first. Or just read the book, period. But it did introduce me to a lovely credits song by Coldplay, “Miracles,” so that’s nice.
5. Watched the Doctor Who Christmas special, “Last Christmas.”
A collaborative review will be posted soon – I aim to publish it on the eighth, but we’ll just have to see how busy I am then. I’m not going to tell you my opinion of it right now because I’d rather make you wait in anticipation for the review! HA HA. SO THERE.
6. Received some lovely Christmas presents from friends.
Thanks, guys! You’re the best, you really and truly are, and I’m not just saying that because you gave me stuff. Pfft. In fact, I’m going to go all mushy and say that the best gift you could ever give and have already given me is your TIME – thanks for all the hours spent fangirling and whatnot!
- Thanks for the bookmark, Taylor Lynn @ Paper Daydreams!
- Thanks for the artwork and the… stick, Orphu @ A Mirror Made of Words!
- Thanks for the adorable Vastra & Jenny story, Mo! (GET A BLOG, DUDE, SO I CAN LINK TO YOUR STUFF.)
- Thanks for the artwork, Artgirl @ Alien Cows!
- Thanks for All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill, Kate @ The Magic Violinist!
7. Celebrated Christmas for three days, kind of, because BOXING DAY.
On the twenty-sixth we ate ham and potatoes and Yorkshire pudding – which, I was astounded to discover, is not like American pudding (AKA British custard) at all. It’s more like an eggy biscuit! An American biscuit, that is… which is like, what, British scones or rolls or something? Whatever. I’m really confused about culinary terminology now, so I’m going to stop before I make an even bigger mess.
8. Visited Chicago with my family.
Many Christmas decorations were still up and they were very pretty to look at! We also visited a camera store and I browsed for an upgrade, though I didn’t buy anything. (If anyone owns a Nikon D3200, let me know in the comments, because it looks promising and I’d like to learn more about it!) And last but not least, we had dinner at an Italian restaurant, where I ate the cheesiest and most delicious lasagna I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing.
9. Had possibly the most low-key New Year’s Eve ever.
I spent the entire day reading books and then fell asleep on the couch at approximately nine-thirty, only to be jolted awake later on due to the neighbors setting off fireworks.
10. Read 27 books.
My original goal was to read at least 100 books in 2014, but by early December I’d already reached 150ish. So, to keep me motivated and reading, I told myself that I would try to read at least 200 before the year was out. I ended up reaching 203! The first twenty-four books mentioned below were all read during the 2014 part of winter break; the last four are books I’ve read towards 2015’s goal of, once again, 100 books in one year.
- I Love I Hate I Miss My Sister by Amélie Sarn
- Set to Sea by Drew Weing
- Emiko Superstar by Mariko Tamaki and Steve Rolston
- Cardboard by Doug TenNapel
- Tyranny by Leslie Fairfield
- The Undertaking of Lily Chen by Danica Novgorodoff
- Young Avengers, Vol. 1: Style > Substance by Kieron Gillen
- Young Avengers, Vol. 2: Alternative Culture by Kieron Gillen
- Young Avengers, Vol. 3: Mic-Drop at the Edge of Time and Space by Kieron Gillen
- Brain Camp by Susan Kim, Laurence Klavan, and Faith Erin Hicks
- Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
- Life Sucks by Jessica Abel
- Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri
- Orange by Zhang Bin
- Kin by Holly Black and Ted Naifeh
- War Brothers: The Graphic Novel by Sharon E. McKay
- The Great American Dust Bowl by Don Brown
- Lies in the Dust: A Tale of Remorse from the Salem Witch Trials by Jakob Crane
- The Saga of Rex by Michael Gagné
- The Arrival by Shaun Tan
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: The Graphic Novel by Ransom Riggs and Cassandra Jean
- Emily the Strange: The Lost Days by Rob Reger and Jessica Gruner
- Captain America: No Escape by Ed Brubaker
- Last Stand of Dead Men by Derek Landy
- Captain America: First Vengeance by Fred Van Lente
- Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton
- Carrie by Stephen King
- Armageddon Outta Here by Derek Landy
11. Admired the snow.
It FINALLY snowed for the first time this winter on… you guessed it, the last day of winter break! Oh, well. I hated driving in it (SLUSHY ROADS ARE EVIL), but it looks very pretty on the trees and whatnot, and I was able to leave work early yesterday due to bad weather, so that was nice. (Leaving work early, I mean. Not the bad weather.)
What did you do during your winter break? No matter what you did, I hope it was an enjoyable time for you. Because I’m nice that way.
And now, if you will excuse me, I’m PROBABLY going to go upstairs to my room and flop on my bed and read The Dying of the Light by Derek Landy all in one sitting. But then again, I might not. I sped through the early books of this series, but now everything’s gone all tragic and also I just don’t want this amazing series to end. So I’ve been dawdling lately. Anyway, I’m going to sign off now, and I’ll see all of you in the morning. Goodnight!