Thanks, Book Blogger Secret Santa!

by Kim on December 10, 2009 · 21 comments

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I live in Madison, WI, and yesterday we had a giant blizzard. A blizzard so big the entire city shut down — city and state government, public schools, both of the major shopping malls, and the entire University of Wisconsin. That’s right, yesterday I had snow day!

Now, the snow day was awesome — I slept in, made a big breakfast, participated in a record-breaking snowball fight, and read a book for fun. It was glorious.

Today, the day after the snow day, was not as much fun. Roads were icy, sidewalks were unplowed, and the temperature reached a high of only seven degrees with a wind chill of -15 or so. Needless to say, by the time I picked my way home over the treacherous sidewalks and bone-chilling wind, I was grouchy. But then, to my surprise and joy, I found my Book Blogger Holiday Swap package sitting in front of my door. Hooray for the holidays and making a bad day so much better!

Here’s what I got:

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Anne Lamott is one of my favorite authors, but I’ve never been able to find her nonfiction books at the used bookstores I usually go to. So I am psyched to read Traveling Mercies! The little notebook that says “Stuff” on it has a bunch of indexcard sized pages, which are cool. I love office supplies — I can’t wait to decide what to use it for. And the bookmark is beautiful too, my favorite colors!

So a big, big thank you to my Secret Santa, Chantele from There is Always Something to Read, for brightening up my cold and grouchy day!

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Vasilly December 10, 2009 at 5:18 pm

Yay for you! I hope you get another snow day real soon so you can sit and read Traveling Mercies. It’s my favorite book by Lamott. Happy reading.

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Kim December 13, 2009 at 11:39 am

Vasilly: Awesome! I’ve only gotten to read Bird by Bird, so I’m super excited about this. I doubt we’ll have another snow day, but I do have a nice long break over Christmas where I hope to read a ton.

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Kathy December 10, 2009 at 7:17 pm

It looks like your Secret Santa did a great job! Enjoy.

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Chantele December 10, 2009 at 7:25 pm

I’m glad you liked it! Merry Christmas!!:)

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Kim December 13, 2009 at 11:39 am

Chantele: I did like it, tons! Merry Christmas to you!

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Care December 10, 2009 at 8:22 pm

Happy Holidays! I’m sorry the after-snow-day-day wasn’t as much fun but yippee for presents.

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Teresa December 10, 2009 at 9:34 pm

Oh, wow! Traveling Mercies is one of my absolute favorites. Enjoy!

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softdrink December 10, 2009 at 9:47 pm

Yay for snow days…and yay for Secret Santas!

I was actually on a teleconference yesterday with someone from Madison, and she had to call in from home. We were complaining about our cold weather until Kathy mentioned how much snow you all got!

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Kim December 13, 2009 at 11:41 am

softdrink: The entire state was basically shut down on the snow day — anyone who could stay home was urged to do that. Ive no sympathy for cold complaints when I’m walking around up to my hips in snow drifts just to walk to school :)

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Alessandra December 11, 2009 at 12:47 am

Pretty package!

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Nymeth December 11, 2009 at 2:22 am

I’ve heard excellent things about Anne Lamott. Happy reading!

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Jodie December 11, 2009 at 5:23 am

That snowball fight looks epic! What a cute package you got from SS :)

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Kim December 16, 2009 at 2:04 pm

Jodie: It was epic! I gave up after about 10 minutes because I was worried about getting hit in the face with an iceball. Yikes!

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Aarti December 11, 2009 at 4:39 pm

Great snow day and great holiday swap haul- enjoy!

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Mary December 12, 2009 at 8:07 pm

Very nice. I liked Traveling Mercies. Enjoy.

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Belle December 13, 2009 at 3:35 pm

What a wonderful gift! I love Anne Lamott too. The funny thing is, I’ve never read any of her fiction, but have read most of her nonfiction – my favorite is Bird By Bird, but Traveling Mercies is lovely, too. I’m like you – I love office supplies! That notebook looks like fun.

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Kim December 16, 2009 at 2:05 pm

Belle: I love Bird by Bird — it is the book I go to when I’m struggling with writing.

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Dawn - She is Too Fond of Books December 13, 2009 at 7:31 pm

Super Secret Santa! I’m not familiar with Chantele’s blog; heading over to check it out … enjoy your wonderful gifts.

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Rebecca December 19, 2009 at 12:33 am

Great gifts! She really knew just what you’d like! I wanted to participate this year but I knew my head was too in the clouds to get it there in any sort of timely fashion. I hope to participate next year if there is another one.

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Kim December 20, 2009 at 12:03 pm

Rebecca: I was a little worried about that too. With the end of the semester, I was all over the place. But I managed to get the present sent out, and loved getting one myself. I hope they do it again next year!

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lenore December 19, 2009 at 6:15 pm

Fun stuff! I love seeing what everyone got. Such variety.

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