My Week (well, the last two weeks!)
I hope you all had a beautiful Hanukkah, Christmas, Solstice, Kwanzaa, or whatever holiday you celebrate!
I’ve been on vacation and visiting family for the last two weeks, with another two weeks to go. It was wonderful to spend time with my dad and stepmother in Utah the first week. Now my husband, our daughter, and I are in New Mexico with my mom, stepdad, and my sister’s family (who all live in the same town, along with a good friend and her family.) We’re having a lovely time, but it isn’t leaving much time for work, let alone blogging!
Our Christmas was spread over two days – well, three, counting Christmas Eve. Our daughter has a standing invitation to sing with the children’s/youth choir at my parents’ church, so we went to services there on Christmas Eve, then home for dinner and the traditional hanging of stockings, and finished the evening by attending midnight Mass. Christmas Day was quiet, just us and my parents; we opened stockings, had breakfast, and spent the morning and early afternoon alternating between leisurely opening presents (one at a time, so everyone can enjoy everyone else’s delight) and cooking Christmas dinner. On Boxing Day (the day after Christmas, for my fellow Americans – our family is decidedly Anglophile!), we went over to my sister’s for the big family Christmas celebration and another, more elaborate Christmas dinner. And plenty of games, of course – we love playing card games! (Someday I’ll post the rules of our favorite card game, Pounce.)
On Saturday we saw The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies with my sister’s family.
Since then, I’ve been working hard, since I have an index due on Jan. 2 and I’m behind. Oh, well, I’ll get caught up, and taking time out for Christmas and family was totally worth it!
I had two really strange things happen this past week. First, the email address I’ve been using for the blog and a lot of other stuff seems to have just. . . stopped working. First I couldn’t download the email, but there were 2 days’ worth on the webmail server. Then, even the webmail has had no incoming mail from the morning of Dec. 24 through Dec. 26. And the domain name diverted to a completely different company. Lo and behold on the 27th, everything appeared to be back to normal, but I’m still getting a lot less mail than I think I should. I’ve sent an email to tech support asking them what’s up, but so far I’ve had no reply.
Second, I logged on to my self-hosted WordPress dashboard on Dec. 26, and there were a few new comments, which I answered. That evening, when I logged on again, both the comments and my replies had disappeared. Completely. Poof! Gone. What’s more, a comment that came in a week ago only just showed up in my “Comments Not Replied To” plugin. I’m totally baffled. So if you’ve left a comment in the last few days, please forgive me if it isn’t there or I haven’t replied!
Last Two Weeks on the Blog
- Mon., 12/15/14: The Late Scholar, by Jill Paton Walsh (review)
- Tues. 12/16/14: Top Ten Fantasy and SF Books I Read In 2014 (Top Ten Tuesday)
- Wed. 12/17/14: 2015 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge – Goals & Sign-up
- Wed. 12/17/14: 2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge – Goals & Sign-up
- Thurs. 12/18/14: Dragonholder (a biography of Anne McCaffrey) (review)
- Fri., 12/19/14: Blogging what you read vs. reading what you blog (Musings)
- Tues. 12/23/14: Fairytale Reading Challenge: Goals/sign-up
- Fri., 12/26/14: The Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding, by Victoria Alexander (review)
Next Week on the Blog
- Mon., 12/29/14: The Dress Shop of Dreams by Menna van Praag (review)
- Tues. 12/30/14: My Top Ten Bookish Goals/Resolutions for 2015 (Top Ten Tuesday)
- (rest of the week TBD – depending on available time)
New Additions to the Hoard
Purchased or Free for Kindle
Christmas Presents! (in print)