Christmas Knits 2016

Now that Christmas has come and gone (avoiding posting spoilers beforehand!), I’m happy to share some gifts from the heart I made for loved ones this year.


Title: Garden Waffle Socks
Pattern: Blueberry Waffle Socks
Recipient: Momma
Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light: Mansfield Garden Party
Needles: US 1, 40” Addi Turbo Sock Rockets
Method:  Two-at-a-time (magic loop), toe up
Heel: Fish Lips Kiss Heel
Sock Blockers: Squire Country Crafts (Size: women’s small)


Title: Blue Hermione Socks
Pattern: Hermione’s Everyday Socks
Recipient: Dad
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Heritage Silk: Marine Blue
Needles: US 1, 40” Addi Turbo Sock Rockets
Method:  Two-at-a-time (magic loop), toe up
Heel: Fish Lips Kiss Heel


Title & Pattern: Police Box Sox
Recipient: The Optometrist
Yarns: Cascade Yarns Heritage Solids: Marine, Koigu Premium Merino: Black & White
Needles: US 1, 40” Addi Turbo Sock Rockets
Method:  Two-at-a-time (magic loop), cuff down
Heel: Fish Lips Kiss Heel
Toe: Hermione’s Everyday Socks


2016 Christmas Ornaments
Title & Pattern: Felted Gingerbread Ornaments
Recipients: various family & friends – smallest star and smallest heart
Yarns: Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd’s Wool Worsted: Roasted Pumpkin & Cascade Yarns Sunseeker: White
Needles: US 13, 24″ Hiya Hiya Bamboo


Title & Pattern: Mittens for All
Recipient: Josiah D.
Yarn: Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn! Tweed: Red Tweed
Needles: US 5 & US 6 DPNs


Title & Pattern: The World’s Simplest Mittens
Recipient: Gideon
Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Encore DK: Gray
Needles: US 5 & US 7 DPNs
Size: Child

Title & Pattern: Bonbon
Recipient: Olivia
Yarn: Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton! Carousel Ombre
Needles: US 6 DPNs


Title & Pattern: Super Easy Lap Blanket
Recipients: Lauren & Max (New Year’s Eve wedding afghan!)
Yarn: Knit Picks Brava Worsted: White, Clarity, Dove Heather, Silver, Cobblestone Heather, Asphalt Heather, Black
Needles: US 10, 47″ Addi Turbo



Gifts of Christmas

With Christmas having come and gone, I pause on this New Year’s Eve to reflect on some special gifts of Christmas – both received and given.

  • friendship with an octogenarian
  • four part harmony sung with family
  • beauty appreciated by our 2 year old niece
  • worshiping at my father-in-law’s Christmas music concert
  • reminiscent laughter
  • reuniting with an out-of-state cousin
  • fun of surprising the Optometrist with unexpected gifts
  • the Optometrist’s excitement in seeing me open some sparkly gifts

As a homeowner I have come to realize how we don’t need more store-bought stuff, and neither does anyone in our families. Therefore, as a knitter, many of our gifts to others were some of my hand-knit creations:


Egg to Alligator & Flower Fairy in a Tulip

These little reversible toys were Christmas gifts for our nephew and niece and are from the book Topsy-Turvy Inside-Out Knit Toys: Magical Two-in-One Reversible Projects by Susan B. Anderson. I remember playing with a sewn topsy-turvy doll at my grandma’s house when I was young. One side was Little Red Riding Hood and when you flipped up her skirts the Big Bad Wolf dressed in the grandmother’s clothes lurked underneath. I hope our littles will enjoy playing with these like I did in my childhood days.


This Christmas gift was for my Mom, a Hitchhiker shawl/wrap, pattern by Martina Behm. I knitted one for myself this summer and enjoyed the pattern so much I wanted to make her one, too! I used Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the Mansfield Garden Party colorway and chose it because the color variegations match many of the colors she often wears.


This set of six coasters were adapted from a Knook pattern (isn’t it just easier to learn to knit or crochet, rather than try to master this gadget?) and were given to my Uncle & Aunt. I used one of my favorite yarns, Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton in Ivory.


For the past four years I’ve knitted Christmas ornaments, which has become a fun annual tradition. The pattern I originally selected in the fall was beautiful and required some simple color work, but was proving to be overly time intensive and the finished size was larger than I wanted hanging on the tree. So I moved on to Plan B, the free Santa Baby Ornament pattern by Susan B. Anderson. (I think the name of the pattern implies a small Santa ornament vs. the song by Eartha Kitt). It was a coincidence finding another pattern by Miss Anderson, and I enjoyed knitting these very much. Even though I knitted nine of these little hats, they were quick (appx. 30 minutes a piece), fun and, most importantly, low stress.

Also, a brief fall recap of items knitted during the fall amid dropping temperatures and changing leaves:


Entries into the County Fair: Ember’s Embrace (3rd place ribbon), Big Red Dog (3rd place ribbon), baby booties & hat combo (2nd place ribbon). Total prize earnings = $14.00. Woo hoo! (It should be noted that this money has already been spent to purchase…you guessed it, more yarn.)


This Tanzie headband was knitted for my student teaching partner, TJ. After working with her all semester I wanted to give her a little thank you gift and figured a hand crafted one would mean more. Since she frequently wore beanies and other fun hats, I thought she would enjoy this ear warmer. I (eagerly) asked her to open it after our last class period and she was so pleased I chose to use blue for the crocheted flower, which turned out to be her favorite color (the easy tutorial I used can be found here). I saw her at an end of the semester luncheon and she was wearing it, which made me happy.


Two other fun love gifts were sent to my best friend Addie, who lives in Florida. She’s the proud owner of two Siberian huskies, so as a part of her birthday care package, I knit a husky dishcloth, which she loved. And since Florida falls/winters are much warmer, this thin scarf can either be used as a light layer or a fun, bright accessory.

Finally, this fall I also completed my first mystery knit along (KAL). I remember seeing information last fall about the Stephen West KAL and thought it would be a fun challenge. This fall the timing worked out for me to dedicate a month to this year’s “Exploration Station” project, almost exclusively. I enjoyed working with the Ella Rae Lace Merino yarn (still have some left over for small projects – i.e. baby booties), was pleased with my fun color choices, grew as a knitter learning some new stitch techniques, didn’t let minor mistakes get me down for too long, and am proud that I kept up the pace with the weekly clues! The shawl is a sportier look for me, which is fun on days when I want to have a more casual look.

Now in my knitting queue for the New Year:

  • finishing a baby blanket ASAP
  • finishing a pair of socks for the Optometrist
  • hopefully a hat for me?
  • maybe also a cowl for me?

The Star Still Shines

Today celebrates Epiphany, the day when the wisemen arrived to present their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh (or “murph” as a little boy in my mom’s Sunday School class recently said) to the newborn King.

For me, I look forward to December 25 with anticipation, embrace the new year when it rolls around a week later, and then turn my sights towards the Lenten/Easter season. Thus Epiphany has often been overlooked on my calendar of spiritual observations. Today, however, I am reminded of how this thirteenth day after Christmas is the day the Magi finally arrived, which meant that the star was still shining, guiding them to the babe in the manger.

“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, ‘Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.’

Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, ‘Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.’

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.”
(Matthew 2:1-2, 7-12; NIV)

Four things stand out to me about these men:
1.) Physical endurance – they must have endured rugged and hot terrain as they traveled a lengthy distance to seek the newborn king of the Jews (vs. 1).
2.) Focused awareness – they were learned men, students of the heavenlies, scholars who recognized this new star in the East prophesied the lauding of the Messiah (God with us) (vs. 2).
3.) Joyful arrival – they excitedly came bearing gifts. As they bowed on bended knees I can’t help but wonder if they recognized how their earthly treasures only paled in comparison to the majesty of the Savior of the world before them (vs. 10-11).
4.) Spiritual wisdom – they heeded the warning given by God, chose not to obey reigning King Herod, and outsmarted him by going home a different way (vs. 12).

Another good reminder came as I read this devotional today:
“These men came to the King, bearing gifts. You and I have gifts to bring to the King of Kings as well. Ephesians 2:10 reveals that we are each masterpieces of God – one-of-a-kind creations – complete with certain gifts and talents. These gifts help us fulfill God’s good plans for our lives. When we use them to bless others, we bless our King as well.”

May we not lose sight of seeing where God is at work, giving our best, and joining him there (Henry Blackaby). And, most importantly, may His light continue to shine in our lives, continually pointing towards and drawing others to the Savior (Matthew 5:16).

Oh come to my heart, Lord Jesus!
There is room in my heart for Thee.
Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne and Thy Kingly Crown – Emily E. Elliot, 1864

This is a New Year

As 2011 begins I’m thankful for fresh, new starts. To me, this is a reminder of God’s grace in my life, continually giving me a clean slate of opportunities to know Him better. Yes and amen.

At this conclusion of 2010 I have taken a look back at books I’ve read and movies I’ve watched and reflect on those which have had compelling story lines. Out of the 70+ books I’ve read this year, the ones that have stuck in my mind are:
The Compound by S.A. Bodeen
Little Bee by Chris Cleave
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Host by Stephenie Meyer

While I haven’t watched nearly the same amount of movies, those that have made a lasting impression are:
It Might Get Loud
Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I
The Way We Were

As always, there are so many more books to read and films to watch, which I simply haven’t yet experienced. It’s always exciting to discover untapped personal treasures.

For other recent treasures, here are a few memorable moments shared with friends towards the conclusion of 2010.

Celebrating my friend Brian’s 30th birthday, along with some of our closest college friends.

Nothing says Christmas like a cookie exchange! My friend Alyssa and I enjoyed hosting some of our friends & work colleagues prior to Christmas break. (My Oreo bonbons were a smash hit!)

A beautiful Oklahoma sunset.

Fellow college music major friend Andrea and I met David Phelps (The Voice) after his Christmas concert. AMAZING! (Both the concert and getting to meet him afterward. He’s taller than he looks on TV, but let’s face it, practically everyone is bigger/taller than me…)


How does one spend the last hour at work before the Christmas holiday? By reading Elle (Sarah reading about Sarah) and joining in on the bean bag throwing contest off of the third story of the library, of course! One of our staffers had drawn a super cute target depicting rabbits in various poses of duress. A good time was had by all.

Christmas itself was a wonderful time to take a quick trip to Silver Dollar City with mom & dad, be with family, read by the fireplace, and simply have time to sleep, which is a wonderful feeling of mind and body being restful. Yet, as much as I enjoy having time off, I equally love routine, so I’ll be glad to go back to work tomorrow. Our students return next Monday for the dawn of the spring 2011 semester and I’m excited about all it holds. After all, the best is yet to come.

This is a new year
This is a new day to rise shine, lift up your eyes
And point the way to God’s great light
New Year by Charlie Hall

All Things New

As a new decade begins, I’ve had plenty of time for reflection over the past year and past ten years. My how exciting it’s been! I can only imagine what my life will look like in ten more. Furthermore, my photo project goal is complete! I’m not going to tackle it again this year, but will continue taking pictures as I feel led. Here are the final few from 2009:

Thursday, December 17 – Light Looking ’09 continues with this two story house with icicle lights and an outdoor Christmas tree. Pretty!

Friday, December 18 – My last day of the semester, which included finishing paperwork and then treating myself to a quick break (a.k.a. excuse to go play in the snow).

Saturday, December 19 – More Light Looking, with this house being one of my favorites in town (a historical home, I believe). It’s stunning both when it’s decorated for Christmas and the rest of the year also.

Sunday, December 20 – Pardon the blurryness, but this was a photo worthy moment Markli and I couldn’t resist when driving around looking at Christmas lights. hee hee

Monday, December 21 – I’ll take ’em however they come. Maybe someday I’ll own a barn and advertise books for sale on the side of it, too.

Tuesday, December 22 – My sweet momma decorated the house in such cute decor for Christmas. This festive display was in my room.

Wednesday, December 23 – I tagged along with mom & dad as they took their turn ringing the bell for the Salvation Army on behalf of their church. We were bundled up and had a good time ringing, smiling, and wishing people a Merry Christmas.

Thursday, December 24 – Christmas Eve included watching “White Christmas” on TV, baking chocolate gingerbread cookies for the first time, and then attending a candlelight service at the local Methodist church. Such a lovely way to spend the evening.

Friday, December 25 – I awoke to a white Christmas! The day included time spent with family eating, laughing, giving and receiving presents, and being thankful for Christ’s birth.

Saturday, December 26 – While I took more books with me than were probably necessary, I couldn’t bypass an opportunity to go to the library with mom. I finished Dan Brown’s “The Lost Symbol,” which I brought, and checked out/preceded to read “Ella Enchanted” by Gail Carson Levine.

Sunday, December 27 – Such a beautiful Ozarks sunset.

Monday, December 28 – We finally made it to Branson! Lunch, shopping, and an evening show seeing Pierce Arrow combined to make a terrific day!

Tuesday, December 29 – He owns the cattle on a thousand hills – Psalm 50:10

Wednesday, December 30 – Since I’m still on vacation-mode, I indulged in reading “The Friday Night Knitting Club” while watching the snow fall outside. Ahhh.

Friday, December 31 – Another cooking experiment, which I shared with our NYE party-goers at church: a baked brie, including cranberries, sliced almonds, and brown sugar. With an angel cookie press and a little egg wash, it had a golden brown texture that tasted as good as it looked (quite honestly).

Thus concludes 365 days and 365+ pictures. I can add this to the fun things I’ve chosen to accomplish in my life.

For further reflection, here is a short list of my favorites from 2009.

Favorite Books (in the order they were read):
– American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld
– The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears at the World’s Most Famous Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn
– The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
– Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani
– Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

Favorite YA books (also in the order which they were read):
– The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
– Beastly by Alex Flinn (I don’t know if he is any relation to Kathleen Flinn…interesting)
– Viola in Reel Life by Adrianna Trigiani

Favorite Movies (in the order which I enjoyed them):
– The Brothers Bloom
– Julie & Julia
– Sunshine Cleaning
– Pucker Up – The Art of Whistling (a fun documentary I found at the library)
– Miss Potter

Looking ahead to this year, a few goals worth sharing:
– Begin composting
– Run two 5Ks and get in shape to run a marathon by the time I turn 30
– Keep in better contact with my distant cousins
– Knit a sweater (begun today!)
– Finish reading the Bible
– Really try to balance my checkbook…

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
~ T.S. Eliot, “Little Gidding”

Born is the King

One more final to finish by Friday, paperwork to complete and turn in for the practicum I will be undertaking next semester, then I will be Done (note the capital D). The weekend will be a fun time of finishing wrapping presents, working on Christmas cards, and spending time with friends before I leave for Christmas in the Ozarks.

Over the past few weeks the spirit of Christmas has gently wound its way into my heart yet again. Notes from my journal on December 9:
Though it is so bitterly cold, today I love the toasty warmth of my office space, listening to Christmas music on Pandora, and seeing snow and gusts of warmer air from the power plant blow past my window. Having the time to eat a filling lunch and read short Christmas stories by Karen Kingsbury feeds not only my body, but my heart and mind with “things that are excellent and praiseworthy.” I remain confident that at this Christmas season God’s word will not return void and the moments I have to encourage others to remember the true meaning of Christmas and shine my Light are moments where I am adding to the beauty.
“God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.” Psalm 46:6

It’s almost been 365 days of photos! I am proud, even if I do say so myself, that I have followed through with my 2009 resolution to intentionally seek everyday moments and capture them with my camera. It’s been an interesting point of conversation at times and at others has given me personal satisfaction, which has often been enough. This will probably be the penultimate photo sharing. Enjoy views of my December:

Friday, December 4 – While it’s a little blurry, this was one of many houses beautifully decorated with white lights. I really liked how they had the trunks of their trees wound tightly with lights.

Saturday, December 5 – Here’s my little tree, complete with my Ecuadorian nativity set below, and some of my Christmas books rounding out the ensemble.

Sunday, December 6 – This house near church always has a neat display of Christmas decorations, including this lighted nativity set.

Monday, December 7 – More Light Looking! This was a simple house with fun colored and white lights combined.

Tuesday, December 8 – Walter Bargen is the current poet laureate for our state and I was excited about hearing him read his poetry to a small group who gathered on this cold early winter’s eve.

Wednesday, December 9 – One of the big houses in town has lighted wreaths in all their main windows, as well as along their huge detached garage. It’s beautiful!

Thursday, December 10 – In the summer I took photos of the fountain at this local company. But at Christmas they turn off the jets and assemble this fun tree.

Friday, December 11 – Nine and ten years after meeting, it’s such a blessing to live in the same town with Aarik, Brooke, and Kyle. Here we are celebrating Aarik’s birthday!

Saturday, December 12 – My favorite local diner is 100% decked out for Christmas. Starting in the parking lot with these lights on the shrubs and leading into the restaurant with little Christmas trees hung upside down on the ceiling – it’s truly Christmas overload.

Sunday, December 13 – Our young adult group from church has begun a routine of having lunch on Sunday afternoons at the home of my friends Ryan & Crystal. Here I am with my lovely friends Crystal and Stephanie, who have become dear sisters in Christ.

Monday, December 14 – We had a huge turnout for our ladies ministries Christmas ornament exchange! I came home with a hand carved wooden ornament that Crystal brought, which was made by Ryan.

Tuesday, December 15 – I traveled north for the evening to partake in Brooke’s middle school band Christmas concert. Nothing says a school concert like folding chairs in an acoustically horrid gymnasium. Regardless, they did a really good job and the band boosters served free punch and cookies after.

Wednesday, December 16 – Wrapping up the semester with our librarian Christmas party! We had good food, plenty of desserts, and included an information package (a.k.a. Christmas present) exchange. I came home with illustrated classics Little Women, Little Men, Robinson Crusoe, and Aesop’s Fables. My friend Tricia got them when her hometown library in Idaho was discarding them. I assured her they have a good home now. 🙂 I’m particularly looking forward to reading Little Men. Perhaps it will accompany me to mom and dad’s for Christmas.

This past weekend was our Christmas play/musical at church. During The First Noel, this verse jumped out at me:

Then let us all with one accord
Sing praises to our heavenly Lord
That hath made Heaven and earth of nought
And with his blood mankind has bought.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

And with his blood mankind has bought… This Christmas I have been reminded of the cross more than I ever have before at this time of year. Through various medium my thoughts have turned to recognize how Jesus was born to die. To die for me; for us all. So while I embrace the wonder of the birth of Christ and enjoy this time of year like none other, I still look ahead to Easter knowing that a greater display of love will be shown. But for now, I revel in this holy and blessed season. How thankful I am to serve the God of the manger and the Savior of the cross.

Christmastime is Here

With twenty-two days to go until Christmas, I feel like I’m beginning to get in the spirit of the season. Tuesday evening I decorated my apartment, and found I have way too many Christmas tschotskes. Therefore, some stayed in their respective boxes and might be used next year. We’ll see…

The semester is winding to a close. I have one final due next Friday, one due the Friday after, and then I will be finished! This means I will have a good couple of weeks to enjoy and relax. Then, however, I must prepare for the spring semester by beginning my practicum, getting some pre-semester hours completed for my assistantship so I can have a little wiggle room, and beginning the elusive job search. Pray for me.

Many photos to share…

Tuesday, November 10 – when running some errands downtown I looked up and this is what I saw.

Wednesday, November 11 – there was a small parade honoring our nation’s heroes on Veteran’s Day. While I can’t say the bagpipes are my favorite instrument, their haunting quality seemed appropriate for this holiday with us still at war.

Thursday, November 12 – I took a loaf of homemade lemon poppyseed bread on my cute fall plate to class with me on the following Saturday. It went well with a little coffee, I must say.

Friday, November 13 – while I love Barnes & Noble, I always felt that paying $25 was a little steep just to become a member of their buyer’s club. But after turning down many checkout offers over the years, I was able to use a gift card and become official. Bring on the savings!

Saturday, November 14 – two beautiful soprano friends, with whom I sang a few years ago, shared a combined recital on this Saturday evening. They made me proud.

Sunday, November 15 – our teens and young adult leaders did a nice job leading our Sunday evening service in the message and music.

Monday, November 16 – the start of this week began the November rainy season. I enjoyed seeing the reflection of the power lines overhead in the puddle of water on this manhole cover.

Tuesday, November 17 – I am so enjoying hanging out with my friends from church on our game nights. This was the assortment I took with me.

Wednesday, November 18 – these little water droplets were hanging precariously in the balance.

Thursday, November 19 – Joseph had a coat of many colors. I am knitting a blanket of many colors, which I will probably keep for myself since it might turn out a little garish. After seeing piles of unused, or partially used yarn, sitting in my yarn basket, and remembering how my friend SidzWife has been so creative with her extra yarn, I decided it was time to do something with it. I’m not for sure how big I want my blanket to be, depending on how much yarn I decide to use. This is how it looks so far.

Friday, November 20 – this was one of the most fun nights I’ve had in a long time. Friday night began our fall revival/Family Festival at church. It was designated as “youth night,” but the big kids had just as much fun as the little ones. When you combine laser tag in the fellowship hall, two Wiis, a bouncy castle, and adult tricycles in the sanctuary, you get sheer happiness. At least it was for me. This photo shows our evangelist (on the left) racing our pastor (on the right) on the big kid trikes.

Saturday, November 21 – part of me has always thought it would be glamorous and adventuresome to travel on a tour bus. Since this was our evangelists’ home, I’m sure it becomes tiresome for them, but it still piques my curiosity as to what it would be like.

Sunday, November 22 – we ended our Family Festival with four people getting baptized on Sunday! These are two twin boys in our congregation.

Monday, November 23 – my week long holiday began with a visit to my hometown area to get a new retainer made at my orthodontist, visit friends from my former job and church, see my BFF Addie and pick up my Mary Kay order from her, and finally roll into mom & dad’s after 10:00 that evening. It was a full and wonderful day! This is a view I often used to pass, but never had captured “on film” until now. I’m glad I did.

Tuesday, November 24 – home means getting to do cute community things with my parents. After eating a homemade Thanksgiving lunch at the school where my dad works, having dinner with my aunt and uncle, we made it to the community Thanksgiving service. The beautiful wood ceiling helped the pipe organ resonate all the louder!

Wednesday, November 25 – another eating excursion (I promise I did more than just eat…), with this as an eye-catching bit of decoration.

Thursday, November 26 – Thanksgiving day brought about homey traditions like watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, helping mom fix food, and set the table. This was the view from where I sat. It was a wonderful day to spend with family being thankful for each other and all of God’s many blessings.

Friday, November 27 – the days following Thanksgiving brought about friends coming to visit us, and us going to visit friends. We took our longtime friends to this state park, where the sun shining behind us projected our silhouettes onto the hillside across from our lookout.

Saturday, November 28 – a trip to the town where we lived when I was born allowed us to see longtime friends and was an early Christmas present for me. More friends, more eating, more special memories made. 🙂

Sunday, November 29 – after almost a week with the fam I journeyed home with this beautiful cloudy sunset leading me northward.

Monday, November 30 – first there was Leaf Watch ’09, now comes Light Looking ’09! I liked the variety and balance of colored and white lights at this house.

Tuesday, December 1 – while it wasn’t quite full, it wasn’t a bad moon rising at all.

Wednesday, December 2 – Light Looking continues in the way of snowmen, reindeer, Christmas trees, and and dangly icicles.

Thursday, December 3 – Christmas would not be complete if I didn’t decorate my desk space! Yesterday I took in a few sit-arounds, which my desk-partner and I happily set around. Little snowpeople (which can last though January) and gold music garland help our part of the room look a little more festive. Today my library school friend Brittany and I made haste to the bi-annual Scholastic Book Fair Warehouse sale. We both came away with some lovely bargains for ourselves and for others. Hurray for discounted books!

And after staying up extremely too late last night to read (basically all in one sitting) the first Sookie Stackhouse book, I am going to bed early.