Happy Holidays!  Are you all feeling the spirit of the season?  I have slowly grown into it, especially since I always have a Hallmark movie on…and also have enjoyed time with family for the past few weeks.

It all started with Fiona’s eyeglasses, the Christmas gift she requested. We had fun picking them out, and then luxuriating in a lovely dinner while waiting to get them afterwards.  Here’s Fiona, enjoying a drink, and my pretty beverage is in the forefront:

Then we picked up the glasses, and a few days later, Fiona sent me this photo (below) of her wearing one of the two pairs we bought.  She said she took the selfie on the way to school and apologized that she hadn’t dressed up for the photo.  I like it!

This past week, I enjoyed a mani and a new hairstyle that included a trim and a brightened purple streak.  I took my First Book of the Year photos…but I’m not showing them here today.  Instead, here is a different one:


I started reading The Adults, by Caroline Hulse, and it is good so far.  I can tell that I’m going to love a book when I feel an immediate connection that just flows.  It doesn’t have to be one of my fast-paced thrillers for that to happen, but when there is such a connection, the pages turn seamlessly.  So I’m eager to get back to it.


“This debut is the whole package: realistic, flawed characters placed in an increasingly tense situation, resulting in a surprising, suspenseful novel.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)


It has been raining here, so I’ve stayed tucked away indoors.  Should I go out today, or cuddle up with my books and my movies. Sigh.  I need to pick up a couple of gift cards, at least.  Maybe I’ll go out later.

Do you have internal monologues with yourself about your day?  Or do you wake up just knowing what to do?

Have a great holiday week!



  1. Hi Laurel,
    Well, I do have internal monologues with all the parts of myself in the morning, absolutely! And sometimes they’re spoken out loud, as I curl back into bed with a cup of coffee so I can figure everything out for the day. I also record in a notebook all the options for the day. How’s that for a confession?

    I’m really interested in reading The Adults–sounds fascinating.

    And I’m so psyched by your daughter’s glasses–I’m interested because it looks like, just maybe, styles might be trending back toward larger lenses. And larger lenses are better on me than all the other styles.

    And what was that delicious-looking drink or cocktail you had in front of you?
    Merry Christmas, Laurel!
    I’ll be looking forward to reading about your reading adventures in the new year.

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    • Thanks, I am liking the trends in glasses, too. I like the idea of curling back in bed with coffee, but haven’t done that in ages.

      My cocktail was a pomegranate martini, and it was delicious! Thanks for visiting, Judith.


  2. That sounds like a lovely way to spend your day.
    I usually know what my day will bring since I am still working. The past couple of days have been a bit more loose … with a lot of reading included.
    I hope your Christmas day was blessed and that you have a wonderful New Year.

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