White Christmas (for the first time ever!)

Hello friends!

I hope you all had a very merry Christmas and happy holiday! It snowed here in my hometown in Georgia, for the first time that I can remember in my 25 years, on Christmas morning. What a blessing that was! I was happy to read that all my fellow Facebookers posted that this Christmas was their best ever. What a difference a little snow makes, huh? Sorry to those of you who live and/or had to travel up north where it got ugly. All the more reason for you to live below the Mason-Dixon line in Hotlanta (yes, I just said that...I'll understand if you want to smack me). But seriously, I went to New York for Christmas back in 2006 (Amazing place! I would, actually, leave Atlanta to live there...even if I had to bring my own jugs of sweet tea with me) and it was the coldest I think I've ever been. Not my idea of a holiday, let me assure you, despite the culture, the beauty, the fun, the...well...you get the picture.

But now that (most of) the holidays are past, I want to look towards the future. I'm very excited to be participating in the Chick Lit Plus Reading Challenge for 2011, and I'm working on my book as we speak (or I will be whenever I'm done typing this). My hours at work are early now (Praise the Lord! After 3 long years!) and so I will be getting home at a normal hour and, therefore, will have more time both when it's quiet at work and at night when I'm home to finish the edits. My prayer is that I will be able to brag about my progress come New Year's Day...but we'll see how that goes...

I went through the bookstore (surprised?) to try and find a good read to start off the Challenge. I'm thinking of Emily Giffin's The Heart of the Matter as my first read. I've read each of her other books (all hilarious, witty, authentic chick lit...none of that sappy stuff) and fell in love with her, so it's a no-brainer. I have a few other choices on the list, as well: Mercury in Retrograde by Paula Froelich and The Opposite of Me by Sarah Pekkanen. Thoughts? I read with lightening quick speed, so I'll probably have my twelve read in less than 6 months...BOOM! ROASTED! If you didn't understand that, it's okay...I forgive you.

One quick side note: Go see Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. I know most of us are more familiar with The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe but, believe me, they are all fantastic stories! C.S. Lewis was one-of-a-kind and I would like to see his work supported more than it has been (in the movies anyway). My favorite line from the film? Eustace, the obnoxious-cousin-turned-hero asks Aslan if he will ever see Him again. In response, Aslan says "I'm always with you, only, in your world, I'm known by another name." That's our King, our Savior, Who is with us no matter if we're at work, brooding, or in a magical land that we entered by falling into a picture frame =).


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