Reading - It's December 5th, it's very windy and snow has changed to rain. My reading is all over the place. I've started several books: The Promised Land; Barack Obama, Conversations with RBG, Jeffrey Rosen and Leave the World Behind; Rumaan Alam. I'm really enjoying the (2) NF but, the fiction one not so much but, I do want to finish all of them.
I have about (4) reviews to catch up on. I have this thing about forcing myself to write at least a mini review for any book I've finished. Here is what I need to post about: Good Morning, Monster (NF) Gildiner, The Wrong Kind of Woman, Sarah Crow McCraw, The Undoing; Jean Haraff Korelitz, Slow Burner, Laura Lippman (Hush series short story) and Buried, Jeffrey Deaver (Hush series short story).
I'm looking forward to reading some Christmas mysteries and was waiting for my library hold of The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries; Otto Penzler, when I saw the eBook was just $1.99 today so I purchased it instead. I also purchased the audio of Midwinter Murder Fireside Mysteries; Agatha Christie from Libro.fm.
Christmas Shopping & Get Togethers - The shopping is pretty much done and, except for the grandchildren most of the gifts are gift cards which makes it very easy. We are hoping for a Christmas Cookies and Hot Chocolate (wine and coffee too LOL) outdoor event here the weekend before Christmas if New England weather will cooperate. We can wear masks and take time warming up in garage if necessary. We usually have a mid month brunch with Santa at a nice restaurant for my birthday but, not this year. Christmas dinner is usually here too but, since our numbers are climbing, Christmas will just be the (2) of us much like Thanksgiving.
Where Did the Years Go? Yesterday, I got a card in the mail letting me know the planning for a 50 year high school reunion is in the works for November 2021! How can that be?
More Flashbacks - Then I flashed back to 1971 once again as I received a Christmas card in the mail the same day from a best friend from high school. Ginny has lived in Texas for 45 years. Other than us exchanging Christmas cards and notes, I haven't seen or spoken to her in all that time. Inside the card was a photo of me from 1971 sitting on her parent's sofa (my dress was so short OMG). Other than the straight long dark hair, nothing about that picture looked familiar to me. I wanted to talk with her and I was able to find her phone number online and gave her a call - one hour later, still chatting, it was just like old times. I'm so happy we were able to connect! We caught up on children and grandchildren, family and others we know. She and her husband (same high school class) have traveled to all 50 states since they retired 10+ years ago. We talked about our trip to France and Switzerland in 1971 and how much we hated the food and how lived on croissants, cheese, coffee and Coke that week, of course, skiing in Switzerland brought fine chocolate as well.
What will your December and Christmas look like this year?