31 December 2011

and one more thing...

thank you. thank you. thank you. thank you.

30 December 2011

the list 2011

I've been looking forward to this for nearly a year. Ahem, I give you... 

The 19 books I read (and finished) in 2011
1.What the Dog Saw -- M. Gladwell (1/2011)
2. The Tipping Point -- M. Gladwell (1/2011)*
3. Women, Food and God -- G. Roth (2/2011)
4. Into the Wild -- J. Krakauer (2/2011)*
5. The Good Wife -- S. O'Nan (3/13)
6. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake -- A. Bender (3/22)
7. Me Talk Pretty One Day -- D. Sedaris (3/25)*
8. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running -- H. Murakami
9. The Elegance of the Hedgehog -- M. Barberry (4/15)
10. The Time Traveler's Wife -- A. Niffenegger (5/11)* 
11. Her Fearful Symmetry -- A. Niffenegger (5/28) 
12. Anatomy of the Spirit -- C. Myss (7/24)* 
13. The Happiness Project -- G. Rubin (8/11)
14. The Help -- K. Sockett (9/6)* 
15. The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother -- A. Chua (9/24)*
16. A New Earth -- E. Tolle (10/24)
17. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe -- C.S. Lewis (10/31)*
18. The Power of Now -- E. Tolle (11/20)*
19. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory -- R. Dahl (11/22)  

I thoroughly enjoyed the books I read this year, and a handful of them, I really loved(*). But I think the one that moved me most -- the book that left me breathless and speechless with book clutched to chest and tears streaming -- the book that revisited my thoughts long after I finished its final page was... 

I am grateful to the writers who made me laugh, who made me cry -- who met, occupied, taught, challenged and inspired me in 2011. I look forward to and hope for the good pleasure of many more hours in this blanket with a cup of tea and a good book. I'm always looking for recommendations, so if you have one, please send it my way. Until this time next year... 


I turned thirty-five in November. 

My day was cake and ice cream -- ballet, a massage and sushi. But to add frosting to an already exquisite day, Paul and the kids woke up early to decorate the house...

And as if that wasn't enough, I received a special surprise in the mail...