Sunday, December 26, 2010

Sunday Salon- Happy Boxing Day

So Christmas was pretty awesome and now my husband and I are just relaxing at home for the day. He arranged our presents artfully under the tree and we have no plans for the day beyond relaxing. And reading.

I'm still working through To the End of the Land, by David Grossman, a wonderful book that's just a very leisurely read. I got a bunch of new books under the tree; I'll have a full report on Friday but among the treasures were signed first editions of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale and Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing, and a first edition (not signed) of Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's. I'm going to find a special place for each.

The holiday itself was pretty laid-back. Jeff and I opened presents at home in the morning and then headed out to his parents' house nearby for the day. It was a small crowd but a nice party capped with a spectacular dinner cooked by my mother-in-law. Now it's time to get to that relaxing thing.

Update: Congratulations to Natasha, who won my Christmas giveaway of From the Land of the Moon. I'll be shipping your book off to Malaysia soon! Thanks to all who entered. I used Random.org to select her as the winner.

Have a great Sunday! More Sunday Salon here.

18 comments:

unfinishedperson.com said...

Oooh, you and your first editions. Aren't you special? ;) Never read that one by Capote. I'm guessing you're thinking I should, huh?

Marie said...

Unfinished, I *am* special. And I couldn't care less what you read.

Laura said...

ROFL at the two previous comments!

I received my *first ever* first edition this Christmas, making me special, too, I guess.

I also wanted to thank you, Marie, for your post a while back about the fabulous Moleskine Book Journal. I gave one to my daughter, and she was eagerly filling it up last night having agonized over the "alpha by author or title?" decision and come out in favor of "title" (I would have chosen "author," but never mind ...)

I gave another one as a Secret Santa gift, and it also went over well. So thanks, because without your post I might never have learned of this particular objet d'art!

Enjoy your Boxing Day and the impending snow.

Marie said...

Laura, yay! I'm so glad to hear the journals were a success! the best gift i gave was a moleskine book journal, which i filled with bookish recommendations for a family member. there's so much you can do with them!

Sycorax Pine said...

Sounds *blissful*! I wish I were curling up all day to read, since I woke up with a killer sore throat. Instead I am braving this incipient snowstorm to see some much-missed friends from high school. (At least there are compensations built in to that sacrifice on my part, eh?)

Vasilly said...

First edition?! How awesome is that?! I hope you have a relaxing weekend.

Andi said...

Glad you had a great holiday, Marie! It wasn't a terribly bookish Christmas at my house, but I'm glad you had such a good turnout. Can't wait to read what you received!

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

Ahh, to relax. I'm jealous of you today! My son is crying upstairs and won't take a nap. My husband and I were hoping for a few minutes of relxation. Oh well!

Enjoy your day reading and relaxing!! I'm glad you had a great holiday!

jewwishes said...

I am glad you had a wonderful holiday, filled with family, fun and books.

Mystica said...

The Atwood and Capote books sound lovely.
Boxing day was special for me as its my first here in Melbourne. We hit the sales!!!! I enjoyed it.

Frances said...

I received a book journal also! From my very cool 12 year old daughter who figured it out all on her own when I said something about having a hard time finding one. Great kid!

Sounds like a wonderful holiday you are having! Hope Boxing Day was one of no effort and lots of reading.

bookmagic said...

Sounds like a very nice holiday, awesome gifts and no drama, just the way it should be

Alexia561 said...

Happy Boxing Day! Sounds like you and your husband had a wonderful holiday! I received a few books as well, but they were gifts to myself because family and friends have given up trying to choose books for me. Not sure why, as I have helpful wishlists all over the place! *L*

Happy reading! :)

Amy said...

What a great couple of books! Happy to hear you are enjoying your holidays. Merry Christmas and happy reading :)

Zibilee said...

Oh wow! It sounds like Santa was very good to you this year, Marie! I am glad you had such a nice Christmas and that it was fairly low-key. I am also going to be reading a lot this week, as I was gifted with a couple of really great reads as well, and I can't wait to get started with them!!

Erin said...

What wonderful books! I can't wait for the full rundown. It sounds like you had a lovely holiday!

stacybuckeye said...

Glad you had a great Christmas, Marie!

Kathleen said...

Glad you enjoyed your holiday and are now having some nice reading time!