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I am sitting here this morning, coffee cup by my side, actually beginning to feel more Christmas-y for the first time this season.  Maybe it’s the fact that my Christmas cards were finally sent out yesterday.  Maybe it’s the fact that other than two gift cards to be purchased on the way to work tomorrow, I am officially done Christmas shopping.  Maybe it’s the fact that I finally took down my Fall decorations and put up minimal Christmas/winter ones.  Or maybe it is due to the dusting of snow we got yesterday, enough to turn the roofs white and cover some of the grass.  Either way, I think I’m finally ready. 
Granted, being ready means packing up clothes, shoes, and books (you know, the essentials) and our presents for our trip down to Houston.  We are driving, which means uninterrupted reading time.  We’ll be staying down there through the New Year, so that much time away from work (and the house) will be refreshing, but it does make it difficult to anticipate just how much reading I will get done while there.  Not to mention the fact that I do need to start studying.  I know that I have been saying that for a few weeks now, but really, my exam is in a month.  Still, it has been such a crazy month at work that I am eagerly anticipating the opportunity to not have to set an alarm each morning.  What are your holiday plans?
I finally got around to signing up for my last few reading challenges for 2010.  I think I went a bit overboard, but at the same time, there is so much room for overlap that I know that I can finish two or three with all the same books.  Speaking of reading, I finished two books this week, one of which was the monstrosity Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.  Eight hundred pages read in five days – to say that I steamrolled through it would be a bit of an understatement, but it was SO good!  I’ll be reviewing it later, but suffice it to say that I already purchased the second book in the series and am chomping at the bit to open it up.  The only thing that is preventing me from doing so is the fact that I want to space out the series a bit.  Jamie Fraser is too delicious a hero to burn out on the series by reading them too close together.
That’s about it for me this week.  Packing, finishing up some last-minute work at work, wrapping up Santa presents, and our eighteen-hour drive to the in-laws will keep me busy through Wednesday.  After that?  I’m on vacation, so I’ll be playing it by ear.  Elizabeth Gaskell will be making her final tour stop here on Thursday, as I review her North and South.  And what better way to celebrate Christmas than to discuss Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
To all of those stuck on the East Coast with that huge snow storm, I hope you stay safe and warm.  To everyone who may be traveling this week, safe journey.  And to all, have a great week and a Merry Christmas!  Happy reading!

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