Saturday, January 1, 2011

December Somethings

Time for the monthly round-up...

Reading: Just finished up Barefoot and The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective as my final two books of 2010.  And that will make 100 books this year!  (I read 11 books this month.)

On deck:  1 library book, @StickyJesus Read-Along and Your Secret Name Read-Along.

TV: Chuck, Glee, Parenthood, Vampire Diaries, The Office, and the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.  I'm so happy Top Chef is back and that it's the All-Stars.  This also means I have no idea who I'm rooting for.

Movie: Christmas movies came out on top this month.  I believe I watched Elf 3 times!  And it wouldn't be Christmas without watching White Christmas.  Plus, Lifetime and ABC Family had some lovely cheesy Christmas movies and I just can't quite resist them.

In my kitchen: I wasn't around to do much cooking this month but I did whip up one phenomenal creation. Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread Pudding.  I died and went to heaven.

Listening:  Of course, I listened to one of my favorite Christmas CDs: Bebo Norman's Christmas...From the Realm of Glory.  The rest of the month was consumed with creating this year's Ode to Friendship CD, which has been getting excellent feedback.  I'm glad my friends agree that this is the best mix CD yet!

So...what were you into during December?

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  1. Sounds like a wonderful month to me Leigh! I am absolutely in awe that you read 100 books this year! Happy New Year friend!

  2. Leigh,

    I love that you are such a reader! I got nowhere near 100 this year, but I can easily knock out a book a night when motivated. This year has been much more about writing than reading, but I want to share a few great books that I read this year. I too,read everything!

    My favorite book of the year is David Dark's, The Sacredness of Questioning Everything. His wit, candor and plain genius at breaking down the ridiculousness of religion is a fascinating foray. I have taken months to make my way through, afraid I will gloss over the jewels within. I have spent lots of time with the Contemplatives this year ancient and present alike. And of course,I have read my crush's South of Broad as well. I too found its plot wanting though his sentences still make my heart surge. The cookbook that he wrote is actually my favorite of his works. Oh, I met Greg Mortenson as well. He talked and talked until I felt bad for all the people in line behind me. He was great and sent me and my principal home with tons of signed books for our school. Loved him. My principal and I dream of doing a girls school one day stateside or otherwise.

    An author I discovered this year and go to often to help translate social justice issues into my classes is Sonia Shah. Her books Crude ( oil), The Fever ( malaria) and the Body Hunters ( testing drugs on the poor) are impacting and well written.

    And this year, I started reading several excellent blogs. You've not doubt seen my blogroll! (smile)

    I think you are a thoughtful and thought filled young woman who I wish lived in my city. I would love to sit down with you and talk books over tea and coffee and all the great food you describe making.

    Make a suggestion that we can read together and I will read it with you. I have cleared my 2010 box out. I've got 25 (already) in my cart at Amazon for 2011, but I'll put your rec at the top. About my favorite thing to do is read with and talk about great books with someone else who loves them. So, give me a title.

    You have been a great blessing to me this year. Thanks for reading and sharing those things that you have with me.


  3. I'm glad you had a good December! I watched White Christmas many times this December! That movie never seems to get old! Happy New Year, I hope 2011 is full of great things for you!


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