...to make me happy :)
Kathy - happy to say YES, I did get that DVD I wanted - woohoo!!!!
Mamma Mia was truly all I wanted this year. This movie just makes me happy - the singing, the dancing, the gorgeous Greek Isles scenery, the many entwined connections of the heart (mother-daughter, man-woman, lifelong girlfriends)...I can't ask for more than to feel lighthearted and happy for a couple hours!!
I did get a few other lovely gifts as well, though...
A new camera Whoot!
(Maria may recall me telling her about dropping my old one in Florence and how pieces went flying...it went back together and still worked, but the battery cover kept popping off afterward plus the picture quality was starting to deteriorate, so this new camera from my mom is much appreciated!!)
A gorgeous tome on Michelangelo
(it includes each of the panels of the Sistine Chapel on parchment paper inserts so the colours really seem true to the original work)
A fantastic baking stone from my sister:
A goose down duvet (from me to me!)
A beautiful and interesting book: Churches of Nova Scotia
(I hadn't realized there were so many gorgeous churches in my province. Or rather, I knew they were there, but hadn't known of their history and stories.)
And what Christmas is complete without a calendar for the upcoming year:
(Ok, I confess, I bought the calendar and just stuck it under the tree...lol)
All in all, I had a fairly low key Christmas...we had fewer gifts under the tree than in past years, which also made me happy, in all honesty. My best gift was spending Christmas evening, and then Boxing Day, with my whole family: Dave & the girls, Mom & John, Lynn & my niece, and my grandmother, and Sara's boyfriend also joined us on Boxing Day at mom's house.
And all three Christmas Eve services at church were wonderful gifts too. I was struggling with the blahs in the few days leading up to Christmas, but hearing the young voices at the afternoon children's service began to lift my spirits. I was still a bit down though because my voice was so bad from my cold that I feared I wouldn't be able to sing with choir at the 8pm service, and I was so looking forward to that. But when the time came, I was able to sing reasonably well (or at least my voice wasn't so bad that it ruined any of our pieces!) And the later candlelight communion was really special for me, because this is the first year that both my girls came with me. ♥
In between services at church, I slipped a little gift into Valerie's office. I had decided to leave it for her without saying who it was from. MVH wrote out the card for me. (I can't imagine Valerie would know my writing, but I thought it was cute of MVH to offer!) I don't normally give friend presents at Christmas time, but I'd found something in my favourite (dare I say used?) bookstore and thought it might strike a chord in her Newfoundland roots. It was an autographed copy of a book called "For Maids Who Brew & Bake: Rare & Excellent Recipes from 17th Century Newfoundland" (where she is from and still returns every summer). Unfortunately, I probably will never know if she liked it or not, because I can't ask her without giving away that it was from me. (You might think I'm blowing my cover by posting about it here, but I'm pretty sure Valerie doesn't read my blog unless I call her attention to a particular entry, so I think my anonymity is safe from this angle!)