Sunday, January 04, 2009

Sunday Salon: Home Again

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and that 2009 will be a great year, full of health, happiness and good books!

It was nice to be in Canada over the holidays but it's really good to be home again. And luckily we got home without too much trouble. Some delays but no cancelled flights, thank goodness. As for Christmas in Victoria, the snow was certainly a surprise, especially the way it just hung on refusing to melt. But it was the first nationwide white Christmas in 37 years! And about 10 years since the last one in Victoria. It made getting around a bit difficult for the first part of our stay but it was fun to see. We still managed to get in quite a bit of shopping (yes I got lots of books which you'll see in Mailbox Monday tomorrow) and visiting with friends and family while we were there. It had been a long time since I'd spent Christmas in Canada so that was fun as well.

I didn't end up reading much at all while we were away. I took After Dark by Haruki Murakami and because it's slim I thought I'd finish it by the end of the year. But I could only manage a couple of pages each evening before crashing early due to jetlag. Oh well. I finished it in the airport on our way home on the 1st so it'll count as the first read of 2009. Then in the plane I started Written in Blood by Sheila Lowe, a mystery whose main character is a hand-writing expert. It was a lot of fun and I finished it this morning. Next I'm thinking I'll pick up Rashomon by Ryunosuke Akutagawa. Has anyone read it?

The boys were very glad to be home and have been very demanding for attention since H picked them up and brought them back on Saturday. We missed them though so we're enjoying the cuddles. I picked up a cold near the end of our stay, which has now moved into my chest (darn dry, recycled airplane air!) so I've been taking it easy the last couple of days. Perfect though for just staying in bed with the cats curled up nearby.

I still have to put together my reading stats for 2008 but I should have that up this week. Plus a couple more challenges that I'm joining in this year but haven't had a chance to post about yet. I'm looking forward to another year of blogging about books. Can you believe I'll soon be starting my 4th year?!

Books completed in December:
52. The Watsons - Jane Austen
53. The Tales of Beedle the Bard - J.K. Rowling
54. The Painter of Shanghai - Jennifer Cody Epstein
55. Sabine's Notebook: In Which the Extraordinary Correspondence of Griffin & Sabine Continues - Nick Bantock
56. The Golden Mean: In Which the Extraordinary Correspondence of Griffin & Sabine Concludes - Nick Bantock

Last 3 weeks in review:
Weekend Snapshot: the warm colours of autumn
Dewey's Books Reading Challenge
Review: The Painter of Shanghai by Jennifer Cody Epstein
What's in a Name? Challenge completed
What's in a Name? Challenge 2009
Greetings from snowy Victoria!
Merry Christmas (photo)
Review: Sabine's Notebook and The Golden Mean by Nick Bantock
2nds Challenge completed
Oh Christmas Tree! (photos)
My Year of Reading Dangerously wrap-up
Happy New Year! (photo)


  1. Glad you made it home without too many delays. Some of my friends had a complete nightmare with their flights. Happy new year!

  2. They lied. We had rain... It was not a white Christmas here. :( Interestng that, huh?

    Glad you made it home safely!

  3. Welcome back! I'm glad you had such a nice time. And I look forward to that mailbox Monday post :P

  4. I am glad you made it safely home, Nat, and that you had a good time on your holidays. :-) I look forward to seeing what books you brought home and your wrap up post later this week. Have a great week!

  5. Sorry to hear you caught a bit of a cold but it sounds like you had a great holiday! I took books with me on vacation too but all those relatives around made it hard to get any reading done! haha... Looking forward to seeing your end of year stats.

    Feel better!

  6. Glad you had a good trip :) I'll be interested to read your thoughts on After Dark - I ended up really not liking it (and I also thought I'd blow through it...but alas - NOT!)

  7. Glad you're home, safe and sound. Thank goodness your flights weren't cancelled. So sorry you have a cold, though. My husband had one for two weeks. I hope I don't catch it!

    Looking forward to your reading stats for 2008. The years are flying by, aren't they? I'm coming up on 3 years of blogging. You've been at it quite a bit longer than I have. Congrats in advance.

    Feel better soon!

  8. mariel - We were really lucky about our flights. The day after we arrived flights were cancelled and Vancouver airport was in chaos. Then coming back even later the same day some flights were cancelled. Whew!

    Kailana - So you didn't have any snow on the ground at all? That's too bad. It rained rather than snowed on Christmas in Victoria too but there was still snow around so it was technically white.

    Nymeth - Thanks. We did have a good time despite the weather.

    Wendy - It was great to see everyone, so the visiting and shopping made up for not being able to get out much otherwise.

    Iliana - Having a cold in the plane wasn't all that fun when it came time to land! But I'm much better now, thank you!

    Wendy - I can't remember if you've read any other books by Murakami. I didn't dislike After Dark but can't say I really liked it either, if that makes sense. It just didn't compare with some of his others that I really enjoyed.

    Les - Thank you. My cold was really bad for a few days after we got back but it's much better now. It's the season I suppose. Hope you've managed to avoid catching one.


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