Book Fair, New York & Christmas Shopping

This past week was one of the longest of the year. I volunteered at my daughters’ elementary school to help with the book fair. I’ve never done it before (and may not ever again) and had no clue how much work goes into those things. By Friday I was exhausted and ready to just lie down and die. Luckily it’s now  over and I can go back to my regularly scheduled craziness. I didn’t buy a single thing for myself, though there were a few good adult titles and the newest Shel Silverstein and Christopher Paolini. However, my daughters spent a good portion of this months’ royalties on these titles: Dragonworld: Secrets of the Dragon Domain, Darth Paper Strikes Back, Cake Pops: Tips, Tricks and Recipes for More Than 40 Irresistible Mini Treats and The Chronicles of Harris Burdick. If I could have picked any one book for myself, I think I would’ve chosen A Bad Kitty Christmas. I was wonderfully surprised by this charming and memorable book, and will be buying it at the soonest opportunity to read aloud on Christmas Eve.

As those of you following my Twitter feed or watching my Facebook wall may know, my second oldest daughter went to New York City last week…without me! She is a student at one of the greatest schools in the world. Not because of their curriculum, teaching staff or location. This school takes their kids on “field experiences” having to do with their chosen field of study, and my daughter is a drama student.Not only did she get to see Wicked on Broadway, she also met one of the choreographers who instructed her class on a dance routine. How cool is that? She brought back tons of photos and key chains for everyone. She also only spent half of the money I sent her with. I couldn’t ask for a better daughter, but I’m never letting her go that far away from me again!

Now that the week is over, that doesn’t mean I get to rest. I’ve already been to three different stores this morning to pick up Christmas presents ordered online last week. I’ll be grocery shopping at some point in time and sneaking out to find a present for my husband. This may be the happiest time of the year but it’s also the busiest. However, I LOVE it! The hardest part for me is not telling my girls what exactly is hiding beneath all that wrapping paper. We’ll see if I can make it until the 25th.

So, that was my week in a nutshell. What have ya’ll been up to?

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