Alma Short

December 24, 2009

I normally don’t post random videos, but I just had to share this one. I found it from the Mental Floss blog. It was created by Rodrigo Blaas, a former Pixar artist.

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Secret Santa #2

December 22, 2009

A few days ago, I received a gift from my second Secret Santa!

The gift consisted of Post-Its (!!!), a Borders gift card, and some Burt’s Bees Lip Balm. In the card, my secret santa revealed herself to be Wendy of Wendy’s Minding Spot, so thank you! 🙂


Holiday Books

December 14, 2009

Now that Christmas is about 10 days away, I thought it would be fun to list some holiday books!

Jingle Boy – Kieran Scott
Sixteen-year-old Paul Nicholas is a self-confessed Christmas fanatic. That’s why he’s so smitten with Sarah—a girl who smells like peppermint and thinks picking out presents to the strains of “Winter Wonderland” is the ultimate afternoon activity. But when he catches Sarah making out with Santa Claus at the Paramus Park mall, his dad’s over-the-top lights catch the Nicholas house on fire, and his mom gets fired from Fortunoff’s because of something he did for Christmas for Sarah, Paul gets caught in a downward spiral of holiday gloom. This year, the spirit of Scrooge has settled in—and it’s not going to be pretty. Or will the spirit of the holiday prevail?

I have wanted to read this book ever since I saw it years ago. The book seems cute. I do not know why I have not gotten around to reading it yet.

The Nightmare Before Christmas – Tim Burton
Meet Jack Skellington. He’s in charge of making Halloweenland the coolest creepy place around. But when Jack suddenly grows bored with tricks and treats, he goes searching for new ways to celebrate… and he finds them in Christmas Town! Christmas, Jack decides, is just what Halloweenland…and the world…needs! He sets out to take over the role of Santa. But can anything good come of a tall and lanky skeleton dressed up as everyone’s favorite jolly old elf?

Okay, I admit it: I have never completely watched The Nightmare Before Christmas. I have, however, played Kingdom Hearts 1 & 2, so I basically know the gist of the story. xD Anyway, this book seems like a great choice for any Nightmare Before Christmas fan.

Let It Snow – Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle, and John Green
The weather outside is frightful, but these stories are delightful! When a huge blizzard (that doesn’t show signs of stopping) hits, Gracetown is completely snowed in. But even though it’s cold outside, things are heating up inside, proving that the holiday season is magical when it comes to love. In three wonderfully (and hilariously!) interconnected tales, YA stars John Green, Lauren Myracle, and Maureen Johnson create a must-have collection that captures all the spirit of the holiday season.

This is another book that seems adorable, yet I have yet to read it. I love John Green though, so I really ought to read it. Also, I prefer this cover to the other one.

A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
In his “Ghostly little book,” Charles Dickens invents the modern concept of Christmas Spirit and offers one of the world’s most adapted and imitated stories. We know Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, not only as fictional characters, but also as icons of the true meaning of Christmas in a world still plagued with avarice and cynicism.

A Christmas list just would not be complete without Dickens’s classic.

Are there any other holiday books you can think of? If so, what? 🙂


Secret Santa Gift

December 12, 2009

Today I received my one of my Secret Santa gifts. I absolutely loved it! I received Darkly Dreaming Dexter, several bookmarks, Bubble Tape, and a peace ornament along with a lovely card.

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I have no idea who my Secret Santa is, but I do know that gift came from CA, so hmmm… Anyway, thank you Secret Santa, and have a Merry Christmas!


Happy Thanksgiving!

November 26, 2009

Happy early Thanksgiving everyone! Make sure you eat plenty of food. 😛


2009 Book Meme

November 14, 2009

I found this book meme from the Mental Floss blog. You chose a book you read this year to answer the question. 🙂

Describe yourself: Funny How Things Change (Wyatt)

How do you feel: Far From You (Schroeder)

Describe where you currently live: The Cave (McGill)

If you could go anywhere, where would you go? 1968 (Kaufman)

Your favorite form of transportation: Flightsend (Newbery)

Your best friend is: Crazy Beautiful (Baratz-Logsted)

You and your friends are: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Bradley)

What’s the weather like: Cold Hands Warm Heart (Wolfson)

You fear: Second Skin (Wollman)

What is the best advice you have to give: Funny How Things Change (Wyatt)

Thought for the day: Is It Just Me or Is Everything Shit? (Lowe)

How I would like to die: In Ecstasy (McCaffrey)

My soul’s present condition: Project Sweet Life (Hartinger)


Bix Box Challenge Entry

October 25, 2009

This is my entry for one of Cindy’s many contests. Entrants had several options, and I choice option 2. I had to create a book cover based on a title of a book. I chose to do a cover based on the title Chasing Brooklyn. Instead of using Brooklyn as a name of a character, I used it as the location! Thus, my cover includes a picture of the Brooklyn Bridge which I found on sxc.hu. Anyway, here it is! Tell me what you think. 🙂