Secret Santa Exchange
This post is a little dated. Secret Santa actually visited a week before Christmas and gave us some wonderful goodies.
In my wishlist, I had mentioned George R.R.Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice series, and I was super-thrilled to receive the 2nd book in the series – A Clash of Kings. I haven’t read the first one, was pretty intimidated by the size, but as I skimmed through this book, I realized the writing is very readable and engaging, and I am now on the hunt for the first book – A Game of Thrones. Seeing the size and the addictive nature of the books in this series, I think I can easily keep myself occupied the whole of 2013!!
Apart from this book, my Secret Santa Anjana also sent me these wonderful stickers, which I promptly presented to the snubnose. She is super-thrilled with the stickers and the Hello Kitty ones are already up on her bedroom walls.
Happiness stickers for the snubnose
And here is my book with a sweet message
Thanks so much Anjana for the presents. It was an awesome surprise. And also a huge thank you to The Broke and the Bookish for organizing such a super-duper Secret Santa event so well.
So, did you participate in any Secret Santa exchange this year? What did you give? What did you get?
Here’s wishing you all a merry christmas and a very happy 2013!
We don’t celebrate Christmas, but we are off on a short impromptu trip to Chennai, with a little detour to Pondicherry.
See you in the new year ~
Secret Santa Exchange
It’s festival time again and to celebrate the festive spirit, I am taking part in the Secret Santa Exchange hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
The sign-up details are fairly simple. Follow the instructions over at her blog and then you are in.
Thanks to Books Love Me for the reminder about the book swap.
So, what are you hanging around here for? Rush on over to The Broke and the Bookish to sign up. Everyone loves Santa presents…
Books Blogger Holiday Swap
This Sunday, after I got back from my vacation, I was so excited to receive my Christmas gift from Josephine (as part of the book blogger online holiday swap).
Thank you Josephine for the really beautiful card, bookmark, and the copy of I, Coriander by Sally Gardner. From what I read on the back of the book, it seems like it is a great blend of historical fantasy. Just right up my alley, I am pretty sure I am going to love it
Also, a huge Merry Christmas to all you guys. Have a rocking one, and a happy new year.
I was browsing through the net for some nice Christmassy links, and I found what appears to be a fun one – http://www.purplelion.com/christmas/northpole.shtml. Do take a look if you want some nice virtual Christmas fun!
For us, Christmas weekend is going to be a quiet one with my mom and dad visiting us. Plans are afoot for a nice dinner, and may be (if I can score some tickets), we might go to the cinema to watch Avatar. We may also go to the Leela Kempinski hotel to see their Christmas display (something of a tradition in our family)
What are your plans for Christmas weekend?
Potential terrorists reconnoitering Bangalore’s hotels must be quaking in their shoes at the new beefed-up security at the Leela Palace hotel.
Now, the security is so tight, you almost feel like you are going through airport security.
However, Jahnavi and I did not let that dim our pleasure as we went to Leela to see the christmas tree. Advertised as one of the largest trees in Bangalore, this one was one awesome sight. And here are the photos to prove it …
All alone under the giant tree
And another hug :)
Entire 30-feet of tree
After loafing around the tree, we window-shopped a little bit. Went to the Ganjam store to gape at all the magnificent diamonds. The sales folks there are really friendly and nice, even though it was quite obvious that we weren’t there to buy anything. Looked at a lot of beeeautiful stuff, stuffed our faces silly with the chocolate that they gave us, and continued on our way out.
This was definitely one of the best cheap thrills we had.
Btw…Jahnavi is wearing her new sweater that I had blogged about here. It is a little too big for her, but she will grow into it soon
Thank God, it’s Christmas. I am sooo looking forward to the break. We are having a company wide shutdown (thanks to the recession) ! This shutdown, I am not travelling anywhere…just plan to relax n chill at home with Jahnavi, Kalyan, the rest of my family, and friends.
Of course, me being me, I still have a long to-do list of errands to complete. But once, I am done with those, I am planning to:
- Watch movies, movies, and more movies – I have already kept the movies that I am planning to watch on my USB stick – they include Golmaal Returns, Maharathi, Music and Lyrics, and may be anything more I can squeeze in. So, you can expect some upcoming movie reviews from me
- Read books – I am currently plowing through some verrry easy reading (think historical fiction and the likes of the Twilight series). This shutdown, I am planning to do some more serious reading. As part of this goal, I have already borrowed a book from my good editorial friend who can always be depended upon to provide the most serious reading possible
- Sample christmas cake from various bakeries in town (not just from our tried and tested Niligiris)
- Work out and burn all extra calories due to christmas cake consumption
- Re-organize and de-clutter my closet in the hope that I will find some hidden gems that I can wear in the new year
- Prepare my list of new year resolutions
- Collect all my investment proofs and keep it ready for submission (most depressing activity and hence placed at bottom of list to ensure that there is no chance I can complete this)
Phew ! I wonder if I will have the time to do it all !
Anyway, happy holidays…merry christmas and a happy new year to all !
Happy hols and a happy new year