1. My husband has to work on Christmas, so we exchanged gifts early. He got 3/4 of my gifts from Barnes and Noble. He is trained very well. ;)
2. Speaking of Barnes and Noble, my parents gave me the gift of a Nook upgrade! If you bring in your 1st generation Nook and purchase one of the newer versions, you get $50 Barnes and Noble gift card. I think this deal is only good through Christmas Eve. I ended up choosing the Nook Simple Touch and I love it. I'll post pictures of all my bookish gifts soon.
3.It's been a pretty rough month at work. My library is in the midst of a financial crisis, and we've already gone through a couple rounds of layoffs. We'll be reducing operating hours soon. I still have a job (thankfully!) but I'm going to have some schedule changes and reduced benefits. I'm happy with the sacrifices if it means I get to keep working at the library I love, though.
4. This week I saw a new doctor about a long list of seemingly random symptoms I've been experiencing for quite some time which have worsened lately with stress/anxiety. She was really patient and listened to all my concerns, and she gave me some options for managing the different symptoms. I feel positive that I'll see some improvements soon. It's just nice to know I'm not crazy, and that these symptoms are actually related chronic conditions that can be managed with medication and lifestyle changes.
5. I've almost reached my reading goal for the year (111). I need to finish the 2 books I'm reading now, and then read 2 more by December 31st. I think I can do it!