I did, not without a few trials, but they didn't spoil it at all. And this remains, far and away, one of my favourite times of the year. I've said before: this is a time of introspection, retrospection, and of course speculation, and I'm looking forward to writing a few posts on these matters in the next few days. For now, I want to share with you two of the most amazing presents I've ever received, both of Big C:
|First edition Flush by Virginia Woolf.|
|First edition Orlando by Virginia Woolf.|
Needless to say I was speechless, especially with Orlando! I cannot believe I own a first edition Orlando, I really can't. I... still speechless!
I also got some other really lovely presents: a fantastic digital camera (as I'm currently boycotting Facebook, I've set up a Flickr account, which will make it easier to share with blog people, and as soon as there's some pictures up I'll share the link), two books on learning Classical Greek for my mother (one of my 2012 resolutions is to learn Classical Greek, so these are a massive help), and the new Julian Barnes, as well as an obsene amount of chocolate! And I had a lovely few days.
I'll be pretty busy today fixing a laptop (I'm not particularly skilled with computers, it's my stubborn streak that determines success, and I'm determined to sort this: it has a million viruses, including a link hijacker virus, no virus protection, and for some reason its preventing any kind of downloads. So it should be an interesting challenge), but things will be quiet this evening and tomorrow so I'll have time for some posting. The last book on my 2011 list is Paradiso, and right now (touch wood) I see no reason why this shouldn't be completed. I also started The Secret Garden and would like to finish it by the end of the year, also. I think these tasks are managable.
I hope everyone else has had a lovely Christmas. I'm enjoying reading everyone's Christmas posts, and am anticipating a few end of year summaries and resolution posts poppinig up over the next few days. And, as I say, I'll be adding mine to the pile in the next day or so!
Until then, a virus riddled laptop calls...