Happy After Christmas!

Did everyone have a great holiday? We got snow! Woo!  In fact, not to far away from my little town in Arkansas, they were under a blizzard warning, which has never happened in my entire life. (I think it’s new. I think it’s just a new term my favorite meteorologists like to use because they know it gets me all weak in the knees.)   So because the weatherman said we were going to see up to eight inches of the white stuff on Christmas Eve, my brother and his family and I spent the night at my mom’s. It was fun.

But we didn’t get eight inches. We got about three. Which made the three days-worth of clothes I packed pretty pointless. And the two lanterns in the car. (Hey, if the electricity goes out, you gotta think of yourself. How else would I read my stack of Christmas vacation books? You think my mom’s gonna share her light that attaches to her forehead? No way.

It also made the bag of sledding gear I packed useless. Because if we got a ton of snow, I was going to walk to Snow Loving Holly’s house and join her sledding party. Because Holly is the cool person in town who people flock to because she seems to have an endless supply of sleds and hills.

So how was your Christmas? What was your favorite gift to receive? To give?

I have two favorite gifts I received. One was a big wrapped box. And when it was presented to me by my sister-in-law, I could tell it was heavy. I liked it already. When I opened the lid (yes, the lid was wrapped and the box portion was wrapped. Separately. Because my brother said that’s how they do it on TV) there was a huge stack of books. Fifty-two, in fact. One for each week of the year. I loved it!

My other favorite gift was also a surprise–a digital picture frame. I love it too. In fact I’m looking at it right now. This is so perfect from me because I take millions of pictures but never develop them. They just sit on my computer. . .for years. So now I can look at them all the time. And force others to look at them.

I spent the entire day after Christmas getting files off my old, ancient computer and onto my Mac, using a flash drive. And then I deleted that flash drive and loaded my collection of pics for my frame. So later that night, I turn on the frame and just let it run. As I walk through the living room, I happen to catch a glimpse of myself. And then another. And another. And another. What? Every single picture was of me. Like old author shots. And then there’s my thirtieth birthday. Me, me, me. I yanked the off switch and put myself out of misery.

Turns out even though I had deleted my entire collection of photos from the jump drive, I needed to totally reformat the disk because they were still there like ghosts.  Because I do not display pictures of myself in my house. If I wanted to look at myself I would take the tarp off the bathroom mirrors. But I just sat there in my living room and thought, “What if I had had company over and someone had witnessed that display? They’d be all like, “Hey, did you catch the Jennifer Show?”   “Yeah, all 400 pics of it.”   So, yeah, minor catastrophe averted. That was a close one. Though that would make a funny gift–to give someone a pre-loaded digital frame with picture after picture of yourself. And here’s me. And another one of me. And another…and here’s me at nine o’clock. And here’s me at nine-oh-five. . .

Okay, so I want to hear all about your Christmas. What was your fave gift to give? What was your favorite gift to receive? (And of course we all want to hear about any amazingly bad gifts as well.)

Have a great week after Christmas!

JEN

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  1. hannah December 28th, 2009 12:20 pm

    sorry about the pictures, next year i’m giving someone a digital picture frame, with pictures of myself on it. great idea!

    52 books. awesome. have you read the sunrise series by karen kingsbury? its pretty good. i finished the second book, and i ordered the next of barnes and noble. com but it hasn’t come yet. i have to know what happens next!

    for christmas, i couldn’t figure out what to get my brother, so i got him a calvin and hobbs comic book, hes still reading it. good choice.

    i got a digital camera, that i love. the instructions are so confusing. :)

  2. Sarah December 28th, 2009 12:31 pm

    Ok, very jealous of the 52 books! What books were they? Anything you’re super excited about?

    And we actually gave pre-loaded frames to my parents and my in-laws-haha! But they were loaded with wedding photos, and it was for parents, so you know they want unending photos of you;) But that would be a hilarious gift!

  3. Jenny B. Jones December 28th, 2009 1:59 pm

    Ugh, instructions are ALWAYS confusing. I had to read the directions for two different items this week. It really overtaxed my brain.

    Sarah, no YA, but some great picks. My SIL has been collecting books for the box all year. And pre-loaded frames for the parents is a great idea.

  4. Julia December 28th, 2009 2:59 pm

    I just finished “I’m so Sure.” That was, without a doubt, my favorite present. (Fantastico, FYI) It inspired me to come over here and look for any traces of a new book. Anyways, you asked about WORST Christmas presents… well, apparently, when you’re the oldest girl in your family, no one knows what to get you. So they turn to the stereotypes… They figure Teenager=Lazy. Lazy=Sleep. Sleep=Scary pajama sets. I got sooo many pajama sets, I had to wade through flannels to get to my bed.

  5. Colene December 28th, 2009 8:59 pm

    pretty sure 52 books is amazing!

    best gift was either the snuggie(shoulda thought of that…blanket with sleeves…geeze) or the 3 Odd Thomas books and the big gift card to Barnes and Noble!

    worst gift was the blue pink and yellow flowerdey tool set from my mother-in-law to not only myself but shane too. terrible. just…terrible.

  6. Kristin December 28th, 2009 9:47 pm

    My favorite gift that I received was probably my “I Love Lucy” steering wheel cover and car sun visor. They’re both red and pink and feature the little stick figures of Lucy and Ricky, and I love them! I’m a big Lucy fan (my license plate actually says “Lucy Fan,” LOL), so now I have pretty much the cutest car ever. My favorite gift to give was the set of placemats and coasters that I made for my mom. Her old placemats where in pretty bad shape.

    I also got “I’m So Sure” for Christmas, and just finished reading it about an hour ago. I started it last night. There’s something about your books that makes it impossible for me to put them down-I just have to know how things end. Anyway, I loved it. I was nearly crying at some parts and then laughing out loud at others (especially the scene at Robbie’s school…the ketchup pack). Your books are hilarious and so entertaining. I love the wacky plots and also the pop culture references you add in. I’m really excited for “So Over My Head!”

    ~Kristin

  7. Colene December 28th, 2009 11:29 pm

    forgot my fav gift to give! my mother-in-law got an airsoft automatic gun!

  8. Jane December 29th, 2009 9:17 am

    Worst gift I ever received….from in-laws. My father-in-law had taken a trip to Africa. The whole family gets beautiful things like carved animal sets or chairs – ME? I get ugly brown recycled stationary made from (drum roll)LOCAL ELEPHANT DUNG, which is proudly explained on the protective covering (which I appreciated – didn’t happen to wear protective rubber gloves when opening presents.) What do you say to that? I tried “it’s the thought that counts” but was forced to ponder what that thought might be. I’ve saved it in hopes of being invited to a party where you need a ‘white elephant gift’ as a gag…and have been very tempted to use it to write “special people” who would have no idea…but what if got rained on in transit, or they cry over it – what happens then????
    (In their defense, they just thought it was “unique”and artsy since it also had a little zebra shape cut-out on the cover. right……)

  9. Evangeline Denmark December 29th, 2009 11:31 am

    Ok, I don’t think anybody could top Jane’s elephant dung paper. That is so awful it’s fantastic!
    I desperately wanted a Snuggie this year and didn’t get one. My husband did get me fingerless gloves for when I read at night and my hands turn into icicles but I can’t turn the pages wearing regular gloves. I thought that was pretty thoughtful of him, but maybe he’s just hoping I won’t shove my frigid hands under his back when I finally turn off the light.
    Oh, best Christmas present this year? Our new puppy!

  10. Ruth December 29th, 2009 11:09 pm

    The box of books is just a spectacular gift idea, I love it (not to mention I’m really really jealous!). My favorite gift – it’s hard to pick just 1, though my Amazon gift card ranks pretty high, as does the baking stuff I’ve been wanting for ages. :)

  11. Jenny B. Jones December 30th, 2009 9:01 pm

    Julia, it does get hard to buy for teenagers. Sorry for all the pj’s. I hope they each came packaged with matching gift receipts…

    Ruth, I love Amazon gift cards! Any kind of gift card actually. My favorite aunt gives me movie gift certificates and it’s only Wednesday and I’ve already used them all.

    Evangeline, there are no words to express my sympathy over your lack of a Snuggie. I’m truly truly sorry. But on the other hand, it’s one less thing for the puppy to eat.

    Jane, that made me laugh out loud. That is awesome. I love that story. And Evangeline is right–there is no topping that one.

    Note to self: Do not make Colene mad at chiropractor’s office…

    Kristin, thank you for the book compliments. I’m glad you enjoyed I’m So Sure. I adore I Love Lucy as well. What did you make the place mats and coasters with? Jane knows a really cool use for elephant dung…

  12. Tatianna Adler December 31st, 2009 8:25 am

    Hey it’s your favorite student, my favorite gift was 4 of your books. I am hoping to get the other 2 with Christmas money. I was just wondering if you could sign them when we get back from break.

  13. Jennifer January 1st, 2010 7:24 am

    Fav present-kitchenaid pro 600 mixer (my ancient hand mixer died a painful death-right during Christmas baking!). Least fav present- the same. The thing is huge. I swear they used a jet engine to build it. I can’t even lift it. Does it make good cookie dough, well, yeah. But one batch looks so lonely in the trough-sized bowl, so one must make multiple batches, causing tons of sugar ridden things to fill my house. Aaugh!!

  14. Lauren :) January 2nd, 2010 9:55 am

    My parents got me the greatest gift I have EVER received! I play guitar and have had my eye on this one. It’s the Gibson Songwritter Deluxe Standard. I am IN LOVE with it! They put a card under the tree and when I opened it, I started laughing because I thought they were joking! They have that kind of humor.When they told me it was true I screamed “I’M GETTING A GIBSON!!! WOOOHOOO!!!” No joke, I did! So this Christmas was the best ever!

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