Do you usually make New Year’s resolutions? How about this year?
See you in 2012!
Have you heard of The Hunger Games?
Many of my Canadian/American friends have been raving about this trilogy for months. To be perfectly honest, I’m skeptical about books that come with a lot of hype and would rather read them because of their content, not because of the number of copies that they’ve sold. I’ve been busy going through the list of books on my Kindle these past few weeks (I over-downloaded books and was sent some as presents from family and friends for my birthday) so I just recently went on the hunt for some new titles to peruse.
Now that The Hunger Games is on sale – 48% off – in its Kindle format, I decided to go through the free sample chapters during my lunch break. It actually seems slightly interesting (I don’t want to judge it either way before reading a few more chapters). The characterizations aren’t bad, so far, and the writing style is engaging. Because it is aimed at young adults, it’s not as difficult to read as some more serious titles. So, I’ve decided to snatch this up at its discount price and save it for the new year.
For anyone interested in reading this book, check out Amazon’s free preview before you purchase it. It’s a valuable tool for saving time and money when looking for entertaining reading material.
During all of my recent Christmas’, I have been stressed out. This stress came from either traveling, shopping, or cooking. I am looking forward to a relaxing Christmas this year.
Canadian winters have brutally harsh conditions. This makes driving scary and nerve-racking. I often had to drive to visit my family in other towns. Snowy and icy roads were never on my Christmas wish list, but somehow, they would appear in front of me. Maybe Santa decided to give me white knuckles. (White knuckles are caused by gripping a car’s steering wheel too tight.)
Sometimes, I would leave my Christmas shopping to the last minute. This is not uncommon in Canada. Many people go shopping on Christmas Eve (December 24th). Over crowded stores and long line-ups put most people in an obviously, irritable mood. This unpleasant atmosphere is not a place that I ever wished to be. Also, Boxing Day (December 26th) is a huge day for people to go shopping. It is the busiest shopping day of the year in Canada. Most stores have special Boxing Day specials which include the best prices of the year in a lot of cases.
Due to the fact that I graduated from Culinary School, I have inherited the responsibility of cooking Christmas dinner on many occasions. I love to cook, but not when my family has gathered to enjoy time together. Add that to the fact that no household kitchen is as well equipped or spacious as a professional kitchen, and it turns into a frustrating experience. I always was worried if the meal would be satisfactory for the diners. Then after eating, the dreaded cleanup ensued.
I am so happy that I wont have to do any of these activities on Christmas this year. I am glad to get to relax and enjoy my Christmas day. I have no distinct plans, other than not partaking in any of those activities. May we all have a Merry Christmas this year.
Happy Christmas Eve! And best wishes for Christmas tomorrow… and the New Year!
I wonder what Santa Claus will be giving everyone for Christmas this year. If you are having doubts about whether or not Santa will be visiting your tree – or balcony – tomorrow morning, you can always do what I do. Shop for yourself! Shopping is fun and therapeutic. And nothing beats the seasonal sales in Japan.
I’m looking forward to the new year, or, more specifically, 福袋.
And don’t forget to make some New Year’s Resolutions! I make the same resolutions every year…. and promptly forget them a few days later. Although this tradition may seem kind of pointless (because of my lack of dedication to it) it’s still a lot of fun and serves as a small boost of motivation for self-improvement, if only for a short time.
Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions
In North America
1. Spend more time with family and friends
2. Get into shape
3. Lose weight
4. Quit smoking
5. Enjoy life more
6. Quit drinking
7. Get out of debt
8. Learn something new
9. Help others
10. Get organized