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christmas presents! miracles and used books


Christmas 2006
more magic ♥
magic! ♥

magical foyer 2006
magical foyer

christmastree 2006
Christmastree 2006

fabulous christmassy elya!
fabulous Christmassy elya!

sam, natty, sadie, Mr. Ben christmas 06
Sam, Natty, Sadie, Mr. Ben -- I love Sam's expression!

natty, sadie, Mr. Ben christmas 06
Natty, Sadie, Mr. Ben

Miss K, elya, Saundra christmas 06
Miss K, elya, Saundra -- and JJ isn't in any of the photos because he took the job of handing out presents and was moving too much for any photos.

blurry (sadly that's all I ever get) my partner
blurry (sadly that's all I ever get) my partner


and my loot! XD I am still so thrilled about this ♥ ♥ ♥ Oh what the hell, I'll "show not tell":

3 torey hayden books!!!
3 torey hayden books!!!

why miraculous? because Miss K gave me (and my partner) credit at a used book store as a present, and we went there day after Christmas and they had the LAST THREE Torey Hayden books, the only ones I didn't have!!!!!!!! 'coincidences' like this are why it's easy for me to believe in God/dess and the power of the unseen. just holy wonder, seriously. I exclaimed over the miracle and my partner was all 'yeah that's great' but Miss K agreed with me as I gushed over how fabulous her present was. Miracles don't have to save someone's life, sometimes they're just God/dess's way of showing you love.

my hayden (non-fiction) collection is complete ♥

my hayden (non-fiction) collection is complete ♥ (I have One Child too but it's at my 'rents house)

and I took that photo with my BRAND NEW TRIPOD from my partner!

so exciting! it's all fancy-fancy and tall! I can't wait to use it for real.


and he also got me this silver dragonfly necklace! it has my favorite dragonfly wing shape -- it may bot be anatomically accurate but I like pointy wings on dragonflies.


and a gorgeous dragonfly pin! I love the wing patterns! I put it on my spirituality plant for the photo. ;-) (which seriously needs dusting)

MY RICHNESS
MY RICHNESS

That would be Twilight Children, Beautiful Child, and Just Another Kid by Torey Hayden; the Journeys of the Catechist series by Alan Dean Foster; 3 Acorna series novels by Anne McCaffery & Elizabeth Scarborough; Song Of Sorcery by Elizabeth Scarborough; Mara, an Ancient Egyptian historical fiction; Does It Matter? a philosophical book; A Tagore Reader, a Rabindranath Tagore collection!!!!! with that fabulous old book richness of pages and scent; Born To Rebel, a novel on the psychology of birth order; RAMSES: Son of Light, an Ancient Egyptian historical fiction, another miraculous find, very very very hard to find and usually expensive, 'just happens' to be the one I wanted the most! by Christian Jacq; The Debt, an Angela Hunt novel; Silk Road, a historical fiction set in China; and a book of Native American legends!!!  Half of these are from one used book store where I dumped off my Piers Anthony novels (now that I'm a little more aware, his sexism overwhelms his talent and I just can't stand him anymore) and the other half are from the credit that Miss K gave me. ;-)

also got Darren Hayes' Spin, Heather Nova's South, PJ Harvey's To Date promo disc, Lifehouse's No Name Face, No Doubt's Rock Steady, and the Mr. Deeds and School Of Rock DVDs, from Miss K's credit!

I love love love used books. If they cost the same I'd still prefer a used book over a new one. Used ones have a history, and if they're a powerful book then they have absorbed the emotion of another reader, which heightens my own emotion in reading it. I feel like I am experiencing the book along with the former reader. And if they're old in addition to being used, they have that old book smell that is an emotional aphrodisiac to any bibliophile. The only way I ever buy a new book is if I can't find a used copy or I need it in a tearing hurry. Or if I'm getting it as a present for someone who doesn't feel the same way about used books, heh.

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Comments
smurfb1ue ══╣╠══
The foyer is lovely. It makes me want to do that so I can have magic all year round.
belenen ══╣christmassy╠══
I know!!! I want a room like that... but with transparent, multicolored glass balls...
smurfb1ue ══╣sister of my heart II╠══
The light reflecting from the transparent glass would be gorgeous, kind of like sprites dancing to catch the light.
belenen ══╣ethereal╠══
ohhhhhhhhhh yes! XD
dragonwine ══╣Alex: Surprised or offended? Who knows?╠══
Absolutely beautiful..
belenen ══╣christmassy╠══
I agree! ;-)
aubkabob ══╣╠══
aww, i'm glad that you had such a wonderful holiday, my dear. i recently decided to try the mccaffery books again, as i tried them as a teen and just couldn't get into them. (i had only been into the fantasy genre a short time and was still absorbing all that was possible in that realm, and the books seemed a bit too intelligent for my fantasy iq at the time...)

and i love your reasoning behind used books, which is so the reason why i prefer them, as well. i signed up for the qpb club and scifi book club as a way to easily fill my collection with things that i had been missing from my move up here, but as soon as i complete my obligations to the club, i'm definitely going back to the used book stores in the area and half.com.
belenen ══╣bluestocking╠══
Oh I could never get into the Pern books... most of her work isn't my thing, but there are some that I just love: the "Freedom" series and the "Acorna" series.

Used books are love!
smurfb1ue ══╣light .:. smurfb1ue╠══
I was just looking back at an old entry from your one year anniversary and I was reminded of how beautiful your vows were. It is my hope [and prayer] that you and Ben love each other more today than that day and that your journey of knowing one another and yourself never ends.
belenen ══╣semi aitiaidi colour roc╠══
awwwww thank you lovey! ♥ ♥ ♥
armandii ══╣╠══
We have exactly the same tripods.
Awesome foyer.
belenen ══╣christmassy╠══
cool! and I agree (it's Ben's parent's foyer)
paradigm_shift ══╣╠══
Thats so neat that you found the books! Love the necklace too :-)
belenen ══╣beautiful╠══
;-) thanks!
delicatexflower ══╣amy lee ][ imaginary╠══

i love books, too.
used books are great, too.

i love the feel and smell of books, too.

am i a big dork or what? haha.

<3
belenen ══╣bluestocking╠══
not dork, bibliophile! XD or bluestocking. ;-)
kevloid2006 ══╣╠══
did you hire a trapeze artist to hang those? :-)
belenen ══╣christmassy╠══
it's Ben's parent's house -- they used a ladder. ;-)
shadowlily ══╣╠══
aye, used books just exude the love they've been given ^^
belenen ══╣bluestocking╠══
♥ ♥ ♥ exactly!
acid_burns ══╣cold case / partners in crime╠══
oh man. wow :)


and I can't even begin to say how I love the name Sadie.


belenen ══╣heart in my throat╠══
eeeee! I am the luckiest girl in the world. ;-)
bellerisa ══╣merry Worf╠══
Oh the decorations are so pretty - blue baubles! And I love the dragonflies you lucky thing!
belenen ══╣christmassy╠══
oh fabulous, you love dragonflies? I've loved them for yeeeeeeears, have them all over the place 'cause people give them to me for presents. ;-)
darkpool ══╣╠══
I loved Mara, I had it when I was young. I had another really good set in Egypt one to that you would probably like. I'llhave to remember the title sometime.
belenen ══╣curious╠══
oh definitely! I'd love to look for it.
darkpool ══╣╠══
It's called The Golden Goblet. It's not as good as Mara, but it's decent and also set in Egypt.

http://www.amazon.com/Golden-Goblet-Newbery-Library-Puffin/dp/0140303359/ref=pd_bxgy_b_text_b/102-3643355-7200947
belenen ══╣bluestocking╠══
*adds to list*
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