Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Book Blogger Secret Santa Gift Arrives!

My Book Blogger Secret Santa gift has arrived! It actually got here on Monday, but since the past couple of days have been a blur of working and getting holiday things done, I'm just getting a moment to post now. Now, my secret santa was clever and wrote on the outside of the package that this was from my secret santa. I could have chosen to wait until Christmas to open it, but I lack willpower when it comes to not opening packages containing books, and I REALLY lack willpower when it comes to opening packages that contain books that also happen to be presents! I did good, though. The mail arrived at about 10:30 AM and I managed to wait until 9:30 PM to open it. That's almost twelve hours, people! This is what I did to distract myself from opening that tantalizing package:

  • laundry
  • baked 6 dozen cookies to be given as gifts to teachers/bosses/etc.
  • cleaned up after said baking
  • fed hubby and kids
  • packed hubby's lunch and sent him off to work for 1:30 pm
  • did a bus run (1.5 hours)
  • cooked dinner
  • phoned my mom
  • thought about blogging for a bit and then read blogs in Google Reader instead
  • took a bath and read a book
  • managed to not get the book wet
  • broke up 9,673 fights between my children as to who was playing with what toy last (even if the toy in question hasn't been played with in a month)
Finally I could deal with the temptation no longer and I ripped open the package as quickly as I could! This is what my wonderful secret santa sent me:

  • From Here to Maternity by Sinead Moriarty- This book has been on my wishlist since I read The Baby Trail (the first book in the series) earlier this year. It drives me crazy reading only one book in the series, so I can't wait to read this!
  • Changes by Ama Ata Aidoo- This is a women's fiction book that my secret santa has read and enjoyed. Thank-you so much for this one! I love being introduced to new authors, and this story is set in Accra, Ghana, which allows me to indulge my inner armchair traveller as well.
  • A beautiful "Peace" ornament for my Christmas tree
  • 2 postcards from my secret santa's home province, PEI
  • a candy cane
  • chocolate
  • a beautiful card with cyptic clues as to my secret santa's identity

My secret santa has chosen to remain anonymous, but has left me enough clues that I should be able to track her down! For now, though, thank-you, thank-you, thank-you!!!! The books and treats that you picked out made my week. I can't wait to read both of the books that you chose for me, and I'm so happy to be introduced to a new author to boot! Oh, and the chocolate? It disappeared moments after I took the picture. Delicious chocolate never lasts long in my house!

EDITED TO ADD: I have found my Secret Santa! A big thank-you to fellow Canadian blogger Amy of Amy Reads!


  1. You have been super busy! Your Secret Santa gifts seem like the perfect reward for a busy week; enjoy

  2. What a lovely gift from your Secret Santa.


  3. How fun! From Here To Maternity looks cute. Of my three Secret Santa exchanges, two of them are anonymous... and I have absolutely zero clues as to who they're from... or even which exchange they came from! One package was sent directly from a bookstore in New York City with no note at all, and the other from a private address... but no note or identification. A mystery!

  4. I'm glad you figured out it was me :) I was giggling reading the post and was really hoping I had left enough clues. I hope that you enjoy your gift and have a great Christmas and New Year!