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My favourite childhood memories often involve being holed up with a book somewhere — on the beach, in a tent, in the chair in the corner of my parents’ living room while the rain poured outside. The love of a good book is a gift I want to pass along to my boys.

Every year, I take a great deal of pleasure in planning what books will be under the tree on Christmas morning. I start making my long list in January, cut it in half by August, and whittle it down to a dozen or so by November. Every year, I wait — watching them open them — to see which one they start first, which ones they can’t put down, and which ones linger until everything else has been read. I like to see if I’m right. I take note when I’m wrong.

Under the tree this year:

1. The Maze Runner Trilogy : My 11yr old is a big fan of The Hunger Games, and whipped through them faster than anything else I’ve seen him read. He started reading this trilogy on Christmas Day and finished the trilogy 2 weeks later.

He loves it and insists that I it is my turn to read it (which I will). He’s a big fan of dystopian literature.

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I like to do a “year in review” every January for the year that went before. This year I have been struggling with it.

December is a hard month for me for many reasons — busy, emotionally-charged, and a minefield of “mother guilt”. My daily struggle with the Depression Devil sitting on my shoulder makes December an uphill battle at best. Many years I have crashed and burned under the stress.


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I always joke that I can geek out on just about anything, given the right incentive:

There was the year I started experimenting with different flours (oh, the variety we had!), and the time I took up handspinning (so much fibre!), and those years when I was a kid when I was so into miniatures (I learned about the importance of scale, and took a night course in drafting at the local college with my Dad). When my oldest son was born, my husband and I ran a website on natural parenting for several years before life got busy and I lost interest (but not before I geeked out on pregnancy tests and peed on just about every stick on the Canadian market, putting them all into a convenient HTML table for easy access). Obsessively geeking out is something on which I thrive when a topic catches my interest.

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I don’t do resolutions anymore — too often, they’d be left undone and become a list of guilt for things I’d wanted to accomplish, but never did. A few years ago, I wrote up a short list that I reaffirm every year — Resolve — and I recommit to it again this year. I didn’t do it all perfectly — my aim to be creative every day slid a bit, unless you count roasting coffee as being “Creative” — but I more or less stayed on track and overall am happy with how 2011 unfolded.

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