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First of all, Happy New Year. May this 2012 be everything you thought it would be, and more! May it bless you with kindness, love, and peace. I’m hoping for better!

I have had a rough time while on my vacation. I’ve had two weeks off and I’ve been sick the whole time. There has been no writing, no reading, no chores, no cooking. Nothing has been done. I’m missing a lot while I’m down. But I am getting better. Hopefully, I will have more energy tomorrow when I go back to work. And, I can’t wait to have more energy to get back to my writing and reading. I’ve got some #WriteMotivation to give and receive! ๐Ÿ˜€ (Need to know what I’m talking about? Check out KT Hanna’s post about it.)

For Christmas, we pretty much made out like bandits! ๐Ÿ™‚ We bought our son his own microscope. Not those janky kind made out of plastic, but a real microscope. It’s the Celestron 44340 LCD Digital LDM Biological Microscope.ย  And we all can look at the cool microscopic images at the same time and take pictures to share with the world. He also got pre-made slides, a slide making kit, and a grow your own bacteria kit. Pretty cool, right? We think so, but we are geeks. ๐Ÿ™‚

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In November, I won a 320Gig HDD for an xBox 360. Only problem was, it was for the new slims.ย  So, with the Gamestop Power Up Platinum card and a trade in for the new 4Gig Kinect, we got the family an unexpected Christmas present, along with the new “hot” Skylanders game. Now we are on a quest to find all the Skylanders! hehe

We also got ourselves a Sleep Number bed. Our current matress was 17 years old and we knew it was time when the side wires started poking out of the matress and the sagginess just hurt our backs so bad. It didn’t take long for it to come in. We had it by the 23rd and it took a couple of days to get the sleep number just right, at least for me. Hubs is still trying to find his number. What works for him on his back is completely different from when he sleeps on his belly. So he’s been waking up with a sore back every morning. But, he says it quickly goes away-unlike the old matress.

We knew we wanted to get one of these for a couple of years. When our son was still in his crib/daybed we purchased a 4″ memory foam topper and quickly got rid of that. It was way too hot to sleep on! It did make a nice padding at the foot of our son’s bed when we took off the side rails and he fell out occassionally ๐Ÿ™‚ so it didn’t go to complete waste! When he outgrew his crib/daybed we bought him a sleep number bed. Heck, it was cheaper than a regular matress! So we have our new bed. ๐Ÿ™‚

My dad loves gemstones and jewelry. I mean, he literally watches the gem channel like people watch the NFL network. ๐Ÿ™‚ But seriously, he does buy a lot of nice stuff for him, mom and me and my husband.

Check these out:

For my Birthday 2011, dad had this ring made. 2 light blue Tanzanites next to a pink something or another.
I tried wearing it, but it was just too tall.

So my dad bought me this for Christmas 2011.
Did you know about BLUE diamonds? I’m in love now!
2 different color Tanzanite earrings
The studs were from Christmas 2010
The dangles are from Christmas 2011
African Opal studdedย earrings
For my hubs, he’s always been interested in uncut, raw gems. So this is what he got:
Rough, uncut, champaign diamonds
Rough, uncut Opal
Rough, uncut Tanzanite
So, yeah, we made out, eh? ๐Ÿ™‚
Here’s hoping we all have a blessed New Year, filled with good news. Unfortunately, my 2011 ended on a sad note: My December KazkaPress Challenge did not get picked. My streak has ended. Here’s hoping for good news this month. ๐Ÿ™‚
Check out my friend’s accepted stories on “Who the hell is Santa Claus?”
Maybe I will post mine for you to read? I think it was just too traditional for Kazka Press. What say you? Free on my blog? Or should I find a new publishing home for it?
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