Books, More Books & Cookbooks

**Merry Christmas! I am currently en route to Virginia to spend the weekend with my family. I hope everyone is having a fabulous holiday with loved ones! **

Fiancé and I decided to exchange presents Wednesday night since we were going to be with his family all day Thursday and then traveling to Virginia all day Friday. I think the real reason we exchanged early was to spread out our days of presents!

This year, fiancé and I decided to put a limit on our gift giving to each other. We spent a lot of money on our gifts to our parents, which was tickets to see the Radio City Rockettes and dinner. I also have a tendency to go overboard with gifts, so it was nice to have a budget. I didn’t stick to our little budget, neither did fiancé, but we stayed in that realm.

I got lots of reading to do from Fiancé! He got me these awesome photography books to help me with my SLR. I am really interested in photography and want to learn how to use my SLR to the best of my abilities. I would love to take a class one day! He also got me this awesome flexpod for my point and shoot. That’s going to be so much fun to play with for pictures for the blog!

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He also got me Mastering the Art of French Cooking Vol. 1 & 2. We recently watched Julie & Julia together on Netflix and I totally loved it. I am so inspired to learn how to cook a wider variety of things! I am excited to see what these cookbooks have to offer!

He also got me a rolling pin since I was in dire need of it the other day. I feel like a real cook in the kitchen now!

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As you may know, I am an avid reader. School has recently pushed my pleasure reading to the wayside, but I am hoping to finish a book or two during my vacation. Fiancé also got me Pride and Prejudice AND Price & Prejudice & Zombies. I have never read the classic and the new version has gotten some good reviews! They have both been on my swaptree list and I am excited to read them both!

I plan to read the original first! Have you ever read either of these?

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Books, books and cookbooks! I have lots of reading to do! I am so happy that fiancé hit all my favorite things: Cooking, Photography and pleasure reading! I love them all!

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I got fiancé a few things but the main gift was I got him a private lesson at the Philadelphia Archery & Gun Club. He has always said he wanted to learn how to fire a gun, and now he’s going to learn how. I think he really liked it, he was pretty excited about firing a weapon!

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I hope everyone is enjoying their holidays! I will be back later with a Christmas in Virginia post!

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  • Reply Dori December 25, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    I loooooved Pride & Prejudice. I read it in high school and then bought myself a copy right after so I'd have one to keep. Never read the new version but it looked funny when I saw it at Barnes & Noble!

  • Reply THE ACTORS DIET December 25, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    i've never read those books but have always been curious. have a good trip down to virginia – i am actually headed to philly in a few days. merry xmas!

  • Reply Julie @savvyeats December 26, 2009 at 12:11 am

    I am such a reader, too, but I can't say I've read either of those books.

    What is swaptree? It sounds like something I'd like… 🙂

  • Reply amanda December 26, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    such fun gifts. new toys are exciting.

    pride and prejudice is just wonderful! truly a classic and one of my favorites.

  • Reply RhodeyGirl December 28, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Dude your boy really listens to you! I didn't get a photography lesson or anything camera related!

    I got… BATH AND BODY WORKS SOAPS? wtf? most random gift ever. i did get some nice things too though.

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