saturday was a really good day!
the volunteering opportunity was lots of fun! i was a the check in desk for volunteers, and i think i'm going to request that particular job for any other times i'm able to volunteer for a FIRST event. i really love that part!! there was also a very cute & funny guy ... *grin*
i got quite a bit of christmas shopping done afterward. bath & body works, the JD store, and then i decided to go to the book rack while i waited to meet mom for lunch. i hadn't been to the book rack in a couple months, which is just crazy! but i've been buying books from amazon & prior to my "break" i had been in there a couple times a week for a few months & wanted to give the books time to regen. (that will make sense to you if you're a bookstore addict like me!) i'm so glad i chose yesterday to go in! i had a feeling i should go...
so, there was an author there doing a signing, E.D. Martin. i picked up a signed copy of her book, The Lone Wolf, and it looks good. : ) i love supporting indie authors, local authors, big-name authors who have the personality of indie authors... you know, they sell thousands upon thousands of books, and are loved in many countries, but they're humble & nice & regular-ppl-like? anyway, she was super nice & passionate about her book, and also had a really cool watch. heh. "it's just a cheap plastic watch," she said, but i liked it anyway! : )
oh, also, as a side note, when i walked in - even after not being there for a couple months - i was greeted w/ "hi carrie!" and that made me feel warm & fuzzy & happy inside.
AND i found a couple books by favored authors that i didn't have yet.
also, i learned my lesson about picking up books from other favorite authors w/o the book that has my lists - i ended up buying one of JQ's that i already have... d'oh!
i met mom for lunch at the new osaka, and it was DELISH!! huge buffet line! i was smart & got a plate of regular food & a plate of sushi, so that way i didn't have to go back up! *laugh* it was nice to have an opportunity to chat w/ mom, too. she's still super stressed, but she was in a good mood & she & aunt jan & aunt janie (& aunt carol? i assume all of them...) have set up a time to discuss some stuff, so that will be good.
i came home to a BIG BOX OF BOOKS! i would insert a picture of them here, but for some reason my wonderful option of adding pictures from my phone is having issues... *pouty face* ah well, anyway, i read Connected By the Sea for a bit & then headed over to phil's to hang out w/ leyton for a bit. that way phil could get a few hours of sleep before work & mom could go to saturday service. : ) leyton & i were mostly doing our own thing - i was reading & he was playing Guns & then football on his dad's phone. heh. i made him turn Guns down - those machine guns are loud!! before i left, we did manage to play together a bit - he wanted to show me his fighting skills - that kid can PUNCH! i wish i had the money (or any of us did) to get him into MA. i know he'd love it! but, he's in baseball & basketball & enjoys those, so i suppose he can't be in everything! *laugh*
when mom got home, i headed to CFA to meet jessica for dinner. we had a great visit as always! she is one of those ppl that i'm comfortable w/. we don't get to see each other often, but when we do it's chat-chat-chat & there's no feeling of "haven't seen you in awhile what do we talk about?" ya know? that right there, kids, is a sign of a good friend!
however, by the end of the day i was EXHAUSTED (pleasantly so) & i ended up falling asleep w/ only like 10 pages of my book left! it was a good day. i needed a good day!! : )
today has been very relaxing & restful. finished CBtS & read A Beautiful Wedding (such a perfect novella for fans of Beautiful Disaster & Walking Disaster!!) & now i'm going to read a bit of Text before heading over to trish's to hang out & watch our shows. woot!
i hope your weekend has been a good one, and that you have a beautiful monday!! : )