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Weekend Thread: Dec. 29, 2017 - Jan. 1, 2018 Ringing in the New Year!

The Green Dragon

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1MrsLee
Dec 29, 2017, 9:12am Top

Here is a holiday which applies to most of us, although I realize that some folks have other versions/time of the New Year. So, do you have any plans?

I am squandering my reading time between the holiday weekends (although I did have to work Tues.-Fri.) by playing Pocket Camp on my phone and watching the television series "Glitch." Can't seem to pick up a book right now. However, I plan for this weekend to be almost non-stop book related activities, if not actual reading. Then, on the 1st, I shall begin A Gentleman in Moscow.

My sister and her husband will be here for dinner on Saturday night. The menu will be clam chowder (white kind, not red), fresh and pickled vegetables, and some sort of good bread for soup.

Other than that, I do not plan to cook, I plan to work on my LT library and play with my year-end reading stats, and possibly even read a little.

2Bookmarque
Dec 29, 2017, 9:42am Top

It's minus 14 right now and not going to get much warmer all week, so mostly I'll be inside. Probably reading and watching the DVDs we each got for Christmas. Also working on best of lists and posts - books and my photos.

3majkia
Edited: Dec 29, 2017, 10:03am Top

It is even cold here in Florida (my part anyway). Lows most of the week in low 30s and down into the 20s starting New Years Eve.

Nothing exciting planned, but getting ready for cataract surgery on the 2nd.

ETA: We've been bingeing on Stranger Things on Netflix. Very good!

4tardis
Dec 29, 2017, 10:16am Top

It's -30C (-22F) here at 8 am, heading for a high of -27C. As far as spending time outdoors, that's a big nope. Great for sitting indoors and reading though. Or binge-watching things on Netflix, which I'm doing when my migraine gets too bad to focus on a book.

There will be some house-cleaning, too, and going out long enough to get groceries, and I'm working on the hort society's website a bit.

I love New Year's Eve fireworks, but the temperature forecast is -24C (not counting wind chill) so it's unlikely I'll attend. I'll most likely take down Christmas decorations on January 1st or 2nd.

5gilroy
Dec 29, 2017, 10:27am Top

Woke up to it being 18F outside this morning, wind chill of 10F. Cold, for Maryland and DC anyway.

Weekend plans: Continue moving Fiancé in with me. Settle furniture and such.
Probably be in bed by 9 or 10 pm on Sunday.

They're talking a flurry of activity overnight, but doubtful we'll have accumulated snow...

6hfglen
Dec 29, 2017, 10:42am Top

22°C here right now; tomorrow predicted to be 12 to 29C. MacHinery (you know all computers are of Scottish descent, don't you?) is back from hospital, yay. Apparently the problem was a speck of dust in the hard-disc cable.

7suitable1
Dec 29, 2017, 11:30am Top

>4 tardis:

It's dry cold.

8tardis
Dec 29, 2017, 12:12pm Top

>7 suitable1: It certainly is!

9catzteach
Dec 29, 2017, 1:22pm Top

So cold in places! We are unusually warm here. It’s almost 50F!

We never do much for New Year’s. We will have a quiet weekend at home. I do have a friend getting married on the 1st, so we will do that. Otherwise, I’m hoping to read. I want to finish my current book because Artemis is ready for pick up at the library and I want to get started on it.

10theexiledlibrarian
Dec 29, 2017, 10:20pm Top

I’m at Disney World with my husband, daughter, SIL and granddaughters. Totally exhausted every night! We will be spending New Year’s Eve at Epcot.

11MrsLee
Dec 30, 2017, 9:03am Top

12Darth-Heather
Dec 30, 2017, 9:15am Top

>10 theexiledlibrarian: how fun! How is the weather there?

My cold from last weekend turned into a week-long case of laryngitis. I tried going to work on Wednesday but can't answer the phone or meet with clients, so I stayed home after that. Hoping to avoid catching anything else while I"m already sick. My voice went completely out on Monday, but this morning I finally woke up with the ability to make a little squeaking sound so I hope I'm on the mend.

At first, Kitties were alarmed by being whispered at, but now they are used to it, and haven't minded spending the week on the couch with me.

13MrsLee
Dec 30, 2017, 9:29am Top

>12 Darth-Heather: I hope you get completely well soon! This latest cold/cough thing in our area seems like a tough one to get over.

14jillmwo
Edited: Dec 30, 2017, 5:21pm Top

>12 Darth-Heather: and >13 MrsLee: There's certainly something going around and the season isn't helping things. 18 degrees F here this morning. Got out of bed which was not (after all) THAT warm and got dressed; came downstairs and promptly got under the electric throw my husband gave me for Christmas to ensure I could feel my toes. A breakfast of English Muffins and eggs helped. Jeez louise! I do not need another cup of hot coffee, but I may make some anyhow. It's cold and snow is impacting plans to see family.

This weekend, I'm reading The Year of the Fat Knight by Antony Sher and I have a DVD of Sher playing the title role of King Lear which I hope we'll watch on New Years Day. Spouse is reading Year of the King by the same author. I have spent big bucks on books ordered from the Folio Society's New Year's Day End of Year sale (Edited to add that subsequently I cancelled the order w/ some regret. OTOH, we do need a snow-blower for the driveway if spouse is not to die from cardiac issues associated with shoveling.)

I'm watching Glenn Close in Crooked House on my tablet.

If this doesn't indicate a certain amount of privilege (warmth, food, books, electronic devices) then probably nothing does. I'm very lucky.

15Mareofthesea
Dec 30, 2017, 2:36pm Top

It’s been a while since I’ve found the time to check in here, hello to ya’ll! To all those feeling sickly, feel better soon! This year has been a nasty one for stubborn bugs.

We are under that same cold spell as the rest of Canada and hibernating seems to be the plan for the weekend. When it’s -33C, -40 with windchill the urge to leave the couch with the warm blankets and cats diminishes quickly.

Work has gotten in the way of life lately and my reading has certainly suffered. Been busy opening a second location with all the construction and set up and leasing headaches that go with it. As the only person from the operations side in town full time, I’ve spent a fair amount of time driving between locations. We finally hired right before Christmas so as soon as she is trained fully I kinda, sorta get my life back.

New Years plans include brownies, ice cream, hot toddy’s and a Harry Potter movie marathon with the boyfriend. Goal is to make it through the first 3 without pissing him off as I talk along to the actors. It’s a good thing he finds me adorable.

Happy holidays and Happy New Year to all of you. May 2018 be everything you dream of.

16BookstoogeLT
Dec 30, 2017, 10:10pm Top

Going to be a busy writing weekend as I Roundup December then wrapup the whole year. I figure by Monday I should be completely worded out!

17Darth-Heather
Dec 31, 2017, 9:47am Top

>15 Mareofthesea: Harry Potter marathon is so much fun! This year we are doing the LOTR trilogy again, because I never get tired of it. I hope your goal is met; that is the reason why my hubband will no longer watch Monty Python with me.

18NorthernStar
Edited: Dec 31, 2017, 12:51pm Top

Well, we're really in the deepfreeze right now. All week we were warmer than most of western Canada, but yesterday the cold caught up with us. It's been between -40 at night and up to -33°C daytime high. I went to see Murder on the Orient Express Friday night - loved it. Yesterday had a fire call (false alarm), did some cleaning, and went for a ski during the day. Evening was supposed to be a Moonlight Ski with the ski club. I usually organize them, and given the weather, told our fire builder not to bother coming out. I decided to show up anyway, and went for a ski - it was beautiful. Cold isn't bad as long as you're dressed for it. Today I'll get out for another ski, and plan to stay home and watch movies tonight. Tomorrow - same. Then back to work Tuesday.

19BookstoogeLT
Dec 31, 2017, 2:16pm Top

Just finished writing up my Year in Review post and scheduled it for midnite. Holy smokes, probably the wordiest post I've written all year.

I'll be putting the link in my new 2018 thread tomorrow (lots of pictures, so link only to my WP account).

20reading_fox
Edited: Jan 1, 3:30pm Top

Happy New Year everyone!
I'd normally have been out with friends somewhere but came back from my parents on Friday with a nasty lurgy and have consequently spent most of the last few days in bed with meds. OtherHalf and I did manage to make it to our local today for a roast dinner, so we're on the mend I hope. It's about 10C here and I've got snowdrops in the garden, unseasonably warm! Still haven't seen Star wars which was in the plans but put off by the bug.

I'm just finishing of the last couple of reviews from the end of the year, and then I can update best of lists etc, and start the new reading one.

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