Whew! Finally a chance to sit down and recap my holiday!
First of all: the lovely yuletide
story I received! It's in the C.S. Lewis fandom, set in the last book of his Space trilogy, That Hideous Strength
. It gives the backstory for Dr. Grace Ironwood, one of the inhabitants of the Fisher-King's household. The story is Still In My Pilgrimage
, and while filling in Grace's tale, it also gives us a bit about some of the other people there, such as the Dimbles and Ivy Brown. It's a very introspective character study. If you have ever read THS it will resonate for you, but even if you are not familiar with the canon, there is a lot to admire in this lovely piece.
And my Christmas! The DH and I got a gift for the both of us-- a new scanner, printer, copier. It's one of the new Kodak ones, that uses less expensive ink.
He also gave me a very awesome gadget, if I can only get it to work-- there were no directions for it! But it is a Monteverde Invincia 4 GB USB Flash Drive Ballpoint Pen
. I'm supposed to be able to write with it, and then upload what I write onto my computer…the jury is out as to whether I will be able to get it to work.
In addition, I got some other great things: the complete audio book set of LotR! 52 discs! and the boxed set of The History of The Hobbit
and a copy of Letters From Father Christmas
by JRRT. The latter is utterly charming! I think it is going to be a good deal of fun from what I can tell so far!
My son gave me Susan Boyle's new CD, I Dreamed a Dream
. My word, she can *sing*!
Our day was very busy. We had our traditional brunch of steak and waffles, and then, contrary to our usual tradition, we cleaned house! The day before, our pastor came into the store to pick up a few groceries, and we talked. I found out that his wife had to go into the hospital again and his kids were with their grandparents, and he was alone on Christmas! So I impulsively invited him to join us for Christmas dinner! He came and we had a very nice dinner (ham and other traditional fixings) and a good visit with him. (If you should happen to think of it, send up a little prayer for his family. His wife has chronic health problems, and they just seem to get worse and worse, and they have two young kids.)
I haven't had a chance to peruse the other Yuletide fics yet, but I know my recipient liked the one I wrote, at least.
Well, now I'm going to try and see if I can get into AO3 and check out some of the other Yuletide stories!
I hope everyone on my flist had a lovely holiday! ((((((((((((((hugs to you all)))))))))))))))))