One and a half weeks to go! This week, I've managed to get myself a lot more organised and have largely finished my Christmas shopping. All I need to do is pick up a few bottles of wine for the people I work with, and I'll be done. Family presents are all bought and some of them are even wrapped, which is a relief. Thankfully the hardest person of all to buy for, my sister, gave me specific instructions on what she wanted this year, which made the whole process much less stressful. Last night, my husband and I wrapped up a few presents whilst watching Muppet Christmas Carol, which was fun.
Speaking of A Christmas Carol, this week Riv and I are going to be reading it together, to celebrate the run up to the holidays. It's a book I've read many times before, as my parents gave me a copy as a child, which is rather battered now. As I am now the owner of the collected works of Dickens in the vintage paperback editions, I'll be reading the version you can see above. A Christmas Carol itself is only 100-ish pages, but the book also includes some other Christmas stories, which I might try if the mood strikes me.
I'm extremely pleased that this upcoming week is the last week of the autumn term. This term has honestly been the hardest since I started teaching five years ago, for a variety of reasons, and what with that and pregnancy related exhaustion, I have struggled to make it through. I can not wait to wake up next Saturday morning knowing that it is the holidays. The holidays themselves are pretty bad this year, as I only get one week and three days, rather than the standard two weeks. But I'll just have to make the most of the time and try to relax as much as possible. Thankfully my appetite is returning now, my morning sickness is continuing to wear off, and at 15 weeks pregnant, I'm starting to get a little tiny bump.
This week, I've been reading: