Working the Festive Season

Christmas and New Year’s is such a fun time in South Africa. It’s the middle of Summer. The weather is gorgeous, perfect for swimming and braaing, spending time with family, and reading.

It’s my first festive season of working full-time.

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Books I Hope Santa Will Bring This Year

As is my tradition, I’m snubbing a Top Ten Tuesday topic and moving this one earlier, so I can give my loved ones long enough to catch my hints! For some reason I only have ten books on my list that I absolutely desperately want. Lucky family 😉

Also, I’ve linked to online South African retailers sooooo I’ve made it really easy for them! 😉

1. The World of PostSecret by Frank Warren

Because I love PostSecret and I’m a little sad that I still don’t have this one!


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Gifts For Your Medical Student

Leading up to last week’s graduation ceremonies (in a year it will be my turn!) a lot of parents and significant-others asked me what they could get their sons and daughters, who would now be qualified as doctors, as a small gift. Everybody wants to get their child a car or something else splashy, but as we all know, the economy is not conducive to that. And anyway, a spoiled child is never attractive, whether they are five or twenty-five.

Sometimes it can be hard getting a nice gift for a medical student child or girl/boyfriend. Graduation season might be over for now, but there are other occasions too (hint, hint). So these are just a few suggestions of the many, many options.

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TTT: Requests to Santa

It’s Christmas! And unlike Halloween and Thanksgiving, we do celebrate this one in South Africa (what a relief)! Last year I made a wish list with The Broke and the Bookish, and I got two of those books. Here are my “Top Ten Books I wouldn’t mind Santa bringing me”. Pretty please, Santa! I should note that I don’t generally buy normal reading books, as I feel I’ll only read them once, in which case I could get them from the library. So a book’s gotta be pretty special for me to want to own a copy thereof.

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TTT: …and the season of receiving?

In my family, Christmas is a cozy affair. We aim to buy well-thought through gifts, but they are not generally excessive or expensive. And I don’t mind at all. I love being loved and splashy gifts are not a necessity. However, if money was not an issue, these would be the top ten books on my Dear Santa list (as hosted by The Broke and the Bookish):

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