I hope everyone has had a joyous and peaceful holiday, and I hope that you got everything you wanted. There are a few things I received that I felt were noteworthy of blog mention.
1. Those that know me well, especially my boss and Chris Grimes over at Albemarle Soundings, will appreciate the fact that I received $40 worth of Bojangles gift certificates. I can hear Jann and Chris both chuckling as they read this one!
2. Every year my mom buys me a Civil War calendar of some sort. This year it turns out to be one featuring Matthew Brady photographs (some well known, others not so much so).
3. Lori bought me a copy of The Everything Knots Book, a guide to tying every type of knot imaginable. This will be handy since I sometimes talk about rope and knot work at our living history shows.
4. Quite possibly the COOLEST thing I got this year, though was also from Lori. She found it and the knot book in a nautical themed store in Beaufort called Scuttlebutt. It is the 2008 Mariner's Book of Days by Peter H. Spectre. This is a calendar/day planner that also has all kinds of interesting information, anecdotes, and nautical stories on each page. Not only is it extremely interesting, but it will surely provide me with weekly blogging material. It is a unique gift that I think will prove very rewarding throughout the entire year. What more could you ask for from a gift?