I’m BACK! Helloooo 2014!


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I’ve missed everyone!

I’m back from my blogging break and ready to go! Tomorrow I will get back to reviewing books. I’ve read some great ones over my break and can’t wait to tell you about them!

But Β first – some silliness!


I am pointing at a sign that says Pi = 3.14 = Pizza Pie = yum.

The picture is for Mrs. RoZo (Julie Rowan-Zoch at julierowanzoch.wordpress.com). When I told her I had an Einstein wig, she wanted pictures. I thought I lost the mustache, but then found it with the lab coat. I tried to smile but every time I did, the mustache fell off! πŸ˜‰

How was your holiday break?

I had a great time (even though my parents made me stay off the computer for about a whole week, but I had lots of fun anyway πŸ˜‰ ). I got some great things for Christmas: A wonderful mug with two of my favorite things (besides raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles, warm woolen mittens, and brown paper packages tied up with string) on it – Doctor Who (the person who said the quote) and books (the subject of said quote):


So true, Doctor, so true.

A cool light switch cover! It totally shows my geekiness, but WHO CARES??? It’s my room after all! πŸ™‚


Hey, I just noticed… If you choose the Dark Side of the Force, you save electricity… Hmm…

I really love this home-made Snowglobe Josie made for me. She used Legos, some glitter and a mason jar. Isn’t it great?!?


It’s a Capture the Flag scene… That never ends. πŸ˜‰

And I really love my bookshelves. My dad and I built them over Christmas break. Β I filled them up on the Β day we got them done. πŸ™‚ Now my bedroom feels like home! πŸ™‚


Notice the stunning hat – it was a present too! πŸ™‚

I am wearing a very cool t-shirt I got for my birthday –


I made Josie some really cool home-made fairy wings for a Christmas present. Here she is, modeling them. πŸ™‚


Notice the beautiful artwork. πŸ˜‰


The Gathering Books Blog had a feature about Fairies a while back and Fats Suela posted the instructions for making the fairy wings. When I saw it, I knew I wanted to make them for Josie. I was happy Josie liked them so much. πŸ™‚ I told Ms. Suela I’d post pictures of them when Josie opened them… so here they are! You can see the post that has the video on how to make them HERE.

One really cool thing our family did for the season is that my family helped out at Toys for Tots in our county. I never knew what happened to all the toys that get donated and now I do. We helped a great Marine named George who danced with the Princess of Denmark when he was stationed there (George had a ton of great stories). George had to fill orders for 600 kids from our county and he needed a lot of help. I couldn’t believe how much work there was to do. Our job was to get a description of a kid (like boy – 8 years old – likes Star Wars and comics) and try to match toys to the kid. The room we were in had toys all over and we had to search through everything to find things that we thought the kids would like. I tried to do the best I could. I was kind of sad because so many kids were asking for bikes and George literally had one bike in his donation pile. It made me think how lucky I am to have a bike. Mostly we were able to get the things kids asked for and that made me feel great. We helped George out for 2 nights (about 5 hours each night). It was hard work, but I hope we get to do it next year too.

I didn’t make any “resolutions.” Did you?

Check out my Books I read HERE. I started counting them March 7, 2013. I ended up with 276 books in 2013. I have 6 read for January 2014 so far.

How have you been? πŸ™‚

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60 replies

  1. If you switch to the Dark Side to save electricity, you won’t be able to FIND a book in that GREAT bookcase, never mind READ one Erik LOL πŸ˜€

  2. Great Einstein outfit! And I love all your gifts, especially the homemade ones! I think I’m going to steal your idea and showcase some of my thoughtful gifts as well on my blog this wk.

  3. Welcome back, Erik! I’m so glad you had a fantastic vacation — we missed you, though! Great gifts. Absolutely fabulous. And those bookshelves! I’m looking forward to your reviews. (Wow, you read a lot. I knew that already, but seeing the number of books — wow.)

  4. Welcome back, E. I think you look like a total hipster in the hat. It’s awesome. I’m working on a LEGO house for next Christmas. Nah. I’m lying again. We don’t even have any LEGOs around here. I LOVE the LEGO snow globe that Josie made.

    Love and licks,

  5. Yay, you are back! Sounds like a fantastic break. I love the gifts you received especially that snow globe and the homemade bookshelves! Those are some nice fairy wings you made Josie, too! I may have to borrow your parents idea to help with Toys for Tots, next year. That sounds wonderful all around. Happy 2014 to you and your entire family!

  6. Happy New Year, Erik! And Happy Belated Birthday. LOVE the Einstein outfit and new hat (you know how mad I am for mustaches, especially). GREAT bookshelves and snow globe and fairy wings and light switch. Sounds like you had a fabulous holiday break. Glad you’re back!

  7. Welcome back from your break. Looks like you got a lot done and received some awesome presents while getting a chance to be a part of bringing Christmas cheer to so many others. Glad you enjoyed yourself and your family time πŸ™‚

  8. Welcome back! Pretty awesome slew of presents you got there. I love the bookshelves. I can’t wait to get out of apartment living and into a house so I can do something very similar. Between all my LEGO sets and the books my wife and I have, we’re going to need some epic shelving. Congrats on reading an almost insurmountable number of books. You seriously are inspirational, especially to teachers like me.

    • Thank you Mr. Phelps! πŸ˜€ We are going to build a LEGO Table (covered in those big, gray LEGO platforms) for me. It used to be a Thomas the Train train table. πŸ™‚ Then we will make a smaller one for my little sister. πŸ™‚

      • That’s awesome. Pretty much what I plan on doing sometime in the future when we move into a house. I’m going to build a wooden table, though I probably won’t cover it with the plates because my dream is to build a town using the modular buildings I’ve been collecting, so I’ll probably cover it (not permanently) with street plates, and green ones for grass and yards, etc. Take pics I’d love to see it when it’s done and ready for building!

      • The town idea is cool! I will post pictures when I am done. I have to save up to buy 2 more base plates, then I will have enough to cover the top. I am working on painting the wooden base and my dad has to help me fix a broken support. Hmm I should take pictures as the project goes… πŸ™‚

  9. Also I LOVE that shirt. hahahahaha

  10. Erik, can we trade Christmas presents? I can offer you a really nice purse for the Luke/Vadar switch and Dr. Who mug. We had some lovely friends from Australia (and their 10 and 13-year-old kids) visit us over Christmas, and we had a blast taking them around Los Angeles and San Diego. Happy New Year!

  11. Love the shelves and the T-shirt! Awesome that you made the fairy wings for your sister, too! πŸ™‚ It’s good to “un plug” from the computer for a while.

  12. No resolutions… just a word – blogged about it today πŸ™‚ LOVE the book shelves and the t shirt πŸ™‚

  13. You are a HOOT Superkid! Looking forward to what wondrous things 2014 brings! It’s awesome that you and your family helped out the Toys for Tots campaign. We have for many years as my author’s hub is a former Marine. Ooh-rah!

  14. Welcome back, Erik! That Einstein costume is epic. So many awesome gifts indeed. I like all of it, the bookshelf, especially! Thank you for sharing pics of Josie with the wings. She looks fabulous with it! Glad to know that you helped Toys for Tots. Giving back to the community always gives a sense of fulfillment. January is moving too fast, it seems. But the reading life has been great. I pledged 150 books to read this year on Goodreads, and I’ve already read 4 books. We have posted about our new reading challenge this year, a flexible, read-all-you-want kind of thing. Anyway, keep doing what you do best, Erik. Continue to be an inspiration to others, especially to the young ones. Happy New Year! =)

    • Thanks Ms. Suela! Josie loved the wings. I had fun making them (except I got glitter all over my parents bed and now it’s all over the floor and it pretty much sticks to everything…. πŸ™‚ ). I’m glad you like Einstein! πŸ˜‰ I’m glad Dr. Bacsal suggested to keep track of the books I read. I guess I never realized how many I actually read either! πŸ™‚ Happy 2014!

  15. What a fun post! Love that you guys made homemade gifts for each other. And it’s so cool that you gave back to the community. Each Christmas, we give a “birthday present to Jesus.” This year my kids raised nearly 50 dollars, which I matched, and we donated it to the ARK encounter at Answers in Genesis. (http://arkencounter.com/) Very cool!

  16. Well, that was a GREAT surprise! I will be printing this one (I hardly print anything!), and giving it prime real estate on the fridge! Something to keep me smiling every day! Thanks for sharing your toys for tots story – now I will get to the garage to repair the bikes that obviously need a more deserving home. Have an awesome new year, Erik! Thanks again!

  17. Glad you are back. I hope eleven-year-old Eric holds on to his memories of 2013. I love those bookshelves. One thing I am anxious to do this year – once I get house – is to have bookshelves like yours. REviewers need those kind. The number of books you read is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! (Sound of Music is one of my favorite Christmas movies). πŸ˜€

    I do not know what I would do if I took one week away from the computer. But it is not surprising you have great fun. Well, what books will you be bringing to your site this year?
    Any I might know? Hm. You may have won last year, but mister you are going down this year. πŸ˜†

    Let the games begin!

    • Okay – the race is ON! πŸ™‚
      When we moved to where we are now, the one thing I wanted in my room was bookshelves. My dad helped me build them. It took a couple weeks (and a lot of sanding) but I am really happy about them.
      It was hard not even checking my emails for a week, but it was also nice not having to think about it too. πŸ™‚
      I am glad I’m back! πŸ˜€

  18. Hahaha, love the present for Julie. You’re lookin’ the part. πŸ™‚ Sounds and looks like you had a fun birthday and Christmas. Love that bookcase. YOU ROCK! I loved reading how you helpd out at Toys for Tots. So worthwhile, Erik! We work with OCC. Shoeboxes that go overseas. But I would love to volunteer for the kids over here too. There might be a place in Charlotte. I’ll check. Cause Toys for Tots are so cool! I feel bad about the ONLY one bike problem too. I guess I know what to donate next year. As many bikes as I can afford.

    Great books alive! You read waaay more than I did. πŸ™‚ I missed you, Erik! Good to see you back. *waving*

    • Hi Ms. Campbell! *waving* right back at you! We did the shoebox overseas a couple years ago. We also sent a bunch of stuff to my Aunts brother (who was in Afghanistan) and asked him to share it with his unit because he told us that a lot of the guys don’t get anything from home.
      Josie and I are going to save this year to get a bike to donate to Toys for Tots next year. I hope we get to help George again.
      I missed you too Ms. Campbell! I’m glad I am back! WOO!!!

  19. Erik, you make a perfect Einstein! And I love the Luke/Vader light switch, but I especially love the tee shirt with “The book was better.” How appropriate! Your family is so creative; I love that you make gifts for each other. All the best in 2014.

  20. Love all the photos!!! A big thanks to Julie RoZo for requesting the Einstein pic!!! Hilarious! You and Josie make the coolest gifts!!! And it’s awesome that you helped with Toys for Tots! That was generous and we learn so much from participating in such wonderful causes.
    The bookshelves are incredible and I wish I could sit and read all of your books! You have way more that I do, Erik! Speaking of books…276 books in 2013! Wowsie!

  21. Lovely to have you back Erik. What a great thing being offline for a week. Those shelves are fantastic! Good on you for helping with the toys. Lovexthe snow globe!

  22. Welcome back! I love your bookshelves. Perfect! Thanks for showing us some of your gifts. Love the T-shirt and mug. My husband is a big Dr. Who fan. he was raised in England and grew up with Dr. Who. He has seen all the different Dr. Whos since it started. How wonderful that you helped out at Toys for Tots. All the best for 2014 Erik.
    PS Josie is so lucky to have a brother who makes angel wings for her. My brothers never did anything like that for me.

  23. Welcome to 2014, Erik. It’s great to see you back for another year.

  24. Here’s to a great 2014, Erik! Love, love, love the bookshelves…and the fairy wings you made! :0)

  25. Thanks for a sneak peak into your life. Josie is a very thoughtful and cute sister. Looks like you had a nice holiday with lots of cool gifts. I need a book shelf like the one your dad built for you! Happy new year!

  26. These are such gorgeous photos, Erik! Your bookcase is absolutely beautiful. Now your books can breathe. I am pretty sure that you’d have to make a new one by end of year for the new books that are sure to come your way this year. I love the fairy wings!! How very thoughtful of you. I’ve seen that episode of Dr. Who (about books being the best weapons in the world). We’re now (thankfully) in Season 3! We are so behind in the series. Happy happy new year dearest Erik! πŸ™‚

  27. I love your homemade presents for eachother! Happy New Year!

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