I'm baa-aaaaack. Bet you didn't even know I was gone! Hahaha. A few days before Christmas I actually decided to take a few days off for real. Not pretend off. But actually off. Since I was still yammering online, no one probably noticed. But I did. No writing, no editing, no hardcore promo, just off.
But, alas, now it's over and I'm sitting here working on a freelance piece.
I figured I'd pop in and post a hello and give you a few Christmas highlights.
1. We had a lovely Christmas Eve dinner here with Jim's family. Our Astro Weenie Trees were a big hit again. (This is our third year and I dare say girl child and I have a solid tradition now). We discovered the tiny cocktail swords worked! So we had swashbuckling fruit fasteners for sure. The trees were even more fun this year seeing as my nephew (the youngest) is seven now and discovered how fun they are.
2. My big surprise gift from him was a Team Ichabod sweatshirt which is tres cool. I will eventually provide a photo. I also got this little guy. It's okay, you can be jealous now.:
4. Day after Christmas we saw family from out of town. It was a long gathering and it had it's Griswold moments but one of my favorite bits was my parents telling the story of Christmas night. Apparently, after we left, they went to see more family. It was at a new house and they'd only been there in the summer in the daytime. So here they show up in a neighborhood with bare trees, Christmas lights and it's pitch black. Yeah...they walked into the wrong house. Just...walked in! To another family in the wrong house on the wrong street it turns out. LOL. Funniest part is, one guest at that party, upon seeing my mom was carrying a tray of Baklava, offered to make them a drink and let them stay. Ha!
5. Boy child went out shopping with his friends last night (because he is INSANE). I got text: 'they have three copies of your book here mom!' My night was made.
That covers most of it. Hope yours was lovely. If you feel so inclined, let me know your favorite bits in the comments!
IMPROMPTU GIVEAWAY: Tell me the reference for girl child's mug and boy child's mug (info on mugs found above in the blog). If you get them both right I'll enter you to win two choices of paperbacks from my cabinet of contributor copies. Lots of good anthologies in there to choose from. Send your answers to sommermarsden[at]gmail[dot]com with MUGS in the subject line. Contest ends 12/29. I'll draw from any answers that morning and contact the winner!
Merry day after, day after Christmas!