Yep, I get to post on Christmas Day. Let me say this: thank you, Blogger, for giving me the option to create a post, save it, and have it publish on a particular day.
Christmas is odd for me this year. We normally travel to see my Mom, but she passed away recently, so for the first time in 40 years, I don't have to travel on Christmas. As of this writing (mid-month), I'm not sure what we'll do. We may drive to Kansas City to see a sister. We may stay home. As my husband said, "no matter what we do, it won't be the same as having Christmas with your Mom, so we may as well start making new traditions now." Wise man. Not sure what we'll do, I am looking forward to it.
And of course, there's the changing of the year. My fifth year in publishing is starting next year. I have 5 books out in 2011, all before July, so I'll be busy. I'm off on 10 trips next year, all before October, to various conferences and to visit family. I'll be driving on 2 of the trips, but the others will see me at the airport (not my favorite place to be). I'm sure I'll be reporting back here on my adventures. Until then, I'm going to try to relax over the holidays, catch my breath, and get ready for next year as much as I can.
I hope you all have a great holiday wherever you are, and I hope your 2011 is all you want it to be. Kick back, relax, and enjoy your family and friends. Life is full of change -- let's all try to embrace it if we can!
Bless your heart, JL. We've had to accept a lot of change as well. The last time our daughter was home was Christmas nine years ago. We lost her to cancer and even though it's been a long while, it is still difficult to get through the holidays. We just cancelled Christmas last year and this year. It was a lot less stress. I only hope that the Christmas spirit returns some day, but until then we are trying to change some of the traditions and make new ones. :)
Have a great new year with all of your busy times. I was exhausted just reading about them all.
JL and Paisley, how I understand your pain. Christmas is not the same after our loved ones are gone. I had a difficult time preparing the holidays this year with my Mom gone two months ago, but on Christmas Eve my grandchildren made me forget everything. God bless them.
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