Wednesday, November 25, 2009

It's Thanksgiving already - How did that happen?

Before I hit the whole Thanksgiving thing, let me just offer a word of advice to you writers out there:

Don't let your galley proof edits/ hardcore deadlines/ novel release happen around the holidays. Just... don't. You'll thank me later.

So on to Thanksgiving randomness:

  • I bought a 23 pound turkey. I'm not sure it's going to be big enough. I'm also not sure if it will fit in my oven.

  • I miss reading. I mean, reading something than my own work, which frankly I'm getting tired of at this point (only, darn it, it still makes me cry in parts, which I think makes me the biggest sap ever). I am really hoping to get a little time to read something this weekend. It's not looking likely, but still, I'm hoping. I'm even thinking of reading something totally FUN and superfluous... like a book I've already read and really loved. Kind of like comfort food for the soul. That's what the holidays are for, right?
  • Do you know how I know I'm getting old? (And don't say because I tear the tissue in my foot playing Wii Tennis, because that was SO my 30s, which is NOT OLD, and which I'm told was totally a freak thing, and not that uncommon. I'm not the only one, right??). Anyhoo - I know I'm getting old because I used to be able to stay up until one or two every night working and then still get up and get the kids off to school and go back to work. Now, I stay up until one in the morning and the next day I have to go to bed by 10:30. Five hours of sleep is no longer doing it for me. Just wait - by next Thanksgiving I'll be going to bed at seven-thirty and gumming my turkey.
  • That last point really had no Thanksgiving point, but I managed to work it in anyway. Cool, eh? 
  • I'm so thankful for my family right now. I've discovered the past two weeks that I cannot be a full-time writer and a full-time mom at the same time. Not that I'm not trying. But something's got to give. And my kids and husband have been so good about sacrificing a few mommy things. And they've been really understanding of my stress levels. And my tears. And my rants. And my burnt cinnamon rolls. Not that I've cooked cinnamon rolls lately, but if I did, I'm sure I'd burn them.
  • I went in to the elementary school yesterday to help in my youngest daughter's Thanksgiving feast. Oh my goodness! Is there anything cuter than a gaggle of first graders dressed like pilgrims and indians?? I think there were more pilgrims and indians in that room than there were at the first Thanksgiving. I'm serious. We probably had more food too.
  • I love living in a country that takes time to be thankful every year. We spend an awful lot of time grumbling and complaining and fighting each other and ranting over politics and pointing fingers. I'm thankful we haven't lost the ability to stop that for a little bit and remember how very, very blessed we are. 
    • I have very big Thanksgiving news I'll post on the blog on Monday, if I can wait that long. It's not at all writing related, but personally very big. I'm so excited I could do handsprings. You know, if I knew how to do handsprings and I didn't think it would break my back and put me into traction. But yeah, if not for those things, I'd be doing handsprings!
    I'm off for the rest of the week. Have a great week and weekend, no matter where you live. Remember, being Thankful isn't just a US thing.  :)


    1. Happy Thanksgiving and happy shopping. I hear it's big down there. Can't wait to hear your news.

      I can't survive on that little sleep as well, plus I just found out I need glasses, my age is starting to show.

    2. MMmmm sleep...

      It's good to have a national day of thankfulness. We need the reminder.

      Any idea why yours is on a Thursday and ours is on a Monday? All I know is, long weekends are good regardless.


    3. I'm happy that I can still write full time and that my Husband and I have health insurance and great jobs. So many people are struggling... I'm so thankful for my life.

    4. I miss reading too. Really really miss it.

      Loved your post here.

      Good luck with everything and pre-emptive congratulations on you good news :)

    5. Happy Thanksgiving! Can't wait to hear your good news!

    6. Patti - you won't find me shopping unless it's online!! Man, it's crazy!

      Heidi - I think we're smarter... by celebrating Thursday we get Friday off too, which makes a FOUR day weekend!! Unless you work at a job that doesn't take off Friday... in which case you don't get a long weekend and that really sucks. Then we're not so smart. :)

      Christy - great things to be thankful for! Me too!

      Paul - I'm going to READ! I am! I keep telling myself that so it must be true, right? Sigh. So many things to read... so little time!

      Lisa and Laura...It's coming!

    7. You had me at gumming your turkey. I did manage to read the rest of your post though and know I have something to look forward to on Monday.

    8. Crying over your own work doesn't make you a sap in my book. If you cry, then the readers probably will too. I love the scene in the June Alyson [i]Little Women[/i] movie where she's sobbing hysterically over her manuscript and Beth comes in and says, "Poor Jo. Isn't it any good?" And Jo wails, "It's wonderful!"

    9. What a great quote K.M.! Sadly, I have cried while reading books that were terribly written just because the plot felt close to home, so I don't know that it's a good judgment of whether it's good or not! :)