Sandra Leigh, over at Amazing Voyages of the Turtle, was kind enough to send me this little bouquet, which smells a whole lot like the cinnamon tea I'm drinking in case you wondered. What a treat, especially since I've felt like a neglectful blogger of late. The holiday-induced fugue state seems to be negatively affecting my ability to focus, or at least sit down for more than a few seconds put together. But now is the time. The carpet has been shampooed, check. The tree, up. The sheets, washed. The company countdown clock is sounding a lot like those T-minus warnings when the space shuttle lifts off. And I am ready for a new blog post.
Okay, so the rules. Seven things you don't know about me, and pass the award on to seven other lovely bloggers. Here goes.
1. I used to rock climb... in the winter (I know, cold, dangerous, and complete with frozen gear. I'm older and wiser now, mostly).
2. Somewhere, in a box probably, I still have my life expectations for 1985 that included getting married to John Taylor of Duran Duran. Poor man would have been arrested, but it all made sense to me at the time.
3. I had a major tree-preparation style error when I purchased a white Christmas tree yesterday, only to get it home and start to put it up and realize that all of my ornaments, and even some of the lights, are snowmen. It looked like I was going for a camouflaged snowmen motif. Seriously, stylish-istas, nothing popped. And back to the store I went.
4. And after yesterday's decoration disaster, I counted myself as blessed that two of my dearest friends in the world are Jewish, since I'm thinking that for Christmas next year, I am running away to the beach with one of them.
5. I make some of the best healthy whole wheat bread that the world has ever experienced, and sharing is difficult. :)
6. If I could only hear one song over and over again for the rest of my life, today that song would be Moon and Moon, by Bat for Lashes. It is hauntingly beautiful.
7. And last but not least, one of the high points of my year was meeting my new mini BFF, Devyn (Debbie's new niece). Big thanks to her mom for allowing the introduction, and to all of Debbie's family for making me feel very welcome. I still want to know how a certain art project did.
Now, to share the virtual bouquet with others:
1. Debbie over at Write on Target deserves passels of bouquets, since this is decidedly a big year for her. Thanks for always being there for me and sharing your amazing journey (and that wonderful family of yours).
2. To Kasie West, who continually provides needed levity to my days, I bestow a bouquet. And I did see New Moon, based on your recommendation, and all I can say is, "Yummy!" I did not become a shape-shifting werewolf type, of which I am not certain whether to be elated or depressed. :)
3. For introducing me to SHIVER and providing many other wonderful book recommendations, I send a bouquet to Suzie Townsend at Confessions of a Wandering Heart. Keep up the great work, because I am always looking for a new favorite (though SHIVER is still the reigning champion for this year).
4. I found Tricia's amazing blog because of a hysterical comment she made on Kasie's blog that caused hot tea to seek exits other than the intended path down my throat. (How's that for an embarrassing confession, but her shock collars for werewolves comments were really that funny.) And if that doesn't deserve a bouquet, I just don't know what does.
5. Caroline's blog is a pretty recent find, and I am loving it and her perspective on books and the publishing experience. By the way, I just finished GRACELING (loved it) and am reading FIRE now (it's amazing, and those two books will provide the substance of my next blog post, in case you are interested).
6. Another very enjoyable blog that deserves a hefty bouquet is Melissa's Chasing the Dream blog. I love her way of looking at the writing process and her clear devotion to her characters.
7. And last but not least, a bouquet filled with lots of love and warmth, I hereby bestow upon the ever-neglected and abused Laptop, Kiersten White's computer. She uses him like a workhorse, but never shows him any fun. Too bad there isn't an equivalent of PETA for me to rat her out to (I would, I seriously would). Be well and happy, Laptop, and know that a beautiful life awaits you (but I suggest you keep working right or your cruel master might pitch you for a newer and shinier model. ;)
Quote for the Day from Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen