"It was imprudent of us, in the first place, to become authors. We could have become something regular, but we managed not to.
We were lucky, but we were also determined." Roy Blount Jr

"I don’t change the facts to enhance the drama. I think of it the other way round, the drama has got to fit the facts,
and it’s your job as a writer to find the shape in real life."
Hilary Mantel

Monday, December 18, 2006

The Biggest Tree Ever

I'm sure like me, everyone has been far too busy to post to their blogs, or to read other people's.

My excuse is our active social life: big parties on Saturday night and Sunday night. Both were delightful. Marvellous food, good company.

At these events we've encountered numerous state and even national politicians. Last night's festive gathering was covered by C-SPAN, thanks to the presence of a 2008 Presidential contender. In addition to all the lovely food and seasonal merriment, we got to dodge television cameramen and photojournalists as they tried to hone in on the Senator.

Last week I had so many meetings that our big giant tree stood undecorated in the upstairs sitting room for 6 whole days. At long last--on Saturday morning--we brought in the extension ladder and arranged the lights, and the Chap placed the angel at the top. I took over from there. But because we were going out that night, and because it's such a huge tree, I couldn't finish up till Sunday afternoon, after church and before last night's party.

On our way out the door, we managed a photo-op.

With the household adornment finished at last, now we're waiting for Santa to arrive...some of us more patiently than others!

No more partying away from home. In the coming days, all our socialising will occur here at the Lodge.

I've got some loose shopping ends to tie up this afternoon, followed by loads of wrappping and boxing and mailing. I met all my writing deadlines, so when I'm not tidying up or planning menus or baking Christmas cookie, I might actually snatch some itme to relax and read. Whatever I'm doing though, Handel's Messiah will the background music!

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