Friday, December 23, 2005

Christmas Eve Eve

December 23rd. For all you procrastinators out there, time to hit the mall, bake those cookies, wrap those gifts and buy a tree at Lowe's for $5 (I actually did that once). For those of you that planned ahead, its hopefully time for you to sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labour. This is, of course, it you haven't been tapped for roasting a turkey, baking pies or playing hostess to 30 of your closest relatives (I'm sorry, LJ - call if you need rescuing, backup, or a pitcher or margaritas!).

To the few - and I do mean few - that were brave enough to add to their "to do" list last week's challenge of a page a day - I salute you. I'm certain everyone that participated feels great about what they've accomplished and to those caught up in the holiday whirl - it might have even offered a little retreat from family drama and other stress.

Myself, I've written 27 pages with three days to go until my official "assignment" ends. I will continue of course, although not necessarily under the watchful eye and whip of my playfriends. I feel really great myself, having written more in the last two weeks that I had managed in the last two months. I've broken 200 pages and will shortly be officially out of the muddled middle and into the sprint towards the finish line. Rumors of changes at HQ/SIL also have me excited and thinking perhaps I have procrastinated just long enough to do me some good!

I'll keep this short - places to go, people to see. Odds are, no one will come back to the blog this weekend, so I'll go ahead and wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Joyous Yuletide, etc., etc. Hopefully you'll pop in around the New Year with your writing resolutions and catch our fabulous series of Maven interviews along with our first official Writing Playground contest!

I almost forgot! I also wish a very happy birthday to our Maven Beverly - 29 and holding!



Maven Linda Winstead Jones said...

Ah, SP -- Margaritas? **gg**

I wish I had written a page a day this month. Instead I did nothing, and while I know I need time off now and then, and the holidays are the logical time to take that time, I am beginning to feel too far behind. Next week I'll be getting back to work, and I can't wait.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!


Playground Monitor said...

If I haven't remembered someone's gift at this point, they're just getting a check. I do have to venture out today for some weatherstripping to go around the tub. There's this gap underneath the outside edge and I can feel the breeze blowing in through it. Gotta stop that heat loss!

#2 son is coming home today. He stayed at college after exams so he could work. I do believe the boy is growing up and taking some responsibility for his life. OTOH, he's bringing home Eddie, his Black Lab/Great Dane puppy. He was kind enough to adopt this orphan but I'm not quite sure he stopped to think about how BIG this dog will get. Luckily we have a fenced back yard. We also have new landscaping and if Eddie likes to dig, the DH won't be a happy camper. *sigh* It may be a long visit.

Playground Monitor said...

Duh! Just noticed your Santa hat.


Angel said...

Well, I didn't make the page a day challenge, but started strong at the beginning of the week and managed 14 pages this week. Keeping the juices flowing. Congratulations to me!
And though she doesn't have a computer until next week, I'd like to say a big CONGRATULATIONS! to my Mom, who got engaged last night. I love you, Mom. You deserve the best.


Playground Monitor said...

Engaged! Congratulations to Angel's mother! That news kind of makes up for the fact that I had a fender-bender in the parking lot at the grocery store today. Should have taken Smarty Pants' advice and stayed home. Oh well... it's just a few scratches on the bumper and that's what you buy insurance for, right? And I can't do a thing until next week because everyone's closed til at least Tuesday.

Engaged! That is SO cool! Are we going to have a bachelorette party for her? *beg*

Smarty Pants said...

Engaged? I hope it's catching.

SP the Hopeful

Instigator said...

Congratulations Angel!! Please pass my congrats onto her as well :-) A bachelorette party sounds fun!

SP, my fingers are crossed for you.

Instigator - who is crawling out of bed long enough to check email. I don't suppose I'll be going to mass today. Ugh!