Monthly Archives: December 2010

Books I’ve Read In December

(So this is an incomplete list – let’s say it begins a week before Christmas.) GOOD OMENS by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (Armageddon and British humor – very funny, perfect style. A little language. 1 instance of Big language. Snort. Snicker. Re-read.) THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER by Barbara Robinson (After we finished A […]

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Right Now

The house is quiet. Just the hum of the dryer and the snap of roasting potatoes in olive oil. Kids are playing in various other people’s domains. Snow total (can I call it that, when it’s nowhere near being finished?) approaching 20 inches for today. Canyon closed. Husband worked at home (in the quiet). Kind […]

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Happy, Happy Christmas

I think I like it better that way. “Merry” isn’t a word I’d (ever) use in a conversation (and that’s just too bad, isn’t it?). But Happy happens all the time. All the time. And so, I say Happy to you. Happy anticipation. Happy celebration. Happy gathering. Happy family time. Happy food. Happy reminiscing. Happy […]

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Pagan Celebration Day

We’re not actually pagans at our house. (Surprised?) In fact, we think ourselves rather committed to all things Godly. But today, on this Winter Solstice, we have a little bit of a heathen celebration. Every year. Because, you know, this is an important day. It’s the shortest day of the year. Meaning (by logical extension […]

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Overheard

Kid 1 (15) Kid 3 (9) and Kid 4 (7) are playing with the dollhouse in the basement. This is, naturally, because I planned to give it away for Christmas. It hasn’t been played with for years, maybe. But as soon as I decide to donate it, it becomes once again Beloved. Anyway. Kid 4 […]

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This Goes Way Beyond Licking the Spoon

(If you’re lactose intolerant, please don’t even read this post. It will make you so, so sad.) So the Boy (Kid 4) asked for a Tres Leches cake for his birthday. And I made it. And as I’m now buzzing with a sugar high and carefully licking the sticky off my face (where it landed […]

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On Your Marks, Get Set…

Go to writer’s conferences. I know. I’m using the Bossy Voice again. But here’s the thing: Writer’s conferences are so good. So, so good. And here’s one that I’m speaking at. It’s the LDS Storymakers’ Conference in May, 2011. Here is registration and information. I’m teaching a class on Truth and Fiction on Saturday, and […]

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Happy Birthday, Kid 4!

Seven Years. Here are seven ways you’ve changed my life: 1. We bought a minivan to herald your arrival. I have never become emotionally attached, but I am grateful for it. That is a surprising attitude change. CLARIFICATION: I never resented you. Just maybe the van. 2. You’re not a girl. Up until you arrived, […]

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