I'm going to let that statement rest as it is. Just let it sink in.
I am taking time off for Christmas, because I really need to. Next time we meet here, I'll be a whole year older!
I had a hard time getting used to being 38. It felt like somebody else's age for the next 6 months. Now, I can't help but dwell on being 39, that mythical year before turning the big 4-0. I feel like I've got a year, one year, to get it together and fix it all up. That's crazy. There is no deadline.
Except that I fully intend to have some kind of book in my hands with my name on the cover when I am 39 years old. I'm not sure yet how I'll make that happen... BUT I WILL.
So on that happy note, I'm off to enjoy Christmas with the family. Here is a list of what I'll be doing to make this a good one:
-go get some churchin'
-go out to the barn, and when necessary chores are done, brush my horses and talk to them and listen to all the comforting barn noises
-help my Mom cook
-watch A Christmas Story, likely reciting lines with it. Everybody? YOU'LL SHOOT YOUR EYE OUT!
-watch Elf, and How The Grinch Stole Christmas, and Charlie Brown Christmas (I'm guessing all this watching will be spread out over a few days, or else our critters will all die of neglect.)
-wrap gifts mere hours before seeing them torn open
-run the Pug through some wet snow
-let Lucy In The Sky With Dust Bunnies shred some paper
-my sister's baking
-my grandma's crocheted blankets over us
-beg Mom and Sweetie to please not play any more Christmas CDs
-hug Jethro while he snores on the couch because he's exhausted
-giggle at my younguns
-do some visiting
-read. A lot. Happily.
-sing a few Silent Nights and Joy To The Worlds even if the kids beg me not to
I'll see you in a week or so, at which point I'll try to put weird old 2009 into perspective. One of those Best of Times, Worst of Times kind of things. It felt like this year got divided neatly into halves.
But now I must get this show on the road.
I hope you all have a relaxed, fun, and wonderful Christmas. Wherever you are, and whoever you are with.