Monday, December 13, 2010

Updates, updates, updates

Let's play catch-up, shall we? It's a really fun game in which I write down all the stuff I've been doing so that I remember it in ten years. You can read it if you want. Or, you can look at this random picture of my kids.

So much of our daily life is explained in this one simple picture. (Sigh.)

Now, for the updates:

We ate Thanksgiving dinner alone at a nice-ish buffet at Longwood Gardens. It was meh. A few days later, we had Thanksgiving Do Over that I cooked myself. It was much better. I highly recommend doing over holidays that aren't quite right.

A week after Thanksgiving, we flew out to Utah for a quick holiday visit and had a great, fun-filled, exhausting time. Here's a shot of my family party. Believe it or not, there are several family members not in the photo.



Then, that night, we had Ryan's family party. Jesse and his band, Herod the Fink, performed and rocked the house with their awesome Christmas tunes. (Have you bought the CD yet?)






We came home to Lucy, who yipped and pawed at my leg for 45 entire minutes and made me promise to never, ever leave her again.

Another update: I've been keeping (somewhat) busy with freelance work, thanks to a couple of great ad agencies in town who have been funneling work my way. My new motto is, "No project is too small!" However, I'm starting a big new project this week and, hopefully, an even bigger project in January. Thanks again for all the well-wishing and networking, my friends.

And yet another update: Last week, I pulled out my withering, neglected novel-in-progress. Even though it's a computer document, a giant puff of dust shot out of my computer screen when I opened it. I cringed, but I pushed up my sleeves and started writing again. It felt good.

Guess what? Another update: Ryan spent a few days last week in DC working on a very exciting project. I can't give you all the details, but he is now one degree of separation from President Obama, which means he is only TWO DEGREES OF SEPARATION FROM OPRAH! He doesn't like to admit it, but he's sort of a big deal.

Would you like one more update? Christian tried out and made his middle school basketball team last week. Yahoo! Later today I plan to purchase a season's worth of non-toxic, non-comedogenic paint (in school colors, of course) to paint my face and belly for all of the home games. You know, because I'm a cool mom.

We're all caught up now. Have a wonderful Monday.


Angie said...

That's good news all around!

Jesse C said...

Lots of great news! I love the idea of do-over Thanksgiving.

Leslie said...

What awesome updates! I'm glad things seem to be doing well. I like the do-over thing too!

Dede said...

Wow! You've had a lot going on.

First, I like the do-over too.
Second, a big congratulations to Ryan! He is a big deal!
Third, I'm excited about your new freelance adventures. They are lucky to have you.
Last, nice work Christian on making the basketball team! I wish we could come cheer him on.

Soul-Fusion said...

Congratulations to everyone - especially Christian for making the basketball team.

Lindy-Lou said...

Great post. Great times. Love the pics.

Christy said...

LOVED, reading this little catch up post. A do-over Thanksgiving, that's awesome!

BTW, that kitchen where you had the concert is gorgeous!

Very cool that Christian made the basketball team. I'd love to be there cheering right along with you. It's gonna be the best of times!

And what's this about Ryan? Are you going to tell us more?

Becky said...

It was so good seeing you and getting to share in the good times while you were here. So happy for all of you- 2011 is going to be a wonderful year for your family, I can just tell! And congratulations Christian!!!

Annie said...

Good for you for dusting off the novel!

SB said...

You know you have a big family when you actually have two kinds of folding chairs. Crazy!

Can't wait to hear about Ryan!

Kelly S. said...

Christian looks so much older in that picture! Where is that little boy that moved away two years ago!

Mia said...

That was loaded with good things. I love hearing about good things. I'm sort of jealous that if Ryan is only 2 degrees of separation from Oprah that means you are only three!

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