Extra Seasoning

christmas flowers

As I was thinking about, but not actually engaging in, the Great Christmas Cleanup, I posted this picture on Instagram last night with the hashtags #toeverything and #turnturnturn. Time to part with the Christmas flower arrangements just as the roses are really open and luscious.

But on a practical note, I have to pack the vases up and return them to my mother in Nashville. We are smack in the middle of a seasonal shift change. Christmas is behind us and we are loading up for a roadtrip to Nashville where we will celebrate a whirlwind 3-day New Years with Little Chick and my parents.

Everything seems whirlwind in this stage of life.

Fall 2013 was a particularly chaotic season. I almost bit off more than I could chew with an overly-aggressive editing timeline, juggling proofing, cover design, setting up a publishing LLC, Little Chick’s new school and all of the other todo items life threw at us.

But I survived it. And catapulted myself directly into Christmas cards and cooking Christmas Eve dinner and celebrating for days with family and friends. It was a spectacular Christmas.

And yesterday was a spectacular break. It rained all day in Mobile and I never left the couch. My big activity was adding foreign language keyboards to my new iphone. I don’t know when I am going to need to text anyone in Cherokee Nation symbols, or Greek, but when the situation presents itself, I will be ready.

And I watched Carolina end its football season with a pounding bowl game victory over Cincinnati and I couldn’t be more proud. Of course now this means it’s time to focus on Tarheel basketball season.

Another seasonal shift change.

The only productive thing I did yesterday was pull out the 2014 calendar and work with The Professor to outline more of my Spring Book tour. It’s going to be another nutty, face paced, travel-filled period but I couldn’t be more excited. The writing/editing phase is so isolating, the selling phase is very social. Am ready to get out on the road peddling my wares and connecting with old friends and meeting new ones! Am chomping at the bit in fact.

But it’s not quite time, not yet. First, New Years. Then a very intense January with more behind-the-scenes work.

To everything there is a season. Luckily ours always seems to be extra spicy.

2 Responses to “Extra Seasoning”
  1. Melanie says:

    Wisdom from an older Celestial Seasonings tea box:

    ‘Take on more than you can do and do it. Bite off more than you can chew and chew it. Hitch your wagon to a star; keep your seat and there you are! ‘

    Sunday morning Montana thots. Hugs to all!

  2. That is FANTASTIC advice! Good stuff from Montana…as usual

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