When an actor is not actively involved in a production, she or he is often said to be “resting.” The word choice is apt because creative work is, by nature, a demanding mistress, and this kind of recovery time is important.

Since we got back from Vegas, that’s what I’ve been doing. I’m resting, and I  refuse feel guilty about it. It’s Christmas and I’m determined to eke out every ounce of good will I can. More importantly, I’m going to try to share that good will with others.

In addition to resting, here’s what I’ve been doing.

  • Working my normal thirty-five hours a week, but having it spill over into the weekends due to special holiday events.
  • Nagging my Grinch of a husband to get his family’s presents organized so they can be sent to England. (In his defense, he has been traveling a lot for his job and sometimes working eighty hours a week).
  • Standing in line at the Post Office and filling out every blasted form that exists to get said package to England in time for the holidays. (But I really don’t mind. By now, his family is mine too and I love them).
  • Nagging my daughter — do you sense a pattern here? — about whether or not she wants to use the idea I suggested for gifts for her friends and buying the tools and supplies when she finally managed to decide. (In her defense, she has a demanding school schedule and works as well).
  • Making cookies and fudge.
  • Baking bread several times a week. Before you get the (entirely wrong) idea that I’m too much of a chef, go to your library and get Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. Try the basic recipe. I bet you’ll end up buying the book. If you love crusty bread — the kind you sometimes get hot from the oven in nice restaurants — you’re going to love this book. Okay, end of commercial.
  • Watching the snow fall. And fall. And fall. All twenty or so inches of it. No, I’m not exaggerating. And it’s still coming.
  • Writing “The Christmas Lineup,” a trivia quiz featuring some of the great lines from Christmas books, movies, and songs. Look for it in the NEORWA newsletter. (If you’re not a member and you really, really, want to do it, leave a comment and I’ll share it).
  • Oh, and I decorated our house, but not in the “Better Homes and Garden” style.  My decorating is more on the lines of “I like it, so it’s going up.” Works for me.
  • Listening to all my favorite Christmas songs.
  • Starting a daily “Christmas note” on my Facebook page, sharing some of the things I love about the season.
  • Wishing you and everyone you know a wonderful Christmas. If you don’t celebrate the holiday, then I wish you the same joy for a peaceful and lovely winter.

About kymlucas

"Taking care not to take love too seriously." Writer of smart, fresh, contemporary romance and women's fiction. Blogging about writing, reading, and more recently, dealing with the ins and outs of breast cancer.
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1 Response to Resting

  1. Kym says:

    Addendum to the sending presents comment. Package arrived safely in the UK where the English government promptly demanded 40 pounds (about $65) from my father-in-law for customs before they would deliver it. Keep in mind this is a package worth about $300 that already cost $40 to mail. Husband, D, told him to let them send it back. Guess they don’t understand the concept of a gift — i.e., something you don’t have to pay for.


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