Up for Air

Up for Air

I’ve been working working working … hence the unfortunate but necessary negelct of the blog. But now, now it’s Chrismas! Christmastime in Montana this year is delightful, snowy, and very very cold … supposed to be well below zero tonight.

I’ve been so busy and fried that I hadn’t really thought much about Christmas — a couple of weeks ago I got sucked in at the grocery store and bought some of those icicle lights — they twinkle! So tacky but I love them — hung them on the front porch and they’re sort of like having a fire — lovely and flickery and festive. Since I don’t have kids everything is sort of optional every year, but today I got the spirit — and after something of a search, found a small Christmas tree stand, and luckily the Boy Scouts were still selling trees down at the Fairgrounds. While what I bought can hardly qualify as a tree, it’s more like a sapling — the trunk was so wee that the screws for the tree stand nearly didn’t reach all the way to hold it up. At any rate, I’ve got a spindly 4 foot tabletop tree set up with many many shiny balls, strings of beads and garlands draped around it. Then I went and found my lovely Mexican nativity set that Patrick bought me one year, and we have a sweet little Christmas corner set up ….

Tomorrow it begins — the kids are dancing in the Nutcracker — all my tiny girlfriends — and a friend is turning 50 (which, because she doesn’t want a party, I’ve spent all week telling people No! She doesn’t WANT a party! NO PARTY.) So we’re having a little dinner — I’m making cake, everyone else is bringing everything else, and we’re gathering for some dinner. And then Monday, which I sort of have off, I’m making chocolates for my grandmother — all she wants is chocolate in her 90s — and so I’m making a box of chocolate for her, including a jar of Nutella, which I don’t think she knows about. How does one get to 95 without knowing about Nutella? Monday is mailing day, and then work for the rest of the week, and then next week I’m taking a Christmas holiday — I have some freelance work to do, but not that much — so I”m hoping for some sweet holiday rest — perhaps getting back to the memoir — a wee bit of skiing (although Ray is lame, poor bunny).

So Happy Christmas to all!

3 thoughts on “Up for Air

  1. Happy Merry to you, too. I love the idea of the tacky-twinkly lights. We’ve got the same “Christmas Optional” situation here, but on years like this one where we don’t get it together to put up a tree, I so miss the twinkly lights and the piney smell. I think it’s the best way to make it through the longest nights of the year.

  2. Montana,,, I love Montana. Bozman ( is that correct spelling) we were there last year skiing. It was so beautiful. My husband and I talk of someday maybe moving there. We love the snow, skiing and nature. I know the lights are great flickering off the snow. Merry Christmas

  3. hope the freelance work goes well. i have some too, a bit, that i’m putting off until the new year. the grad school apps have my full attention at this point, though.

    i didn’t know you were working on a memoir.

    i’m curious if you think memoir is also creative nonfiction? i’m exploring genre and i really get hung up with what “creative nonfiction” is or isn’t.

    “the bookseller of kabul,” in my opinion, is an example of a creative nonfiction book.

    who knows. food for thought.

    ~katey

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