Happy New Year, everyone! I’m sure you’re tired of hearing it. Heck, I’ve already mastered the skill of writing 2013 on the dates on checks, but this is my first blog of the new year. I didn’t make a lot of resolutions, but I thought I’d share how I do spend this time of year.
It may be a carryover from growing up in the snow belt of Ohio, but even here in Florida, the days are pretty short. I absolutely watched the clock and celebrated the winter solstice on Dec. 21st. What’s really odd is that in my latitude and longitude, the minutes of daylight actually continued to get shorter until, well, about today. By Saturday we’ll start gaining 1-2 minutes of daylight every day. Yes, I’m already counting the days until beach weather.
I spent New Year’s Day in my traditional manner: glass of wine (actually, this year it was Champagne), brie, baguette, and 4 hours of tossing papers that have been cluttering my office. Old water bills. Magazines. A coupon from October. Hey, I even found an old check register book from 2002. THWING! I love to throw away useless stuff. I’m eyeing all the paperwork (and there’s a mountain of it) from when we sold our former home in California. I was told I should hang onto that paperwork for 7 years. I think I can toss it, but it makes me nervous. What if I toss it, and suddenly find I need it? It’s definitely earmarked for next New Year’s, and maybe I’ll get brave and toss it sooner.
I also told you all we were on the hunt for a new car. We sold our 18-year-old minivan right before Christmas. Then yesterday, we bought a new Mazda SUV. I got to drive it home. It’s got a serious Bose stereo, hooks up to my iPhone via Bluetooth (Liz is shaking her head at me and my gadgets), and some nice safety features like a rear-view camera and side radar that warns you if there are vehicles in your blind spot. We (okay, I’ll admit it–it was my husband mostly) spent countless hours researching and test driving vehicles, and I’m so glad we agreed on what we both wanted. It’s like welcoming a new member of the family. Hopefully, we’ll have years of safe driving in this vehicle.
You may also remember that I’ve been training for a run/walk half-marathon. I will repeat this, because people are always congratulating me for running a marathon. It’s a RUN/WALK, HALF-marathon. Still, for someone who hadn’t jogged in 20+ years, I’m pretty impressed that my husband and I can go walk/run 10+ miles without thinking twice about it. Our “race” is this weekend. Wish me luck!! We seem to be injury free, and though we’re both battling seasonal allergies, I think we’ll be fine. Oh, and the weather is supposed to be gorgeous, so thank you, Weatherman! I promise to post pictures and deets from the event in two weeks when I’m back.
And last, but certainly not least, I finished off 2012 by publishing a print edition of AMBERSLEY (finally!). Huge thanks to Laura Morrigan and Cathryn Leigh for their design help. It was a joy to finally hold print copies of the book in my hands. And now I’ve signed up to participate in my first book signing event at a small conference (Olde City, New Blood—Feb. 8-10). Plus, I’m looking forward to attending at least 3 other conferences this year. All of this is putting the pressure on me to finish (again–finally!) the sequel to AMBERSLEY. It’s time for me to move onto the next book.
How about you? Are there things you shed or hope to shed this winter? New events and activities on your horizon? Share your new year’s news!