We’re not planning on exchanging gifts for Christmas this year (though Sydney and I may treat each other to a lemon juicer and a potato masher), but I do like this idea, from Dear Amy, for a small treat for kids: put a wrapped book at the foot of a child’s bed so that it’s the first thing he or she sees on Christmas morning. Hey, it would be good for adults, too 🙂
Sydney leaves tomorrow for a series of conferences in the UK and Germany, so he’s in a bit of a planning flurry, but he took the time to whip up a few more batches of hummus before he goes (beet, red pepper, and broccoli). I am very glad that I have a pile of quick lunches waiting for me in the fridge! When I started planning for this week awhile ago, I’d thought that I might be able to just devote myself to playing with the kids and starting a fat novel, but I think I may have to do a bit of dissertation revising. So, instead of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (1000+ pages), I’ll just keep handy Hint Fiction (which is made up of 25-word stories). That should tell you something about my attention span and my expectations about spare time.