A Post-Christmas Carol

I’m taking down the Christmas decoration tomorrow and it only seems appropriate that we have a blizzard on the way. For some reason the end of the holiday season seemed to come quite abruptly this year. I suspect it has something to do with spending the long New Year’s weekend– when everybody else was slowly phasing out their Christmas stuff– in 80 degree weather in Florida. So we come back home and everybody else has moved on and the Christmas music on satellite radio is gone and I’m left looking at the ugly side of winter in Michigan.

I love the Christmas season but it can be such a huge let down as well. Especially this year since I will be the one doing the un-decorating. In the past, my mom did most of it when I lived at home and when I lived on my own, my decorations consisted of a small Christmas tree that went right back into it’s trash bag for storage at the end of the season. But this year I have to take down all of the ornaments, the whole tree, the stockings, the garland, and the outside lights. This is stuff that’s fun to do the day after Thanksgiving but not so much afterward. And to top it off, football season is almost over and it wasn’t even a very good one to begin with.

So instead of wallowing in my misery, here are a few things I’m looking forward to in the next few months:

1) Getting my new book done and getting it out into the market. Also getting started on the next novel project

2) Love is Murder in Chicago in less than a month – This is like a little mini local Bouchercon. It will be nice to catch up with all of my chums, but I also have some very important meetings on the burner as well for this regarding the previously mentioned book.

3) Family vacation to Las Vegas and Arizona in March – Becky, Spenser and I will be once more planing it to some place warm, this time to visit relatives. I’ve always wanted to visit Vegas and Becky just so happens to have family out there. Yay for family.

4) There’s also just the unknown possibilities out there. This is a fresh year. I could win the lottery, get a book deal, or do any number of cool things that I don’t even know are possible right now.

But first I have to get the stupid decorations down.