Long Weekend

I’m a child of the Old Generation…I enjoy spending time with the family (even if it’s watching 17 hours of the Cake Boss marathon). I feel like staying on the computer for long stretches of time is kind of rude. So you’ll have to forgive me if the blogging is sporadic until we get back home on Monday–whatever time I’ve had to catch on the computer I’ve been using to add words to the novel — which will no way hit 50K by December 1st, but I might get a comfortable 30+, which I’m happy with. That’s a number a girl can finish into a full book by the end of the year.

I’m also still stunned by the color that’s hung around till the very end…it seems only fair, since 95 degrees blanketed this year from April to October. Here on the coast of VA there are roses still in bloom, and trees whose colors seem to defy the spectrum with their beauty. FGB says they make the ground look like it’s covered in Fruity Pebbles. Heehee…that they do.

One last PSA — I mentioned it on Twitter & FB but it’s important enough to mention here again — be sure to shop this weekend at as many (or more) independent stores than you do retail chain outlets. Yesterday, FGB and I only shopped at indie stores, from our very first cup of coffee in the morning. There was no crush of people and all the clerks were knowledgeable and attentive and not stressed out. As much as I enjoyed the peace I wish it had been busier — having a sister with her own “shop around the corner”, I know how important the holiday season is for them.

Please, go out of your way if you have to, but buy some local artwork. Shop some local merchants. Spread some holiday cheer. That’s what the Holiday Spirit is all about. You’ll be glad you did.