How was everyone’s Christmas? I had a particularly lovely one simply because I was actually OFF from my job on Christmas Eve AND Christmas–which I don’t think has ever happened in my working life. I work in food and beverage/hospitality and also in an airport, so we don’t close for the holidays. My regular days off just happened to fall over Christmas. I have to work New Years but hey…I don’t even care, I’m grateful!

I love to decorate, so of course Christmas is my favorite time of year. It’s the most extra time of the year, so it suits me!

The BIG present was a new gaming chair for my son.

My son got me some lovely presents. I love Hello Kitty!

A work friend got me some cute stuff too! Yes, I like coffee and cats. Why do you ask?

I also bought MYSELF a gift before Christmas, when I upgraded my phone to the Galaxy Note 9. I can’t say enough good things about this phone. It’s AMAZING. I’m a big Samsung/Android person anyway, but this has so much storage and it’s just so responsive and efficient and BIG. I loooove it.

So yes, it was a pretty lovely Christmas. Do you celebrate? Did you have a good one? What sort of presents did you get?

To finish, here’s a picture of my cat and the funny way she always sits in “her” chair. She just doesn’t want us to forget what a lovely tail she has.

Have a great weekend!

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Dang, I’ve been a terrible blogger, haven’t I? I even missed IWSG for the first time ever this month! Life has been getting in the way of blogging–and writing–and I have so many lovely readers following me that I feel bad about it. I’m glad you’ve stuck around I’m sorry for the lack of content lately. My New Year’s resolution is in part to get back to regular writing and blogging, so I’m starting this week in the hopes that by the time January rolls around I’ll be able to keep the resolution because I’ll already be in practice. Flawless logic, am I right? Start early, keep at it.

I’m going back to updating this blog twice a week, starting this week. It’s going to be a mish-mash of writing articles and stuff about my own life, so buckle your seatbelts. If there’s anything in particular you’d like to see me ramble about, just drop a suggestion in the comments.

Also, Hidden is the cover of The Romance Reviews’ December ezine! You can download it for free by clicking on it there at the link. There’s an article inside with more about the book starting on page 18. How exciting, huh? I’m still doing something!

To finish, here’s a picture of my Christmas tree! If you celebrate Christmas, do you have yours up yet?

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This month is Evernight Publishing’s 8th birthday! To celebrate, they’re playing games and giving away prizes all month and one of the things they’re having is a caption contest–which I’m part of! Hop on over to my caption contest post here (or click on the graphic below) and give my picture a caption for a chance to win a $10 Evernight gift certificate. Best caption gets it. I’ll be giving away the prize on Wednesday, so go have fun!

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I know I’m a few days late, but autumn has officially arrived in the northern hemisphere: my favorite season! I fully admit I’m one of those people who is all about fall leaves and colors, sweaters, fires, and pumpkin spice/apple flavored/scented EVERYTHING. And of course, Halloween! I love all the imagery and trappings of fall. I do like spring and summer too…basically, anything that isn’t winter.

I’m a bit of a freak about decorating, also. I swear I decorate as much for fall as I do for Christmas. You can click the pictures for full-size!

Definitely a fake plant, as I kill real ones by just being in their presence.

As you can see, despite it being fall, summer lingers on in the background. When will the fall outside match the fall in my heart?!

Do you like fall? Do you decorate for it?

Once again I must apologize for my lack of posting lately–I’m going to try to work my way back up to three posts a week. I’m trying to get back to a regular writing routine, as well. Real life is too distracting! But clearly, I have time to decorate. 😉

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So, I spent last weekend in New Orleans’ French Quarter celebrating my best friend’s birthday. We had a blast! How about some pictures?

We ate a little bit of food…(everything there is SO good!)
Our hotel was ready for Christmas.
There was LOTS of Christmas in New Orleans!

We saw a jazz parade!
And enjoyed jazz in bars.
I love Jackson Square (not us in the picture).
And Bourbon Street, of course!
Such a pretty place.

Did I mention the FOOD?
All in all, a wonderful trip, with beautiful weather and great times!

 

I’ll be back next week with regularly scheduled blogging. Everyone have a great weekend!