27 December, 2010

Post-Christmas blues

We left all the wrapping paper lying about for a couple of days to make it look as if we still had children, but now it's tidied away, and the presents too, pretty much, and there's only the tree and the hangovers to remind us that Christmas was here. The tree, decorated by our nieces who visited the week before Christmas, is glowing gently in the corner now—it's an artificial one, about 20 years old now, and really on its last legs; it sheds worse than a real one. But it still looks purty strung with lights and beads and all those red, white and gold decorations.

We went around the corner for Boxing Day drinks with Judy and Robin. As a result of some very nice gin and tonics, the novel I'm supposed to finish in the next 5 days looks as if it's falling apart in my hands today. I know it's really not, but it's still a bit frightening. Best to not try and solve anything big, just do some close work on a part of it that I'm okay with.

Thank you, whoever is responsible for this cool, grey, rainy weather.


Anonymous genevieve said...

Yes, I left some paper around for a day for the same reason. Aren't we strange...when they were home I used to rush around picking it up!
Doesn't it go fast though. And yes, I like the coolness too. Good walking weather.

27 December, 2010 15:42  
Blogger Among Amid While said...

Strictly speaking we do still have one boy at home, but this was more in honour of their long-ago little-kid days. Also, he's at his girlfriend's place 50% of the time (including 50% of Christmas Day).

Walking. That would be a sane thing to do. Or any kind of exercise, really.

27 December, 2010 15:59  
Blogger JunkJeweller said...

Happy New Year, Margo, to you and the Mr!

Sending along this link I found interesting, a discussion about Dark YA in the New York Times.


Not so much a "clutching of pearls" in the US but more a sigh about the dystopian times we live in...

xoxo Jane

28 December, 2010 09:59  
Blogger Among Amid While said...

Thanks, Jane! You and yours have a wonderful New Year too, once you dig yourselves out of the snowdrifts!

I really like that series of posts on darkness in YA. There are lots of good quotable bits, but I think my favourite is from Paolo Bacigalupi: "Teens want to read something that isn't a lie; we adults wish we could put our heads under the blankets and hide from the scary story we're writing for our kids."

*goes looking for blanket*

Hugs, Margo.

29 December, 2010 14:38  

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