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brittany visit

Brittany on guitar

Almost finished my Christmas shopping, hoping to finish the last of it today.

Jeff's sister and parents came over to visit last night with our niece Brittany. Brittany was fascinated by my harp (she kept pronouncing it as "heart" at first), and asked if she could play my guitar. When she asked me to play something, I played the "Hockey Monkey Song" for her. All my nieces/nephew recognize the Hockey Monkey Song by now. :-)

We ordered in Thai food. I love Thai food. Unfortunately, I'm also beginning to suspect that I'm allergic to something in Thai food, or at least that there's some common Thai ingredient that doesn't like me. This majorly sucks.

I am pleased to announce that my office is actually semi-organized right now! I went through all the filing cabinets and dumped old papers and files I know I'll never need again.

While purging, I found an uncashed cheque for the first short story I ever sold...a whopping US$5 from Hob Nob magazine for a piece called "Harmonica Man". I had been so excited that I couldn't bring myself to cash the cheque. :-)

Received my contract from F&W publications yesterday...looks like I'm doing my daily online column for sure, starting January. I'll be taking over the Market Watch column currently available at, for those interested.

New Year's Resolutions

Only 13 more days to work up the courage to publicize your New Year's Resolutions for next year! Most people think of New Year's Resolutions as an "easily made, easily broken" sort of thing, mainly because they set unrealistic goals. This is a chance to break that habit. That's how I'm looking at it from the point of view of my own resolutions, anyway. :-)

Post your resolutions here.

Today's Blatherpics:

My niece Brittany, playing my guitar last night.

Today's Poll:

From where you are sitting RIGHT NOW, can you see any snow?

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