Several things happened today. First, Paul and I got gifts shipped off to family we won't see at Christmas (stuff heading to Ohio and England). We had great karma with parking appearing as we needed it and stores not being too crowded. I'm especially proud of our gift for our eight year old, science geek nephew. We got him the Grow Your Own Bacteria kit from ThinkGeek. I'm not sure it can compete with the owl puke of last year, but I did my best.
I also set up our small Christmas tree. We didn't get a cut tree this year as we're going to be in Oregon at Christmas, but it felt good to get the small one, which used to be my grandmother's, decorated. Paul played our holiday music for this year and by the time we finished, I felt very much in the mood to celebrate.
The best treat of the day was surfing over and reading Kaelah's recent (well for the last month, I've fallen behind) posts. They're thoughtful and thought provoking, all of them raising thoughts and ideas that make me want to write. Sadly I must go to bed, but I highly recommend reading the following:
Hopefully I'll be able to return to these topics in the next few days -- I really want to do some reflection so I can do them justice either here or in their comments section. Meanwhile, do read them.