Month: December 2017

Christmas 2017

My husband and I grew up in the same small town and our parents still live about ten miles apart, so we don’t have to choose which family to visit for the holidays, which is super nice.

Unfortunately, our hometown is about eleven hours away via car. And because it’s a small town, flying in costs an arm and a leg, so we usually drive. Eleven hours in the car is a long damn time. We make it bearable by listening to audiobooks.

This year we listened to a book that couldn’t quite decide what it wanted to be. It was definitely science fiction, but it also had splashes of romance (in fact, I thought it was a romance until I didn’t get my HFN/HEA), mystery, space opera, and military sci-fi. I didn’t love it, so I’m not going to name it, but it did get us to MO and back. …

Kiss Cookie Season

Just before Christmas, a few of my friends and I get together for a cookie exchange and happy hour. We may not always be the best about getting together the rest of the year, but we always do Christmas cookies.

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies I went through a few cookies before I landed on peanut butter kiss cookies as “my” cookie. I make them exactly once a year, but I’ve been doing it for so long now that I have the technique down. It still takes a while to roll them all and top them with kisses, but the results are worth it.

I usually augment with a second kind of cookie or candy. In the past I’ve made peppermint bark and Christmas crack (aka saltine toffee), and other, lesser stuff that I can’t remember. :)

This year I decided on millionaire’s shortbread, which I’d never made before. …

The Women of NASA Lego Set

My husband bought me the Women of NASA Lego set as a “just because” present because he found it in stock and thought I would love it. And he was right! It’s like he knows me. :)

Women of NASA Legos

Look at it! Isn’t it adorable? You can click the picture to see the larger version, or there are a bunch more pictures on Lego’s site. The space shuttle even has removable rocket boosters. ?

I can’t wait to put it together—it will make a fabulous addition to my desk. Of course, that means I have to clean my desk, but that needed to happen anyway.

The set is a little hard to find right now, but it would be the perfect holiday gift for the people on your list who love Legos, NASA, science, and smart women.

NaNoWriMo 2017 Wrap-Up

How was your NaNoWriMo? As you can see from the sad word counter in the sidebar, mine crashed and burned fairly early in the month. I wrote 10,714 / 25,000 words.

My first week and a half went great. Then I had a week where words eluded me, then a week of Thanksgiving, then this week I’ve been doing a final first-round edit of Polaris Rising instead of writing new stuff.

Still, I’m glad I attempted it because I still ended up with 10k more words than when I started. And that’s not nothing. :)

If you didn’t make your goal, don’t beat yourself up. If you wrote any words this month, those are words you didn’t have before. Celebrate those new words!

And if you did make your goal, CONGRATULATIONS!! ??? I know how tough it is and how much dedication it takes, and I’m so proud of you. Raise a glass of your favorite tasty beverage and enjoy basking in the glow of accomplishment.

Let me know if you participated and how you did so I can celebrate with you!