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Ramble: It’s December already?!

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It’s Christmas already in the Courtney household! Normally, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays (THE favorite holiday?), but this year everything was too hectic and busy for me to cook. We ordered a pre-made Thanksgiving dinner from Whole Foods, which I highly recommend. Erik and I popped everything in the oven and it was ready to go 30 minutes later!

I haven’t been getting much–if any–sleep recently, for a variety of reasons. One of them is my stress over having literally zero time to keep up the blog. My best friend D. came down from Portland to visit and help out last week, and she asked me, “Do you think your readers will understand when you can finally explain to them what’s been going on?” That’s one of my big fears: I’ve always been so honest here, and I am literally contractually forbidden from talking about certain personal details for the next few weeks (next few months? Not having a timeline is driving me crazy!)

NJC Christmas tree

I’m getting a bit bolder about dropping hints and talking about the NOT being able to talk about it. If you read between the lines and put together the clues I’ve been dropping the past year, give or take, you might be able to piece it together. Needless to say, life has recently changed beyond measure. I’ve been documenting it (both on video and in my journal) behind the scenes, so once I have the okay (and time becomes more of my friend!), I’m going to catch you all up in a big way. We have a lot of ground to cover!

Today is Erik’s birthday, then this month also sees the birthdays of my dad and brother, as well as (of course) Christmas and New Year’s Eve! I love that Erik is as much of a Christmas/holidays dork as I am. He was up late last night decorating the tree, and putting up Christmas decorations everywhere. I’m nervous about finding the time to start writing Wisteria again (we sold it on a partial manuscript, which is rare for a fiction book – normally, you finish the manuscript, then sell it!), but on a phone call with my manager last week, she gave me a pep talk and permission to, basically, take the month of December off. Her advice was to spend time with the family until January, and then, when life has hopefully normalized a bit, hit the ground running with blog, with book, and everything else.

Christmas at the Courtneys

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Nadine Jolie Courtney and Erik Courtney

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!

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