You guys! I just sent my edits back to my agent!
I really, really hope he likes them. I feel good about it, but I’d be happy to tweak more if he thinks it’s necessary. Of course, I would be even happier if he thinks it’s brilliant and ready to go out on submission after the holidays!

But now? Now I can think about Christmas! One of the items on my to-do list for yesterday was actually make lists! That is how great my love of lists is. I needed to make a list of ideas for Christmas presents (I have bought, um, two so far); my Christmas card list; a list of decorations and party supplies to get at Target and Crate & Barrel tomorrow; a list of the things I want to bake and buy for our Christmas party next weekend; a list of things I want to do around the house before said Christmas party…It’s our first Christmas in our new house, so that makes all of this feel extra-special. I can’t wait to decorate. We can actually put up outdoor lights! And we have stairs now, so I can wrap the banister in garlands.

I know sometimes it gets overwhelming and insane, but I love this time of year. There’s something so magical about all of the anticipation. Sometimes the actual wrapping and baking and shopping isn’t as fun as the anticipation of it, you know? The bliss bars turn out too cakey and the cheap-but-pretty wrapping paper tears and the crowds at the mall make you feel stabby. But I forget all that in the eleven months in-between, and at the beginning of December I’m looking forward to the gift-giving and the parties and the menu-planning all over again. The shiny new books that will be waiting for me under the trees. Seeing my family for the first time in three months (my longest-ever time away). Not to mention my 12-day vacation from work. OMG am I looking forward to that.

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