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Holiday Hunger Games

santa tossing pkgsThe house smelled of pine, bayberry and bacon. My mouth watered, anticipating the feast promised by our hostess.

My husband and I settled in on the sofa to enjoy our new Christmas tradition with his daughter’s blended family. Kelly’s fiancé and her two college-aged kids sat at the dining room table. Alfredo’s two grade-schoolers bounced around the room, along with Kelly’s littlest one, navigating through the assortment of friends and relatives, curled up cross-legged on the floor in the crowded living room.

“We’ll serve brunch after we open the gifts,” said our hostess, wiping her hands on a dish towel.

Perfect. My morning coffee and toast should hold me while we unwrap a few presents.

 I got up to greet a late arrival and nearly tripped over the avalanche of gifts fanning out beneath the tree in a wide semi-circle.

How will we ever get through that landslide of ribbons and reindeer wrap?

The room began to spin. Visions of syrup soaked waffles danced in my head.
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Whyphone

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Moments before my first ever book signing event, my IPhone died.  Or at least it appeared dead.  Cold, black display mocking me. Frantic screen tapping proved futile. Nothing. I tried turning it off.  No response. I needed an Idefibrulator.  No time now. I would deal with it later.

Fast forward to home after wildly successful book signing.  Had prayed for at least ten guests, ended up speaking to an audience of over 30 – many thanks to Stacey, http://www.staceygustafson.com, Julie, http://www.jkroyce.com and Tracy, http://www.momaical.com, the other authors who shepherded friends and family to the event.

But I digress.

Home now, still riding the adrenaline rush from the book signing.  Tried the phone again. Still no response. Continue reading

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