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Phew! It feels like it has been forever since I have written anything here on the blog. It feels like am playing catch up on everything!
NaNoWriMo went really well. While I didn't get to 50k words, I did my personal best and finished with around 10,000 words for the month. That's a pretty big accomplishment for me, and I am happy with it.
November was hectic as we had two Thanksgivings--one in Orlando with my in-laws and then we drove to Tennessee to visit the other side of the family. It was so fun spending quality time with everyone. But I brought a nasty cold back with me to FL. So I spend the end of November and beginning of December sick, and then taking care of my husband and kids as they each took a turn with the bug. I'm glad everyone is feeling better and that that is out of the way!
Because of the chaos, I've been feeling a bit behind and scrambled getting ready for Christmas. And then I got something in the mail that absolutely brightened my day! Donna Smith over at Mainly Write got my name for the Winter Poetry Swap and she sent me one of the most thoughtful gifts ever.
I. LOVE. Sloths. And Donna sent me an epic sloth package.
|seriously, where did she find SLOTH bookmarks?!? So cool|
I also love, love, love to read, so these little bookmarks are perfect. I have been wanting to try out this magnetic style of bookmark for ages. My 7yo daughter is always "borrowing" my bookmarks, so I like that there are duplicates of each little sloth. I did go and buy my daughter some little pony bookmarks as a stocking stuffer in hopes that my sloths don't disappear though.
Donna also sent me a genuine Maine rock that she painted beautifully. He has found a permanent home among my other sloth friends at my desk.
The poem that Donna wrote was also perfect and just what I needed to read. With things being so crazy during this season, it made me think that I need to be more like the sloth--slow down and enjoy life. The cookies will get baked, the presents will get wrapped--I just need to slow down and savor it all. Thank you, Donna, again (and thank you Tabatha for organizing the swap)!
With fuzzy smile
to give me style,
I'm a slow-toed sloth,
A friend to moth.
Through algae green,
I slowly creep.
And I'm a sling
To hang around
A branch I've found.
I love to chill
By lying still,
But in a pinch
I'll move an inch.
© Donna JT Smith