All About You (Krissie)

Photo on 12-12-16 at 6.57 AM It’s the crack of dawn. Sleep has been elusive this week – Tim’s out of the hospital (he stayed two extra days, thank god) and … unstable. Some days he sounds close to okay, but then I get messages that I have to call a woman in town, right away (It was midnight) and tell her that her daughter’s body was in a landfill in Chicago.

We’re surviving. This week – a NAMI meeting, see my shrink, write and sew. And survive. I’ll come back and tell you more later – right now I’ve had less than five hours sleep and I’m crashing.

More Christmas stories, please.

15 thoughts on “All About You (Krissie)

  1. Kieran says:

    I just finished my paper. It’s called “Agency Denied: Emotion and the Ongoing Assault on the Feminine Reading Experience from the Romantic Era to the Present.” I, too, am crashing. I’m too wired to sleep, though. I quoted from Jenny’s blog (properly attributed) and from Pamela Regis (a goddess) and twenty other sources. Jenny, reading your old blog posts on the anti-romance bias and the definition of romance, etc., I appreciated more than every how you get right to the heart of the matter and in such an engaging way. That’s a real gift. Thanks on behalf of everyone who writes and reads romance.

    My Christmas is going to be weird. Can’t fly to Europe, as planned. My two grown-up kids over there will have to muddle through, together. I can’t say their lot is at all difficult, being in London at Christmas! Still, I’ll miss having the family in one room. My husband will be working and will only get a special Christmas dinner in the dining hall, but he’s okay, feeling very busy. My youngest just finished his first semester of college, and we’ve been helping each other muddle through. I had my paper due this morning–he had his. This will be a year where we really have to carry Christmas in our hearts.

    Krissie, can Tim move into a halfway house, or is that not in the cards right now? He seems a prime candidate.

    Krissie, I hope you continue to do Christmas-y things. Do you believe in angels? I do. I always ask them to go find my kids and watch over them. I especially like Michael, the Archangel. He’s fierce. Anyway, I will wish a special warm being to shine light over Tim and keep him safe.

    Sending happy holiday thoughts to everyone. XOXO

    • MJ says:

      Congratulations, Kieran! Also, thanks to you, I ordered a Leonie Dawson goal workbook–feeling guilty about spending money when I can get free worksheets online…but it looks so cool! Guilt disappeared when DH reminded me it’s a business expense. It arrived today and I’m excited.

      Hope your Christmas turns out to be memorably delightful.

      • Kieran says:

        Thanks, MJ! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas! And yay about the workbook! I never used to believe goal setters like Zig Ziglar and Brian Tracy…I’d listen to them on audiotape while I walked my dogs, and think, “Oh, that’s for other people.” But then one day, after hearing Debbie Macomber speak, I did write my annual goals down, put them in the present tense, and put a date the goals would be met within that year. That was the year I got an agent and my first contract. I honestly think that writing down my goals is why–and reviewing them a lot. I’m naturally ADD, so that little extra tweak to my day, a five-minute space of awareness, gave me a lot more momentum.

  2. I’m wrapping presents ready to post, and feeling absurdly sad. Keep journalling to try and get my head straight. My priority for the rest of the week is my proofreading job, which I’d really like to post on Saturday. Then I can focus on Christmas.

    I’ve got a couple of coffee-with-friends things plus a bring-a-plate supper on Friday in aid of helping refugees to get settled locally. So hopefully should cheer up as the week goes on.

    The depression today surprised me, but of course this is a tricky time of year emotionally – which is why we get together and feast to ward off the dark.

    • MJ says:

      Maybe something to do with recently saying “no” to one house and finding yourself back on an uncertain path? Journalling and socializing sound like a good Rx. Light those candles!

  3. MJ says:

    Krissie, our Christmas tree is in the stand but still nekkid. Even so, I love having a piece of forest in our living room. We’ll get there.

    We’ll *all* get there.

  4. Kieran, when I read your comment, I had to google Harrods Christmas Windows. Beautiful! I wasn’t in London on Christmas Day but I was once there at Christmas time and loved it.

    I also once talked to a Professor about Christmas; he was dealing with the aftermath of a divorce & huge IRS debt. He said he’d rather owe money to the mafia than the IRS because the mafia would just kill him and that expectations and memories are the 2 things that can depress people at Christmas. There are years when it may pass quietly but not miserably if you don’t permit expectations & memories to impact it in a negative way.

    Wishing all a Merry Christmas! I hope Santa is good to you!!

    • Kieran says:

      Mary, Harrods windows are amazing! I was there in February 2014, and they were Cinderella-themed. There was a gorgeous glass slipper in one. One of my other favorite places to go is Fortnum and Mason and the Liberty store. Exquisite fabrics.

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