Whew! It’s Monday, and I am STILL full from all the food I ate over the long weekend. Yikes. But it was worth it.

I hope you all had great holidays. Mine was, as usual, chaotic and fun and totally exhausting. We did our two-dinners-in-six-hours thing, with the merest of naps for my daughter in between (sigh) and I ate more dessert than I have in months. Plus, turkey, turkey, turkey. Did I mention turkey? I think I’m going to be eating veggie burgers this entire week, just for a change of pace.

I am not a crowds person, so I didn’t hit the stores on Friday. But a couple of days earlier, I went to Best Buy to buy a gift for someone, and I was asking questions about it. The clerk said, “Huh, I don’t know. Let me get Remy.” And then he disappears into the back and returns with a tall, very pretty redheaded girl. Named Remy. The ONLY GIRL I have EVER MET named Remy, other than the one I created in my head in This Lullaby. So immediately I’m kind of freaking out. But I don’t want to seem like a total nerd, so I try to play it all cool until after she finishes answering my questions and is ringing me up. Then I said, “So I have to ask you about your name.” She sighed and said her parents were bartenders, and she was named after the cognac. Just like my Remy! I REALLY wanted to just tell her that, but I felt like it would look really show-offy to say, “I wrote a book with your name in it,” so instead I told her that I’d read a book with her name in it, and the girl in it was named after the cognac as well. I expected her to be wowed, or at least curious. But she just smiled and pushed my receipt across to me. Which is, now that I think about it, probably what my Remy would have done as well. But anyway. Still exciting.

The rest of the weekend, I spent hanging with my family, watching my daughter shake her head no to every question I asked her (it’s her new thing) and basically being very sad about the attacks in India and the state of the world in general. The economy is so bad, and people are so stressed. Everyone I talk to is cutting back for the holidays, and we are as well. In my family, we’re talking about just buying for the kids—which is more fun anyway—and giving money to charity instead of buying for each other. I know that a LOT of charities are hurting right now, because donations are way down with people having less to give. Me, I’m giving to The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, which does great things here in our state for those in need. But wherever you are, there are tons of good groups that would love whatever you can give. And let me tell you, there is no greater gift than helping someone else out. You can’t buy that in a store. Even from Remy!

Have a great day, everyone!

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