I hope hat you all had a VERY nice Thanksgiving weekend, full of food and fun and everything else. I myself had three different Thanksgiving gatherings, a trip to Urgent Care (everyone’s fine, just needed antibiotics and all the regular docs were eating turkey or at Target), entirely too much stuffing and brie (which is not a bad thing) and finally, over the last couple of days, some much needed downtime. I know I have to get it where I can, as with the holidays coming up fast things will soon get crazy again.

The trick, I know, is to not let this happen. To somehow find that balance of delegating, saying no, simplifying and breathing that will turn me into someone happy and blissed out all the time, like the kids on the Fresh Beat Band. Too much to aim for? Yeah, probably. So I think I will just go with NOT getting so stressed and frenzied that I end up at Urgent Care again.

(On a side note, the nurse there told me that the day after Thanksgiving is their busiest day of the year. Just like the retailers! I guess people either eat too much, or pass around viruses, or whatever, and none of the other doctors are open. I have to say, I love my Urgent Care place, although I KNOW I need to find a regular general practitioner. It’s hard, though, because every place I’ve gone is always booked up, and so busy, and with Urgent Care you can just show up and wait, get seen and be done with it. I love my Urgent Care doc so much I told him I wished he was my regular one, and he just laughed. Apparently he gets that a lot, or something. You always love the one who helps you when no one else can or will, I guess.)

Those NOT at Urgent Care were apparently out shopping. Now, don’t get me wrong: I love to shop. But I hate crowds. Like, HATE them. So Black Friday is like my worst nightmare. Plus, they keep pushing back the hours they open further and further: this year, Kohl’s was opening at 3am. THREE A.M.! I cannot fathom waking up that early unless I had a sick kid, but again, that’s just me. I said as much on my Twitter and was stunned by how many people replied to say they had been there at 3 or even before. One girl even said she was WORKING that shift and it was awful. Whoa. I can’t even imagine.

In other news, I finally got to see The Kids Are Alright on demand last night, and I really liked it. Annette Bening and Julianne Moore were amazing, and as usual I found myself in total sa-woon mode over Mark Ruffalo. He had me at 13 Going on 30, but my crush has only intensified since then. And he was all scruffy in this movie, and I don’t even do scruffy! Clearly I am willing to break all my rules for him. I might even go to Kohl’s at 3AM if he asked. Not that he WOULD, but you get the idea.

Finally, I saw a friend of mine this weekend who is a high school teacher. Awhile back, after he said some girls in his classes were big fans of my books, I passed along a few extra copies I had for his classroom. I asked if they were enjoying them, and he said they’d all been stolen. Which apparently means yes. I hear this more than you’d think, and I THINK it is a compliment. My books are among the most stolen from my own high school’s library, and several teachers have told me that their own copies have been snaked regularly. I worry this does not reflect well on my readers, although I am somewhat flattered. I think?

Okay, time for a fire, some brie and bread, and pot roast. It’s already dark outside. Okay, December, bring it on…..

Have a good night, everyone!