Every year around this time, my mailbox fills up with Christmas cards. While opening all the envelopes, I think, This is sweet. I should send Christmas cards, too. The idea always hits a snag, though. Each card I receive bears pictures of rosy-cheeked children, along with newsy updates xeroxed onto paper with holly sprigs or silver snowflakes around the edges. What can I put inside mine? I could mail out pictures of myself and my cat in matching sweaters, but this would require changing my name and moving to Minsk in order to maintain a shred of dignity afterwards. (Mine or the cat’s.) I don’t speak Russian, and I hear Minsk has started doing pet-in-sweater-picture background checks. The newsletter will have to do, but newsletters are a lot easier to write when you live in a house with four or five people who routinely leave the premises. Oh, well. I’ll do my best.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE EMERSON FAMILY!
It’s hard to believe 2013 is almost over, but the Los Angeles Emerson clan certainly made the most of it while it was here.
Kimberly continued her dual life as an accounts payable analyst by day and a writer by early evening. Back and neck problems prevented her from spending as much time at the computer as she wanted. Of course this meant her hobbies of taking long walks and doing yoga had to be put on hold, but she made up for it by going full-scale into her other pastimes, eating and napping. No, she’s not going pro – not yet, anyway!
Zoe maintains the napping record in the household. This year she achieved a personal best, seven straight hours in a laundry basket full of towels that just came out of the dryer. Don’t try this at home, kids! When she isn’t sleeping, Zoe spends her days pondering the existence of life on other planets and wondering why humans so often opt to leave the house.
Kimberly’s car turned six this year. My, how time flies! We all remember the time that car first pulled into the driveway in 2007. The Little Hybrid That Could hit 40,000 miles this year, on a Thanksgiving roadtrip. We are so sorry for not inviting you all for the big event! It just kind of snuck up on us. We’ll do better for 50,000, we promise!
Kimberly’s iPad got a literary workout this year at the Writer’s Digest Conference, stepping in as a last-minute replacement for a spiral-bound notebook. When it isn’t being exposed to author expertise, you can find the iPad relaxing with some AC current, recharging its batteries for the next late-breaking invitation.
Zoe’s carrier had to go to the vet a couple of times. Zoe accompanied it so that it wouldn’t have separation anxiety. Seriously, she does not understand why you people feel the need to do this.
The dust in the Emerson household took a full occupancy tour, thanks to Zoe’s penchant for reclining on it and then moving to some other dust-absorbing surface. Its new photo-essay, The View from the Cat’s Backside, comes out in hard cover next June. Makes a great coffee table book.
In sadder news, we lost two light bulbs in the bathroom this fall. Hold your loved ones a little tighter today, my friends. Not even halogen lasts forever.
Kimberly’s computer may have a virus. We can’t know for sure. It’s not as young as it used to be, and moving that slowly may just be a reflection of its age. Still, we’re checking all possible avenues for Old Vista, hoping for a full recovery.
Wow, what a ride!
All of us Angelena Emersons wish everyone a very merry holiday. May 2014 bring all wonderful things, causing your heart to be lighter, your fur to be glossier, and your warranties to be extended.
Kimberly was not drinking when she wrote this, honest. No eggnog was harmed in the writing of this blogpost.