Christmas Morning

# of Hours slept last night: 5 (Good)

# of “bad things” consumed yesterday: 2 (peanut butter ice cream at downtown RWC cinema, while watching tremendously moving Atonement; one Beard Papa chocolate eclair with caramel filling)

Holiday-themed TV viewing last night: The World Wrestling Federation performing live in Iraq

# of presents opened: 0 (Will wait till everyone is up)

Best Christmas wish (from Reine M): “May gravity and lightness play well inside of you.”

Weather: chilly. Self forgot to remind hubby it was “Spare the Air” Day so of course we lit a fire.

No. of major department stores that will open before 8 AM tomorrow: 3 — J C Penney (opens at 6 AM!), Macy’s and Nordstrom (at 7)

News self is watching: KTVU Morning News

In the mail yesterday: a very thin NYTBR, ballots for hubby and self for the California primary (Feb. 5 this year!), and two self-addressed stamped envelopes (read: rejections). The first is list of winners for the Missouri Review 2007 fiction contest (Darn! Self knows she’ll never get into the Missouri Review!) and the second is from The Greensboro Review, for “Dumpster,” which makes self smile, because she’s already placed “Dumpster” (just last week, in fact) with another journal. But what’s really funny is that, a month ago, self received solicitation to subscribe to The Greensboro Review. And she thought she’d better take out a subscription, as perhaps this was one way that GR weeds out its submissions slush pile? By rejecting anyone who fails to respond to subscription invitation? So self mailed in her check, and — voila! Rejection (Form, the most depressing kind) arrives. Self, this goes to show what happens when you try second-guessing tactics of editors at esteemed literary journals!

Things on to-do list today (aside from opening presents, of course): Mass, movie (Choices, ticked off by hubby: National Treasure sequel, Aliens V. Predators sequel, Charlie Wilson’s War)

Most fervent wish(es) for the New Year: that beloved sister-in-law Ying will be fully restored, in health, in serenity; that Dearest Mum finds happiness; that son makes it to the East Coast this New Year’s without mishap (He’s driving cross-country with three friends, starting tomorrow), that self can continue to write, and write well.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.

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