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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Found Time- Between the Holidays

by Joanne Rock

I love the week between Christmas and New Years. The hardcore holiday prep has passed, leaving me with a week of relative quiet to enjoy the family, the dΓ©cor I worked hard on, the good leftovers and—did I mention?—the relative quiet!

Duchess and I are on the same page.
Ideally, I never plan much for this time of the year. I block it off as holiday time and try not to work much. Lucky me, I know. But I notice even friends with more traditional jobs are often able to take lighter schedules this week. And, failing that, there’s less “work” in that the baking, shopping, wrapping frenzy is over. I love Christmas and the hoopla that accompanies it, but the downtime afterward feels just right—sort of like a quiet scene in a book that follows that big action moment! Both are good, but one helps you catch your breath from the other.

Today, I have a list of minor errands but they can all wait. I have a few Christmas returns, a post office run to make, a prescription refill… nothing urgent. First, I’m enjoying getting back to a routine, something that always comforts me. I like the ease of mind that comes with routine because the repetition lets my mind wander. I don’t need to be terribly mindful fixing my go-to breakfast or doing the laundry, so I can think about my stories and characters in a way that doesn’t feel like work. Basically, I daydream, and that’s always fun for me.

A gift for one random poster
Beyond that, I’m going to have fun searching up new book releases and doing some reading. I have a hockey game to watch tonight (go Pens!) and my dinner is going to be something like Tostitos with cheese since I’ve eaten relentlessly for days and don’t need one more decadent meal. My feet are up and I will check out social media for the first time in days so I can enjoy photos of friends’ kids and grandkids that they snapped over the holidays. A day of perfect aimlessness.

Happy 2017 to you all, my friends. I hope it brings you blessings, happiness and much love.

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So I’m curious what you’re up to this week. Reading? Playing with something new that was under the tree? Share with me today on the blog and I’ll send one random commenter a prize with SCANDALOUS MISTRESS, a sexy 3-in-1 of stories by Leslie Kelly, Kira Sinclair and me, plus a Desire 2-in-1 with reads from Kat Cantrell and me, and a bonus notebook for your New Year’s resolutions! 

34 comments:

redboopv said...

Hi! I am currently reading The Bride Wore Denim by Lizbeth Selvig. It's a very good book! Happy Holidays! Thanks for the chance!

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ptclayton said...

Wow what a giveaway I am reading a new book by Elle James that will be released in Feb called Deadly Fall that she mailed me to review when it comes live on Amazon it is really good.For Christmas my husband gave me a box of things i use all the time deo,and that kind of thing that is what i got and it really was a neat box to get as won;t have to go to the drug store for any of my essentials till summer!

Jeanette said...

I just finished The Man Who Loved Books Too Much. Now I am looking through homeschool books and lesson planning for next week. Happy Holidays

kerri fowler said...

I'm working all week and reading Bleeding Love by Harper Sloan at night whenever I get a chance 😊

Unknown said...

I did NOTHING yesterday. Watched Age of Adaline, ate leftovers, took a much-needed break. Now I'm starting to put stuff away, doing laundry, putting the house back together.

Leni said...

I am getting the house in order and taking care of chores that have been put off. Also, I have a couple of books that I am going to finish up reading.

Beth Roney said...

I only had Monday off as a holiday soI am working today. I try to save my vacation time for the summer. My husband is off from work and is running errands for me!

Kristina said...

Just finished packing up Christmas and the house is spotless. Kids are happy and getting bundled up to play in the snow. I read Anne of Green Gables and I'm ready for a new great book to read.

Donamae Kutska said...

Deck the halls loved it. Now a new one to read.

Dawn said...

I plan to use the next few days to unwind from the craziness, then repeat the process the first couple of days in January.

Dawn said...

I plan to use the next few days to unwind from the craziness, then repeat the process the first couple of days in January.

Audrey said...

Like you, Joanne, I enjoy the quiet calmness of this time. I plan to read, read, read--with my feet up as well!

Caitlin said...

I'm reading Single Mom, Billionaire Boss by Sheri Whitefeather from the Harlequin Desire series right now.

Kristy Croteau said...

I'm just working and trying to find something new to read.

dstoutholcomb said...

looking forward to reading. middle son still has 3 days of basketball practice this week.

denise

Katie Amanda said...

I just got engaged on Christmas. My mind has just been a swirl of wedding ideas. Thank you!
katieamanda1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Cassie Eisenschenk said...

I'm completing my cardiac rehab and graduating from the therapy. I had open heart surgery in Aug for aortic valve replacement and have had a few complications so this day is huge for me and I'm more excited for it than I was for Christmas

Cecilia Rodriguez said...

Spent the holiday with my sister and her family. It was great

Diana Tidlund said...

We have a large family so I've been shopping for next Christmas the past two days and cleaning up the mess

jnalpath said...

Reading Wendigo by Rick Yancey

cjreynolds52 said...

Mainly reading.Thinking about laundry. But mainly reading.

Ninfa Torres said...

Taking care of a puppy, new pet of the family and we love her to pieces but sadly 2 days ago started her period and it's very difficult to train her to poop and pee in one place. I did all the cleaning for her and following all her mess all over the house πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. I will get back to my reading soon-- I hope! Happy Holidays!!

Mary Preston said...

Hi,

I have been binge watching DVDs from beneath the Christmas tree, eating far too much chocolate and chilling out with family. Life is good!!

Amanda Avakian said...

We are getting ready for New Years and Orthodox Christmas:)

Jean W said...

After my grandchildren left on Mondays I took a nap. When I woke up I told my husband that it was leftovers for dinner. I ate 3 kinds of desserts for my dinner. Yesterday my arthritis was back and I couldn't hold anything with my hands, so I read a book on my laptop computer and we ate more leftovers. Today I am reading and doing laundry. Tomorrow I am reading and taking down the Christmas decorations. No other plans beyond that.

traveler said...

Reading a wonderful novel, The Time In Between and sipping lemon tea. Going for walks in the warm sunshine.

petite said...

Catching up with chores, cooking and reading The Secrets of Flight. Love the week of peace until the weekend.

Joanne Rock said...

Katie!! Congratulations on your engagement! So exciting and *of course* you have wedding dresses on your mind. I hope you find the perfect, beautiful gown--on sale!

Denise, my son is playing basketball all this week too. It was such a huge help to me when he started driving. I couldn't believe how much less choppy my writing days were when I wasn't hopping in the car every few hours to cart someone to school/practice/game, etc.

Jean W... hope you feel much better with some rest. Arthritis is horribly unfair. Sometimes mine is worse when I don't get enough exercise. Contrarily, sometimes it's worse when I get too much activity. It's a "walk on eggshells" disease in more ways than one. Hugs to you.

Kathleen O said...

I am hanging out with my cousin and her family. We were in the hot tub this morning. Fun relaxing time.

Aimeef said...

Working!!! And reading, of course. Ok, well, mostly ready while acting like I'm working.

Sharon said...

I have been trying to catch back up on my reading! I follow an online bookclub on Youtube/Booktube, it's called #onthebooktubeshelf, and we are getting ready to ready our book for January (we've been reading one book a month). The book for January is Lilac Girls, it's a WWII fiction novel, and I really enjoy WWII novels, so I'm excited to get into this one! I hope everyone has a very Happy New Year!!😊

Joanne Rock said...

Aimeef... good plan!!

Happy New Year, friends!!! I hope you had fun ringing in 2017 and I wish you all much happiness, health and success in the upcoming months. Thank you for your support of the romance genre and making my work so much fun.

Without further ado... the thread prize goes to Beth Roney. Beth, I will message you on Google, but all you need to do is email me with a mailing addy at jrock008@gmail.com and I'll put the prize in the mail for you asap! Until next time, Happy Reading!!