- One of the many awesome teens in my life has been involved with an orphanage in China. For Christmas, she has organized her own, personal, adopt-a-child-for-Christmas program. So I have "adopted" the most beautiful 3-year-old Chinese girl I've ever seen. I may go absolutely nuts buying her the warm (and stylish, naturally) winter clothing that has been requested by the orphanage. My heart sings whenever I look at her picture.
- Jodi and I found a couple fairly amazing entries in the YA/MG Baker's Dozen segment during our slushfest yesterday. And that's a special kind of high that only slush readers can understand. (I don't know how agents do this on a regular basis. I really don't!)
- I've just received a gift of Teuscher chocolate from one of my blog readers/fellow writers. In the form of a donation earmarked as such. Best part? Teuscher has a shop in San Francisco, which is where I'll happen to be next week. Guess who's going to saunter into the chocolate shop and buy a box of beautiful truffles? I AM BLOWN AWAY BY THIS KIND OF GENEROSITY.
- My husband took three days off to decompress this week. He is a different man. And I love him even more!
- I am deliriously happy to have my latest work (finely polished) back in the hands of my agent (greatly beloved) and his adorable assistant (truly irreplaceable), and now have some time to play around with thoughts for Book 3--because Book 2 is already plotted (I hardly know myself).
- My joditmitts are safe. And it's grown cold, so my hands are grateful.
- I am having Clandestine Meetings with People Who Know My Real Name next week. Which makes me feel like the protagonist in a fast-paced thriller. (Or not.)
The only thing I'm angsting about is the fact that I don't have a camera, and it's a bit poopy to travel and not take pictures. Mr. A has a gorgeous Panasonic Lumix that he purchased primarily for filming, but I'm afraid to touch it. What I NEED is something small enough to fit into my purse (Lumix makes an amazing little point-and-shoot). So I'm thinking I may have to start begging family members and neighbors to let me borrow a digital camera. That's not déclassé, is it? (Maybe I should wear my red hat when I ask them.)
So...lots of HAPPY this week! I thought I'd sprinkle it around a bit. Feel free to share your own bits of happy in the comment box; then there will be plenty to go around!