Monday, January 03, 2011

It's a New Year

Because we all need a little Calvin and Hobbes once in awhile.
Is it just me or did 2010 pass by faster than the Millenium Falcon at light speed?

A recap of the three-day weekend...

We didn't do anything too exciting for New Year's Eve - a movie (Salt with Angelina Jolie) and pizza. Hubby didn't make it past midnight and while I was fighting sleep to make it to 12:00, I ended up going to bed at 1:30 a.m. since I couldn't tear my eyes away from the book I was reading.

And speaking of that book, I highly recommend it: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. It's on the New York Times Bestseller list right now, as it should be. What an incredible story. I read it in four days. It's not exaggerating to say it truly is a testament to the strength of the human spirit. Louis Zamperini, the subject of the book, went through absolute hell: his plane crashed in the Pacific; he drifted for 46 days on a raft; when he found land, he was captured by the Japanese; he endured torture, starvation, and degredation in several Japanese POW camps for more than two years. Yet he survived and is still alive today.

Yesterday I de-decorated the house and it was an exhausting affair. Not only did I take everything down, but I had to dust and clean while I put everything back in its place. Still, it's nice to have the house back to normal. My kitty wasn't too happy that I was taking her tree away and she laid under it for quite awhile before I finally hauled it back into its box.

I was feeling a bit off last night and wasn't completely sure why. Sunday nights are always hard for me. I don't know if I'm really dreading the end of the weekend and the start of the work week or what, but it's not fun. I've been having trouble figuring out the end of my novel and I knew that was causing me some strife. Right before I went to bed, I started writing down notes and lo and behold, the good Lord gave me the ending, plot point by plot point. I'm rather pleased with it and my mood lifted considerably. A true blessing.

Happy New Year!


  1. He is amazing like that! Always coming through in the midnight hour, just when I'm about to throw in the towel:)

  2. That happened to me not long ago-I could not come up with a good ending-and literally the whole reason for something I was writing. I woke up at midnight with everything clear in my head. I remember I smiled and fell asleep:)

    Don't you just hate de-decorating! I do!!

    We didn't make it up till midnight -perhaps I should have had the book you just read! It sounds so good and I will definitely read it too! It's possible that Louis Zamperini and my Uncle Pete were at the same camp at the same time...

  3. I'm so glad you found your ending like that.

    It's horrifying to thing what some people have had to endure at the hands of others. Louis Zamperini sounds so inspirational and it's good to think that he's still alive and well.

    I've taken the decorations down too, it's such a relief even though they did look pretty.

  4. I bought Unbroken for three different people for Christmas! I cherry picked through it before wrapping it and it sounds fascinating! What a real hero. Happy New Year Melissa!

  5. I watched Salt on New Years Eve too and that book is suppose to be really good.

    Don't you love it when your plot comes together.

  6. Tamika - Amen!

    Valerie - Oh, wouldn't that be cool if your Uncle Pete was in the same place as Louie? Wow!

    Deb - I'm definitely glad to be done with the de-decorating. Just takes so much energy.

    T. Anne - Oh, read it if you get the chance! You won't regret it!

    Patti - I was glued to my seat for most of the movie, but I'm not sure if I liked it. I guess I'm still trying to decide. ;-)

  7. Happy New Year! Great to hear you found the ending too, amazing when it all comes together like that.

    My N.Ys was quiet one and I like it that way sometimes. ;-) We took down the tree yesterday too which is always a great reminder that last year is over and its time to move on with the new one.

    Happy writing! ;)

  8. Happy New year! I'm so glad you found your ending. I wrote one and am NOT happy with it. So I am listening to that voice and working on a new one too.

  9. Talei - Quiet is good, I agree, especially on a night where lots of crazy stuff happens!

    Terri - Hope you can find a new ending you like!


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