Archive for December, 2009


Right now, I’m at 36,198 feet, going 420 miles an hour with 904 miles left to go to arrive in LA. According to the screen in front of me, it’s – 75 degrees outside and we’re just crossing over the Four Corners of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. Apparently, I’m leaving behind the first winter storm. It was balmy and moist at 5:30 this morning. Petunias were still blooming in pots on our deck when we left for the airport. According to CNN, Washington, DC is getting snow and it’s moving north. Our long, luxurious autumn season is coming to an end.

It’s been almost three months since I’ve seen Dashiell–much too long for me. I can tell from our iChats how much he’s grown and changed and so often I wish I could reach through the computer screen and scoop him up and into my world. Lately I’ve been drawing pictures of farm animals and fish and snowmen and holding them up for him to see. He favors the “no-meen.” I’ve been told that they have a snow-making machine at The Grove Shopping Mall and that every night at 7 they blow snow. I guess it’s as close as we’ll get to winter for the next 10 days!

We’ll be baking cookies, decorating a tree and talking about Santa and reindeer and the Night Before Christmas…entering the world of mystery and delight–I can’t wait. In the time it’s taken me to write 229 words, we are already 289 miles closer…listen…I think I hear sleigh bells!


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