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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

The Joy Thing...

Posted by Christine

This is me, slaving away on my latest--which just happens to be due 12/28. Can you hear me screaming? That smile is actually a rictus of pure terror. Oh, yeah.

But even for a writer facing a crushing deadline during the holidays, there are bright and shining moments of pure joy. A couple of examples...

I cut back my decorating this year. No light-bedecked garlands dripping with holiday florals and shiny decorations. Only a tasteful wreath on the front door--no light display. We do have a tree and I piled four boxes of shiny red balls into this bowl you see here. I just love it. It's so...shiny and red. Every time I look at guessed it:


And then there's this picture, taken by a lovely lady who goes to all the University of Oklahoma football games with the band. That's the J in the middle, hands up, mouth open in a JOYous shout. This was the moment they won the game against arch-rivals, Oklahoma State. I adore this picture. All of it. the girl on the cell phone, the kid beside the J holding up his clarinet almost reverently, the laughingly JOYous girl in the front. Every time I look at this photo, it brings a smile.

So. What about you? What brings you joy--in this holiday season, or any time?


At 8:37 AM, Anonymous KIm said...


Such cool pictures. I am home today baking banana bread. My #2 son is home for the second day with an unexplained fever--yesterday dh was home with him--guess what he did??? NOTHING!

I have already started laundry--cleaned the kitchen and made 2 double batches of banana bread. I will be lying on my bed this afternoon with a good novel. :)

Joy for me is seeing looks of wonder on my kids' faces...whether it is a something new--or some new concept that suddenly makes perfect sense to the oldest one.

Love the OU picture. Totally understand the joy there! We have had that...just not in about a decade.

Take care all--


At 8:52 AM, Blogger Christine Rimmer said...

Oooo. Banana bread. I used to bake banana bread. Kim, I can just smell it hot from the over right now!

And up on the bed with a good book. Oh, yeah.

And that look of wonder on kids' faces...exactly!

Joy, joy, joy!

>We have had that...just not in about a decade.


At 9:42 AM, Blogger Maureen Child said...

Chris, great pictures! and you look so very busy at the desk!!

Joy for me is always the family. Hearing my kids laugh will do it faster than anything else!

At 10:28 AM, Blogger Christine Rimmer said...

Maureen, so true. The J's home this a.m., resting and getting ready for one of his semester finals. I can hear the pounding beat of his stereo from down the hall.


At 10:40 AM, Blogger Kate Carlisle said...

Rictus of pure terror? I love that, whatever it means! And you look pretty cute for someone experiencing such a thing!

Joy? Um, somebody else cleaning my house? Yeah, that makes me pretty joyful!

At 12:37 PM, Blogger Christine Rimmer said...

Oh, yes. I love it when others clean my house.

And Kate, thanks! And okay, I confess. That picture was taken during a non-rictus moment. LOL

At 1:33 PM, Blogger Christie Ridgway said...

Oh, great photos, Chris! Love the one of the J.

Joy for me would be to get my younger son back on his feet. I've been MIA the past couple of days because he's been home with a stomach bug. And he's one of those kind of kids who feels better when Mom is close by. VERY close by.

It's actually very sweet. He slung his arm around me today (and I did feel joy) and said, his breath washing against my face, "Are =you= feeling okay, Mom?"

Well, I figure if I'm going to get sick I'm going to get sick. I'm just glad I don't have a 12/29 deadline. Yikes, Chris!

At 2:03 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said...

Sympathies, Christie!

Get out that Airborne and start guzzling!!

At 2:44 PM, Blogger Christine Rimmer said...

Oh, Christie. Do what Maureen says.

That's motherhood for you. You can't help but love them. While they're giving you whatever they've got!

At 4:57 PM, Blogger Pat said...

Nice photos!

Joy is seeing the happy faces as my family opens their gifts from us.

Also being able to get in some quality read time. Very hard to do.

At 6:14 AM, Blogger Christine Rimmer said...

Pat, oh yes! I always try to get a picture of their sweet faces as they open the gifts. Doesn't always work out, but the look is always there at least for a few seconds.

Re the reading, oh yeah. I want some time for that myself.

At 8:02 AM, Blogger Susan Mallery said...

Chris--love the pics. Makes me miss you!! And the bowl is so festive and tasteful!!

At 8:27 AM, Blogger Christine Rimmer said...

Susan, yeah. Tasteful. That's me, baby.

Miss you, too. Can't wait for plot group.

FYI, everyone, we plot in January--no, not a palace revolt or anything. Just books. We plot books!

At 9:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For me, especially lately, joy is the sight of a sleeping child. They look so sweet and innocent. Even better, they are sleeping, so maybe, maybe I can get some sleep.

Chris - What a great picture of J. I love the look of happiness on his face. It is crazy as many times as you see that, it is so hard to get it in a photo. Cherish it.


At 4:22 PM, Anonymous Barbs said...

Chris, the J is so handsome and happy!

my grandchildren are the best medicine and JOYful for us all. My Libby, age 15, is so much fun and such a sweetie. She's 6 ft tall too. My grandson Joey, age 11, and 5'6" so Grandma, 5'3" has been left behind and I'd just as soon not give you my age or weight LOL

Tomorrow we're having one of our Christmas's with them. For my reader Grandson I got Anthony Horowitz books, Alex Rider the 14 y.o. James Bond character LOL, he asked for them and Granddaughter we got 21Q-she loves her friend's.

At 10:08 AM, Blogger Christine Rimmer said...

Hey, Barb. Boy, those grandkids of yours. I seem to remember when they were much smaller. Strange how that happens--you turn around and you're lookin' up--way up!


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