I have been pretty distant on this blog for the past month. Obviously, the holidays are the big excuse, and definitely legitimate. But it is deeper than that. I have been feeling pretty out of rhythm, and my time for creativity and reflection has been squeezed as a result of that a-rhythm. Again, those holidays are a handy excuse. But the truth is, I haven't just been baking cookies, making snow angels, and singing carols. There has been some wonderful time along those lines, but there has been PLENTY of time wasted. I've recently joined Facebook (my husband calls it something much less polite) and I've caught myself too many times getting sucked in to the photographs and lives of people who, let's be honest, were pretty mean back in high school! And Papa D and I have been doing lots of New Year's organizing, which often leads to sitting-in-front-of-a-box-of-junk-that-should-have-been-thrown-away-years-ago-and-examining-with-great-care-every-little-item. And then there's the Holiday Eating. That can take up a lot of time, you know! For a variety of reasons, I need to lose a good bit of weight, and I guess that means I have to stop eating anything in front of me. Yuck.