Janice Williams Loves Austin And sometimes I write about it.

December 1, 2013

Christmas is On the Way

Filed under: At home,Austin,Writing — Janice @ 7:15 pm


I’m participating in the Holidailies this year, which mainly means I plan/expect to/WILL write daily between now and whenever it ends (Epiphany I think? Maybe I will have one.). My friend Jette started the Holidailies many years ago and I have participated some years, but not others, and I don’t know that I’ve ever really written every day, but there is always a first.

This, for instance, is the first year that I have mailed Christmas cards early AND have a Christmas tree up early. I have never been a person to rush the season, but this year with the Thanksgiving weekend butting right up into December, even I felt like we needed to get on with it! Today I dropped a big bunch of Christmas cards into the mail, though I have a few more to write. And this afternoon while I watched Denver beat Kansas City, I decorated the Christmas tree and put some of my decorations around the house. The temperature outside is warm enough that we have had doors and windows open all day long and I’ve been sweating like crazy, but it does feel a little Christmasy.

The Holidailies portal is also nice in that it opens a doorway to so many blogs that I may not have discovered. Right now I don’t know that there is a single blog I check on a daily basis. There used to be many I always read, just like you’d read a column in the newspaper. Of course, that was before Facebook and a million other time-wasting sites existed. I have always been envious of the people that can blog about their crazy brother or their overbearing uncle and not worry about repercussions. Just now, as I wrote that last sentence, I thought to myself, “Okay, I’m safe, I don’t have a brother at all and no uncles are living so I hope no aunt thinks I might have been talking about their dead husband.” I worry A LOT about what people are going to think of me and I worry about hurting feelings. If I am not funny and I am flat out boring, let’s blame it on those qualities that hold me back from being hilarious and rude. Okay?

For anyone that just got here because YOU were checking into the Holidailies to see who is writing, I hope you will come back. I am a middle-aged woman in Austin, Texas, with a wildly exciting life where I visit cemeteries a lot. I am somewhat obsessed with my family history, but I do my best to not talk about it all the time. I have no children, so I still think I am in my 20s or 30s and am shocked when my body disagrees. I’m married to a man who really does have an interesting life playing music and working with really famous musicians all the time. But, before you get your hopes up, I don’t write about him much. I keep telling him he should have a blog, but he hasn’t taken me up on it yet. Oh, and I have cats.

I know blogs are lots more fun when they have pictures, so I just added the one at the top so you will know who is writing. I’m the one in color. We are both named Janice, but she spells it wrong. My husband is amazing photographer so I do have the advantage of having great photos from his camera for my blog. He took this when we went to see Dwight Yoakum last week at the ACL Live Moody Theater in downtown Austin. The drummer Mitch Marine is a friend of Mark’s and invited us. Oops, I said I didn’t write about Mark, didn’t I? But I do have a need to name-drop as much as I can.

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