How do you know it’s Christmastime? You immediately eat something sweet after brushing your teeth in the morning. You consume Baileys like it’s somehow good for you. It’s totally normal to eat dinner at 1 a.m. and go straight to sleep. Pastimes include watching Christmas Vacation, Home Alone, Love Actually, A Christmas Story and ….sitting. You have approximately 1,000,000 things to do before December 22, then absolutely nothing to do until January 2nd. Life as you know it no longer exists and you’ve officially entered the holiday time warp.

This post will be short today as I’m in Cincinnati with James’ family for the holidays! I was hoping for snow (it’s the “north” after all and isn’t that what happens here in December?) but alas no white stuff. It did drop about 30 degrees this morning, so at least it feels like winter. 🙂 This is the first Christmas I’ve not spent with my parents in as long as I can remember, so I was a little sad about that. But it’s OK, I will see them for the new year and I spent two AMAZING days in Birmingham this week. I did a whirlwind friend tour (but still didn’t get to see everyone that I love) and spent time with family. It was wonderful. Cincinnati is turning out to be a great time, and new traditions are always special.

GUESS WHAT?? I am almost done writing my short film! And, my feature outline is shaping up nicely. I’m going big on these, I have some great casting ideas (some of whom have already expressed interest). Also, this week I was approached by a dear friend about writing and co-directing a separate feature project in 2014 that would already have funding mostly in place. It would be an honor to work with her, so we will see how it all unfolds. It would be a more contemporary story (very different from my own), which makes me excited. I am jumping in folks, 2014 is the year.

These two ladies were a great surprise on my trip home.

These two ladies were a great surprise on my trip home.

I will miss these babies over Christmas.

I will miss these babies over Christmas.

Cilantro pup's first long car ride!

Cilantro pup’s first long car ride!

2013, thank you.

2013, thank you.

A beautiful friend.

A beautiful friend.

Baileys.

Baileys.

Get your bowl on.

Get your bowl on.