If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that Isla was in her first school Christmas play this week.  She was an angel.  We are not particularly religious, but an awkward stage debut is a rite of passage.

She stood on that stage, all crooked wings and halo.  Singing and signing the songs.  The loudest word she sang was ‘CELEBRATE!’  And I was *this-close* to leaping from my seat and shouting ‘Get it, baby.’  Because that was my BABY on a STAGE doing her THING.  In regulation school shoes.

I could not take my eyes off of her.  And I really wanted to smooth out the hem of her dress.

Whatever she chooses to do with her life, I’ll be there waving the mom-freak flag going, THAT’S MY KID.


Neil helped.


In maybe related news, my Mom flies in from New York on Monday.  We’re basically spending three weeks together.  I hope everyone still has their own hair by the end of it.

And in a strange twist of nostalgia, it is my dearest Christmas wish that my extremely divorced parents get along for one day.

I’ll be sitting with my in-laws and my better than stepmother, concentrating on Isla and maybe getting quietly drunk.

Everyone’s gonna be well-oiled well-behaved.  Right?

What are you doing for the holidays?  Think of us.

If we were having coffee I’d mention that I’ve launched a weekly email newsletter to go with Gin & Lemonade.

The sign up for the newsletter as at the bottom of posts.  Click here to see what it looks like.

The newsletter is DIFFERENT from the blog post email subscription in the sidebar of the blog.

The newsletter is called Gin Shots and when you confirm your subscription, your welcome email from me looks like this:


First I’d like to thank you for signing up to my new newsletter at Gin & Lemonade!

I will share weekly digests of what’s happening on the blog, as well as some new stuff.

Stuff like:

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Hit ‘reply’ on this email, and I’ll talk to you soon!



Regular emails will go out starting Friday.

May be a good way to stay in touch if you used to read me on WP reader, which I should still appear on, but posts are delayed since I transferred.

I’ve got some good stuff coming up, including free stuff for you.  And I hate spam.  So there won’t be any.

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