20 Dec

Apparently, I’m not good at blogging during December.  I know what you’re thinking—you’re worried sick that I’ve been taken captive by an army of Ninjabread Men.

And you’d be partially right.

Okay, no—you’d be completely wrong.  I’ve merely been running around like an elf with mangled pointy-toed shoes¹, trying to cram a ton of Christmas-y awesomeness into ten too-small days.

I made an army of Ninjabread Men, for one.  Also, we shopped for gifts, wrapped them beautifully, made one post office run, and (at least) two Target runs, and several appearances at Starbucks.  Our Christmas tree is a) actually decorated this year, b) still decorated, by some miracle, despite our two tree-hugging cats, and c) beautiful in our new apartment.

So, where does writing fit in there?  Last week, it actually fit quite well, but alas—this week I’ll be lucky just to incorporate some minor changes into my first 30 pages.  I did manage to make a list of (lofty! ambitious! driven!) goals for my WIPs, though, effective Boxing Day.

Aaaaaand, what would Christmas be without family and friends?  My sister came to town Friday, my parents came on Saturday, one of my college BFFs dropped in last night, and some Denton friends are coming to visit for the next couple of days.

I love Christmas.  The Ninjabread, the friends and family, the festive lights, the meaning behind the holiday, the warmth of it all²—it’s worth long post office lines, braving crowds at the stores, tidying up the house, and putting writing goals on hold for a bit.

It’s a season for peace, to slow down and be grateful, and to rest and refresh before the new year begins.

Happy Christmas week to you all!

¹I’m guessing that’s the North Pole equivalent to “chicken with its head cut off,” yes?

²And by warmth, I’m referring to warm fuzzies.  That said, here in Texas, it’s sunny and 76ºF outside—I guess it’s time for that kind of warmth, too.  Unfortunately.  (In completely unrelated news, has anyone figured how to mail snow yet?  Because I sort of want some, and I know you guys are just dying to get rid of yours!)

12 Responses to “Ninjabread”

  1. Linda Cassidy Lewis Monday / 20 December 10 at 6:34 pm #

    Your Ninjabread men look delicious. I’m not sure I’ve ever eaten a freshly baked gingerbread person. 😦

    It sounds like you’re having a wonderful holiday time. Writing can wait.

    • Kayla Olson Friday / 24 December 10 at 10:19 am #

      You know, I had never eaten a freshly baked one until last week, either! My sister made some gingerbread in the shape of pretzels, and it was DELICIOUS—so, I begged her for the recipe and ended up with my very first batch of ginger-people (above!) They turned out to be soooo yummy!

      Hope your holidays are going well, too, Linda! We’ll need to catch up once things settle down. 🙂

  2. Heather Simone Monday / 20 December 10 at 6:45 pm #

    Ha! I love the Ninjabread Men. They are the best.

    As for the writing I totally understand. I will be putting the writing and editing to the side later this week.

    Happy Holidays! 🙂

    • Kayla Olson Friday / 24 December 10 at 10:21 am #

      Hey, thanks! They are as yummy as they are cute-looking, haha. Good luck resting this week, and then with being productive when you pick it all back up again! 🙂 Happy holidays to you, too!

  3. Merrilee Monday / 20 December 10 at 6:58 pm #

    I ❤ your ninjabread! Recipe please?

    • Kayla Olson Friday / 24 December 10 at 10:22 am #

      By now, you already have it in your email—sheesh, I need to work on more timely responses to comments, haha. 🙂 Hope you enjoy the recipe!!

  4. J.C Monday / 20 December 10 at 11:18 pm #

    oh they look so awesome! where oh where do you find such cool cutters?

    • Kayla Olson Friday / 24 December 10 at 10:24 am #

      Here’s a link to the company that produces them—I think you have to go up to the “buy” tab to figure out where to actually purchase them, though!

  5. Melissa Tuesday / 21 December 10 at 9:39 am #

    Those are the cutest. things. ever. I’m now x100 upset we can no longer make it to your casa for new years. I’d be eating them all. Maybe it’s a good thing? 😉

    Also – what the french toast is with this weather? It’s 80 degrees! Merry Christmas to Texas – here’s your heat stroke.

    Anyway. Hi!

    • Kayla Olson Friday / 24 December 10 at 10:29 am #

      Ha! Yeah, unfortunately (or fortunately, however you want to look at it!) the recipe made SIXTY NINJAS. SIXTY. We shared some with our houseguests, and I brought the rest to my parents’ house to finish off, but dude. They are soooo good…so…whatever. It’s Christmas, and I shall eat ninjas and drink eggnog and ENJOY.

      I wish we could do NYE, too. That would have been SO much fun. Maybe after the holidays sometime, you and I could do a little meet-halfway-for-coffee thing? If we both have a free Saturday, we could both drive, chat for a long while, attempt to work on our various writing things, chat some more, leave…of course, we’d probably end up ONLY chatting and NOT working, but that would be awesome, too.

      At any rate, DFWcon is coming up pretty soon, and that will be loads of fun.


  6. joyofdawn Tuesday / 21 December 10 at 6:32 pm #

    Google: How to mail snow
    Yahoo Answers: Dry ice and ship it overnight!

    Awesome! (I just had to look…)

    We are usually drinking lemonaide when it is 76 degrees here. Don’t know if I should recommend dunking those Ninjabread men in Hot Cocoa!?! 🙂

    • Kayla Olson Friday / 24 December 10 at 10:31 am #

      That? Is AWESOME.

      I love that you googled this for me—I didn’t know it was actually possible, so I didn’t even bother to look! Ha!

      Oh, girl, I drink steaming lattes and hot chocolates even in 100º weather, so your idea is 100% perfect! 🙂 It’s even cooled of (HA.) to a brisk 54º this morning, so I might just have to do that today…

      Merry Christmas, hope you’re having fun with your family and traditions! 🙂

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