Merry New Year

This year I’m going to do something I’ve never done before; I’m going to take a blog break over Christmas/New Year. The weekends are crazy busy, work is crazy busy, after work is crazy busy and… I’ve started writing again.

So the precious little time I have leading up to Christmas I’m going to spend on fictional words. I’m sure you are all crazy busy too so you won’t even notice the gap.

I hope you all have a safe and, even if only at times, relaxing end of year. It is a really good time for reflection and evaluation. Are you going in the right direction? Can you keep doing what you are doing? What would you like to do differently? How will you make that happen?

I’ll be doing a lot of that thinking this year and I’m sure I’ll write many lists. Change is the only constant in life, so it is up to you if you are going to be the agent of that change, or just the subject.

See you in 2016!

Christmas shopping

I’ve been making my list, checking it twice, heading out to the shops and coming back after an hour of strategic elbowing with nothing. Christmas shopping is hard work and takes time, so I was tempted to do it all on line this year.

I have been amazed at what some of the shopping sites are throwing up as potential gifts; pasta makers worth nearly $300, earphones worth over $200, it is just insane. I hope that people aren’t looking at these extravagantly priced items thinking it is the norm for a Christmas gift! It is not!!!!

I also have a solid belief that anything over $50 should probably be selected by the future owner. What you think they want and what they actually want could be two very different things, and you don’t want to go $200 into debt over something that will frustrate them every time they use it.

I know I have a future (hopefully) vested interest, but if you don’t know what to get someone, get them a book, there are millions to choose from. Give them something you have read and loved. Something on a topic you know they are interested in. It doesn’t have to be a romance novel that they will never read, and it won’t break the bank.

Christmas presents are about showing your loved ones you thought of them, and a well-selected $20 present will trump a $200 present every time. You just need to make that list, check it twice and then… end up in a bookshop.