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I don't know about you, but I am still recovering from Thanksgiving…

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I don't know about you, but I am still recovering from Thanksgiving dinner. Or maybe just Thanksgiving week. What a whirlwind! I had family in town, and tons of social engagements, meals to cook, folks to catch up with. It was so much fun but by last night, when I finally collapsed onto the couch, I was wiped out. Thank goodness therapy was available in the form of Xanadu, probably the cheesiest movie ever made about roller skating, disco and Greek mythology. (Although I imagine this is a pretty small genre. Just a hunch.) I remember going to see this movie in the theatre, when I was obsessed with Olivia Newton John---that's how old I am---but watching it now is like an exercise in nostalgia and hilarity. Oh, and Gene Kelly! With music by ELO! If you haven't ever seen it and need a good laugh, or just something to marvel at, I highly recommend it.

On a more bothersome note, I've been following with interest the news reports that Chris Brown will be appearing on GMA in the next couple of weeks. Now, I'm a little hesitant to wade into this issue, as I don't know for sure that he's going to be on---although it is confirmed he'll be on 20/20, doing an interview with Robin Roberts---but I have to say, I'm a little bothered. Mostly because the interview that Diane did with Rhianna, which GMA featured a LOT, was so moving and upsetting. But, okay. Maybe GMA has their reasons for wanting to give both sides of the story. I get that. However, this announcement of Brown's possible appearance came just after GMA cancelled Adam Lambert's concert because his performance on the AMAs was so sexual. (If you are reading this and saying WHO are these people? I understand. We will return to our regular pop culture and food content shortly, hang in there.) Now, I actually saw some of Adam Lambert on the AMAs, thanks to NCTE, which kept me up late enough that I was coming home just as the broadcast was going off the air. And it WAS provocative, don't get me wrong. But I find is hard to believe he would do the same thing at 8am that he did at 11pm. But see, that's not even the point. The point is that it seems hypocritical to me that Adam Lambert is too controversial to have on, but it's okay to have someone who beats women. GMA, I love you, you know that. But why not skip them both, if you want to be sure not to offend? Maybe I am coming at this all wrong. If so, I am sure someone here will enlighten me. But it just seems....wrong. And GMA doesn't do wrong. At least, I don't want to believe they do.

Finally, today is the last day of November. I will refrain from marveling at how fast this month went by, as I know I have done that pretty much every month for the last year or so. But I WILL say that it is also the last day of Nanowrimo, and for those of you who will hit that 50,000 word mark, congrats. For everyone else who might have tried but not totally succeeded, or tried and got really discouraged, or tried and ended up curled into the fetal position under their desk, I say: welcome. You're part of a big group now and you have a lot of good company. And just because the month is over doesn't mean your efforts need to be. You've tried the marathon. Now, maybe attempt the long, leisurely walk. Or even a lope. Write a little bit every day. Slow and steady. You will probably still have rotten days when you totally lose faith. But you'll also have those days when it's all clicking and good and just WORKING, and those will keep you going. At least, that's been my experience. Then again, I am not really sure I should be giving writing advice to anyone, as I don't know what the heck I am doing half the time. I guess that's part of the fun?

Have a great day, everyone!




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