Princess of the Universe probably gave up on me on long, long, long time ago. I can't blame her, I mean, I asked for it and then there it sat. For almost a couple months. Actually, I have until February 19th and that would officially make it two months, but that is neither here nor there. Either way, there it sat in my in-box marked as "unread" so I would not forget. Hmmm. . . Yeah, that tactic worked.
I'm blaming Blogger. For some reason, I can no longer "copy, cut and paste". Add that to the fact that I'm lazy, well, you don't get the post I've been meaning to write for over a month now. However, I have another fellow blogger that I heart and covet! In fact, I believe she's a little known secret, but will be busting big some day. Which is besides my point and I'm hoping she'll forgive me for stealing her idea by gushing loads about her funny. So, I'm copying her and will be answering my interview questions one by one by one by one by one. If you're lucky, I'm in a good mood and not lazy, I may even answer two questions at once. Huzzah.
So, you owe this post to Verbal Diarrhoea. . . .
I give you, my seven readers, Princess Interviews a Texaconsin Diva.
Numero Uno: How long did it take you to write your Christmas letter? Cause I couldn't even imagine trying to condense a year into one really interesting page.
I plead the fifth.
Moving on . . .
I keed - I keed, Princess! See? I'm funny too. Maybe not Steve Carell, but hey beggars cannot be choosers.
To get to your question, it takes more time than I like or seem to even have. For those of you who didn't get a letter, you may be in the dark here. I'll try to explain. Once the husband and I got hitched by the good ole ball and chain, I thought it would be fantastic to start a yearly Christmas letter and send it world-wide to all our friends. Big mistake. I am now tied to doing it year after year. If I don't, I have people call me out in front of many others on them either A) falling off my yearly letter list or B) I didn't do one. That was a good time. I enjoy being called out in front of groups of people in the middle of restaurants.
Anyhow, the first letter I did was a "Top 10" list as to why it was a good thing the husband and I got married and attached a cute little wedding photo to the front. That wasn't bad. Pretty painless, but then the second letter, I decided to get really creative and did a letter to what it was like to be married in accordance with the "Wedding Vows". You know the "till death do us part," "to have and to hold," and "in sickness and in health," (according to the husband I am never sick and never about to die. I'd like to disagree here. There are plenty of times I am dying.) etc., etc. . . I'd have to say that took many hours of writing and re-writes as well as editing to make it fit on my itty-bitty card. That one also had a cute little picture of us on it. I think that was my favorite letter to date - maybe I'll post it here someday. Maybe not.
The third year was mundane stuff of us making a move to our Longhorn city. Blah, blah, blah. Not my best.
The fourth year, I skipped it. See above when getting called out at a family birthday party in the middle of a restaurant. Fun times (yes, I'm reiterating. To this day I'm damaged by that).
This year, I spent a few weeks trying to come up with a subject. I wrote and deleted. Wrote and deleted. Wrote and deleted. Wrote and deleted. I finally came up with . . . the husband. Duh. Had I just done that subject in the beginning the letter would have flown from brain to keyboard to print. As always, he's my perfect subject.
So, while I'd like to say it doesn't take nuttin' to write my yearly Christmas letter and be included in the cool kids crowd, I would be lying. It takes a lot of time and even more thought. More than I have of either that time of year. Sometimes I wish I hadn't even begun and low expectations would sit in place. Though, I would be lying there too. I enjoy my Christmas letter even if it does stress me out year after year.
More interview questions to follow. Thanks Sid of Verbal Diarrhoea for giving me the idea to post each question separately. May you not get any additional readers so I can keep you as mine. All mine.