Wednesday, November 21, 2007

I'm Thankful For . . .

News Flash:

Okay…it’s not big news. But I just wanted to ask you to pop over to Dorchester’s website to see another blog I did for them: http://www.dorchesterpub.com/Dorch/SpecialFeatures.cfm?Special_ID=2379

Also, on Friday, I’m told that Dianna Lovesnell is going to be blogging about me on Fog City Divas blog site. http://www.fogcitydivas.typepad.com/

Hmm… I’m hoping it’s good stuff, but hey… you never know about them writer types.

Crime Scene Christie


Each year at Thanksgiving, my mother would make all of us list what we were thankful for. Something about saying them aloud made us stop and realize our blessings. Now remember, I was the middle child between two brothers, so some of their lists were about the bra size of the new girl in school and about winning the loudest arm-pit noise contest.

Of course, I was the sane one, right? My thankful list were always legit. My list contained things like . . . the well-endowed girl’s good-looking younger brother, that my iguana had learned a new trick (yes, I swear he did tricks) and I always included that I was grateful for my loving and generous parents. (Yeah, I learned about PR, AKA sucking up, at an early age.)

My point is that when we are young, we don’t always have our thankful-thinking caps on straight. To make my point, I just walked into my living room and asked my seventeen-year-old-son what he was thankful for this year. His answer: “For my loving generous mom, of course.” (Okay, so my son takes a bit after me.)

As we grow older, our thankful-thinking caps get straightened a bit. We see things such as good health—our own, like my recent benign biopsy—and the health of those we love, like our parents, to be blessings. We value career successes, good friends, spouses who tolerate being blogged about most weeks, family, a good makeup concealer, slimmed line clothes, an underwire bra that doesn’t torture, and a pair of jeans that really does make your butt look smaller, especially after Thanksgiving.

Last year, about this time, I’d gotten the call from my agent that I’d sold four books in one day. Oh heck yeah, I had a lot to be thankful about. This year, I’m waiting with bated breath for the release of my first Single Title romance, Divorced, Desperate and Delicious, which will be released November 27th. I’m so thankful about that. I’m thankful for the wonderful reviews I’ve gotten so far. And I’m thankful for the co-divas of Killer Fiction. And I’m really thankful that my readers here at Killer Fiction are tolerant of my wacky sense of humor. (And that’s not sucking up.)

So, here’s hoping you all have a great Thanksgiving and my wish for you is that the food is great. But if it isn’t…if the turkey is dry and the dressing is runny, if the dessert ends up to be Rolaid pie, if your uncle wears his naked-lady tie and starts making arm pit noises, I hope you will find something to laugh about, something that will make a great memory for later years, and something for which you can be thankful.

Now, make sure you comment on our blog. You never know when you might win one of our wonderful prizes. And speaking of our contests, my prize--giving time is coming up soon and I’ve got some special treats that I think you’ll all love.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Crime Scene Christie

57 comments:

Faye Hughes said...

Somehow I think your Thanksgiving will be funnier than mine, just because crazy chit always seems to happen to you. (And thank goodness, too, since it gives you lots of great stuff to write about and make us all laugh. LOL.)

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Faye

Christie Craig said...

Thanks Faye!!!

But are you telling me you don't have an uncle that wearing a naked-lady tie or at least person who makes arm-pit noises?

Come on...

Crime Scene Christie

Jana DeLeon said...

LOL Christie! But if my uncle (stern and very, VERY straight) wore a naked-lady tie OR made arm-pit noises, we'd have him in a tight white jacket by the end of the day. :)

Have a great Thanksgiving! And you're so right, we all have a lot to be thankful for.

(BTW, I'd have one more thing if you'd send me the brand name of those butt-slimming jeans)

Teri Thackston said...

I'd like to know the brand of those jeans, too. I have a feeling I'll need 'em after our non-traditional TG dinner of lasagna and garlic bread. (What can I say--no sisters visiting this year so I ain't makin' the dressing by myself.)
Happy TG, all!

Christie Craig said...

Jana,

Do you mean you have Thanksgiving with having those tight white jackets around? We keep two or three on hand at all times!

And I'll go check the brand of those jeans...:-)

Christie Craig said...

Okay...Teri and Jana...

Here you go::

Smile.
P.S.

Teri what time should I be there for lasagna.

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Kate Douglas said...

Well, your blog finally explains why I feel a definite connection to you! I'm the only girl between two brothers, too. Finally, I understand. As far as thankful--I'll get serious and say I'm thankful our two kids grew up to be such great adults, and even more thankful they're both parents and finally understand just a bit of what their father and I went through. Payback is just SO fine!

Christie Craig said...

Kate,

About that connection. I think you are just relieved you found a reason besides the fact that we both are a bit . . . mm...what's word?... wierd. Yup. That's the word. (smile)

And yes, grown kids living a good life is a big thing for which to be thankful. Oh...and paybacks...I love 'em!

Thanks for posting girl!!!

Have a great Turkey day!

Crime Scene Christie

Jenyfer Matthews said...

I'm thankful for many things this year, one of which is that I found this blog. And I'm not just sucking up either!!!

Everyone have a great turkey day!

anne said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Great post. I am thankful for my good health, great husband and two wonderful sons and their wives.

Christie Craig said...

Jenyfer,

Ahh...you made me feel so good. I don't even care if you were sucking up. :-)

So...are you going to celebrate Thanksgiving? Cook the Turkey?

Crime Scene Christie

Christie Craig said...

Anne,

Thanks for stopping by.

Have a fabulous day Turkey Day!!

And keep counting those blessings.

Crime Scene Christie

Cory said...

That is such an awesome idea, saying things aloud every Thanksgiving. A very great practice, and fun to see how people change over the years.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Jenyfer Matthews said...

Actually, hubby and kids are vegetarian so we don't do turkey. Kinda got a funky-hippy thing going on with lentil loaf, mushroom gravy and then the rest of the usual traditional things like mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie.

But this year we're taking our lentil loaf on the road and spending the day with some friends. I'm happy because that means 1) we have friends who want to share the holiday with us 2) *I* can eat some of their turkey 3) I only have to contribute to the meal, not create the whole thing from scratch!

Tori Lennox said...

One thing I'm thankful for this year is all the wonder new people I've met online and their wonderful books. :)

diane said...

Wonderful and special post which is important. I am thankful for my great family and we are having a large gettogether for Thanksgiving.

Colleen Thompson said...

I'm thankful for the love of family and friends, both of which have really hit home over this past few months.

Christie Craig said...

Cory...

It is a fun practice and I gives us all something to think about.

Thanks for stopping in.

Have a great Thanksgiving.

Crime Scene Christie

Christie Craig said...

Jenyfer,

My son is vegetarian. I make him his dressing without meat, then I make my husband's dressing without onions and then I make one with meat and onions.

And I have to tell you, that lentil loaf doesn't sound too yummy, so I'm glad you get some turkey and really glad you will share the day with friends.

Have a great day.

Crime Scene Christie

Estella said...

Love the post!
Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Christie Craig said...

Tori,

I'm with you girl. The internet has opened up our worlds. My writing partner and I met online and we're like connected at the hip now, cyperspace hips. We even talk on the phone three or four times a day.

I've met so many. . . so many...neat people online.

Thanks for posting.

Have a great Turkey day!

Crime Scene Christie

Christie Craig said...

Diane,

I hope you Thanksgiving is extra special. Enjoy every bite and moment of it.

Crime Scene Christie

Christie Craig said...

Colleen,

Yup...you are right. Family and friends the special things in life. Thanks for posting. Have a great Thanksgiving!!!

And by the way... shh...Colleen is going to be a guest blogger soon. Don't miss her December 8th and do pick up her book, The Salt Maiden. I can't wait to read it.

Crime Scene Christie

Crime Scene Christie

Christie Craig said...

Estella,

Thanks so much for dropping by. Happy Thanksgiving girl!!

Crime Scene Christie

ellie said...

Enjoyed your entertaining and timely post. Giving thanks is important since we are fortunate for the most part. Have a Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy.

catslady said...

Great post. I have to say first thankful has to go to health and then everything after that is a bonus lol. Family, friends(cyber too), pets, and books to name a few.

Stacy S said...

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Christie Craig said...

Ellie,

Thanks for popping in. And it's so true. Even though some of us have problems, we generally are blessed in another way.

Have a great Turkey Day!!

Crime Scene Christie

Christie Craig said...

Catslady,

Yep! Health really is a blessings. And here's hoping we all are blessed.

And cyberspace has brought so much in our life. And I love the fact you gave thanks for books. I know my world would be a lonely place with them.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Crime Scene Christie

Christie Craig said...

Stacy S.

Thanks girl for dropping by.

Here's hoping you love every bite of your thanksgiving meal and share it with people you love.

Crime Scene Christie

Lucy said...

Just yesterday I was reading a blog post by author Gail Barrett about her travels to Peru (http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/pubbedauthors/2007/11/19/peru-or-bust-or-life-mimics-art/#comments). We take a lot of things for granted in this country and that post reminded me to be thankful for the things/luxuries I have.

Anyway, great post as always Christie. :-)

RachaelfromNJ said...

I hope all the Killer Fiction ladies have a lovely Thanksgiving. I'm having a two da Thanksgiving. Tomorrow I'm going to my mother's and on Thanksgiving going out to eat with my father and others. I hope I don't put on weight from all this good eating!

Christie I can't wait to see your book on the shelves!

Gemma Halliday said...

Great post, Christie!

This time last year I was dealing the death of not one, but three close family members - my grandma, my grampy, and my sister's one month old baby. (Yeah, it was a really rough year.) This year, my remaining grandpa has had surgery and is healthier and more active than he has been in years, and my sister is pregnant again with a very healthy baby girl. I feel like I have tons to be thankful for this year.

Hope everyone has a fantastic Thanksgiving!

~Gemma

Christie Craig said...

Lucy,

I totally agree, we take so much for granted. I've traveled some, to China, I really got my eyes opened to how much we take things for granted.

Thanks for posting.

Have a great Turkey Day.

Crime Scene Christie

Christie Craig said...

Rachael,

Enjoy your twofer! And hey, invest in a slimming pair of jeans and then cut back before Christmas.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Crime Scene Christie

Christie Craig said...

Gemma,

That was a hard year. I'm happy this year is turning out much better for you and your family.

Have a great holiday!

Crime Scene Christie

RachaelfromNJ said...

Thanks Christie! I am going to try to not over do it. Portion control!

Ms Terry in Gadsden said...

Once again Christie you have got me thinking. This morning i knew right off what i was thankful for and as the day has gone by the list gets longer and longer.
thanks for haning in there and showing people like me that Never giveing up is an option.

Jenyfer Matthews said...

Aww, come on - don't knock it til you try it! The lentil loaf doesn't sound so appealing but it isn't so bad. Even my daughter likes it!

Christie Craig said...

Rachael,

Portion control. Portion control.

That's my mantra for tomorrow!

Have a good one.

Crime Scene Christie

Christie Craig said...

Terry,

Hey....

Yup, we gotta hang in there.

Have a great Thanksgiving.

Crime Scene Christie

Christie Craig said...

Jenyfer,

I know...actually I really do know. I never thought I'd like Tofu and rice and I found it's goes down really good.

Thanks for posting girl.

Crime Scene Christie

ruth said...

Have a Happy Thanksgiving. I am grateful to have my 2 daughters with me and we look forward to a new year ahead filled with good health and positive and sunny days.

Christie Craig said...

Ruth,

Have a great Turkey day!!!

And celebrate large with your daughters.

Crime Scene Christie

pearl said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy the day. We always appreciate this day for the many friends and our good health.

Christie Craig said...

Pearl,

Thanks for stopping in.

And here's hoping your Turkey day is the best ever.

Enjoy the three Fs. Friends, Family and good Food.

Crime Scene Christie

Dru said...

I'm thankful for the friends I've made and the new authors I discovered and the books I enjoy.

deseng said...

What a funny post! It brought back memories of my two obnoxious brothers! My middle brother was famous for his armpit noises, (and other raunchy noises,uh hem.)He thought he was really funny. My oldest brother laughed. I just shook my head most of the time.

Our Thanksgivings have evolved over the years to us siblings behaving ourselves. We always congregate with my mom's relatives and we eat, laugh and make merry! I do miss the days when we were young and ran through the house causing havoc. It is to bad that we have to grow up! Ha, ha!

I too am so glad I found your blog! It is a favorite of mine! You all are so entertaining to read! I send many Thanksgiving wishes your way for a fantastic, fun, holiday!

Michele L.

Christie Craig said...

Dru,

I hope you have a great holiday. Thanks for stopping by. Hmm... maybe after the dishes are done, we can all spend some down time with a good book.

Crime Scene Christie

Christie Craig said...

Michele,

We're so glad you discovered our blog as well!

Brothers... We're you ever stuck between them in the back seat while they were fighting. Yowzy!

Other "noises"... They happened at our house too. Happened so often we had a "code" name for them. Barking spiders.

And thoughts about growing up ... Yep. It's sad. Instead of making havoc we're now making dinner. Havoc was much more fun.

Crime Scene Christie

Robin said...

I'm always grateful when good things happen to good people.

I'm grateful when those I love get home in one piece every day.

I'm grateful that at least part of my mind still works.

I'm grateful I don't have many mirrors in the house I have to walk by each day.

And I'm grateful for all the wonderful friends I've made over the years.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Robin Haseltine!

Christie Craig said...

Robin,

Love your grateful list. (I hate those dang mirrors, too!)

Have a great Turkey Day.

Thanks for posting.

readingissomuchfun said...

Hope you all have a wonderful thanksgiving. Gobble Gobble.

RachaelfromNJ had sent me over :)

Hugssss
LindaH

Christie Craig said...

Thanks Linda!

You have a great Turkey Day, too!!!

Crime Scene Christie

Lucy said...

I got word today that your book has been shipped to me. Can't wait to get it and read it. :-)

Maybe it will be the book I take to jury duty. ;-)

Christie Craig said...

Lucy,

Thank you sooo much!

I hope you enjoy it. I look foward to hearing from you.

Have a great Thanksgiving. You've helped make mine a wonderful one.

Crime Scene Christie

readingissomuchfun said...

Thanks Christie and your welcome. I am cooking now my baked Macaroni & Cheese Yummy.

My fiance cooked the yams yesterday and I added Granny Smith apples in it. So good. Can't wait to finish cooking and eat already *G*

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone.

Hugssss
LindaH