Happy New Years, Blaze Babes! I hope you had a wonderful holiday. I know you’ve probably all packed up your Christmas trees and moved on, but I still had Christmas brain when I was trying to come up with a topic for this post early in January. I hope you’ll forgive the timing.

I was going to tell you what happens in the Toronto office at Christmas, but the more I wrote, the more I realized that, while holiday lunches and decorating the office may be fun, reading about them is less than exciting.

So I decided to tell you my story instead. After all, who doesn’t want to read about me? :P
I’ve lived far from home for the past 10 years. My whole family is in BC (seriously, I don’t have a single relative in Ontario). While I miss them, I’ve been away so long I’m used to our long-distance relationship. Thank goodness for cheap calling cards!

I usually go out west for Christmas. But it’s expensive to fly to BC, and when I get there people are stressed out because of the holiday and the weather is cold and rainy. I realized that it might be better to visit in the summer.

Consequently, I decided to stay in Toronto this year. And apart from coming down with the flu that’s currently plaguing our city, it was great. I had lots of time to relax, it was nice to avoid the travel madness, and I’m sure my family appreciates me keeping the flu to myself.

Plus, I got to spend time with my amazing friends and coworkers, who have become like a big extended family to me.

One day, I walked into my cubicle and saw that Santa had visited—my editors and friends left little gifts all over my desk and chair. That was a happy day :) . And leading up to Christmas I received a few gifts in the mail from authors. I don’t expect such things, but they always make me feel special.

Everyone was concerned that I had nowhere to go for Christmas dinner. Brenda very kindly invited me to her house, and brought me a plate of leftovers when I chose to stay in Toronto. (I couldn’t resist a dinner invitation from the new guy in my life—you have to love a man who cooks!)

I was worried that it would be a lonely Christmas. But although I did miss my family, I had a wonderful holiday and got rested up for 2011. It’s sure to be an exciting year!

So thank you to the friends, coworkers and authors who always make me feel as if I’m surrounded by family even though I’m far from home. I hope there are special people in your life, too.

9 Responses to “Harlequin Family”
  1. Meg Maguire Meg Maguire says:

    A man who cooks for his flu-addled lady? Swooooon.

  2. katie says:

    I am with Meg. Glad the holidays turned out well.

  3. Laura Barth says:

    Thanks, guys! I always thought the man who cooked was an urban legend, but I found him. :) Definitely my kind of hero, saving me from from eating cereal for dinner on a semi-regular basis.

    • 80s Tart says:

      Cheers to you for finding him. He does indeed sound swoon-worthy! I’m in search of a hero who’ll actually join me in my Frosted Flakes dinners. Cereal is my favorite nighttime meal, so add a yummy man to the equation and I’m pretty much content.

      Happy New Year!

  4. Alina Duffer says:

    Hi Laura! If only my hubby cooked he would be the perfect man, lol! Glad you had a good holiday. I am also far away from my family. They are in California and I’m in Indiana. It’s hard around the hoildays, but we talk on the phone and on the computer all the time. Gotta love facebook, lol!

    Have a wonderful day!!! ;)

  5. Hi Laura–what did he cook?

  6. Laura Barth says:

    Hey, Heather! He made salad, roasted chicken, baked squash, and roasted potatoes. I think there were green beans, too. Sadly the roasted potatoes all fell on the ground due to a slippery hot-pad incident, but everything else was delicious.

    How was your holiday?

  7. Desere Steenberg says:

    Happy new year to you as well . This was a very lovely post thank you for sharing it with us !All the best Desere

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