My greatest joys of 2010:

-My mom recovered from kidney surgery and is doing great

-Gram turned 80 with a surprise dinner party

– The little garden that could produced hundreds of pounds of herbs and vegetables

– Matty returned to the 85282 and spent much of the year making us laugh with his shenanigans

– I reconnected with my cousin Dax, who I hadn’t seen in 16 years. His gorgeous daughter Lola is one of my favorite people.

– Finny and I took our annual trip — this year to Idaho. As luck would have it, I’ve had dozens of great adventures with friends in 2010.

– Time with family in Colorado makes my being happier

– The little book signing that could. Novel 1 took off at a trot and continues to gallop along. Novel 2 is determined to win the Triple Crown.

Without a formal Christmas card, I am sending a warm embrace from the Arizona desert a few days early. I’m off to be with my beloved family for the holiday and plan on surprising everyone by not blogging, emailing or checking my phone every 2 minutes. If I was reminded of one thing this year, it’s that I don’t spend enough time fully listening and being with my loved ones. Someone is always just a tweet, text and email away. May I surprise even myself by instead being fully present to those in my presence in 2011.

May you be surrounded with people who make you laugh, food that makes you put on stretchy pants with gluttonous desire and happiness that encourages your dreams for the New Year.

With love, I wish you and your families a very merry Christmas!