I am enjoying the ramp up to the holidays, with the optimal word there being "enjoying." This is the first year where I am not rushing around, living by a list or feeling overwhelmed. What is amusing is that there are fewer days this time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and thus I should not be in such great cheer, but with five days left, every gift is wrapped (with some still arriving via mail, but under control), the cookies are baked and menus have been organized. Oh, and on cookie baking, I have decided that cooking is more fun than baking. Last week, I made four batches of cookies and three batches of brownies, and when I turned to see the last bowl that still needed to be spooned onto trays to bake, I was feeling less than festive. But when the cookies hit the oven, I grabbed my copy of MRS. KENNEDY AND ME by Clint Hill and started reading. When the buzzer went off, I was a lot happier as I had had a reading interlude!