Friday Five: My Holiday Weeks

School ends today for two weeks. Son is pretty much dancing with happiness, and I have to say–looking ahead at a pretty easy holiday, I’m enjoying the thought of some relaxing, too. Here are 5 things I’ll probably be doing in the next two weeks.

1. NOT setting the alarm. Sleeping till I wake up.

2. Going through my days relatively schedule free.

3. Making Tourtieres. This is the one recipe I inherited from my husband’s mother that I make. No there is no French-Canadian in my husband’s genetic line, but it comes via a favorite aunt-by-marriage, and it’s absolutely yummy comfort food.

4. Spending time with each of the characters in my YA, getting focused on the “I want” for each of them. I really want to start actually writing on this project in January, and I think this is the one big chunk of understanding I need to get closer to before I get back to scenes.

5. Reading, reading, reading. And, yes, reading.

For all of you who are celebrating holidays, taking time off, spending time with family and friends, NOT setting your alarms for a while, or just making any kind of pattern-shift in the next couple of weeks…enjoy!


  1. Amy G. says:

    Your whole list sounds divine! And sadly I don’t think I’ll be doing any of it. Especially not #1. Still, there’s lots that’s exciting to share the holidays with a toddler… even if extra sleep isn’t part of it.


    • beckylevine says:

      Oh, Christmas with a toddler is so fun. So much magic! You’ll enjoy even without the relaxation.


  2. #2 and #5 for me! I’ll have to check out that recipe of yours. I love to cook and bake, especially now that I have a kitchen again 🙂


    • beckylevine says:

      If you want the recipe, I can send you mine. It’s pretty straightforward, if you can handle things like “until the glop drops off the spoon with a texture like goopy oatmeal…” ! 🙂 Congrats on the new kitchen!


  3. You amaze me with your detailed planning. Not exactly sure how you do it – all that planning before you write. Such patience!

    Enjoy the reading, sleeping in, and comfort food. I’ve never had or heard of Tourtieres. But wow – that recipe looks yum!


    • beckylevine says:

      Joyce, if I don’t do the planning, I feel like the little frayed thread of my writing are just all wandering away! And who’s saying I’ll actually get it done?! 🙂


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