My Christmas shopping is mostly done -- partly because many of our gift are homemade (John has been busy in his wood shop) and partly because I've been picking up odds and ends right along -- books from bookstores or bookfairs where I've been presenting and for the very young in our extended family, some knitted finger puppets from Peru (llama, cow, sheep, elephant, etc.) that were so neat I really wanted to keep them for myself. But I was strong and wrapped and labeled them before I could change my mind.
Tomorrow I'll hit the post office and then it's back to Miss Birdie who is poised at a rather crucial juncture -- actually, two crucial junctures, one in the present and one in the past.
It's kinda schizophrenic.