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Friday, August 23, 2019

Making Up For Lost Time

Hello, my lovelies! I'm just briefly checking in here because guess how much writing I've done since the last time I posted - NONE. ZERO. ZIP. NOT A SINGLE WORD TO BE SEEN. The first round of edits for Fire Beyond the Frost should be coming in soon, but other than that, I've barely even thought about writing.

To be fair, I did spend almost the first half of the year stuck on the couch, not doing much of anything. It sucked. I know everyone says they could use sometime camped out at home doing nothing (and trust me, I could use a few days like that right now), but six-ish months is too much. There's only so much reading, knitting, and TV watching one can do.

So what have I been doing? In no particular order:

Work! Work work work work work. Some interesting stuff, some not so interesting stuff, and one annoying trip an hour away into the middle of New Jersey, where there was a lot of traffic in both directions. Also, a lot of stuff involving cell towers. Go figure.

Exercise! I got back to the gym, and while the first few classes were frustrating, it actually didn't take me as long as I'd expected to at least get close to the level I was at when I had to stop. I guess your body does remember what to do. Before I got sick, it had been a goal of mine to do an obstacle race/mud run in 2019, and then I figured I'd have to put it off until 2020, maybe. But nope! I was feeling good enough that I took the leap and signed up for one. It's in two days. My goal is to just get across the finish line in one piece. (Okay, and hopefully in less than two hours, since it's only four miles and twenty obstacles. "Only." Ha. Hahahaha. Ha.)

Vacation! This entry on the list is a bit of a misnomer, and one of my coworkers summed it up perfectly: When you have young kids, it's not a "vacation," it's a "family trip." Yuuuup. We had our ups and downs, and I wouldn't necessarily say I relaxed, but overall, we did have fun. Plus, my mom and I bought a pair of inflatable stand-up paddleboards for ourselves and considered them a worthwhile purchase. (No one drowned, and Harbor Patrol only showed up once, but that's another story.)

Reading! I never get any good writing done while on vacation anyway, so I figured I might as well read some books. I stuck with the thrillers I got for free with my Amazon Prime account (I'll Never Tell and What You Did by authors I can't remember) and enjoyed both of them, which isn't always the case with free books. Mr. Landen read the same ones, so it was fun to compare notes and opinions.

So summer is winding down. The girls go back to school in less than two weeks, and I'm hoping to get a lot done with that added free time, writing included. I hope you all are having a great summer!

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