About last week ...
We were away all week attending a reunion of shipmates of one of the cutters Live-In Handyman served aboard. My plan had been to use the time as my own personal writing retreat. I planned to blog and write, because the men from this cutter experienced a lot together and had much catching up to do.
However, the destination was awesome, and the Coasties and their wives were even more so. We spent hours talking and laughing poolside and at the bar. And I worked very little.
Most of you are aware that I ended up not visiting too many of your blogs, although I did make it to a few.
This was a time when real life definitely intervened upon my good intentions. I could always call it research, and who knows? Perhaps it was. But I had an excellent time and made many new friends.
And returned to San Antonio along with the rain and sleet. The Tiki Hut is a bit chilly :)
For those of you here in the U.S.: Are you ready for Thanksgiving? I'm wondering how a cranberry margarita would taste. Anyone know?
Can you tell I'm not much in the mood to crank out a Thanksgiving dinner? There's likely a reason for that - one that goes beyond just returning from a fabulous getaway.
It's the time of year when my cleverly crafted little world implodes. And it's the main reason I don't do NaNo - aside from the fact that my writing creeps along like Tammy Turtle.
Between mid-October and the end of the year, our slightly extended family has about a dozen birthdays.
As you may think, there's a bunch of extra shopping and wrapping and chat and get-togethers that have nothing to do with Christmas, which is also around the corner.
So smack in the middle of all that falls The Grand Turkey Feast. Most years, this one included, family gathers at our home.
Don't get me wrong. I'm more thankful than I can say to be part of all this. I cherish my family. All of them, each and every one.
I even cherish the stress level this time of year because it means I'm part of a crazy and loving family. How boring would a perfect no-stress holiday be? Not perfect at all. And totally unexciting.
So I'll be around here and at your blogs this week, and then ...
I'm taking another blog break for the entire month of December. Actually, I'll be unplugging almost totally. I may show up on Facebook and Twitter every so often, but the appearances will be rare. Please say hi if you see me there. I'll be going through social withdrawal.
Unplugging is the only way I know to accomplish all I need to do without halfway killing myself in the process. If anyone has other ways that work for them, please share!
Know that I will be busy, but I'll still think about all of you. In my heart, I'll be wishing you