Posted at Jun 11, 2012 6:43 am
Does your daily schedule change much in the summer? This year, mine has! I wouldn’t have thought it possible, but my husband and I had settled very nicely into our ‘empty nest’ routine. The house was pretty clean and organized. Sleep? Not a problem. Work? I worked a lot. Maybe even too much.
May brought my college kids home as well as Rudy-The-Puppy. Now with my son in Houston, Lesley, Tom, and I have been doing our best to be on ‘Rudy Watch’. We’ve learned (the hard way) that one puppy unattended means things get chewed and ‘accidents’ happen. In a few weeks my daughter will go off to Ireland for a three week class-then Tom and I will really be on puppy duty. For those of you who might remember my little miniature dachshund Suzy-yes, she’s still here, she’s just been having as little to do with the pup as she can! On some days, I don’t blame her one bit.
Anyway, in the midst of kids and vaccuuming and dog walking and lots of cooking, I’ve been doing my best to work a little less. It’s been a bit of a struggle, but I’m slowly remembering that there’s more to me than being a writer. I’ve been reading and riding my exercise bike, and well, simply trying to get out a little more.
On Friday night, my husband got Reds tickets, and I think I smiled the whole time we were at the stadium. On Friday night, it wasn’t too hot or too humid-a rare perfect evening. Tom and I cheered for the Reds and ate hot dogs and peanuts. It was a great time. In the middle of the fifth inning, I went to the gift shop and bought myself a Reds hat and my son a t-shirt. Here’s the photo that we texted him-showing that I had success in finding Arthur a Chapman shirt.
Tomorrow, I’ll have news about The Search, and lots of booksigning dates to announce. Today, though, it’s back to writing for me. I may be kind-of/sort-of on summer break…but I still have some books to write!
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