how i spent my summer vaca

HAPPY AUTUMN Pictures, Images and PhotosTomorrow is the first day of Autumn, so I thought it might be fun to play a little game of “What I Did on My Summer Vacation.”

So get out your pad & pencil, & start making a list.  And while you do that, I’ll share mine…

leaf Pictures, Images and PhotosSometimes I don’t watch TV shows when they first begin to air. Either because I’m busy or don’t think they look all that interesting. Then later, they become really popular & I start to wonder what all the hoopla is about, so I’ll wait until they start to repeat from the very beginning & try to catch up. This summer, I finally got around to doing that with both Bones & White Collar.  Enjoyed them both, but don’t think I’ll be buying them on DVD anytime soon.

leaf Pictures, Images and PhotosI found a new dentist.  My old one retired, so I was scrambling there for a minute, but then my wonderful orthodontist recommended a pal of his, & I was lucky enough that they were willing to take me on as a new patient.  Of course, his office is about nine katrillion times farther than my previous dentist, but what can I do?  It’s a good excuse to go shopping afterwards, I guess. 😀

leaf Pictures, Images and PhotosI discovered a terrific new restaurant in my area that I’d previously been quite against frequenting.  Partly because it’s always horribly crowded, partly because it’s got a very “sports bar” feel to it, & partly because it was always filled with cigarette smoke.  Thanks to Pennsylvania’s new no-smoking-in-restaurants law, though, one of those is no longer a concern.  And once I actually brought myself to go in & sit down, I discovered the food is fantastic.  More’s the pity for my waistline, let me tell you. 😥

leaf Pictures, Images and PhotosAs you well know, things are cooking here in The Dungeon because I was lucky enough to track down & hire a wonderful, brand new web designer.  I’m already delighted with the work she’s done & can’t wait to see what she comes up with in the future. :cake:

leaf Pictures, Images and PhotosI didn’t attend the RWA conference in Orlando this year, which sort of scrapped any chances of my getting to leave town for an actual vacation.  (Yes, I realize RWA is work, but it’s about the only traveling I do, so when it’s in a good city/state, I try to fit in some sightseeing too & at least call it an annual vaca. :-/ )  I was, however, invited to visit both Hilton Head & the Cayman Islands.  Nice, right?  Yeah…I probably won’t, at least not anytime soon because of the dreaded D-word (deadlines :zombiekiller: ) but it’s nice to have the option.

leaf Pictures, Images and PhotosIt’s a boy!  No, it’s a girl!  Wait—it’s both!  😛 That’s right, I am the proud mama of two wonderful new fur-babies.  Simon, of course, way back in April, & then only two short months later, I was blessed with the beautiful Bella.  I know, I know, but if you could see them & live with them for just five minutes, you’d fall in love, too.  And though no one could ever replace my precious Angel or Indy, I really feel as though God gifted me with these two new darlings to make up for losing them last year. :cat2:


leaf Pictures, Images and PhotosLast, but definitely not least, I wrote two brand new Silhouette Desires over my summer vaca.  That’s right—two!  Whew.  The first was my December release, INHERITING HIS SECRET CHRISTMAS BABY, which is the sixth & final installment of the “Dynasties: The Jarrods” continuity series, & the second was a stand-alone currently titled THE CEO’S SECRET HEIR.  I was thrilled with how they both turned out.  It wasn’t easy, either, & that sound you hear…  That would be both the cracking of my bones & my moan of pain as I reach around to pat myself thoroughly on the back. 😎

I also got started on my second sexy, sassy vampire romance for Kensington Brava, & though I’m not very far along yet, I think I deserve a little mini-pat for that, as well.  (Or perhaps I should save that for after I finished & see how the whole story holds together.  :quiet: )

So that’s how I spent my summer…  How about you?


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  1. Dee says:

    Well, my vacation was before the official first day of summer but it was still a good trip…I went to Italy with my family. It was from May 22- June 6. We hit Milan, Venice, Tuscany [one of my favorite parts – which includes the towns/cities of Greve in Chianti, Florence, Siena and San Gemignano], Sorrento [my other favorite part which also included side trips to Amalfi and Ravello], Capri, my dad’s hometown of Palena and Rome. Some days I wish I never left.

    As you all may know, my “summer vacation” also included job hunting/interviews and also visits with my good friends. Lunches out, birthday dinners, and those very fun BBQs.

    I also found a few new passions which have been discussed a few dozen times. :soccer: I’ll leave it at that.

    Other than that, after my birthday I went on a book buying spree. Of course that means I have a LOT of options for entertainment. [When I’m not daydreaming, job hunting, Facebooking, etc].

  2. Pamela Cayne says:

    As much as I totally missed seeing you in Orlando, I’m thrilled to have such a bounty of Heidi Betts books this fall/winter, so it all evened out. And yes, your fur-babies are *adorable* and they’re as lucky to have found you as you them.

    Summer was all about writing, editing and finally getting to meet my agent IRL. Woot! :blush:

  3. Hollie says:

    What I did on my Summer Vaca…….
    hmmm…well i worked the month of June doing Summer school….
    then I spent some time laying by the swimming pool with Mary Jane Robbins in MI……
    we went to the drive in theater once,
    garage sale-ing
    fought with son’s college…
    I read ALOT!!
    i turned old… :-((
    and thats about it….

  4. Fedora says:

    Summer flew by WAY too fast, Heidi! The first half was at a reasonable pace, but the second was full of travel (which was very fun!) but hectic! Then school started and BAM! Here we are! ;p

  5. Heidi says:

    Sounds like you *all* had eventful summers, no matter what you were doing. And, yeah, where do I get off calling it a “vacation,” huh? There was certainly no va…or would that be yay?…in my staycation, either.

    But the summer months always pass by too quickly, & soon we’ll all be complaining about the cold & snow. :snowman:

  6. Jessica Lemmon says:

    Cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuute furbabies!!! I had a calico cat growing up, loved that darn cat.

    Speaking of TV shows, I just did the same thing with Dexter. Thanks to Netflix instant stream, we watched 2 seasons in 2 weeks… but now we’re on Season 3, Disc 2 (via mail).

    I hate to wait, but really, it’s good to have breaks in between watching hours of TV…

    about a serial killer.

    Whom you root for.

    Just saying. 😉

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