how i spent my summer vaca
Tomorrow 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…
Sometimes 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.
I 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. 😀
I 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. 😥
As 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:
I 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.
It’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:
Last, 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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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].
On September 21, 2010 at 10:06 am
Oh and damn You Tube for fueling my passions. Like I really NEEDED encouragement.
On September 21, 2010 at 7:46 pm
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:
On September 21, 2010 at 11:06 am
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,
fought with son’s college…
I read ALOT!!
i turned old… :-((
and thats about it….
On September 21, 2010 at 2:15 pm
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
On September 21, 2010 at 3:09 pm
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:
On September 21, 2010 at 7:52 pm
On September 21, 2010 at 7:54 pm
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. 😉
On September 22, 2010 at 3:18 pm