Coming back to a weekly blogging schedule isn’t easy. The idea was to get back into the writing groove as things calmed down after September. Apparently, neither my motivation nor my Muse has checked the calendar….
I hope you’ll forgive me for indulging in a few vacation posts. Actually, as I thought about which highlights to cover, I started worrying about overdoing things. I’ll bet everyone has been subjugated to at least one slideshow or home-movie “fest” from a friend or relative. And I don’t want to be that person! So we’ll see just where these posts go…. Continue reading
…of things like these:
I’m starting to get used to the new townhouse. Most everything is in place now, and more often than not, we’re remembering where we’ve put things. The increased hours for the day job are feeling more doable, too. I’m not as tired in the evenings. Continue reading
I keep reminding myself this summer is extraordinarily busy. More hours at the day job. A trip back to the Midwest to see family. Moving from one city to another. And we’re not done yet. But it looks like my estimated time of arrival back at “normal” after September needs to be pushed back. There’s a niggling concern that I may be entering a “new normal” that feels anything but. Continue reading
If you read my last post, you know my husband and I recently made a local move. Nothing too far. Just the next city closer to DC and work. We’re still unpacking at the new place and cleaning the old, but slowly we’re settling in to the new house. We continue to rent because we’re not yet sure where we really want to settle longer term. This was another major leg of my 5-month marathon, and I was hoping for a breather before things picked up again in August and September. . No such luck. We got the notice to proceed on Phase III investigations at two sites in DC, so it looks like work busyness will be high through the end of the year. Really, that’s good! Continue reading
The first leg of my predicted 5-month marathon is wrapping up. My husband and I spent a hectic but fun-filled week back in the Midwest visiting our families. We had a big reunion on my dad’s side of the family, with 17 of the 20 “kids” of my generation present and our assorted spouses/significant others, children, and even a few grandchildren. How any of my cousins are old enough to be “grandma” or “grandpa” is beyond me. Continue reading
June is here. As a child, it was the beginning of carefree summer—no school or homework until late August. An endless road of unmapped days.
And I was usually bored before the Fourth of July. I would have been happy with a longer school year. I enjoyed learning. In addition to sports, my summers included tons of reading, and not just fiction. I read just as much non-fiction on subjects that interested me.
In graduate school, summer usually meant fieldwork for those of us in archaeology, whether we worked here in the US or went abroad. We were still young, and the heat and hard work didn’t bother us much. Ending the days with cold beverages of a fermented variety went a long way to refreshing us for the next day’s work—which was often preceded by a night of socializing. We learned a lot those summers—and not only about archaeology.
Now, summer isn’t all that different from any other season. School was long ago replaced by a career, and that career doesn’t take a break simply because the calendar turns to June. You might be thinking I now miss those “carefree” summers of my youth. And you would be partially correct. I wouldn’t want that three-month hiatus. But I wouldn’t mind having some of that free time back, scattered throughout the year. Those few weeks of vacation most of us get for the year aren’t quite enough to ever fully recharge, are they? Continue reading
Just a few musings today as my too busy spring continues. Continue reading
Yesterday marked the fifth anniversary of the day I first sat down at the computer and began writing my first novel. I don’t know how many writers keep track of such an anniversary, but it’s in my nature to do something like that.
And I tend to be reflective when anniversaries arise. So now that I’ve spent five years on this journey, what have I experienced? And where am I heading? Continue reading