Tuesday, March 05, 2013

The Weekend Report

Had a wonderful weekend at Quarter Moon Bookstore's Moveable Feast in Topsail Beach NC this past weekend. Not only was it an amazing event that gave me a chance to meet and hear from readers, but it was also an unparalleled opportunity for some girl time! The event organizer (thanks Lori!) arranged for four of us to stay in a gorgeous home on the ocean. And when I say gorgeous, I mean jaw-dropping. And when I say on the ocean, I mean on the ocean. See for yourself.


That photo was taken from the deck where we spent every available minute-- sipping wine while wrapped in blankets and talking talking talking. I used all my words, which my husband will tell you is rare. We also didn't get much sleep-- we saw the wee hours of the morning every night. But I reasoned I could sleep later-- I don't get this kind of time with girlfriends very often.

So now it's time to recover and reclaim my domain (my house, my kitchen, my laundry room, etc). My husband does a great job in my absence but he doesn't exactly do it like I do. (Nor do I expect him to.) So today will involve grocery shopping, errands, meal planning, tidying, laundry, etc. It won't take long til it feels like mine again.

I've thrown some chicken and black bean soup into the crockpot that I was forward-thinking enough to already have the ingredients on hand to do so. (That was an awkward sentence but you understand what I meant, right?) Sometimes present me wants to hug past me and say "Well done, you!" (This is rare-- usually present me wants to shake past me and say "What exactly were you thinking?") Today I'm happy with past me, and so is my family because thanks to her, we have dinner.

I'm also hoping to make some chocolate chip banana bars and a lemon pie for desserts after I pick the kids up from school. We have nothing sweet in the house and lately my kids have been thinking that is just not allowed.

I'm hoping to write this week and get back into the routine of making writing a priority. After a lo-ong time of not writing, it's time to get serious. My next novel is apparently not going to write itself. And yes, I do hope there will be a next novel. I'm working on it!

I hope whatever is on your to-do list-- work, household chores, catching up on rest, exercise, ferrying kids, watching mindless movies, tackling your TBR list-- you have a great week. I will be back as soon as I have something to say. As brain-dead as I feel right now, that may be awhile.
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flyinggma said...

Sounds like a delightful weekend. I keep telling my husband how many days there are until I win HGTV's Dream Home and then we can live on the ocean all year long instead of an occasional visit. He just smiles.

I hope to rediscover my kitchen one of these days....

Zibilee said...

When I see that picture, I am reminded of some of the images that went through my head when I read your first book, Marybeth. I am glad that you had such a nice time!

Heather said...

I'm so glad you had a fun time at the beach. Yay! I love the line "Sometimes present me wants to hug past me..." It's so true that often we have the opposite feeling, huh?
Good luck with your writing. I look forward to reading!