It’s been over two weeks since I last posted here on my blog. As you know, I’ve been away from home. I took my sixteen-year-old son on his college tour through
. As daunting as the itinerary looked on paper, it proved even more so in reality. Twelve schools in thirteen days, a rehearsal dinner, a wedding, a day-after brunch and a little sightseeing was just a wee bit much for me. By the middle of day nine, I was thoroughly exhausted and sick as a dog. And that was the day of the wedding rehearsal and dinner, one day before the wedding itself. Needless to say, I didn’t enjoy myself as much as I wanted or expected. Not one drink passed my lips and my feet only touched the dance floor to take photos of my family members as they frolicked with drunken glee. California
But the trip was not wasted. Though I spent the last five days of it coughing and blowing my stuffy nose, I enjoyed my time with my son. We spent many hours on the road together, talking about so many things. We flitted from school to school, discussing the merits or drawbacks of each, what we liked and hated, and whether or not “that feeling” was there the moment we stepped out of the car. Afterwards, we would be tourists and go to the beach, visit the city, tour a ballpark or have a nice meal. He even managed to drag me to a San Francisco Giants baseball game though I was quite ill and wanted nothing more than to lay in bed and sleep. All in all, it was a time of bonding I will cherish forever and never forget. And the trip served its purpose; my son now has a list of his top schools to apply to:
#1 - University of
University of California at Berkeley
California State University at San Diego
Santa Clara University
California State University at San Francisco
My list would have been slightly different in that I loved the
University of California at over Cal State San Diego and I would also change the order of the first four, but overall, we were on the same page about most schools. There are many more to which he will apply, but these are his favorites. San Diego
While I was gone, many of you left comments of support, some commiserating with the experience of dropping their child off at college, or just wishing me luck and enjoyment. I even received two awards over at Letters from Valentina Hepburn, but since I’ve already posted about both the Versatile Blogger and Irresistibly Sweet Blog Awards, I will simply thank Valentina and move on.
My plan was to get right back into posting about writing and querying and all that, but since returning only a day and a half ago, I am thoroughly exhausted. I don’t remember the last time I spent two whole weeks away from home, and perhaps it’s just my advanced age or the fact that I’m still pretty sick, but I haven’t the energy to devote to a witty, dynamic post.
But if you would be so kind as to indulge me, I would like to mention one more thing. My friend, Lisa Regan, emailed me two days ago, while I was still in California, reminding me that it was our one year anniversary, that is to say it was one year ago that we met online via Nathan Bransford’s website. I had posted a request for a critique partner in one of Nathan’s forums and Lisa responded. We hit it off immediately and have since become best friends. She has inspired me to be the best writer I can be, while also teaching me more than I thought possible.
I’ve often referred to Lisa as my writing soul mate, but she is much more than that. When I have exciting news to share or need cheering up, she is always the first person I turn to. I could not imagine what my writing experience would have been like over the last year without her.
So cheers, Lisa! Here’s to many more years together!