Up Close and (un)Conventional Bookish Babble
Welcome to this week’s Up Close and (un)Conventional Bookish Babble. This is where we discuss whatever we feel like. It can be something about books or the bookish community, or it can be about something else entirely!
Something Else Entirely 😉
I actually planned to do a post earlier in the summer about focus and/or motivation. Particularly what I was focusing on and what was motivating me. That never happened, mainly because my focus and motivation weren’t the blog…or even reading, really. My instinct is to apologize for being a “bad” blogger but I’m not going to in this case. This is because my focus and motivation this summer was my kids. Specifically my two youngest.
If you’ve read my bio, you know I was soon to be an empty-nester. So this summer, I was soaking up every moment I could get with them. My summer started with driving Sky, my oldest, to Iowa where she had drum corps move-ins. Then Jax and I spent a week hiking on the Olympic Peninsula and it was fantastic! Hubs, Berk, Jax, and I drove to Madison, Wisconsin, to see Sky’s drum corps perform in competition. Berk and I took several small trips to small towns here in Colorado where we explored and hiked, just the two of us, before meeting Jax and Hubs who were hiking the Colorado Trail. Jax, Berk, and I drove to San Antonio, Texas, picking up grandmas along the way, to see Sky perform there. And then Berk, Denise, and I drove back to Dallas for Book Bonanza. My summer culminated with a drive to Portland where I delivered Sky and Jax to their respective colleges. Hubs and Berk followed a week later to Tacoma, where we delivered Berk to her college. I’ve only been home for 3 days and I don’t know that it’s really set in or how I feel about it. However, I now officially have an empty nest.
“The End.” Those words have positive and negative connotations. The words are bittersweet for me right now. I entitled this post “The End” not only because I’ve come to the end of a chapter in my life but also because I focused on one other thing this summer… Writing “The End” at the end of my book. It’s being beta read by a few people right now so there’s still a “long row to hoe” as it were but it feels so nice to have it completed. Well, mostly. 😉 I’ll keep y’all posted on my progress.
So there you have it. That’s where I’ve been all summer. Now that I have vast quantities of spare time, I will be a better blogger. I’m taking this week to rest and rejuvenate. 😉 But my schedule will become a new normal and I’m looking forward to catching up with you all.