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Four Things Friday

  1. I am so tired, you guys. Like jet lag and stress and pre-release week and new meds have all combined to kick my ass. I’ve been in bed before 10 almost every night this week and the only regret I have about my kiddo coming home tonight is that means I won’t be able to sleep in in the morning.

    This kid had my mom send me this picture while I was traveling. I just heart him so hard.

  2. Ireland was such an adventure. It was fraught with last minute schedule changes all over the place. The day we were to leave, I got a notification that our planned flight out of Portland was delayed, which meant we wouldn’t get our connection. A scramble later, and we were on a flight that left earlier, dropped my kid off at kindergarten, cried a little, and made it to the airport with 15 minutes to spare (hooray for TSA pre-check!) to get our luggage on the plane with us. The rearranged schedule meant a 5 hour layover in the worst airport in the world – Charles de Gaulle – and getting to Dublin four hours behind schedule. The drive to Cork when we’d both been up for 24+ hours, were getting used to a new car and opposite side road driving, and also the dark was…interesting. BUT! We made it, got into our hotel, and then found a pub on the corner for food and birthday beer for me.

    Me and beer and my cute new hat (necessary because COLD!)

    Oscar Wilde in the snow (Galway)

    Later, the Beast from the East trapped us in Galway and we were forced to cancel the Spain portion of our trip. The entire country – rail, airports, buses, etc. – was shut down and there were travel alerts everywhere. We ended up spending an extra few days in Galway and then heading to Limerick for a few days (where we celebrated the Beer Guy’s birthday). Spain will have to wait until next time, I guess.

    The Beer Guy, having a beer in Limerick, on the occasion of his 40th birthday

    Dunguaire Castle

  3. These shoes. YOU GUYS. These shoes got me through 2.5 weeks of constant walking, on cobblestones, in the snow and slush, through fields, everywhere. They are miracle shoes and I am going to buy 100 more pairs as soon as I find some in my size.

    Miracle Shoes on a 1000 year old step

  4. Lemme tell you about the new diet craze that will soon be sweeping  the nation. I lost weight on this trip. And it wasn’t despite my steady diet of beer and meat and potatoes, it was because of it. (It had nothing to do with the 5+  miles/day of walking…or the fact that I wasn’t stressed out – much…or the fact that I wasn’t sitting in front of a computer for 12+ hours a day…it was the BEER!) I’m going to write a book and get super rich, you guys!

    Introducing:
    THE GUINNESS DIET

    The Cliffs of Moher – one of the many long, long walks we did in snow and slush.

     

 

Oh Hey! Welcome back, me!

I am just returned from 2+ weeks abroad. The trip had many exciting happenings – and by exciting, I mean unexpected.

I will be back with some pics and a recap of some of the better parts of the trip (it’s not all beer), but for today, just wanted to drop a reminder that The Broken World will be out in exactly seven days! Seven. That’s next Tuesday.

On a scale of one to ten, guess how freaked out I am about this?

BUT EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE I SWEAR.

 

Anyway…

I had a great trip, got to see my kid for several hours yesterday, slept like a log in my very own bed last night, and am still awake today at 3:15 pm. Things are…not bad.

The Beer Guy & I at the Cliffs of Moher

The Drombeg Stone Circle in County Cork

Trinity College Library’s “Long Room”

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Mind Dump Monday

I used up all of my brains Saturday/Sunday doing my final edits (sans proofreading) on The Broken World. I sent it to my proofreader last night, so I’m definitely in the home stretch now. (I did briefly contemplate deleting all the commas and letting you all fend for yourselves, but decided against it at the last minute.)

Yesterday, the Beer Guy & his father installed our new water heater and this morning, I got to take a fancy hot shower! I used the first hot water because I am special. Or because I am the first one up in the morning. I am super impressed with the amount of work they did yesterday, but a little disappointed that no one asked me to come help solder.

It snowed in Portland last night and it’s very confusing. Just enough snow to be cold and annoying, not enough to call off school or work. It’s basically the worst February snow ever.

One week in Portland in three pictures

 

Fortunately, right now the weather for next weekend, is looking a little like this:

Speaking of Ireland, if you want to follow along with my adventures in Faeryland (i.e. research for Eleanor Morgan books 5 & 7), my instagram is the best way to do that. I’ll be posting pics of all the fae-tastic places I visit along with notes about what might be going on there.

Blogging might be sparse while I’m abroad, but I’ll have a full report when I return!