It’s time for the annual pilgrimage to the UK, where my job is to simply escort the Amazing Child to her grandparents for much spoiling. Yes, I get major Brownie points with my in-laws for doing so. She gets quality time with her Grannie and Gramps, and I get time to write, to read, to sleep, and to commune with nature. (That last bit is a joke. Do you know how cold it is in Scotland in June? I don’t like nature much anyway, much less when it’s cold, rainy, and windy.)
I’ve taken my newest revision letter from my lovely editor with me and I’ll try to get a jump start on those revisions in between stuffing my face with my m-i-l’s fabulous cooking and the wonderfulness that is British bacon. Next week, I’ll head down to London and not stuff my face during lunch with my lovely editor and get a tour of the London office of Mills and Boon. (I’ll take pictures and notes and fill y’all in when I return!)
I’ll miss my Geek and the Playfriends, but that’s kind of the way summer goes around here. Summer on the Playground should be time in the swings with cabana boys bringing us cold glasses of liquid refreshment. Alas, that is not to be. One of us is always headed somewhere – when there’s five of you, that’s a lot of scheduling to keep up with. Plus, we have four Playkids celebrating birthdays, two Playfriends birthdays, chapter meetings, etc, etc. There’s a good chance all five of us won’t be in one place together until we leave for the RWA conference in July – and even then, conference is so busy, we’re ships passing in the night most of the time there, too. Thank dog for email and our Yahoo group – otherwise, we’d never get to talk to each other!
Eventually, say around mid-August, the kids will go back to school, life will settle back down, and the Playfriends will be back to our routine. Mercy, that seems a long way away.
I remember when June and July were long, lazy days of doing not much of anything. Now it’s craziness and running around. Sigh.
What are your summer plans? Do you get the lazy relaxing days, or the crazy, run-til-you drop days?