Home! Home again, at last! We (either me and Bug or me and Bug and Andy) have been traveling almost non-stop since the 22nd of June, and I. Am. Pooped. Traveling with a 2 year old is not always the most relaxing experience, though Bug did amazingly well. I also have to thank Richard Scarry’s Cars, Trucks, and Things that Go which is an unwieldy monster to read at bedtime, but is absolutely fabulous at nice restaurants while waiting for food to arrive. Also, special thanks to SAGO Mini iPhone games, and streaming Netflix, for those awkward times when older folk want to sit around chatting about genealogy and the proper way to make coffee, and the toddler’s half a minute away from a boredom meltdown. Considering Bug was the youngest person at the family reunion by twenty-eight years, he was extremely well behaved.

When we pulled into our own driveway at 10pm last night, I felt more warmth for Worcester than I ever have. So good to be home! And while I’d like to just crawl into a hole and stew in some barley tea for a few weeks, there are a lot of things coming up in the next few weeks, and I need to take advantage of the time at home to get the house (and our lives) back into some semblance of order. Coming up this month:

Readercon–July 9th & 10th–I’ve been in the northeast almost all of my life, and have never attended a Readercon, so this year, I’m taking the plunge. I’ll only be attending Saturday/Sunday due to Andy’s available Bug-watching hours, but it’s something, and I’m excited for it!

Upstate NY Wedding!–A good friend of ours is getting married, so we’ll be camping in NY a bit later in the month and hanging out with that whole crowd!

Wedding Shower–My cousin is also getting married this summer, so we have her shower this month, too!

It’s going to be a busy month. But I’m hoping to get some of my own things done, too, in between all the rest. Mainly, I want to get “Ribbon & Key” submitted, and I need, need, NEED to make good progress on the novel outline s I can move towards a prose draft. I also want to at least start editing another short story to eventually submit in August (since “R&K” will hopefully count as my one-a-month submission for July).

One thing I’m rather proud about–besides surviving (and actually mostly enjoying) June’s traveling–is that I managed to finish reading four books. Woohoo! Considering what a busy month it was, I’m pretty thrilled about that. I’ll be posting a Notes From a Poly-Reader sometime this week with more detail on where I currently stand, and what I’m reading now. :)

Looking forward to a busy but fun month!

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