I’ve been traveling with family since Friday. We’re on a tour of the Southwest to celebrate my mom’s 60th birthday. (Happy birthday Mom!)
So far we’ve been to Vegas (where I turned 20$ into 43$ and called it a day), the Hoover Dam (big and kind of dull), and a town called Williams in Arizona that was surprisingly interesting for a small town (and had the best mac and cheese I’ve had in ages).
Yesterday we drove to the big destination of the trip: the Grand Canyon. And I have to say, I think I’m a fan.
As the final leg of a through and exhaustive week of birthday celebrations, Kevin and I went to New York this weekend with a couple friends to have dinner at Kajitsu, an entirely vegetarian Michelin star restaurant. As an entirely vegetarian person, this was extremely exciting.
As you may or may not know, I’m a big reader. Like, I love reading. A lot. So a big concern on any trip is how to make sure I have enough reading material. (I’ll be honest, the usual solution is “buy more books while traveling.” This is somewhat at odds with my dream, ‘downsized’ lifestyle.) Here’s a picture of what I came home with yesterday, after two weeks away:
This week is the traditional Carnan family vacation in the Shenandoah. We’ll be spending the week at Shrinemont, where they feed you three times a day and the rest of the hours are your own. Until recently it didn’t have cell phone service or wifi, and even now those are pretty spotty.
Step One: Read it with a mixture of anger and depression. What kind of dummy thinks my manuscript is this bad? Other Professional Book People thought it was good, clearly you are just stupid. Also, OHMYGOD I was such a numpty to think I could make it as a writer? I don’t even have any training. My beta readers were just humoring me.
Step Two: Ask everyone you know what they think of the response:
This weekend Kevin and I went to NYC to see Puffs, which everyone I know has been talking about for forever, visit with his cousins, and-if we had the time and energy- get ourselves some rainbow bagels.