I’m still here…(part I of III)

I swear I am. Really and truly I do. Maybe. I might not actually be here, this could all be just a dream.

red or blue?
red or blue?

Well, whichever way, I am back! This time for quite a while, I think. There are no more travels planned for me until July. And then I get to go back to Utah. Yay, Utah!

(insert your joke here)
(insert your joke here)

So, where do I begin? Oh man, there’s a lot isn’t there? I STILL haven’t done a talk about Oklahoma. I’m not sure if I want to do a talk about Oklahoma, honestly, this state is one of those that you look at squinty-eyed because you’re not quite sure yet. Not that it’s a bad state, there is a silver lining, but, I don’t know. I’ll have to think about it for a little while and get back to you.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t talk at least a little bit about the setting of Annie, Get Your Gun!

Talking of which, if you missed yesterday’s update:

Wabam.
Wabam.

I’ll admit to getting excited just looking at the picture. I can’t wait to share her with you guys! My edits are just about complete. I’ve gone through a second time for continuity purposes and am going to be sending her out to editors and beta readers here within the next week. I want to have her available by August. Beginning of September at the latest.

Keep your eyes on this space! You don’t want to miss Annie!

In other news, I have once again returned from across the pond. With my iPhone decked out in a Dr. Who skin. Don’t hate me because I’m awesome.

Baby sister graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Maryland University College. We are all incredibly proud of her.

Baby sister.
Baby sister.

The only bummer to the whole thing was the damned speeches. She graduated as part of the last class to hold their ceremony in Heidelburg, Germany. Which is really cool, don’t get me wrong, but the speeches didn’t even touch on the graduates and what an awesome job they did to get themselves to that point. They were about how great Lt. Col. Bentley was for setting up the University’s study abroad program. A cool thing, but still. When the speeches take two and a half hours, and all of them done by the faculty members and the late Lt. Col.’s family, and the students graduating at the very top of their classes are given a mention to the effect of “you can read their biographies in the class book”, it’s pretty sad. But all said and done, it was a very nice ceremony and the family got to spend a week in Germany.

Germany
Germany.

I haven’t seen Germany since I was five. We lived there from the time I was a wee thing until the fourth grade? I think. I know I spent fourth grade with an evil woman named Mrs. Jenkins in an Florida elementary school. So…whatever age that is. I’m terrible at math.

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Also Germany.

It was a great vacation. Fun to spend time with the family and see things I had not seen since I was very little, bundled into a backpack and conned into going on a Volksmarch (a precursor for more conning into exercise-y things by my cunning, cunning mother). My sister got to practice her German and I got to eat incredibly good food.

Tasty Germany.
Tasty Germany.

Also the Schwimmbad. Which doubled as amazing. And a spa. It was the most relaxed I have been in a very, very long time. If you don’t know, a Schwimmbad is a public bathing house. It’s what the Romans used way back when the Romans were still around. They did it naked, and there was a spa next to the one that we went too where the naked happened.

We did not go to that one.

We went to the one with an aromatherapy room and baths that ranged from 100 degrees to 66 and all of the temperatures in between.

This place right here.
This place right here.

There was also a river thing with a current in it. I mentioned amazing, right? Also in the travels were the waterfalls at Tribeg and the Black Forest. Both absolutely amazing.

Waterfall at Tribeg.
Waterfall at Tribeg.

I think my legs still hate me for climbing the stone stairs to get to the waterfall.

The Black Forest.
The Black Forest.

I have so many more pictures I’d love to share with you guys, but I can’t. Because my theme is dumb and doesn’t offer a portfolio option. Which is really a pain considering the plans I have for this blog. Then again I suppose that’s how WordPress gets you to buy the premium themes, isn’t it?

Sneaky bastards.

After Germany came a few three days in England. Which was nice, despite the skull crushing migraine I ended up getting. Because English weather hates me. With a vengeance that I do not feel I deserve, thank you. Migraine besides, it was great to see the countryside again and to go do a little bit of shopping. I am now the proud owner of the Dr. Who 50th Anniversary stamps.

It's okay to hate me.
It’s okay to hate me.

 

And a Tardis. Phone skin and toy. Why? Whovian, baby. Gotta represent. There was a moment of weakness where I very nearly bought the Sonic Screwdriver remote control. It was 60 quid, though. And that’s a lot of money.

I wanted it very badly.

But I was a good girl. I didn’t get it.

Still kicking myself. But I did not give in.

Toodles!

 

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4 thoughts on “I’m still here…(part I of III)

  1. Bubbe says:

    I missed you! My RSS feed got all FUBAR and I’m just getting it back on track. Besides which the browser the office used to use was also eff’d up and I couldn’t see my reader page here. Sigh. So glad I opted to be on the pilot team for the new OS and accompanying programs including a new browser! So good to hear from you and YES I HATE YOU — those stamps are awesome! It’s no fair they don’t make a TARDIS skin for my android phone 😦 but I do have several TARDIS and Doctor Who wallpapers loaded. Glad you got some good family time; so glad to see you’re back.

    1. rjkeith says:

      I’ve missed you too, Bubbe! I’ve been horrible at keeping up, everything has gotten all wonky lately, but I’m working on it!
      I’ve got to get my sister to send me more of the stamps and another skin for my phone. I want to get the Dalek skin 🙂
      It’s so good to hear from you again! Hopefully the new OS will work for you!

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