As I write this, I sit at the kitchen table at my house in Corpus Christi, Texas, sipping a hot cup of foo foo coffee, having risen from a restful sleep, content in the knowledge that I'm not going anywhere for awhile. None of the rest of the clan is up yet--Furnace Girl, Muffin and the pets are still sleeping soundly--birds chirp outside (a corny detail yes but true), and I feel great at having finally come to rest back in the place I call (at least for now) home.
My trip home from Baghdad was rather involved. It would take much too long to relate the entire story, but it may suffice to share some of the gory details. For example,I started traveling on February 21st and reached home on the 7th of March, so I was on the road living out of seabag for that many days. This is not to say that I was moving forward every day; some days involved taking care of administrative tasks and turning in equipment, but it was still a long stretch of wandering, no matter how you slice it.
I did some quick back of the napkin calculations: during that time, I flew on ten airplanes, rode on four buses, slept in fourteen different places, ate meals at twenty-seven different locations, and counted every minute. If I'd just been going from point A to point B, then none of this would have been much trouble. Instead, the desire to get home to the family after having been away for so long made every bump in the road, every unexpected twist and turn, into an unbearable delay.
But enough of my belly-aching. That's all over now. I'm happy to be home getting to know the family again, so all is right with the world!
Somehow, despite my being absent from the blogosphere for an extended period, I picked up a couple awards. First, I received the Sunshine Award from not just one person, but three people!
Roz's Nail Your Novel
Postie's Sententious Vaunter
Thanks Carol, Roz and Postie for thinking of me. Wow! I am still picking myself up off the floor. These are three members of our writing community who do great work. Stop by and pay them a visit. The rules require me to pass it on to twelve other bloggers, all of whom make me chuckle or regularly brighten my day, so here goes:
Christi's A Torch In The Tempest
Rachel's Does This Font Make My Blog Look Big
Amber's Musings of Amber Murphy
Travener's The Big Litowski
Emily's The Chronicles of Emily Cross
Claire's Points of Claire-ification
Lydia and Joe's The Sharp Angle
Christine's The Writer's Hole
Tabitha's Through My Eyes
Glen's Differences With The Same Likeness
Damien's Secret October
The above are fantastic writer's and bloggers--every one--so you should make your way over and check them out. To put the cherry on top, Dawn Simon gave me the Over the Top Award!
Dawn produces great content day after day, so you should also pay her a visit. I'll wait here until you come back!
I think the rules for this award require a series of one word answers to questions I have no idea how to get my hands on, but since this post is getting long, I'll call it good for now.
I think that brings us current. Over the next few days I'll be getting around to see what everyone was up to while I was away, and also saying hi and thanks to my new followers.
Stick around. We have lots of fun in store, including the final three posts of my Battle Plan post series, a second post discussing some provocative ideas in "A Separate Peace" (review here if you're interested), a couple of writing craft posts I've had in the works, and the PG Love Scene Blogfest and Drunk At First Sight Blogfest. Looks like March is gonna be chock full of fun!
So stay groovy, and thanks for stopping by!