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Sunday Update – September 4, 2016

Well, here we are in September! I didn't update the last two Sundays because I was in Japan. I WAS IN JAPAN! I'm so glad it actually happened! You know how sometimes you plan something for ages, and you're sure it won't actually happen, because you've been focused on it for SO LONG it almost feels like it's fiction? Yeah. I remember feeling the same way about my wedding. I planned that event for over a year and the night before I had an anxiety attack because IT WAS ACTUALLY HAPPENING. Lol. I didn't sleep well before I left for Japan, and on the plane on my way there, I honestly believed I wouldn't make it. Like my plane would land somewhere else. Lol. But I landed in Japan, met my friend Jen right there in Haneda airport, and went on to have an awesome week there. Expect blog posts in the immediate future about my trip!

But let's get to this week. I returned from Japan last Sunday and was in a haze of jet lag that lasted through to Friday pretty much. Turns out going to Asia? Super easy. I bounced back the very next day. Coming home from Asia? Near death. I was tired, irritable, and downright unpleasant to be around. I've already apologized to my kids several times for being a major turd this past week. They're a loving and forgiving lot. But I mitigated the damage as much as possible by taking them to the pool every day, going out for frozen yogurt, and doing other things that kept me from being cranky and kept them occupied.

I'm back to writing as well! It took most of the week for me to be in a place to write again, and I didn't write at all while I was in Japan (because I was too busy walking everywhere), but now I'm back at Daydreamer 3. I've hit the midway point of the novel where I always hate it. I hate the story and my writing. I think it's predictable and boring, and no one will love it. BUT THAT'S TYPICAL. I always feel that way at the midpoint of a novel. You would think that because it ALWAYS happens, I could just NOT feel that way, right? Nope. Brains and emotions are not always as logical as we would like.

Also, MY KIDS GO BACK TO SCHOOL THIS WEEK! Yay! We love school, the walk to and from school, the teachers, and seeing friends every day. We're all looking forward to it.

What else happened this week?


Reading at the pool. This is what saved me this week from all-out nuclear-war-style mommy meltdown.


I treated myself to some of my Japan snacks I brought home. This is an Umaibo, a corn snack thing. Lol. Hard to describe. Here's a wikipedia on them.


When I hit duty free on the way home, I hit it hard. This is a special edition bottle of whiskey for my husband. He was most appreciative. And it's super pretty. :heart:


I am making progress on my WIP! 2000 words a day is doable as long as I know what I'm going to write. I'm at the point right now where I have to plan out the next few scenes so I'll do that this morning.

On the blog this week: another recommended read from me on Tuesday, a post about my Japan trip, and probably a book chat to get me all caught up (even though I will have broken out two of the books into recommended read posts).

Have a great week everyone!

6 thoughts on “Sunday Update – September 4, 2016”

  1. Things you plan for so long can sometimes feel unreal when they are finally happening. I am happy for you that you got to go to japan, it looks like you had a great time there.

    That’s weird going to Asia was so easy, but going back so difficult. I never had jetlack, but it sounds very nasty.

    Emotions sure aren’t as logical as we would like. I am sorry to hear you always hate your book at the midway point. It is good you made some progress on the third daydreamer detective book this week, I am already looking forward to reading it :).

    It does sound nice how you got to go to the pool a lot this week. And that corn snack thing sounds good! That whiskey bottle looks pretty indeed, I hope your husband likes it. I hope you’ll have a great week!

    1. Thanks Lola! I did make some progress on the book, and I continue to write even though I feel like it’s crap in the middle. Whatever, because I’ll fix it in the revision stage! Just gotta keep going!

      I wanted to go to the pool over the weekend but the weather got cooler and we didn’t go. So now the pool is done and the kids start school today! :)

  2. Why always with the food pictures?!?!!??? You’re killing me, haha. I always want the food you have :-P Except I’ve always preferred my frozen yogurt with fruit in it. And mochi. That stuff is so weird but so good lol, though you probably know all about that considering it’s Japanese. I’m getting way off topic.

    I’m so glad you enjoyed your trip! And that bottle of whiskey is gorgeous. Though the jet lag sounds like it sucks. That’s great that you’re getting back into the swing of things though and writing again :-) Have a great week!

    1. Food pictures are easy, that’s why! :) And I’m happy to report that I’m back to normal now. The jet lag was rough! And wouldn’t you know it that we’re going to Vancouver at the end of the week so now I’m going to have to deal with it again!

  3. Sounds like you had a fantastic trip! Sorry it was so hard to get back to normal once you returned home, but I know it was worth it for all that Japanese atmosphere you got to soak in! :-)

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