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Sunday Update – November 13, 2016

My week of vacation is coming to a close! It was quite a turbulent week with the election and NaNoWriMo lumped into being away from home, but I made it work.

On Monday, we traveled, and it was quite a mess. We made it to the airport with plenty of time to spare and then spent our time waiting to be boarded. We had this TINY little plane to get to Charleston (2 seats on one side of the plane, 1 on the other) and it was packed with people. So imagine my surprise when we get ready to push back from the gate and THEN WE STOP. Yep. There was an error in an instrument and after about 15 or 20 minutes, they determined they couldn't fix it and we all needed to get off the plane and wait. Two hours later, we were finally on an identical plane with all our luggage and heading to Charleston. I'm actually amazed they found another plane for us! We made it in late but in one piece.

Tuesday was Election Day and my dad's birthday. He went golfing with my husband in the morning, and my mom and I took care of the kids. We went to the playground and grocery shopping. In the evening, we went out to dinner to celebrate my dad's birthday. Then I fell asleep before the Election results came in and woke up the next day to a new president. (No comment).

Wednesday, we spent the day together by going on a tour of Charleston Harbor in a tour boat. It was a lot of fun and we saw plenty of dolphins in the waters and learned lots of history around the area. Plus, the boat went under one of my favorite bridges!

Thursday, my mom took the kids to the children's museum in Charleston while I stayed home to write. It was hard to get back in the groove of writing between being on vacation and processing the results of the election, but each day I got some words in! My husband and I went out for dinner together and then had drinks at a local bar (very local).

Friday, we spent time at the beach in the afternoon and then had dinner out and drove the kids through the James Island County Park's Festival of Lights display. It was super cool! Three miles of lights to look at. We got lucky and it wasn't crowded one bit.

Saturday was Plantation Day at the Middleton Place so we spent some time there after going to the farmers' market in Charleston and eating some awesome Mexican food. The plantation was a lot of fun and we got to play with old-time toys, see lots of animals, and walk around and see the grounds.

Today, we leave to go back home soon! I'm looking forward to sleeping in my own bed. The bed here at my parents' house hurts my hips, so I've lost a lot of sleep this week and been in pain.

As for writing work, I'm making excellent progress on NaNoWriMo and last night I had a huge breakthrough about the plot. Something had been missing, a piece of the puzzle, for the last few weeks. I wasn't certain how I was going to make this story happen, but then last night, it came to me! Yay! Read my NaNoWriMo update for more information there.

What else happened this week?


I got myself a little writing mascot. His name is Nano.


Nothing like an airport pretzel to get you through a delay.



We enjoyed our tour of the harbor!



The festival of lights was a ton of fun!


Mmmm, fish tacos.







The Plantation Days at Middleton Place are definitely worth checking out. Lots of fun things to do and see!

And now it's time to head home. See you all next week!

8 thoughts on “Sunday Update – November 13, 2016”

  1. It sounds like you had a really busy but really fun week! Well, other than the painful beds, sorry about that :-/

    The Christmas lights are so cute! And I see bees, were they selling honey? When I was in college we had a farmer’s market come to campus every week for a while, and there was one stand with all different types of honey. So good. And seeing dolphins is always cool! Have a great week :-)

    1. The Christmas lights were a lot of fun. It was three miles of lights through the park there. You drive through really slowly and they play music on an AM radio station you can tune into.

      The plantation did have bees and a beekeeper! Which I find very fascinating. I’ve hinted to my husband that I’d like to keep bees but he finds them creepy so I think not. Lol.

      The dolphins were really cool! Several came right up to our ship!

  2. The traveling sounds like a mess indeed, glad you arrived eventually. Looks like you had a fun time during your vacation at least, that’s awesome you got to see dolphins. I never sleep as well in other beds either and often lose some sleep, there’s just nothing better than your own bed.
    What’s the pastry in the top picture? It looks really yummy! And Nano looks adorable!

  3. Sounds like a great week, SJ! But I absolutely hate those small planes… They make me feel like I’m sitting in a bug’s belly, and I don’t feel as safe as I do in larger planes…
    Have a wonderful rest of the week and happy reading (and writing!! YAY NaNo progress :)
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  4. Glad that you ended up having a fantastic vacation even though it started out a little rocky. I’m amazed that you’ve stayed on track with NaNo, even with a vacation in the mix! (And I love little Nano.)

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