Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Weddings & Family & the Zoo, oh my! AND Harry!

Warning: this post is almost entirely NOT about writing

This past little while has been absolutely crazy! Between two weddings and two sets of relatives visiting for an extended amount of time at alternate times, needless to say, my "time off" has been quite hectic.

Relatives took up the last bit of my summer, but it was great to have that mini reunion, as my family from New York hadn't visited since 2006. We usually visit them at least once or twice every year, but we haven't had a chance to this year. We're debating a visit in November.

I went to the zoo for the first time in eleven years around the end of summer. I don't think it's changed one bit, but I love it all the same! I can't believe it took me so long to go back. Random: has anyone ever seen an elephant pee before? Because let me tell you, it's not something you'll soon forget :|.

September was wedding month. Both my cousin and my best friend (separate people) got married (not to each other). My friend has actually moved away, and I've been really feeling that loss this week, as I used to meet her for lunch almost everyday!

I also started reading the Harry Potter series (for the FIRST time--yes, I know, gasp!), and I am currently on Book 6 - The Half Blood Prince (yes... apparently I'm so clever as to choose my writing break to undertake this task). Can I just ask you... was I living under a rock all this time? How have I not read these books before? They are AMAZING, and J.K. Rowling is fast becoming a favorite author :D. That woman can definitely tell a story. She was on Oprah the other day.

That was my break in a nutshell... I guess I lied... it was ENTIRELY not about writing, but don't worry - that's coming tomorrow ;).

What exciting things have YOU done in the last little while?

...And now for your viewing pleasure:

Bye for now!


Quinn said...

How could you have waited so long to read Harry Potter?

Well, I guess you're reading them now and that's what counts, but still.

Terri Tiffany said...

Welcome back!! Your break sounds like it was filled with lots of fun things:) I love weddings and family get-togethers. I am sorry about your good friend-- I have been through that with moves and it is difficult but we go on:)) Welcome back to writing!

Erinn said...

Glad you're reading Harry. The 4th book was my favorite. LOve the picture of the Jelly Fish.

Welcome back, I cried every day you were away.

Piedmont Writer said...

So glad your summer went well. And don't look at your friend as a loss, look at it as more writing time.

I've only read one Harry Potter so don't feel bad. Yes, she is an amazing writer.

Melissa Gill said...

Welcome Back!

I love zoos so much. I volunteer as a docent at the KC Zoo, so I go about twice a month. And yes, the flash flood aka elephant peeing is something to see. Thanks for the awesome pics.

As for Harry. I'm glad you finally got around to reading them. I've read them all several times and consider myself mildly obsessed. I'm not feeling the hype for this movie yet though, and it's only a little over a month away now?

Anyway, glad you're liking them. And glad you're back.

Talli Roland said...

Welcome back, welcome back!

Funny, I have seen an elephant pee!And it ain't pretty!

Liza said...

Hooray for Harry. Aren't the books fun, and magical and amazing.
Glad you are enjoying.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Great photos. Hey, don't worry - none of my post today is about writing!
I've never read the books, either - hope seeing the movies counts for something, though.

Lynda Young said...

What an awesome break. i laughed at your mention of an elephant peeing. It definitely isn't something you'd forget ;)

The Words Crafter said...

I've gotten a friend to read HP. He's on the 5th book now. Love them. I want a huge group of us to go see the movie, I can't wait!!!

Sounds like you've had a busy time of it. I would probably need therapy if I saw an elephant pee. Sounds like a poem waiting to be written. Or a limerick....

WritingNut said...

Quinn - I knowww (hangs head in shame)... but you're right, at least I'm getting around to them now, right? Better late than never!

Terri - Thank you! You're absolutely right :)

Erinn - Thanks - I loved the 4th too. It's good to be back!

Anne - You're right - that's a very good way of looking at it! Thank goodness, I was beginning to feel very alone ;)

Melissa - YES!! That's exactly it! A flash flood is the perfect way to describe it!

Talli - Thank you! Nope, not pretty at all :D

Liza - You definitely got that right, and Harry is amongst those at the top!

Alex - Phew, really? Now I rEEALy don't feel bad :D

Lynda - Thanks :) I'm thinking about it now as I'm responding.. errr....

WC - That sounds like fun! I'm so sad that it's coming to an end :(... I'm going to leave the poem writing to you :)

Robert Guthrie said...

Rowling has lifted youth lit to a higher level - great character development, vocabulary, sense of place... She's made it tough for me to reread my childhood favorites, which suddenly pale.