Thursday, April 9, 2009

What Day Is It? (Just Checking In)

Where to start?

I've ridden on a river boat, seen some of my extended family as I partook of tasty niblets at a fish fry, heard a cousin's Sunday sermon, and outrun a cold front to Tennessee. Descended deep into a cave, where I saw a beautiful waterfall, and got my jacket all muddy. Saw a 3-year-old girl (not mine) get her first ever (!) ice cream cone. Petted a clawed creature at a Red Lobster in Georgia, and frozen my tukus in Florida (where the aforementioned cold front found us). Gotten too little sleep, eaten too much junk, walked too many miles. I've seen Shamu's bottom, and handfuls of other creatures, including people wearing bikinis when they shouldn't, and asked an Irishman where my husband can buy that accent. I've worn a big floppy sun hat three days in a row, and thrown up in a Denny's bathroom. I met two writing buddies and made a new one, and have dreamed of ways I'll tie any or all of this into my writing.

And we still have three days left.

How's your week been?

I really miss everyone. I hope you're well, and look forward to getting back to the everyday routine. I'll have pictures to share, as well as some new insights, and will also post an interview with author Wendy Burt, who contacted me about her new book, The Writer's Digest Guide to Query Letters (January 2009, Writer's Digest Books).

Stay tuned, bloggy buddies!


Angie Ledbetter said...

Except for Denny's, sounds like an awesome trip, Janna! Hope the rest of the vacation is just as magical. All that future fodder!

Nadine said...

You've had quite a vacation! Sorry you got sick, although your mention of it being in a Denny's bathroom did make me giggle slightly. (not because you were sick, but your attention to detail in recounting the events)

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you are having a blast!

Lori said...

What a wonderful vacation you seem to be having. You're making me so jealous! But enjoy it to the fullest and then tell us more about it all.

Donna M. Kohlstrom said...

Sounds like a busy and wonderful time except for the Denny's incident! YUK!

Look forward to hearing more about your adventures here in FL and of course, seeing all the pics!

Anonymous said...

Wow, sounds like you're having one heck of an adventure. Ever thought about writing a travel/vacation piece? hehe.. enjoy the rest of your vacation and thanks for checking in!

Linda Hoye said...

I'm so glad you're having a wondeful time...uh...except for the Denny's thing....

Can't wait to hear more and see pics when you return!

Kristen Painter said...

I think throwing up in a Denny's is a lot more common than you think. lol

It was great to meet you!

Janna Leadbetter said...

Angie - It has been awesome! As of today, our schedule is more laid back, so I'm looking forward to a little R&R. :)

Nadine - LOL! I felt much better afterward. ;)

Rafael - Absolutely.

Lori - Have you ever been to Florida? It's worth visiting, especially with your little girl.

Donna - Wish you'd been there! It was such fun, and I wish we'd had longer. I'd been fighting a migraine all day, and once I... you know... I felt much better. Hope you're feeling a little relief.

Janna Leadbetter said...

Cel - I'd rather just DO the vacation. ;)

Linda - I'll start choosing which ones to share.

Kristin - Mental note: Avoid Denny's from here on out. ;)

Joanne said...

Wow, lots of excitement going on there in FL! Enjoy the rest of your vacation, cya when you get back.

Melanie Hooyenga said...

Janna! I've missed you!!

I LOVE the comment about the Irish accent. Oh how I love those. :) I'm sorry you got sick - I hope it wasn't from the Denny's food.

Can't wait to see the pics!

Terri Tiffany said...

LOL Glad you mentioned the Denny's incident-- I was going to but didn't dare!! But hey, it helped your headache:)
Enjoy your final days here. Suppoed to be even hotter today. have a safe trip home:)

Kathryn Magendie said...

Wow! what a nice trip - except the barfing part *laughing*


Cindy R. Wilson said...

So much fun! Did that guy tell you where you could get that accent, 'cause I'd sure like my husband to have one for Father's Day. I little early, I know, but it doesn't hurt to start now just in case I have to order it on E-bay or something. Enjoy the rest of your trip!

Janna Leadbetter said...

Joanne - Will do.

Melanie - I've missed you, too! I feel so disconnected. :) And it was a stinkin' migraine. :( I fought it so long and took too many meds... and then got sick, had some eggs and toast, and I was so much better!

Terri - It's a perfect day! And for the first time this week, I'm wearing sandals. (Don't have to walk a theme park in comfy shoes.) Yay!

Kat - Yeah, the barfing was not so nice. But all better today!

Cindy - I'm seriously thinking of getting classes for my hubby. ;)

Jessica Nelson said...

Hi Janna,
I had such an awesome time meeting you guys! I hope you're feeling better today and have a wonderful rest of vacation. :-)

Melissa Amateis said...

Ugh. I completely know what it's like to be sick on vacation - no fun! But it looks like the rest of the vacation has far outweighed that little mishap. ;-)

Have a grand weekend!

JOY said...

Great to hear about your adventures! I'd like one of those Irish accents to buy too! LOL
Take care. Look forward to hearing more.

Woman in a Window said...

I'll give you ten bucks for the accent. Do they post to Canada? Ok, twenty. Have fun!

Kathy said...

Great post!

I loved the "people wearing bikinis who shouldn't"--ain't that the truth. I can't believe what I see at the beach sometimes.

Sounds like an interesting trip. I just came back from my two day trip to Mystic. It's all great stuff to write about!

Janna Leadbetter said...

Jessica - Me too! And I feel so much better today - no headache at all!

Thanks, Melissa, you too. And Happy Easter!

Joy - We have a theme. And I think something needs to be done about it.

Woman - Ahh, an Irish brogue. Nothin' like it.

Kathy - Hope you had a great time! And Happy Birthday!

Jen said...

Oh, gosh. I'm sorry about the throwing up part, but the rest of it sounds like a really great vacation!

Hope you enjoy the rest of the trip, and I'm looking forward to pics!

Janet said...

Have a great time with what's left of your vacation. Give all your dear ones a hug from me.

Ana said...

Sounds like a well deserved break. Happy to hear you are engaging in such experiences Janna. Always nice to see you shining. Regards to your family, and Happy Holidays. :)

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you're having quite the time! I'm glad you're enjoying yourself. Can't wait to see picts and hear all your stories.


Janna Leadbetter said...

Jen - Miss you! Hope all is well your way. :)

Janet - You're so very sweet. Hugs back at'cha!

Ana - That it has been. Thanks. :)

FringeGirl - Wow, how I miss your posts! Can't wait to catch up. :D