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What I Did on My Summer Vacation

This summer has been crazy-busy. Like usual. I’m not sure how that happens, but as much as I’m longing for a break from the school year chaos and I think that summer will be full of relaxation and lazy days, it never really is. I’m not sure how that happens, but I usually hit the ground running and I don’t really stop.

There was our amazing Writers Retreat that I already blogged about.

The month after we home from that, we went back to the UP for our annual family vacation. We go with my dad, stepmom, one of my brothers and his fam, my two stepbrothers and their fams, and it’s a great time.

The lake we stay at is really peaceful and great for fishing. Not that I do that now that I’m not forced to. (Childhood vacations involves mandatory fishing for five hours a night.) But I love hanging out by the water and watching the sun rise and set. I also like a nice adult apple juice in my floaty chair in the lake (slathered with ALL the SPF Vampire in the world) while I visit with my SIL. I also (kind of ) learned to kayak. I’m terrible at it, but it’s fun, and I’ll do it again next year.

There was also much discussion of Broadway musicals. One of my nieces is utterly addicted, and it’s pretty much the most adorable thing in the history of ever. Needless to say, there was much singing of Hamilton by me and said niece and my nephew.

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Look how cute the cabins are and how peaceful the lake is!

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No filters – just a Upper Peninsula sunset progression our second night there.

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These ducks were my writing buddies. I just happened to catch a great shot of them landing.

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Our last night there. sigh

We went swimming in Lake Superior, which while chilly, wasn’t horrifyingly cold, but we were on the southern shore which is always warmer, and that was a blast. Lake Superior is my ultimate happy place. I love it up there.

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Lake Superior at Grand Marais

A week or so after we got back from the UP, I went to the airport and picked up my girl, Jess Jarman, and we had a glorious ten day visit. We hung with Jenny Trout and went out to supper with Jen, Jessica De La Rosa, and Kayleigh Jones. We also went to see one of my brothers compete in a local Highland Games competition. And we died in the godawful heat and humidity. But here’s my sweet boy doing his beast thing.

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Jess and I wrote at the super hipster coffee shop.

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We got new tattoos – here’s mine!

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Write day and night like you’re running out of time. 

We had date night at The Melting Pot – we decided we’re doing all cheese next time.

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In other summer fun news, I won an award! Well, technically, my book did! The Professor’s Student tied for first place with Lauren Gallagher’s  book, Kneel, Mr. President in the Passionate Plume contest!

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Check out the gorgeous charm Passionate Ink sent the winners! It’ll look so pretty on my bracelet.

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Write day and night like you’re running out of time. 

Let’s see…in other news, I finally figured out how to knit cables. They ended up being not nearly as difficult as I was afraid they were. I may get this sweater finished, yet.

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I finally got to see Billy Joel in concert! And better still? I got to go with Jenny Trout and her daughter, and it was fucking magical! I’d go see him again in a heartbeat.

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And last, but not least, I officiated at an amazing beach wedding on the shore of Lake Michigan. At some point, I may blog more about it. It ended up being an incredibly profound experience because of the people involved.

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Those are pretty much the highlights of the last few months. It’s been a great summer.

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4 thoughts on “What I Did on My Summer Vacation

  1. Awesome pictures! Your summer was jam-packed.

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  2. What an amazing summer. Such wonderful memories you have collected. I envy the trip to the UP. I need to visit again someday. It has been a long time. Highland games. *sigh* Visiting with friends – nice! Congrats on the award. You are in good company. I loved both books. I wouldn’t want to choose either. Your cables look great. Be sure and show us a pic of the finished sweater. I think I am loving this pattern. Billy Joel – ‘nough said. 😀 Officiated at the wedding? I do want to hear that story. The scene looks lovely. Wonderful memories to treasure! Thank you for sharing them.

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  3. You have amazing times, whatever you do. Always an adventure. Thanks for all the updates. Miss you like crazy.

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  4. Wish I could have been part of the summer vacation! Next year. And… I want to hear more about the wedding sometime. *HUGS*

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