Last Thursday, my husband and I returned from a 19-day trip to Europe. It included a seven-day Danube River Cruise with hotel add-ons in Prague on the front end and Budapest on the back end. We saw a lot of beautiful country, met some nice people, ate a lot, shopped and had a great time.
It was the first trip I’d taken in years in which I did not bring my laptop, so for me it was a real vacation. I thought it would be hard to disconnect, but surprisingly, it wasn’t. I did check email and Facebook from my phone.
Getting there and back was grueling, partly because we used our air miles for part of the trip to save money and the flights weren’t convenient. Going there, we flew (west) from Kansas City, Mo to San Francisco ( then back east across the US) to Zurich then to Prague. Coming home, we flew from Budapest to Zurich to San Francisco to Seattle, where we spent the night in a hotel, then flew to Kansas City the next morning after which we had a 3-hour drive home.
We left Budapest the morning of Wednesday the 18th and walked in the door at 9 p.m. on Thursday, the 19th.
On Friday, I dropped in to see my mom, went grocery shopping, sorted through the mail, did laundry, paid bills, etc.
Friday evening, my husband I both became ill. It wasn’t pretty, people. We spent all night in the bathroom, most of the next day in bed. I don’t think it was something we picked up in Europe—we suspect it was the hamburgers we ate on the way home from the KC airport.
Saturday morning I managed to go through the edits for Mated with the Cyborg I’d gotten from my editor during my absence and emailed them back to her. On Sunday, I started revisions to a sooper sekrit Rod and Cane story that will be released in an anthology slated for February. I’d written the 15K first draft in the week before I’d left on vacation. I’d promised it to my editor by Dec. 1 and it’s due to the organizer in January.
On Monday, I started writing a dozen guests blogs/interviews for the Mated with the Cyborg book tour I scheduled with Goddess Fish Promotions.
On Tuesday, my nephew, his new wife and father-in-law arrived from out-of-town for an overnight visit.
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. I was going to cook (ha ha ha ha), but fortunately neighbors invited us over for dinner and all I have make is the yams and cranberry sauce.
I think I need another vacation.
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