- Last week Andy had business in Orlando, so I joined him afterward and we spent the weekend at Disney World and Universal Orlando as a honeymoon of sorts. We had done Disney years earlier — our first trip together as a couple, in fact — but Universal was new to us. I was very excited for the Harry Potter stuff, and it did not disappoint. Hogwarts! Gringotts! (My favorite ride, fyi.) Platform 9 ¾. Ollivander’s. Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes. Honeydukes. Knockturn Alley. And so much more. The details were amazing. I teared up once or twice, due both to my emotions as a fan, and to my emotions as a writer, imagining what it must be like to have a world that you created come to life so beautifully.
- In other news, I’m mad at Google Docs. (And myself.) Generally I don’t trust cloud-based services for important things, only for backup or temporary transfer/storage. But in this case, I wasn’t traveling with my laptop, and I had a short document to finish up and send to my agent, so I decided to work on my iPad mini. Using the Google Docs app was actually quite pleasant. Even Track Changes functioned nicely! But I was in offline-mode for most of the time, and when I reconnected to the internet, half my work disappeared. (Like, the document synced backward to an older version.) I’m sure this is a rarity, but once you’ve been burned, you don’t play with fire again. No more working in the cloud for me.
- I blazed through Season 2 of Longmire. I wasn’t even sure I would watch it, since I was lukewarm on Season 1, but it just kept getting better. Maybe because the characters have all been established, so now we can really mess things up for them. (Hah.) The relationship between Walt and Branch is probably the most compelling for me, because it’s so complicated and nuanced. It’s like a coin spinning on its edge, and you’re just wondering which face it’s going to stop and fall on: healthy and respectful, or ugly and destructive. Unfortunately I have to wait to find out, because Netflix doesn’t have Season 3 yet. Plus, the fate of future seasons of Longmire still hangs in the balance. (I suppose I could read the books.)I also appreciate the stalker subplot, because it highlights the problem of how crimes like that are policed (or rather, not policed), and it shows how even a mentally and physically tough woman like Vic can be made to feel small and scared.
I just watched last week’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy, and I liked how it dealt with the former military IT technician who (mistakenly) felt that she wasn’t deserving of veterans’ services. I’m not sure if they timed that to air right before Veterans Day on purpose or not, but it dovetails nicely.
My brother-in-law did a tour in Afghanistan for the Marines. It simultaneously feels like forever ago and just yesterday. I had never really known someone on active duty before, and I can’t tell you what a strange mix of emotions it caused. Anxiety about his whereabouts and well-being. Frustration at my own ignorance and helplessness. Hope and faith that everything would be okay. Pride in his service and sacrifice.
Needless to say, his homecoming was a sweet relief.
Now, like before, I feel mostly disconnected from that world, but it did leave an impression that will never fade away. A raised awareness. An immense sense of gratitude.
Thank you to all the men and women who are serving, have served, or plan to serve. In whatever role and capacity. The rest of us may never fully understand what you go through, but we appreciate what you contribute to your team and to your country. Take care.
I’m a big fan of bullet points lately, so this might become a more regular thing. (Or not. Who knows.)
- Every fall, Andy and I play in a flag football league with our friends. Usually we aren’t very good and it’s just about having fun. This year we were the #1 team on Wednesday nights! (But we lost in the playoffs. Womp womp.)
- Now that the dust has settled from our month-long, multi-city wedding tour, I finally had time to go through the disaster zone that was our guest room. I had stashed anything and everything in there, including presents, decorations, and weeks’ worth of mail. It kills me to have clutter — but I’m trying to learn to let that go sometimes, especially when other things should take priority (such as getting married, or writing a book). Anyway, I now have a nice neat catalog of who gave us what. Thank you notes (and hand cramps) can now commence.
- After seeing dozens of people from all spheres of my life talking about it, I finally started listening to the Serial podcast. Very well-made and compelling. I keep flip-flopping on whodunit — and more importantly, I keep contemplating big human themes like how truthful memory is, how much we can know the people we love, and whether there is the capacity for darkness inside each of us.
- If you follow me on Twitter, then you probably already know that I’ve been catching up on Gilmore Girls on Netflix. Back during its original run, I stopped watching sometime after Jess showed up, but before Rory went to college. True, that means I caught the good years, but still, I’m glad to finally know the whole story. The best part was, without question, the relationship between the Gilmore Girls — Lorelai and Rory, as well as Lorelai and Emily. There was so much mother-daughter goodness (and sadness) to savor. It also made me reflect upon my own mother-daughter relationship, and the one(s) I someday hope to have.
We got engaged in a book store, and married in a tree house.
Afterward, we all went on a riverboat cruise for lunch.
In the afternoon, we enjoyed a private painting class.
And we capped off the day with an amazing dinner by a fabulous local chef.
Two weeks later, we held a reception in Andy’s hometown to celebrate with more of our family and friends.
A week after that, we held a reception in my hometown for the same reason.
As you can see, it’s been a wonderful whirlwind.
Getting back to normal life is both nice and difficult.