We wore holes in our sneakers with all the park and city walking. Took in views of the Empire State Building. No, we didn't go up. They want how much? And the wait is how long? Thanks anyway, the view is impressive enough from down here on the sidewalk. Took a delightful ride on the Staten Island Ferry, just to ride the waters and go past the Statue of Liberty. Yes, that was free, too--don't judge!
The vacation dough was spent on Broadway, glorious Broadway! "Wicked" lived up to the hype and was the family favorite. "Newsies" was fun with some good dance numbers, and a surprising amount of wildly enthusiastic, teen girls in the audience. I haven't heard that much pubescent screaming since the movie "Twilight" came out. The last show was "Phantom of the Opera." We'd seen it before, but it was still fantastic, and Norm Lewis, the current Phantom, had me in tears by the end. We also spent the cash on NYC pizza, ice cream, and cheesecake. Even all the walking couldn't counter that caloric onslaught. I'm still trying to get rid of my summer vacation pounds!
In addition to NY, we also spent time in Northern CA, and Oregon for family events. My dear, old Pop (and I DO mean "old") turned 90 this summer. Nature's birthday gift to him was Oregon coast weather that was actually nice for a change. Even at the height of summer, highs can be in the 50s in that region. The sunshine and warmer air almost made me wish I still lived there...well, maybe just for the summers.
Instead of listing all the other things that kept me tied up this summer, I'll just name one: My current novel. I am thrilled to say, that I am currently working on the final chapter of my NA Supernatural Horror novel! I hope to have it off to my Beta readers by next week. Next on the writing agenda is a plan to use NaNoWriMo (the November writing challenge) to see how much I can get done with the sequel to my published novel, "The Wikomsette." I know some of you have been waiting impatiently for that sequel to emerge. (That's right, the five of you know who you are!)
Blessings to all!