Friday, April 9, 2021

We interrupt regularly scheduled programming...

 I want to tell you about my hike (spoiler alert, I panic packed too many warm clothes and ended up carrying them down 5000 feet and back up again unworn) but two things have happened which I wanted to mention. 

One, my new book came out! I wrote it in 2017, so it is kind of strange for it to be "new" (publishing takes forever!) and I am not sure I would have written it today. But here we are. I feel the usual mix of terror and excitement: for a relatively private person, I'm not sure why I put myself out there so much in my writing. I'm not one to yap about my life to strangers. But once again: here we are. 

I'm not writing this to push sales; buy it if you want, don't if it doesn't sound interesting. It's just a big milestone that I am proud of achieving. I recall many tourists asking me on my nature walks in national parks what my degree was in. "English," I said hesitantly. Cue the snarky laugh. "What are you going to do with THAT?" So there, tourists.

Second, J tore his Achilles skiing. Unfortunately, the Achilles is not something that heals quickly. Which means that my summer will be a much different one than I planned. I had planned to stay local, but to continue backpacking every weekend. With three dogs to exercise, someone to caretake, and two tiny houses to deal with, that probably won't be happening. I am trying to see the bright side of this but since our short alpine summer is what makes going to work worth it, it is looking pretty grim. Of course, I'm not the one who has to deal with the rehab and the annoyance of not being able to hike, bike ride, and everything else, so there is that.

Tell me something good to brighten my day!


  1. Congrats on your book being published. I will have to check it out!!!

    Oh no to the injury that will change the way your summer unfolds! May it be a quick recovery and may you find joy, peace and happiness in the change of plans!!!!

  2. Good for you! It's a daunting task to start a book, even harder to finish one.
    Box Canyon

    1. Yes it is. I think of it as a series of essays so it isn't as daunting.

  3. Congratulations! Having read your two other books, I'll have to get this one too. Sorry to hear about your hubby's injury - I think it's as hard to be a nurse to an injured loved one as it is to be the injured party.

    In the good news department, I got my first shot of the COVID vaccine yesterday!

  4. Looking forward to hearing about your Great Escape Hike!

    I'm eagerly awaiting my shipment of your new book!

    So sorry to hear about J! I hope that in between all the dog walks, chores, and help with Operation Achilles Rehab you will be able to find some time to break away for a day hike or two. Sounds like your Great Escape Hike was just in time.

    Our good note...The whole family will be fully vaccinated by the end of next week.

  5. Congratulations on your book being published. You shsould be feeling very proud of yourself. I hope J's injury heals quicker than expected.
    Murphy's law is, 'If you had packed less, you would have needed more!'
    My good note, dare I say, is that we are enjoying spectacular autumn weather. Best time for hiking.
    Take care and keep smiling.

  6. Looking forward to reading your book. That is a huge bummer about J's injury. I've had on-off Achilles tendonitis for three years, so I know how stubborn that tendon can be. Here's hoping for a straightforward recovery.

    1. I'm already annoyed by how much it is going to change our lives, which is sort of ridiculous, since it is what it is. And medical care, they are throwing all sorts of unnecessary procedures in and charging us. Good thing we got a stimulus check--that is what we will use it for.

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