Jennifer Lyon

Monday, April 20th, 2015
Weekend Roundup

Holy Water Leaks, this was so not how I thought my weekend would go. So Friday night, I was cleaning the stove after dinner, and noticed a water stain on my stove top.

Then I felt a drop on my hand.

I looked up and saw water dripping down the microwave. I found more drips, and looked right to the wall where I saw the ripples in the paint. Not. Good. I knew we had a leak.

So my kitchen  looked like this a couple years ago when we updated with granite and new sink and faucet:

kitchen granite

While there’s more updates we’d like to do someday (like lighting and a new fridge) I love my kitchen, it’s my happy place. But it wasn’t very happy this weekend. See that header above the upper cupboards with the row of six pictures? There was a water leak somewhere behind that.  The restoration crew had to come in Saturday and strip out the cupboards and microwave, cut holes and find the leak. Once they did that, the plumbers fixed it.




No mold and no lasting damage, so Yay for that! We caught the leak when it was a slow drip before the pipe burst and became a true disaster (pure luck). The next step is 48 hours of a jet plane in my house: Just kidding, these are the driers/blowers/dehumidifier things that only sound like jet planes. But they are making sure everything is absolutely dry so it’s all good.016

It’ll take about a week to get back to normal. So far, everyone we’ve worked with on this, from our insurance to the contractors, have been awesome and reduced our stress. Thankfully this didn’t happen last week when I was recovering from surgery or a couple weeks ago when Wizard was recovery. And Wizard is retired so having him around really helps too.

Sadly, we didn’t get to see CPA boy for his birthday but he understood (obviously) and we’ll reschedule for next weekend. I’m also rescheduling a dress shopping/lunch date with my friend because friends always understand that life throws us curve balls.

That said, I’m pretty much exhausted with all this. And I still have to fix my tooth (once it’s healed and it’s healing “perfectly” according to the oral surgeon) plus deal with what appears to be a cyst in my ankle according the the orthopedic doctor.  Also Wizard is having an ongoing issue with his foot too. None of this is serious, just sort of stacking up to the point of being really tired.  All I want to do is write, but life doesn’t always work that way.

However, I will get CAGED MAGIC done and back to the editor as soon as I can. And one thing that thrilled me is that the copy editor for EXPOSING THE HEIRESS contacted me to tell me she enjoyed working on the book, and  “I was completely hooked the whole way through and there were times the suspense was so intense that I actually forgot to breathe.” I’ve never had a publisher copy editor do that before, so I am wildly happy about it.

So how was your weekend? I really want to know guys!


8 comments to “Weekend Roundup”

  1. B.E. Sanderson
    April 20th, 2015 at 8:03 am · Link

    Ugh. Life sure is throwing you some curve balls right now. :hugs: I hope everything settles down and you get back to some semblance of normal soon. Yay for your editor notes! That had to make you feel good. =o)

    I spent the weekend in marathon editing so I could get this sucker back to the editor for final proofing, etc. She’s got it now and should have like a 2 week turnaround. I’m shooting for a mid-May launch this time around. Keep your fingers crossed.

  2. Silver James
    April 20th, 2015 at 8:19 am · Link

    Dang. There’s nothing worse than a torn-up kitchen. Well, except a torn-up bathroom. :roll: At least everyone is cooperating and you caught it before there was mold! That stuff is awful to mitigate.

    Sorry for the on-going health yucks, even if they are minor. Slightly belated happy birthday to CPA boy and yay for rescheduling everything. I took yesterday off, caught up on the DVR, read RITA entries, and thinking about making a snickerdoodle pie today after a run to the Vietnamese grocery store to restock our supply of Cafe du Monde coffee. We ran out and the dark roast I had in emergency stash is okay but NOT CDM! :lol:

    Oh, and I finished NIGHT SHIFT and the beta reads are trickling in. I have some fixes but I made one reader cry and go hug her husband. :D She texted me to say so. The other one I have in, I haven’t looked at but she said she loved it. I’ll check out her comments after I get off the ‘net.

    Have a great week, witches! Oh, and I can’t wait for CAGED MAGIC and HEIRESS!

  3. Ashlynn Pearce
    April 20th, 2015 at 8:21 am · Link

    So UGH. Yeah…all that just really stinks. Life can just be…UGH. Right? When it rains it pours…literally in your case. Keep you chin up and keep going. It will get better.

    I was ill Fri & Sat and Hubs has a sinus infection. Spring in Okieland. Typical for here. But I did read two fab books. One by Tami Lund Into The Light (1st book in series) SO GOOD. I think you would like it, Jen. A lil paranormal with wolves and a new race. And Cowgirls Little Secret by Silver James– great 2nd Barron book.

    Today I ordered paperbacks of Wreck…YAY! Just a couple of weeks, I can’t even believe it! 8-O

  4. Viki S.
    April 20th, 2015 at 10:26 am · Link

    What a mess. Man, I feel for you. I’m so glad you caught it before it got really out of hand.

    Having had more than my share of water disasters the past few years I can totally relate to the aggravation and the exhaustion. It’s amazing how things like this can sap all of our energy. With all you and Wizard have been going through the past few weeks this is just too much.

    I’ve never had anyone come in with high powered fans like those – WOW! We just set up every fan and dehumidifier we own ;).

    Sure hope you get that dress shopping rescheduled soon. You REALLY need to go have some fun.

    I love all the good news on the writing front. You must be very happy :).

    Take a breather today. Maybe head out to a coffee shop to write so you don’t have to listen to the fans.

    Have a great day!

  5. Jenn
    April 20th, 2015 at 11:11 am · Link

    B.e., I’m so proud of you! You’re working hard and taking risks! Hope the final proofing is fast and easy.

    Thanks on my stuff. To keep it in perspective, nothing it truly tragic and I want to keep that in mind. It’s just tiring.

    That note from the copy editor really made me happy :-)

  6. Jenn
    April 20th, 2015 at 11:14 am · Link

    Silver, what an awesome text on NIGHT SHIFT! That had to be a good moment for you, even if you did run out of your special coffee.

    Make the pie! Let us know. I’ve been pouting all weekend because I didn’t get any of the desserts I’d planned to have. Although we’ve been eating out and I’m sure I’ve gained weight.

    Once they get these fans out, at least we’ll be able to function at a minimal level in the kitchen. None of this is fun, but it will pass.

  7. Jenn
    April 20th, 2015 at 11:17 am · Link

    Ashlynn, ohhh so sorry you and hubby have both been sick. Sinus infections are awful, hope hubby is feeling better.

    I need to read Cowgirls Little Secret (it’s on my Kindle!), and will definitely check out the other book.

    Yay on Wreck paperbacks!

  8. Jenn
    April 20th, 2015 at 11:22 am · Link

    Viki, I remember some of your leaks and I’m surprised they didn’t set up fans if you had a restoration company. But maybe that’s a state requirement. Since the leak was so far back and wood was wet, I’m glad they did. On the other hand, what you did will work just as well.

    I’ll reschedule with my friend. It’ll work out. And yeah, I’m happy on the writing front, but this revision of CM is way too slow.

    Did you have a good weekend?

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