Jennifer Lyon

Sunday, June 21st, 2020
Weekend Roundup

It was a great weekend.

Friday, I finished my revision of Savaged Devotion. I will need to do one more straight edit, but I’m going to email my editor today too see if and/or when she has room on her schedule for her edit/revision notes. I’m sure she will suggest substantial revisions, but that’s all part of the process to make the book better.

Saturday, I cleaned and prepped for Father’s Day. I also outlined my production budget for Savaged Devotion, and I cooked ribs for Wizard for an early Father’s Day (I bought those before I knew kids were coming over.) Oh, and Youngest Son came by with a Father’s Day gift for Wizard and hung out for a while.

Sunday, Oldest and family, and Middle and wife came over. It was just a super nice day. First, when Turbo got here, he walked in all by himself (his parents were right behind him), went upstairs to get his favorite stuff animal, got some cars and started playing. He’s so comfortable here now, and it’s all that Wizard and I hoped for. And middle son and his wife hung out here with us too, and they stayed after the others left. We’d missed them so much in the beginning of the pandemic, and are now seeing them more again. Maggie loved all the company :-)

Gratuitous Grandma Brag: Turbo went to the pediatrician for a well check and shots, and the doctor asked if he knew 20 words. His dad laughed and said he easily knows a 100 words in both English and Vietnamese (I can vouch that he probably knows a 100 words in English and can speak in complete sentences.) Turbo can switch effortlessly between languages depending upon who he’s talking too. Even his bilingual mom is surprised how easily Turbo can switch between languages. He’ll do this at his other grandparents, so he speaks Vietnamese to them, then when his dad walks into the room, switches to English to repeat what he said because he knows dad understand English better than Vietnamese. Turbo is about 2 years and 3 months old, and it all makes sense to him. It makes me wish I’d grown up bilingual!

We won’t discuss the lizard Maggie chased outside…and caught…which I only realized when it was too late. RIP lizard #243. Sigh.

Overall, it was just one of those very busy, fun, family-filled weekends that make us grateful for all that we do have in our lives. In these times, that’s more important that never.

I’m excited to tackle the next stage on my book, and start thinking about what I’m going to write next.  I will have to make hard choices based on reality, not wishful thinking or nostalgia. We have to know when to let things go and move onto the next chapter.

So that was my weekend, how was yours? I hope all the dads out there had a great Father’s Day!

8 comments to “Weekend Roundup”

  1. Tonya Argust
    June 22nd, 2020 at 12:30 am · Link

    ???? Wing Slayer update please

  2. B.E. Sanderson
    June 22nd, 2020 at 6:29 am · Link

    Go, you! Yay for a nice, family-filled weekend! And go, Turbo! Good luck with your next stage and your thinking ahead to what comes next. Whatever you choose to write will be awesome.

    Not much going on here. Other than Hubs receiving Father’s Day wishes from Owl and I, we didn’t do anything special. I made him another batch of granola bars and a batch of chicken tacos for dinner – again not special, just what I do. If things hadn’t been so weird, I might’ve made a special dinner and something awesome for dessert. :shrug: We saw our first fawn of the year on the first day of summer. Yay. The guinea fowl we’ve gotten kind of attached to had disappeared. Naturally, we thought some predator had got them, but yesterday, while on my morning walk, I saw the two we like best strutting around a neighbor’s yard. One was chasing a moth. So funny. Yes, I lead a simple life. LOL

  3. Silver James
    June 22nd, 2020 at 7:14 am · Link

    Yay for a family weekend and it’s NOT bragging when it’s the truth! 😏 Turbo is such a joy! 💖 Congrats on the book! 🤞 your editor can fit you in. Maggie is such a good girl! And I bet Wiz enjoyed those ribs!

    Stormy had his last soccer game for this season. Only 4 of his team could be there, against a bigger and older team. They managed to hold their own–sort of–and he assisted on a goal and defended on several attempts by the other team. Good thing we’re in T-ball season now. He’s also 4’2″ tall. And not even 6 1/2 yet!

    The James Gang all gathered at a local pizza restaurant to celebrate anniversaries, birthdays, and Father’s Day that the lock-down postponed. Food was okay, company was awesome.

    We’ve had rain! This is always a good thing this time of year.

    I got some snippets and ideas jotted down, mostly on new characters when I should be digging into languishing WIPs. Ah well. Strike where the inspiration hits at the time, right? 💡

    Not much else going on in my world. Glad everyone is still safe and well. It’s Monday. We have a week filled with possibilities stretching out before us!

  4. Viki S.
    June 22nd, 2020 at 2:22 pm · Link

    You had a great weekend! Excellent news on the book and I love a good grandma brag.

    How cute is it that Turbo understands both languages so well and can help Dad along ;)? I love it! He’s got wonderful parents that have made sure he has been exposed to all learning experiences.

    Poor lizard #243, but Maggie had fun.

    We went tot Harrison’s Sunday morning and were allowed in the backyard all masked up and sanitized. We were not allowed to touch anything and had to stay 6 feet away from all. Harrison wasn’t sure it was really Pa Pa but when he figured it out all went well. Cassie had told him that we all had to stay away from one another so that no one gets sick. Being 2 1/2, I was shocked that he understood and he maintained distance. He even picked me a flower and put it on the table so I could pick it up. He really did well. Needless to say it was 85F with a dew pt of 72F so we were all feeling sick in the heat. Our visit lasted 37 minutes before we all melted down.

    In the afternoon, middle and family came over. We grilled and had a very nice time. Queso had the best time and Spunk actually put up with him (he didn’t smack him).

    Have a great day!

  5. Jenn
    June 22nd, 2020 at 5:40 pm · Link

    Hi Tonya, thanks for asking! That’s one of the decisions I’m thinking about, so I can’t give you a definite answer just yet.

  6. Jenn
    June 22nd, 2020 at 5:45 pm · Link

    B.E., thanks!

    I’m sure your hubs appreciate the granola bars and tacos.

    I saw your pic of the fawn!!!

    Aw, I’m glad your guinea fowl turned up happily chasing a moth :-)

    I’m all for a simple life. Hope your week is starting right!

  7. Jenn
    June 22nd, 2020 at 5:49 pm · Link

    Silver, Wizard loved the ribs. He’s not hard to please.

    Not only is Stormy tall, but he’s athletic and has the drive to use his talent. All great things! Bummer that only four kids showed up for soccer though.

    Yay for family time and pizza! Food can often be less that spectacular, but it’s the company that matters.


    It’s not fair how ideas bombard us when we’re busy, but dry up when we have time to pursue them. Your smart to write them down now.

    Yep the week is full of potential, so let’s all make the best of it!

  8. Jenn
    June 22nd, 2020 at 5:54 pm · Link

    Viki, so true on exposing Turbo and all kids to so many learning experiences.

    Harrison’s amazing that he could grasp the social distancing rules! I don’t think Turbo could (or maybe its us that can’t, LOL). I’m so glad you got to see him, and maybe things will ease up soon so you guys can spend more time with him. It’s so hard.

    Yay for a nice BBQ middle and family, and wonderful that Spunk is getting better at accepting Queso. That’s a lot of progress for him! Queso must be so danged cute too :-)

    Really hope your week is off to a good start!

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