Ladies & Gents:
I'M BACK FROM VACATION AND SO EXCITED.
Did you detect the sarcasm there? Even though I work for myself, vacation is still time off, and coming back to work still requires a big slug of coffee and a heave ho into the office. Generally my job is a joy, but it is still a job and requires tasks that are less fun than sitting on the beach. But I'm grateful that the transition back isn't too terrible, and that I can do so in sweatpants.
I spend the bulk of last week on Jekyll Island, a barrier island in Georgia that I heard about from my college roommate, who honeymooned there. It came back up because, when I searched for Holiday Inns near the Florida/Georgia border, there it was. Jekyll Island (which came before Jekyll & Hyde, not the other way around) was beautiful, relaxing, quiet and I wish I was still there. I thought I'd stay one night and stayed for three. Ah well. Maybe I'll go back for a part of next winter, just like rich folks of yore did.
Book stuff has cranked along without me. The Goodreads giveaway contest ends on Feb. 14, so enter if you haven't. The first interview requests are coming in, which is both exciting and scary, exciting because finally this book is about to be out in the world! Scary because finally this book is about to be out in the world! I'm told that among authors, this is not an uncommon feeling.
Running wise: I made my first mileage leap, knocking out 39 last week (compared to 24 from the week before). Speedwork and tempo runs have started too. Please send all the naps and snacks. Saturday is also the Olympic Marathon Trials. Exciting! I'll have a few stories coming out this week related to that, which I'll share in the next newsletter.
"The joy of solitaire – on your table, not your computer screen" for The Guardian
"How I fell in love with running" for SELF magazine. This one isn't online yet, but here's a picture:
What I'm Reading
Splendid Isolation: The Jekyll Island Millionares' Club 1888-1942 by Pamela Bauer Mueller. I didn't know anything about Jekyll Island before I landed there post-Disney. My kayak guide was a wealth of information, but to learn more, I picked up this historical novel from the Jekyll Island Bookstore. I already learned that one of the homes I saw while there was designed by the same architect who did the Emlen Physick Estate in Cape May. Everything comes back to New Jersey. Everything.
What I'm Watching
Back to the Murdoch Mysteries! I missed Detective Murdoch, Doctor Ogden and Constable Crabtree. It's the perfect companion for cooking and cross stitching, which I am both doing in earnest at the moment — though not at the same time.