I know. It’s been forever. Even though there is lots to catch up on, this post is going to be short and sweet. I’m thinking that if I keep the posts shorter, I will post more often. If I start writing about all the reasons why I haven’t written, I may develop another case of unimaginative writer’s block and that would be a bad thing.
Below I am listing the top five things that happened since I’ve last written.
1. I spent the month of August in Minnesota. It was a great trip and even though it was the longest vacation I’ve ever been able to take, it also went so fast. I didn’t get to see all the friends that I wanted to, but I had nearly a week of fun, relaxing time with my son and my grandson at the cabin in northern Minnesota. And the shopping was a dream. I came home to Malta with five new pairs of shoes and three pairs that I had in storage. Just writing about the shopping in the States is giving me sweet visions of the Mall of America. Nothing in Malta compares.
2. Homie spent 90 days out of Malta to satisfy his residential visa requirements. For nearly seven weeks I was living in Malta on my own. It was hard. Even though our good friends were there for me, giving me a ride for the big shopping trips and events that were too far to take the bus by myself, I realized how dependant I had let myself become on Homie. He ran all the errands, did most of the cleaning and nearly all of the shopping. In my defense I was working full-time, but I still took for granted all that he was doing. Talk about role-reversal! We will find out very soon if his application for his spousal residence permit has been approved, keep your fingers crossed for us! I never want to be separated that long again! It was very hard, on both of us.
3. I was in a terrible car accident. Homie wasn’t in America two full days and I was involved in a head-on collision while out with some friends. A drunk Italian driving a Smart car hit us head on at about 40 KPH. We were in a small Mazda and I was in the back seat with out my seat belt buckled. Had the Italian been driving anything bigger, I really don’t think I’d be typing this right now. I was pretty banged up, missed nearly a week of work and experienced being in an emergency room, in a foreign country all by myself. It was very difficult. Luckily all three of us are okay and mended, but the Italian driver? He walked away, no ticket, no remorse and not a penny of compensation (car insurance would not pay). My friend’s car was totaled and there was absolutely nothing she could do about it. She can hire an attorney at her own expense, but it will take years before the case is heard and the Italian has already left Malta. But now, I always, and I mean always, buckle up in the back seat.
4. I celebrated my 50th birthday twice. Depending on who you are, milestone birthdays can be traumatic, and my 50th could have been for me had I not had amazing friends to celebrate with on both sides of the globe. You may remember a past post about my good friend Inga, the fun and crazy girl I hang out with in Malta – she rented a huge cabin cruiser, complete with a Captain and took me and Valerie (the third member of our posse) out on the Mediterranean for the entire day! It was the best birthday a girl could ask for! So. Much. Fun.
I am amazingly lucky because I am still the best of friends with my high school peeps, for nearly 35 years now, and we threw a large party in Minnesota as we all turned 50 this year. Everyone showed up, and most of the parents were there as well, along with kids and other friends I hadn’t seen in a very long time. When we all get together like that its as if we are 15 again and we were up almost all night rockin’ out to tunes from the 70′s and 80′s and reminiscing about our crazy youth! It was a great time!
5. I am finally writing again. I’ve been in a major slump. Part of it is feeling uninspired and part of it was never being able to find a block of time where I could just sit and write without constant interruptions. I really thought I would be able to get a lot of work done with the book while Homie was in America, but it never seemed to work out. There is always so much to do in the summer time! But I’m back in the saddle and my goal is to have the first draft of the manuscript done by the end of January. I’m finally excited about the book and the direction that I’ve decided to take. I’m energized to write again and I have a feeling it’s going to be a good read!
Until next time my faithful readers, and I PROMISE – I won’t wait six months before the next update!