Tag: Travel


25 Days and Counting…

25 days until the book release party. All aboard the crazy train.

This past weekend was a fabulous blur of travel, family, and celebrations. Shane and I hopped into our car on Saturday morning and drove 9 hours to celebrate a friend’s wedding. We left at 8:30 in the morning and got to Hartford, Wisconsin just as dinner was being served at the reception. Perfect timing! We ate, danced, ate cake, and danced some more. We called it a night around 9:30 and drove to our hotel where we sunk into the hot tub. That time in the hot tub was worth the trip alone.

The next morning, we were up at 8:00. We ran from the hotel to the Sweet Spot bakehouse in Whitewater to pick up the cake for my nephew Ira’s baptism. When my sister-in-law asked if I’d be willing to pick up the cake, I shouted an enthusiastic “YES!” As I’ve mentioned before, NEVER pass up an opportunity to eat at the Sweet Spot. It was the first time I got to see the new bakehouse, and it was fabulous. There was doughnut wallpaper on the ceiling, whisk light fixtures, and, oh yeah, the FOOD. Date-filled cookies, cakes, breads, red velvet brownies, tiramisu cupcakes, peach chai scones…I could eat there forever and it wouldn’t bother me in the slightest. Though I would have to buy elastic pants.


Besides getting to eat the wonderful chocolate ganache and raspberry cake, I am now the proud godmother of my nephew, Ira Blaine. He is such a little blessing to our family, and I am so happy to have been there for his baptism. We spent the day with family, ate more food and cake, and then left for home on Monday morning (after a breakfast with friends at the Sweet Spot, of course!).

It was a crazy, wonderful weekend. The itinerary did not, however, leave much any time for writing. I spent the week leading up to the trip finishing two grad school projects and reading ahead, so I am pretty good on the homework front. The writing front is looking a little sad. I haven’t written anything in three days! The goal of this week is to get back into my groove and hopefully make up for some lost time with extra writing. Somehow.

In the mean time, I’ve officially been invited to be a part of the Brainerd Public Library’s Brown Bag Author series! My first real author gig! WOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I gladly accepted the invitation and have been obsessively scouring the internet for “speaking tips for authors” and “how to have a successful book signing.” I’ll post when the official time/date for the event are set!

Until next time!

What do you like most about going to author events/book signings?