Oh my! So far 2015 has been a hell of a year. And I mean that in the best possible way. I know I promised y’all a further discussion about what makes a book a good book (not an empirical index, simply my opinion), but I seem to be living inside a tornado. Not the nice calm eye of the storm either, but the messy entanglements of gale force winds. And I love it. Because it’s been a while, I thought I’d drop an update in the life of Jove on y’all.
As I mentioned, I’m crazy busy. The only downside I see isn’t really a downside. I’m crazy busy with work and struggling to fit all my living into tidy workday blocks. That’s made even squishier because I work from home. I have a laptop that I use when I want to spend some time near my family (not really with because I’m still focused on work) and when I need to work without distraction, I move to my office. The result is I tend to start working when I wake up and continue until I go back to bed at night.
Thank god I love what I do.
It’s not all work and no play, though. I have the flexibility to meet folks for lunch or hang out with my kids or go grocery shopping with Tara or any other thing that catches my fancy. Like a six-week road trip with my family this summer.
Yeah, you totally read that right. And yes, I’m pretty sure we’re all going to be homicidal by day two. But we’re still going and my kids are going to love it. Dammit.
We don’t have a set agenda, just a list of target locations with some rough idea of when we should reach certain places. There are a couple of hard deadlines, but I’m pretty sure we’ll make those okay. Where are we going? The highlights:
- Idaho to visit family and celebrate our niece’s birthday.
- Yellowstone because Old Faithful and bears!
- Nebraska to visit old friend and to hang at Willa Cather’s house.
- Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse monument in South Dakota. For some reason, Wyatt really wants to see the mountain-sized heads of dead presidents. And I really want to see the Crazy Horse monument.
- Oklahoma. Because my mom was born in a tiny little town called Slapout. And really, who could resist visiting that if for no other reason than the photo op.
- Houston to stay with friends (Laydin Michaels and MJ Williamz) who are awesome and providing us a safe place to drop our trailer for a couple of weeks while we’re on the section of our trip where we won’t need it.
- New Orleans. I’m going to hang out with a bunch of book reading and writing lesbians at GCLS. I’m on a couple of panels and Women and Words will have a vendor table as well, so drop by and say hi! Tara plans to spend her time getting tattooed with Kim Rieff (AKA KC Richardson), eating beignets and oyster po’ boys, and exploring the city. No idea what we’re going to do with the kids during all this, but that’s a technicality. 🙂
- Pensacola, or rather the Naval base just north of Pensacola, where my cousin and her husband and their two beautiful children live. We’re going to spend a night at their place, give the kids a chance to play and enjoy one another, and then we’re headed to…
- Orlando! Because Disneyworld is the happiest place on earth. That’s according to all of my kids and Tara. We’ll go on lots of rides, probably get sunburned, definitely get nauseous, possibly throw up in a trashcan, and then wake up and do it all over again.
- Galvaston by way of Houston because our friends invited us to hang out at the Gulf with them for a bit. And who says no to THAT?
- Arches National Park, plus a bunch of other cool places like that in Arizona. Because Tara’s always wanted to go there. And, you know, dinosaurs.
- Salt Lake City, well, actually Provo. Because friends! I love friends and I try to keep some in every state. 🙂
- Back through Southern Idaho, and then HOME.
I expect a few things from this trip.
First, we’ll create some awesome memories that my kids will draw on for the rest of their lives. I hope.
Second, we’ll all get really good at not killing one another.
Third, I’ll really appreciate my house and bed and air conditioning and a full sized refrigerator and a kitchen in general and all of the other things that come with living in a house with six bedrooms instead of a trailer with no privacy.
Fourth, we will all nap for about twelve days after we get home.
Fifth, my kids will have a better understanding of the country they live in. And so will Tara and I.
While we’re on the road, we’re going to keep a travel journal with pictures and postcards and random facts and stories about each state. While we’re on the road, if you’d like to get a postcard from a random stop from an exhausted and likely ill-tempered family, leave me a comment below and I’ll be in touch to get an address.
What are the rest of y’all doing this summer? Any big plans?
And, just for fun, here’s a playlist of some awesome acoustic versions of a few of my favorite songs. Enjoy!