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Vacation Recovery

My family and I went to Corpus Christi and San Antonio a couple of weeks ago, and I feel like I’m still recovering. I totally understand what people mean when they say they need a vacation from their vacation. Haha!

Our vehicle’s A/C went out a couple days prior to the trip, so we relied heavily on rolled-down windows and the breeze that God sent at wonderful nearly-too-hot moments… and places that had working air conditioning. The temperatures weren’t as hot as they could have been, for which I was so grateful. One of my favorite places we visited was the aquarium in San Antonio, but the river walk was another favorite. I’m not a fan of the boat trips, so we didn’t do one of those this time, but walking up and down the narrow sidewalks is always a fun thing for my family and me.

At one of the three beaches we went to, we saw a live crab in its natural habitat. I never thought I’d see one in person outside of aquariums or zoos that have aquarium-type sections, and I think I’m still in happy shock about it. We saw a crab! He was much too fast to snap a picture of, especially since I didn’t have my phone on me while wading (better safe than sorry, for it wouldn’t take too well to the water if I slipped or something).

The first few days of our trip were still a part of Camp NaNoWriMo, so I would sneak in a couple hundred words once we were back at the rental house for the evening. My total for July was over 54,600 words toward a new (and very messy) draft of a brand-new story. I’m not really sure how to wrap up this draft, but I know I’ll have to rip apart this current draft, taking it down to its bare bones and search for the potential hidden deep within them before I can re-flesh it out in a much easier-to-digest manuscript. Other rounds of edits will still have to happen, but my hope is that they will be a lot easier than this first one will be.

Since I’ve taken a break from writing for over a week now, and since we’re home from the trip, I’ve been catching up on laundry and washing dishes and unpacking and doing other things around the house. I still have another two weeks off from work (I love my tutoring schedule!), and I’m trying to make good use of the time to accomplish chores and reading and watching classic movies on TCM (I discovered I enjoy Red Skelton last Friday; I’d never really seen much of his work before then), and I’ll be getting back to writing this week as well.

And apparently, I’m also writing up a summary of random things in this article, because my brain’s still too worn out from the trip to be creative right now. I’m hoping to be back to normal next week.

Tell me about you.
How is your summer going?
Did your family and you go anyplace?
What’s your favorite thing to do when you have time off from work?

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