Let's recap, shall we?
First, after 2 weeks in Ontario with family, I came home and did this.
Awesome. Just AWESOME.
No. I have NO IDEA how it happened. But the x-rays showed NOTHING. So the doc said, "it's either a stress fracture, or aggressive arthritis."
Because I needed that.
Now, normally, I'd just rest it.
But I had to prepare for...wait for it...
...a 3 1/2 week trek from Vancouver (to see my parents) then to Dallas.
I must say, the fromage et crackeres selection on the flight from San Francisco to Dallas was rathath lovely...or was it Seattle to San Francisco?
Okay, whatever...the cheese was good!
I did have to force the chocolate down...
In Dallas, I attended the annual American Christian Fiction Writer's conference known as ACFW 2015.
There was a "zone breakfast" where people in the different ACFW zones could meet, greet and eat. The lovely Rose Dee from Australia brought all of us "Beyond the Borders" peeps this gorgeous flower arrangement!
Ahhhh, the joy of hanging out with friends who understand the writer's mind and crazy world!!
Gabrielle and Lisa...
Some...uhhh...random people who spontaneously broke into bad chorus line work...and some who stayed all mature-y and stuff.
Things were, exciting, stressful, full-out and finally, on the last night?
Things got POSH.
Like, SUPER ULTRA POSH!!!
I wore a GOWN!
There's moi, with my absolutely adorable and fabulous room mate, Shelli Littleton.
Isn't she a stunner?
Once the non-stop ACFW was over, sniff, Shelli drove me to Love Field and I hopped on a Southwest flight to Albuquerque, where I met up with my partner in crime, Robyn Peters, and then after a night of SLEEP, we headed out to Jamestown, New Mexico.
Remember that ball gown?
Here's me in my pajamas, shorts, a hoodie, in awe of the sunrise.
Hey, Robyn? Care to go on a wee hike?
Here we are, loopy after surviving the Canyon de Chelly White House Ruins hike.
The Navajo homeland.
Then, when it all got to be 'too much fun', as my niece used to say...
...at night, we'd watch the sky...wow. Just, wow.
For 5 wonderful days, our hosts Ted and Evie Charles took us hither and yon across New Mexico and Arizona.
We even met royalty!!
Miss Navajo Nation 2015, Alyson Shirley.
THAT? Is the view from their deck on the only two story hogan in all of New Mexico.
And this place? Robyn and I christened it Canyon de Charles. WOW. And it's in their backyard!!!
On our last night, Robyn, Ted, Evie and I enjoyed a cook out!!
Now? Ted and Evie are in their big hogan, probably enjoying the peace and quiet. ;)
Robyn is back in California.
All the ACFW friends are home, too.
I'm back in Albuquerque. Alone in a hotel room, catching up on work, then off to see some friends.
Tomorrow it's Santa Fe and a few museums.
Tuesday, friends and maybe another museum, and edits!
Wednesday, back to Dallas, and then more research!
Oh my, I should remember to enjoy the heat, since Fall has his hit from whence I came.
Enjoy the photos, and see you soon.
Ohhhhhh, something special is coming!!