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Friday, July 10, 2009

July 4th and Off to Austin

We had a great deal of fun over the long 4th of July weekend. Lots of people in and out over 4 days. The kids were all great and had a ball playing in the large pool Fee bought for them. There was also a blow-up slide that was a real hit!

Some folks were only there Friday night, others only Saturday. I came home Sunday afternoon, but Erin, Mila, Max, Rhodes, and Fee stayed until Mon.

Now, I'm here in Austin, TX. Wednesday, it was 106; yesterday, 105. Have to admit, though, that with the lower humidity than at home and frequent breezes, it doesn't feel as miserable as Shreveport/Bossier weather. Sweat dries here.

I scheduled my most recent reviews before I left, so I won't have to worry about reviewing A Darker Domain by Val McDermid or Find Me by Carol O'Connell. I also have a couple of drafts in progress.

Orientation for the Hatha Yoga Intensive was Friday from 5:30 - 8:30. Classes today were from 8:00 - 6:30. Exhausting, exhilarating. There are 20 participants, and they have all been very nice--which is great given the amount of time we will be spending together for the next 30 days!

I did bring some review copies to read:

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (which is wonderful so far)
Conversations with Richard Bandler by Owen Fitzpatrick
The Book of Rapture by Nikki Gemmell
God is an Englishman and
To Serve Them All My Days - classics by R.F. Delderfield that Sourcebooks is re-publishing and want reviewed for a Blog Tour in September.

Now, I don't know how much time I'll actually have to do much besides study and practice!


  1. I am glad you enjoyed your 4th of July holiday weekend, Jenclair. Sounds like you were busy. :-)

    I hope you are finding ways to stay cool in the summer heat. Enjoy your visit in Austin!

  2. The Art of Racing in the Rain is a really good book! I hope you continue to enjoy it!

  3. LF - Thanks, Wendy! I'm learning a lot here in Austin...or at least, I hope so! There is so much information to absorb and so little spare time to let it process.

    Kailana - I love Enzo! He is such a wonderful character, isn't he?

  4. I didn't realize your retreat was for 30 days! OMG... That's so amazing. I cannot wait to hear all about it. I hope you have a wonderful time in Austin and if you need anything while you are in town get in touch with me. I can recommend some great restaurants and bookstores of course :)

  5. Iliana - It is a wonderful experience so far! I have no time to read yet...not even much about yoga. Classes are from 8:00 - 5:30 during the week, and then by the time I eat, go to another yoga class, and shower, I'm exhausted!

    I might need some restaurant suggestions, but there is a Half-Price Bookstore close by, and I'm not even going to tempt myself there! I do have a stack of ARCs, but no time to enjoy them so far. Maybe later!