Wednesday, June 11, 2008

What I'm Going to Do On My Summer Vacation...

Maven Darcy BurkeSo it's the last week of school here and I am sooooo ready for summer. Of course it's 50 degrees here in Oregon, so summer seems like an absolute pipe dream. I'm ready for summer because it should be warm (note, I like it warm, not hot), because I don't have to rouse my tired daughter for school, because I don't have to worry about doing homework or getting lunch made, because I can write more.

Are you laughing? I hear you laughing. Yes, I hope to get more writing done. I'd actually like to write the first draft of Their Wicked Bargain between now and September (maybe that's the pipe dream). Not sure I can make it, but I'm going to try. And I'm going to try an early morning/late night schedule. We'll see if it pans out and I promise to check in with you. If I don't, ask, okay?

In the meantime, we're headed to the beach for a long weekend on Friday with some friends. Can't wait. And I'm leaving my laptop at home. I could take it because the campground* has wi-fi, but it's sketchy at best. I took my laptop when we stayed there during Spring Break in March because we left the day I got the call that I'd finaled in the Golden Heart, and I could not be away from the computer. Pathetic, I know. But, I ended up frustrated because the connection was more dead than alive. Thank goodness for McDonald's and their free wi-fi.

We're starting our summer break with this camping trip and finishing it over Labor Day with another camping trip to central Washington (annual pilgrimage to the Gorge Amphitheatre to see the Dave Matthews Band).

What are you planning for this summer? Both vacations and other goals - anyone else hoping to write a book?

*Lest you worry about us camping in 50 degree weather, it's worth nothing that this is "camping." While we could tent, we rented cabins complete with beds (they supply the mattress pads, we supply the sleeping bags), microwaves, mini-fridges, TVs (with cable, of course), porch swing, fire pit, barbecue, and HEATER. Oh, and there's an indoor pool.


Anonymous said...

You're lucky if ur gonna to see Dave Matthews Band .Iused to attend their concerts even their tickets are often sky high; Now we found a site where we can compare tickets prices for FREE in order to save some Dollars!!!
Have nice time there!!

B.E. Sanderson said...

Sounds like my kind of camping. The last time I slept in a tent was 8th grade, and that was set up in my best friend's backyard.

Plans for the summer? My daughter asked for summer school, so we're doing that. 9 weeks of intense math and science. Yay. (Okay, not the most excited Yay, but it's good that she's fired up about school.) Other than that, I hope to have this new book written and the last book edited by the end of summer.

Have fun on your trip!

Angie Fox said...

Ohhhh I like your idea of camping! My family seems to think sleeping bags on the ground, tents and bathrooms a mile away are a good idea.

Our summer is probably going to zip by like it always does. My son is 18 months now and enamored with the pool. It was hard to take him last year, much to my 4-year-old's dismay. So we'll be at the pool a lot.

I'm hitting two conferences - ALA in Los Angeles and RWA in San Francisco. Those are both going to be fun.

And my husband just bought a new, deluxe grill that he loves. The man is grilling everything that is grill-able these days. So we're probably going to spend a lot of time out on the deck this year, hanging out with him while he grills, smokes, bastes to his heart's delight.

Vicki said...

I love camping! Even the whole tent thing is cool with me. Of course, we did have a two room tent and the first room was set up sort of like a living room with bean bag chairs, side tables, and battery operated lights. And yes, I have to stay where there is electrical hook ups, near the bathrooms. I won't even go into the hair and makeup deal. ;)

Hope you guys have a great time and Dave Matthews...OMG, I've never seen him in person, but would love to.

lanterns said...

The trip to see Dave Matthews sounds like a blast!
Camping out is always good though, and I can never get enough tent time.

Jackie Barbosa said...

Running out the door to the end-of-school beach party (after 5th grade graduation this morning), so I haven't got much time except to say that the one thing I have NO intention of doing this summer is camping. Not after the miserable cold of our Cub Scout Memorial Day camp.

Of course, I don't consider staying in a cabin "camping." Or even staying in an RV or trailer. There's been some talk of trailer camping while we're in Minnesota visiting the relatives in early July, and I'm down with it as long as I don't have to sleep on the ground :).

Have fun at Dave Matthews on my behalf. (Are you season ticket holders, lol?)

Darcy Burke said...

We belong to the DMB fan club, the Warehouse, so we get early dibs on tickets, though not really discounted. They're our favorite band and we thoroughly enjoy our annual trip to see them at the Gorge because it's the most amazingly beautiful venue. The shows have this energy about them that's unlike anything I've ever seen. Plus, now we go up with my folks and they watch the kids while we do the shows. It's a fun family vacation. We're thinking of taking the kids to one of the shows this year because they both love to dance, but we'll see.

B.E., I've suggested backyard camping to my daughter (she's a bit disappointed we're staying in a cabin and not a tent), but she insists that's not real camping. (Neither are the cabins, which is why I think she's disappointed.)

Angie, aren't men and their grills funny? And you're right that the summer will zip by. Always does. Can't wait to meet you in SF!

Vicki, DMB is the best concert experience! I hope you can go some time.

lanterns, thanks for stopping by! We'll be tenting for DMB. Good times!

Jackie, lol, that's why I called this weekend's trip "camping." So not actual camping even though the bathroom is a bit of a walk.

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