Monday, August 27, 2018

August Celebrations

It's been a full month and I didn't post often, so I thought a wrap-up might be in order.

Celebrations of Life

The Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Racing Team won the National Championships for the sixth time!

My youngest brought home several medals and qualified as a Team USA teen athlete for the Olympic Hopes (not the big Olympics) Regatta in Poland in September.

My oldest brought home a few medals, despite only practicing for three months ahead of time.

My husband is regaining his health (just in case you didn't hear).

My husband and I celebrated our 22nd Anniversary!

I celebrated my birthday, but the day took a somber turn when I discovered a childhood friend had passed away from an unexpected heart attack that morning. I spent most of the afternoon in mourning. I feel like my life has been shaken and stirred in a somewhat cliched way -  live life fully, take time to tell people you love them - but also in other ways. I remember some advice my friend gave me a year ago, advice I didn't follow, and I'm considering a rather big change-up to follow it. She was right. She usually was. And, she impacted thousands of lives around her as a teacher, counselor, principal, and assistant superintendent - she had a short life, but a life well-lived.

On a fun note, I get to sing with the Praise Team nearly every Sunday these days. It's a blast!

We bought a used car for our older daughter. We packed it up and we packed up the van, then she and I drove to Montana State University to prep her apartment for her second year of college life.

I walked between 6-10 miles a week and rode the exercise bike (no hills inside) between 6-57 miles a week, depending on the week.

I cleaned up our yard  a bit more (trying to keep the wildlife out of the main yard, out of the garden bed, and off the porch - meeting Bambi's dad on the deck or on the way to the trash can is unpleasant, especially when he thinks he owns the place). Less rampant foliage = fewer critter crossings.

I made some tiny progress on my Greenling Chronicles Book 1 revisions (baby steps, but steps).

I tackled some non-fiction project revisions (baby steps).

I re-created four class syllabi for the school year.

I purchased my plane ticket to Poland. I'm so excited to travel and to see my youngest daughter compete with and against athletes from all over the world. There's just nothing like hearing all the parents shouting for their kids in dozens of languages. :)

I decided (99%) that this is the new cover for Ashes Burn, Seasons 1-7 (The whole micro-series, release date October 8th).
Pre-order available through Smashwords and Smashwords' supported retailers.

 Bonus: I didn't realize just how busy life has been until I wrote this. ;p

BTW - I thought I would pick up speed with blogging this summer and fall, but so far, September is looking very busy with life, so I will probably only post twice then. See you for IWSG!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's a cool cover.
Sorry you lost your friend on your birthday. It can really change your view on life.
Congratulations on twenty-two years.
And keep up that exercise!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks, Alex!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Wow, you had lots going on!

Birthdays, to me, used to be a time to celebrate - now, they feel more like a time to contemplate. Okay, maybe contemplate with some chocolate cake. :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

A few sad notes but otherwise an incredible August.

Tonja Drecker said...

I'm sorry to hear about the loss, especially on your birthday. The rest is definitely an amazing amount of fantasticness. Good luck to your daughter! And happy anniversary!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tyrean - a real mix of life here ... sorry for your friend ... but you've come through some varied times this summer too. So pleased your family is doing so well - and great you can get over to Poland to cheer your daughter on ... enjoy - cheers Hilary

The Cynical Sailor said...

I'm so sorry to hear about losing your friend :-( Some lovely things for you to celebrate during August. Glad you husband is regaining his health. The cover looks great!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Madeleine - Contemplate with chocolate cake - that sounds good to me. :)

Diane - yes!

Tonja - I agree. Thanks!

Hilary - Thank you!

Ellen (Cynical Sailor) - Thank you! I appreciate your feedback on the cover!

Patricia Lynne said...

Sorry to hear about your friend. Definitely a damper on your birthday.

Arlee Bird said...

You really do sound busy! And with so many fulfilling activities.

Congratulations on your 22 years of marriage. That's kind of a rare feat in our times. My wife and I will be celebrating 21 years in December. It doesn't really seem that long.

Arlee Bird
Tossing It Out

Melissa said...

You HAVE been busy. Makes me tired just reading your post.

Sorry about your friend. That's rough.

Good luck with the book.

Heather R. Holden said...

Whoa, you've had a busy month! That's amazing how you and your husband have been together for 22 years. Congrats!

And love seeing the cover for Ashes Burn. Very excited for this!

So, so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend, though. That's beyond tragic. :(

M Pax said...

Happy anniversary!! And I'm glad your husband is regaining his health. That's great news.