Away and home again.

Home is a wonderful place to be. I love opening the front door after a long trip. I love breathing in the sanctuary that is uniquely ours.

That’s not to say we didn’t enjoy being away. We did, very much so.

Las Vegas was hot. But it was a welcome change from what we’re used to in the UK. The GCLS conference was excellent, and I got to see lots of people I haven’t seen in years. I got to moderate, read, and answer questions. On awards night, I got to see my name up on the screen Whalen they read out my category, and that felt pretty damn amazing, I have to say.

I got to meet new people, which was great. I got to spend time with my bestie, with my wife, with my boss. And I got to see my dad and step-Mom for the first time after 33 years, which unnerving and intense. And good.

Washington was really fabulous. We spent the mornings utterly relaxed, and the afternoons doing whatever came to us. We went to a waterfall, we took a little motorboat out onto the sound and chased bald eagles across from island to island. We relaxed. We spent time with my mom and even went to an outdoor concert.

And now… home. Nic caught a nasty flu bug and she’s been down for the count since we got back. I’m determined to fight it off, but we shall see. Thanks so much to everyone who hung out with us, who laughed with us, and who listened to us. I’m feeling a whole lot of grateful.

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