Monday, April 4, 2011

I'm Back!

This is what I've been doing instead of blogging the past couple of weeks.

Just to clarify, I'm running from the alligators. Not cheering for them.

Spending time with a good friend at the swamp. I think she's torturing me/helping me overcome my fears here.

I can't tell you how proud I am of myself for actually holding that thing. I told my four year old that I ate alligator, and he saw this picture, and how he thinks that I just leaned down and bit the head off of that thing. Such a nice mental image of my son to have of his mom!

This is as close as I would get. My heart was pounding like crazy. I like all of my limbs and did not want to lose any of them.
I just had to add this picture for contrast with mine.
This is my good friend (who was not afraid to touch the alligator)
and one of my first readers for my manuscripts.
So, the reason why I haven't been blogging...

I was in Louisiana! My wonderful husband got me plane tickets for Christmas to go visit my old roommate from BYU. These pictures are all from the swamp tour that my friend and I went on one of the days we were there. Don't be surprised if a little jaunt into New Orleans happens in my next book.

And can I tell you how much I love airplanes? Not so much the airport, or being really high above everything (or the fact that after I told my four year old I was going on a plane he said, "Oh, no. That's bad. Planes go really, really high... then they CRASH!" This was complete with hand motions and sound effects.) What I love is meeting new people. I love talking to people on airplanes and finding out about their lives. And these people are stuck next to me for hours, so they have to talk to me at some point, right? I met some great, great people--some who might wind up with cameos in a book in the future. So much fun.

Sickness has hit the Baldwin house with a vengeance as well. I guess that's just how it is with little kids. They bring everything home from school.

Then today, amidst all of the throw up and crying and messy house, I got this in the mail:
Not the Kindle version, of course, but this was the best picture I could find. I won this on this blog a few weeks ago, and I am really excited to read it. I'll let you know what I think.

I love getting books in the mail. It is probably my favorite kind of package to get.


  1. Wow, what a vacation! :D
    Glad it seems you had a great time!
    Enjoy Like Mandarin, I really want to read it, too!

  2. Ah, it's Marie!!! So fun to see pics of you two again! I bet that was SO much fun!!!

  3. Wow! Looks awesome! And a little insane...

    Hysterical about your son. That sounds like mine. When I was younger I hated to fly on commercial planes because my DAD wasn't flying. Funny.

    Can't wait to hear what you think of Mandarin. It's either on my kindle, or my wishlist. I can't remember.


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