Week 6 has is underway....
Last week began in Bend Oregon babysitting two little ones. While we were at the Black Bear diner eating chocolate chip pancakes we received a call that my mother in law passed away. She would have celebrated her 101st birthday in November. It's been 47 years since her husband had passed. It's time for their reunion. We are so sad for her passing, but it was time. We will love and miss you Grandma Annie. That day we dropped the kids off at school and hiked up Pilot Butte mountain.
In loving memory of Anna May Petitt
The week pressed on with great fun. Nature walks and dinners at the park. Thursday I caught an 6:25 flight out of Redmond and worked my way to Austin via Salt Lake City, sitting in the cockpit on both flights. The best thing about jumpseating is meeting great pilots. I didn't get much reading done, but the conversations were interesting.
Austin was great fun chasing after a 3 year-old and 9 month old crawler while keeping up on schoolwork. Late nights of reading and some very early mornings. Sunday arrived, and by evening it was time to work my way home.
I got a great seat on Alaska Airlines. They even announced a "famous author" was on board. "Me." Ha. Ha. Then they announced the happy 60th birthday of a man across the aisle. I was sitting by his wife, so I autographed a copy of Flight For Control for him and we passed it over. Sunday night found me horizontal in my bed before midnight my time zone.
Today is a day of reserve... short call at 1400. YAY!! I'm hoping I can sit reserve the entire week without the phone ringing. I've got two major papers to write and 4 chapters, and a couple conference calls. This morning I meditated. Lifted weights. Watched a great NexGen video... that I will post tomorrow (Oct. 14).
But the highlight of my morning was the email I'm sharing below as I am going to shamelessly market my novels every chance I get. :)
"Hi Karlene - My bride, Terry *** flew with you awhile back and scored a copy of Flight For Control for me. We’re in the south of France (her Chairman’s Club award trip) on a rainy day and I just finished your book. What a fun, thought provoking read. The plot twists kept me engaged and the characters were wonderful. You put me through the wringer in the final chapters and the very end sent me for a Kleenex (yeah, that’s right, leaving me feeling like a wimp ;-). The acknowledgements and discussion questions were a nice touch. I know what’s on my Christmas list. Thanks for a story well told, Bill ***"
The journey continues... Off to the gym for a two hour elliptical session and read my human factors book!