So, what's up with me?

I've been vacant for awhile. I've been on vacation for a few days and of course that means time for a road trip. This time I gave in and took the kids to Vermont for a few days. Just me... with one teen and one preteen... for hours at a time in a vehicle together... looking at cows! Yes, I'm insane.

Anyway, we had a good time and covered most of the state. We started with the culinary portion of the tour by entering the state at St. Johnsbury and visiting the Cabot Cheese factory (lots of good samples!) and then moved on to Ben and Jerry's in Waterbury! Both of these are the usual must sees when we go. From there we drove to Burlington and then south to Rutland where we always stay. Mendon Mountain Orchard Motel is a conclave or cottages backed by fragrant apple orchards. We've been going there for 20 years, long before the kids and while it's not five star, we always know that it is going to be comfortable and clean. In this day and age, being able to trust that a place is clean is a big piece of mind. Besides that, they offer the best apple pie I've ever had. ZZ Top was playing the fairgrounds in Rutland and there was a large contingency of bikers in town. Both make for great people watching. The next day we took on the middle of the state... in particular, Middlebury. This is home to one of the most beautiful (and expensive) college campuses in New England. It's also home to the UVM Morgan Horse Farm. With dd this is a must. We can't go into the state without going to the farm. It was raining (as it always does when we vacation), but we didn't mind since a lot of the tour is inside the fabulous Victorian Barn. Their goal is to make sure that the standards of the breed are upheld and to continue the legacy that started so long ago. The horses are beautiful and the tours are run by students and volunteers. It's worth the trip and never fails to entice us. We aren't farmers, the closest I come is that my husband's grandfather had a dairy farm. But when I look at my daughter and know what the experience means to her it's worth it. After the horse farm we were going to head across the bridge to New York and then on to Fort Ticonderoga. But alas, it was still raining so we continued southward, traversing along the NY side until we could head back to Rutland. It was a quieter day, but we enjoyed it. Our last day of the trip, we packed up early and headed south making the way from Rutland down route 7a through to Bennington. This was one of the places that I really wanted the kids to see. On top of a hill, overlooking the mountains and pastureland, Bennington Monument is an impressive site. If I can I'll post my little clip of video that I took. I'm experimenting with some amateur travel blogging so I had fun with this. The kids thought I was nuts standing there talking to myself. Anyway, we got there a little before 9 as the fog slowly ebbed away from the fields exposing the city below. We didn't make the trip in the elevator up the monument. (I'm afraid of heights) So we continued on across the mountains to Brattleboro. Now, when I say we went across the mountains... I mean we went across the mountains. We were shrouded in fog when we crossed the ridge of Hogback Mountain. Thank goodness. Because if I remember correctly it has a view that drops off quickly. From there it was a downward trek to Brattleboro and then on to Massachusetts and home. All in all, it was a wonderful trip. Many of the things we did are things we've done a hundred times before. Was it worth being cooped up with two kids in an SUV for three days. Immensely. Because someday, when I'm gone, they are going to look back on the crazy trip they took with their mother. And hopefully, they'll laugh.

Secret Geeks: Confessions of the Maine RWA chatters

Incelebration of our upcoming chat tonight at Coffeetime Romance (at 9pm) I asked my fellow chatters if there was anything that they were secretly geeks for... or about...

Nina Pierce said... Hell yeah! LOL!
I am so into sci-fi. Anything futuristic or space oriented. I love Anne McCaffrey and all her books. But I also read through most of Asimov's "Foundation" series. I believe in aliens and used to wish they would stop by and pick me up. That is until I watched "Fire in the Sky" about the guy who got abducted and all the stuff they put him through. *shiver*. Anyway, that's what I'm into. By the way, check out Nina's blog were she talks about her adventures in writing erotica (and if it's Nina there has to be some humor involved). Her latest book The Healer's Garden is available now and BLIND LOVE will be coming out this summer, both from Liquid Silver Books.

Pam Champagne confess that she's an Elvis Geek... early Elvis, not the Las Vegas Elvis. Check out Pam's book BED OF LIES an April print edition from Samhain Publishing and DEAD HEAT from The Wild Rose Press.

Susan Vaughan admits to always being a geek (used to call it a fanatic) about anything Arthurian, you know, the legends about King Arthur. Read all the books about Guinevere and everyone I could find. But lately I’ve also become a geek about the ancient Maya and hope to have a book published related to them. Susan's next book is Primal Obsession, to be published as an ebook in fall 2008, by The Wild Rose Press. Check out more about Susan's great books and the clocks that her husband makes at her website

Jennifer Linforth found it a bit hard to answer, but said... I'm a geek about Habsuburg history (Austrian royalty. Which obviously I use in my historicals) and research. But when I get stressed writing... I have to have Strawberry Quik. No pink bunny... no writing. Is that geeky? I also love puppets... Kinda fits with a writer don't you think? Puppets and finding a frog make me giddy. I am a kid at heart. MADRIGAL: A Novel of Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera is releasing Fall 2008 (October or November) in print from Highland Press Publishing.

And what about me?
Well, this picture should explain what kind of Geek I am...

Yes, I'm a secret Pirate Geek. I didn't realize just how much until I went with my husband to pick out his tattoo. I was investigating the amount of pain involved (strictly for writing purposes) when one of the customers showed me his great skull and crossed swords tattoo. My husband looked at the guy and said "Forget the hearts and flowers, that's the tattoo my wife would get." Should be enough said, but sadly there is more. I've an entire collection of books devoted to pirates and pirate wrecks and marine salvage. I've even convinced the hubby that our vacation to the Cape this summer must include a trip to Provincetown to see Barry Clifford's museum dedicated the wreck of the Whydah. If you want to check out my other "secret geek", check out my other blog Ghostgirl. or check out my website at for the latest information on my rerelease of OBSIDIAN coming in October 2008.

So, check back throughout the day and I'll try to post more "Geeks" as they confess!

And be sure to join us tonight at 9pm eastern at in the chat room for lots of fun and some great booty! (Pirate booty, I mean. Not the other kind!)

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