I just noticed that I haven't written a blog post in a month and a half and here's why: there was a dinosaur in my car! And not only that, but several ships have been coming in all at once which is a good thing, however blogging has had to take a backseat to more pressing priorities.
So what the heck has been going on, you ask.
Well, firstly, I was one of 75 presenters at IAFC, the International Aquatic Fitness Conference in Tampa, Florida last week. I led two sessions, a aquatic workshop on developing themed classes and a lecture on writing for publication. This was my first time to present at such a large event and I had a blast! IAFC is the highlight of year and for the past two years it's been held at the ever so wonderful Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor.
Secondly, the hubs and I took some vacation time before the conference started and of course, I couldn't pass up going to some thrift stores in Dunedin and Palm Harbor. We found Kota (pictured above) for a mere $25. Sure, his neck is broken and gets hung up with a robotic racheting sound and his tail doesn't work anymore, but otherwise he works pretty well with sound and motion and he has touch sensors so when you pet him he responds with sound and movement.
He's also a BIG guy--bigger than either of my pit bulls. They licked his face when we brought him in. The cats like to sleep on his back and last night I turned Kota on and Sabrina pawed his mouth the way cats do when they find something curious.
Thirdly and fourthly...these are still in the works so I'm not going to jinx them by speaking of them publicly, but if all goes well, Ship #3 is supposed to sail into port next Friday and I should be able to say more about Ship #4 in a month.
Meanwhile, I think about writing a LOT and keep scribbling ideas for books--trust me, lack of ideas is not why writing is on the backburner, but because I currently juggle three jobs plus a Victorian home with ten pets and Ships #3 &4 also require a good bit of time. So for all those people who have those tidy 8-5 jobs and then can come home and write, well, I have the equivalent of a 6am-11pm job six and a half days a week. Plus, the hubs gets miffed when I'm all work and no play. And if you've ever seen The Shining, you know what happens when you work, work, work ALL the time.
So there ya go, four ships and a dinosaur!
I've uploaded a few photos from my trip to Florida in the slideshow below...