Good morning, Everyone. How is your coffee? Mine is a bit bitter coming from a mini drip coffeemaker–a big difference in taste and instant gratification as compared to my Keurig coffee pods.
If we were having coffee together, I would tell you that I am on Hilton Head Island Island, SC this morning. My granddaughter turned five years old and since I do not like to a miss a party, my husband, Matt, and I flew from JFK to Savannah for the celebratory weekend. I took on an Air-B-and-B nearby my daughter’s house. It is close to the beach and comes equipt with a comfortable bed and a functional kitchen, including this tiny coffee maker.
Yesterday morning (Saturday) I nudged Matt up at 4:15. By 4:45, we were both showered and packed the last minute chargers, meds, and Kindles. I fed the cat, emptied the dishwasher, and we were off to the airport. Although it was a Saturday morning with clear skies and dry roads, traffic on the parkway can be an epic nightmare. I planned extra time for that just-in-case scenario. Within ten minutes on the parkway, Matt realized he had forgotten his wallet. Without his ID there would be no way on the plane. I got off the road, headed home, retrieved the wallet that was patiently waiting in its place and jumped back in the driver’s seat. Although there was still plenty of time, I reasoned that traffic could get worse, the parking unpredictable, and the security checks a mass of chaos, especially with this crazy shutdown. I drove faster than my comfort level. Thankfully, there were no traffic delays, and the parking shuttle was ready to go when we arrived. I must admit that the TSA workers were keeping the lines moving and making sure everyone followed procedure as per expected. We got to our gate with plenty of time to wait on a ten-minute line for an over-priced muffin. The plane ride was also event-less (the best kind). I was smothering my granddaughter and grandson with hugs and kisses before lunch.
If we were having coffee together, I would report that I had a second televised interview for The Writer’s Dream at LTV Studios. This time, I chatted with Joe Santriano, a fellow author and victim of the cancer demon. His lovely wife died of MBC and Joe had written a touching memoir, In Sickness and in Health, in her honor. He also founded the Susan Santriano Memorial Scholarship Foundation for high school students who have a parent suffering or had died from cancer. Joe proved to be a thoughtful interviewer. I’ll let you know when the interview aires.
If we were having coffee together, I would remind you that there is but one more week left to the Hug Challenge. This past week was Romantic Hug Week. Instagram pics of tasteful romantic hugs were submitted. This week’s winner will recive a Signed Copy of my book, Hug Everyone You Know, and a $10 Amazon Gift Card. You can enter by clicking #GIVEAWAY on #Instagram! This Hug Challenge will end on January 21st (National Hug Day)☺
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that it is almost 8:00 am, and I need to get moving. I would like to see the beach before breakfast and the birthday fun begins.
Have a good week, Everyone. Make it great.
Antoinette Truglio Martin is the author of Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer. The memoir is a wimpy patient’s journey through her first year of breast cancer treatment.