Trials & Triumphs: 240 American Years

It’s been a busy few weeks in my world (hence the lack of posts). In celebration of our 6-year anniversary, my husband and I hopped over to Siem Reap, Cambodia (photos coming soon to a blog post near you). Then I acted as the lead logistics person and the registration table coordinator for the Consulate’s 4th of July Independence Day Celebration; our premier representational event of the year, this occasion saw us hosting roughly 600 guests and me working a 12 hour day, in addition to the hours of pre-planning work I’d done in the weeks prior. And then, of course, there was the literary criticism chapter I was supposed to write, the one whose July 1st deadline fell on the same date as the Independence Day celebration. (Pro tip, learned via the school of hard knocks: if you see a writing deadline aligning with a massive deadline in your “real” life, ask for an extension from your editor up-front. Don’t pull a me, deluding yourself that you can meet said deadline–this method is likely to result in your turning in the manuscript 2 days late, at 2 AM. Just as a random example.) Continue reading “Trials & Triumphs: 240 American Years”