Last Friday, our neighbors (Bill and Dawn) from Key by the Sea in Marathon stopped in to visit us. He reads the blog and saw that we are just a few miles away from their RV park. After talking half the afternoon, we went to Aw Shucks for dinner. We had a great time.
Then, when I got back to the RV, I had a final draft of THE BOOK in the email. I started proofreading it again that night. And, all day Saturday, all day Sunday, half the day on Monday because I took Andy to the hospital in Gainesville for an oral exam. (His teeth look great), all day Tuesday, and most of the day today. I mean from the time I got out of bed in the morning until I went to back to bed at night. I have just now returned it to Patricia at Hugo House after having read through it three times. On the third time, I read it aloud. That does help. I read slower and caught more errors. If a sentence was awkward, I would stumble over it while speaking. My eyes are bleary and my throat is sore.
The reason I didn’t work on it all day today was that Andy insisted I go with him to the office to talk with our service advisor Will Burke. I was in the throes of proofreading and didn’t want to go. Will met us outside the front door of Alliance Coach and said he had some bad news. I told him I didn’t want to hear any bad news as we walked in the door. A lot of the customers in the waiting room and a good number of Alliance employees were standing there looking at me. Then I saw the birthday cake and everyone started singing happy birthday. The owner’s wife presented me with a large bouquet of flowers. Andy had arranged a surprise. And, I was definitely surprised by it. It was a huge cake and there was enough for all the customers, employees, and the mechanics out in the garage. What fun!
Then Andy took me to a Japanese restaurant for sushi. That is my traditional birthday wish. After lunch, I was right back on the book. And tonight, I sent my markup back to Patricia. They are going to return it to me one more time so I can make sure all my changes were made correctly. Whew!