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February 4, 2009

A Day at Munro House

I’ve been busy writing, editing, sending off queries and judging my pile of books for the RITAs. It’s unpleasantly hot here in New Zealand at the moment with today being the hottest so far. Scotty is really feeling the heat, too. Poor thing, although it doesn’t affect her appetite. She is still in possession of Dexter’s basket (see my post on The Curious Series of Events to get the scoop). Dexter hasn’t turned up to claim it so that’s good. I don’t think Scotty would be happy to see it disappear like her old basket.

Mr. Munro is still dragging me out of bed at an ungodly hour each morning to go for a walk, and we go for another after dinner. He’s determined to lose weight and is even having beerless days. I know he’s really serious when that happens. I have to say that my clothes feel a tad looser so maybe giving up an hour or so of sleep is a good thing.

We’ve booked a holiday to Samoa and that’s something to look forward to in a few months. Mr. Munro also came home with a very fat travel brochure today so we can plan a holiday for next year. We did intend to go to Nashville and that side of the US while taking in the RWA conference, but our exchange rate has taken a hit. When we went to the US last year the rate was around .78 and it’s sitting at .51 at the moment. Not good news for us or another US trip. Instead we’re looking at exotic places like Namibia, South Africa, Portugal and India. We both love the planning stage of trips and it makes for a very interesting dinner conversation. “What about xy?” one of us will suggest. “Yes, or we could go to zz.” the other will say.
LOL – we might win Lotto too. That would help!

I’m pretty sure a new scavenger hunt starts at The Samhellion today and I’m one of the authors. Check it out at The Samhellion and don’t forget there’s a new free story out each day to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

And finally, I’m guest blogging at We Write Romance. Here’s the link.

What’s happening at your place?


  1. Debora Dennis

    Taking that morning stroll is definitely cheaper than joining a gym! Congrats on booking a fun vaca – and the warm weather you’re having…I’m stuck in snow. Waaaa.

  2. J.K. Coi

    Nothing much new here. I’ve been writing and working. We went skiing last weekend, and I’ve finally got my butt back on the treadmill a few times a week. We also picked a little mini vacay for next weekend–an indoor water park. My son will have a blast, and I think it will be nice just to have a change of scenery.

    Take care,

  3. Amy Ruttan

    Well we have a cold weather warning. LOL.

    Just writing and judging my RITA books.

  4. Kaye Manro

    Interesting that you have a heat wave while some of us here in the States are under piles of snow and freezing temps! But hey, that’s the way it goes. Walking is really good for you. Glad you are doing it even if you have to get up early to go. Vacations? What are those? lol. The exotic places sound so good to me.

  5. Cheryl McInnis

    Samoa sounds like a cool trip! Of course anywhere where it’s not freezing cold and constantly under a heavy snowfall warning sounds pretty good right now!

  6. julia

    I would never give up morning sleep. Night time sleep – happens all the time. Hope you give us a picture-filled travelogue, wherever you go. I love those!

  7. Shelley Munro

    Debora – I’ve thought about joining a gym but the cost always puts me off. That and the fact I’d have to drive to one, which costs more money.

    JK – have fun on your mini break. I bet your son will have loads of fun. Probably you and hubby too. :grin:

  8. Shelley Munro

    Amy – I’m almost done with my RITA books, thank goodness because I have two Lora Leigh books calling my name plus one of Robyn Carrs. Oh and I have Twilight. Yep, I’m definitely ready to finish!

    Kaye – I know. It’s so weird. We’re watching news about heatwaves and fires here and in Australia and in the same news we’re seeing snow storms in the US and Britain.

  9. Shelley Munro

    Cheryl – we’ve visited Samoa once and loved it. It was so relaxing and we did nothing. This time we’re going with friends and hubby will play a bit more golf. We also hope to hire a car and see a bit more of the island this time. Only a few months to wait…

    Julia – you don’t know my husband. His elbows are very sharp!! I actually don’t mind it once I’m out walking. It’s the initial getting out of bed that’s the difficult thing.

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