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Cate’s Corner

Re-Edits, Thanksgiving, and Acupuncture

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This November has been an odd one—but I think that’s safe to say about every month we’ve had in 2020. The weather has been all over the place. One day we had our first snowfall; two days later, I was savoring a gorgeous, sunny day in a tank top. I can’t complain about the tank top!

Jack enjoying the first snowfall.
Tank tops in November.

On the work front, this month was all about finishing up re-edits for The Bodyguards. Now that I’ve put Ethan Cooke and his crew back on the bookshelves, it’s time to revisit Carter Island. Although, I’m looking forward to diving into Gwen and Cade’s second draft, I can’t deny that I was sad to leave L.A. County behind. I always feel like I’m saying goodbye to good friends when I close one of the books I’ve written.

Re-edits are a lot of work, which means a little rest is in order before I get back to it. And wouldn’t you know, there’s a holiday just around the corner. Thanksgiving is mere days away here in the US, so I’ll be celebrating at home with the hubs and our youngest son. Our oldest won’t be able to come home. This is such a bummer, but it makes me so thankful for technology. It won’t be quite the same as having him here with us, but a Zoom session is better than nothing at all.

We’re keeping things pretty low-key with COVID still running amuck. Even though it will be small and simple, I’m quite excited about the idea of roasted turkey and my mom’s famous homemade dressing and gravy. I eat until my tastebuds and tummy are satisfied; then, I fall asleep on the couch in a turkey-induced coma. It’s tradition.

November has also been a month of trying new things. My knee, hip, and back started giving me some trouble, which makes running on the treadmill a painful experience. I regularly visit the chiropractor, but I thought I would give acupuncture a try, too. It’s been a super cool experience. I’ve been going weekly for almost a month now, and I find that I feel more peaceful/relaxed. Unfortunately, there will be no quick fixes for tendons and ligaments that aren’t willing to cooperate, but I love my acupuncturist, Amy, so all is well.

Acupuncture is quite relaxing.

I must say that I’m getting excited for the Christmas season that’s nearly upon us. Traditionally, we decorate the day after Thanksgiving, and I’m even more eager to make the house festive this year. I’ll be sure to take lots of pictures to share with you in December.

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