10. The Grand Canyon is really, really BIG. I know it's called the Grand Canyon for a reason, but it's mind-blowing how big it really is.
9. (Related to #10) Driving with three kidlets in a car for 12 straight hours will reveal your true character and patience right quick and in a hurry.
8. When you have kidlets tell others that their mom is *always* on the computer, then you know it's time to step back a little, since you're not raising a computer.
7. Change can be good, after all.
6. People who do what they say, when they say, and as well as they say they will, are worth their weight in gold.
5. You are not obligated to answer the phone. Especially when you're writing, because the universe will interrupt you. Oh yes, it will.
4. "Thank You" can help relieve headaches almost as well as ibuprofen. And those people who say it hold a special place in your heart.
3. Running 20 miles takes a loooong time. And it gives your hubby plenty of opportunities to remind you that signing up for the marathon (and doing 4 months of torturous training for it) was all your idea.
2. The writing community holds some of the nicest, most generous, and genuinely interesting people. That includes agents, editors, and authors. They are definitely my peeps.
1. You can get addicted to the shivery, giddy feeling inside when you are *that close* to finishing a story, and you know it's good. It's like Christmas Eve when you were a kid.
Have any of you learned anything while I was away?