Feeling Really Old or Aftermath of Attending Daughter's Retirement Party and some exciting news!

How on earth could I possibly have a daughter who is old enough to retire? I don't have the answer to that question--what I do know is hubby and I traveled to Oxnard yesterday to attend daughter Dana's retirement celebration from her job as an administrative assistant of the Oxnard School District.

The party was given by her boss and held in her boss' home--a gorgeous home beautifully decorated for Christmas. Besides about 50 of Dana's fellow employees, of course her husband attended, along with her daughter (my granddaughter, Genie) and her two kids (my great-grands--Peyton and Garrett), and my youngest daughter, Lori, and her hubby.

The food was abundant and delicious. Everyone was friendly and spoke so highly of Dana--it really made me proud. One of the highlights of the evening was when Peyton who is four, donned her dance costume and performed her Irish dance. She did wonderfully.

I met the current superintendent of schools and it certainly brought back lots of memories. When my kids were attending school in the Oxnard school district, I was PTA president four years in a row--two at the grammar school and two at the high school and knew the then superintendent quite well and his successor was one of our family's friends. Being around all those people made me think about events I'd nearly forgotten.

Dana and her husband hope to spend more time traveling in their motor home. I was extremely proud of her last night--and she looked beautiful.

We spent the night at Dana's and had a little bit more time enjoying everyone before heading home. For awhile, I put aside my writing life.

And now other news. Judgment Fire, the latest in the Deputy Tempe Crabtree series, is an Eppie finalist in the mystery category. I haven't had a book final in a few years and I'm truly excited. The Eppie's are presented at Epicon, Epic's annual convention--this year's will be in Portland OR in March. And yes, I'm going, I wouldn't miss it even if I didn't have an Eppie finalist.

This has truly been an exciting few days.

Next week I absolutely must spend some time on my work-in-progress.

Marilyn

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