Chai And A Chat #66 #ChaiAndAChat – Hello 2020!

Happy Monday to you all! Can you believe it? The first Monday of 2020, and of a new decade! (Unless you are involved in the debates as to whether 2020 is the start, or 2021)

  • If we were sipping chai together I’d clink cups with you and say Happy New Year! It’s been quite a start, globally, and not necessarily in a positive way for many, what with the awful Australian bush fires, and what on earth is Trump up to? It upset me to the core on Sunday, when Lil Man said that it looks like WW3 was starting, and that as he’s nearly 15, there’s a chance he’d be called up. No. just no.
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d sit back and try and shake that thought from my mind before telling you that I had a good clean up of the house before the new year was ushered in. It’s always good to start afresh, isn’t it? I know every day is a new day, but I always feel that there is something symbolic about doing all the things you intend to do, on that first day of the year. And that your environment should reflect those intentions too. If the house was a mess, and I had not washed my hair on New Year’s Day, God help me the rest of the year!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d excitedly jump up and down to tell you that I received my proof copy of the book on New Year’s Eve. What a way to finish up the year. I had sent copies for review to the bloggers who are helping me with my blog tour, and one got in touch with me to mention that while she was loving the story, she had spotted a couple of silly grammatical errors, and missed punctuation marks. Rather than not mention it, and leave me with a product that is not as perfect as I would want it, she told me what to look for, and I spent a long time on Friday, and Saturday, combing through the script for any more silly mistakes (which I did find a few of, so thank you that lady for telling me!) and another FB group friend, who is a proof reader, offered to give it a look over too, in exchange for a testimonial. So, hopefully, come next week, I will have a polished manuscript which I can resubmit, and I hope any changes don’t mess up the cover measurements! (That was a nightmare with KDP that I don’t want to relive again, plus, the cover designer is on holiday now!) But for now, look below, isn’t she beautiful, my book baby?
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d let you know that we ushered in 2020 with the in-laws, quietly, at their house, before getting back home, with a couple of hyperactive kids, who loved being able to stay up late! But it was a peaceful start to the year.
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d tell you that I managed to read a couple of books, so that is two already ticked off on my Goodreads challenge!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d have to mention that I was back in school on Friday for teacher training day. Two weeks flew by fast, and now it’s time for the second third of the year to start! Christmas is all packed away. Time to usher in Traditional Tales for the term, and hopefully, the roaring new child will be calmer too!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d have to admit that I managed three separate visits to Costa this week, too! Once, on the Monday, whilst Lil Princess was meeting friends. I had intentions of writing, over a peaceful cuppa, but ended up chatting to a random older lady for one and a half hours! Then on Thursday, we popped in to grab a croissant and drink, before a nail appointment, then finally on Saturday, when I managed that quiet, leisurely lunch with my Kindle!
  • If we were sipping that chai together, and possibly reaching for cake or cookies I’d say that right now, I just want to get through the week, and settle back into school!

Right, that’s me done Peeps! Let me how your first week of 2020 has been!

57 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kindredspirit23
    Jan 07, 2020 @ 02:23:10

    Wonderful way for you to begin a New Year!
    My 1st day was a party at Sis where I got to see my son, again, who flew in from Oregon near Portland. First thing was to lose my balance in the driveway, manage to fall in the grass, but did not see the bring borders on the flowerbed…ouch.
    Got better after that.

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  2. Rae Reads
    Jan 07, 2020 @ 00:26:02

    I am sipping decaf since it is 6:20 p.m. on the Texas Gulf Coast right now. LOL
    haven’t done my New Year’s cleaning yet– opted for a little rental therapy today instead–but host my AAUW group Friday night, so am sure the house will be spotless by then. The cooking and baking preparations were taken care of on the weekend.
    The week ahead s full, but one to look forward to. Have a butterscotch oatmeal cooke, dear!

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  3. thoughtsnlifeblog
    Jan 06, 2020 @ 20:22:01

    Happy new year and congrats on your book

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  4. robbiesinspiration
    Jan 06, 2020 @ 17:30:00

    It has certainly been an interesting start to the new year, Ritu. The fires in Australia are terrible.

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  5. johnrieber
    Jan 06, 2020 @ 17:03:38

    An exciting year ahead for you – bravo!

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  6. OIKOS™-Publishing
    Jan 06, 2020 @ 15:24:49

    Well done, Sis! House cleaning is not preferenced by me. 😉 Hope you had a nice start of the week. Not too much crying pupils, and not too much BritWeather. Michael

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  7. syl65
    Jan 06, 2020 @ 15:20:01

    That had to be a blast of a feeling to get that proof copy in your hands! Hope you don’t have the holiday season hangover and I wish you a very good start back into school, Sister 💜🙏🏽

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  8. Meg
    Jan 06, 2020 @ 14:13:11

    Congratulations on your book and Happy New Year to you and yours!

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  9. The Avid Reader
    Jan 06, 2020 @ 11:10:59

    Congratulations on your book! It looks so pretty!

    The photos and footage I’ve seen of the fires in Australia is just heartbreaking. It’s hard to watch it all happen and feeling powerless to stop it.

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  10. Jennie
    Jan 06, 2020 @ 10:35:05

    It sounds like you had a lovely week and a great start to the new year, Ritu. 🙂

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  11. Erika Kind
    Jan 06, 2020 @ 09:52:04

    Two weeks have flown by in the twinkle of an eye, indeed. Except for one day last week, work starts for me tomorrow since January 6 is a holiday. Yay… at least one more day…lol. Have a good start, sis 💖

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  12. Image Earth Travel
    Jan 06, 2020 @ 09:15:51

    Congratulations on your book – what a way to start 2020!
    I despair at what’s happening around the world right now, it seems as we’re regressing.

    Hailing from Australia, I watch in horror from the other side of the world at what’s happening – friends in NSW were evacuated on NYEs. Soaring temperatures that haven’t occurred in my lifetime (and I’m not young) or friends that are 80-plus – it’s a tragic situation and hope that 2020 improves.

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  14. IreneDesign2011
    Jan 06, 2020 @ 05:06:46

    It sounds like your new year started in a nice way, Ritu.
    Wish you a great start in school too.

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