1. Had a great week at the beach with the outlaws. Couldn’t have asked for better weather! This was of course the first vacation with the 8 month olds…and I can not believe how much children change things. Gone were the late nights playing games (everyone was too tired and God forbid a noise be made after the babies are asleep). Life for a new parent apparently revolves around when the baby will sleep, poop, and eat. And it is cause for great concern if any of those things happen too often, not often enough, or stray from normal quantities.
2. Have I ever mentioned that I love to read? It’s a running joke among the outlaws that I am some sort of speed reader because I routinely finish three or four books on vacation. Well, I only finished two this time: David Sedaris’s latest “When You Are Engulfed in Flames” which was great of course, though not as funny as some of his previous works. The second was “The Sea of Monsters” by Rick Riordan. It’s the second in a series of “young readers” books revolving around the half-blood son of the God Poseidon, Percy Jackson. Harry Potter fans won’t be able to help drawing comparisons and will no doubt enjoy the series. I finished the first book in that series a few weeks ago. I finished a fourth book just before we left–it had been in my pile of “beach reads” but I just couldn’t put it down. “The Thireenth Tale” by Diane Setterfield. An awesome book…easily the best I’ve read in a while.
3. Maybe the coolest thing at the beach was seeing a water spout form over the ocean. The outlaws hired a photographer to come out to the beach house and take some new family portraits, and as we were setting up on the beach, we saw it forming just off the coast. Just a little mist at first, but eventually turned into a full-fledged water-borne tornado! It lasted for a few minutes, then disappeared as quietly as it started.
4. Ever notice how the shit ALWAYS hits the fan just before you schedule some time off? And no matter how much planning you do beforehand, the shit keeps hitting that fan while you’re gone?? I swear, work is deader than Michael Jackson right now, but I’ve done nothing but put out fires all morning. And I can be free of deadlines, meetings, and have a completely blank calendar, but if I plan a day off my schedule will fill up immediately beforehand so that I am rushing til the last possible second to get everything done. Maybe I should just take more days off and work will get busy again.