“Summertime, and the livin’s easy.” Whether Ella Fitzgerald or Sublime is singing it, the words could not be truer this summer.
Since my wife and I moved June 14th, the summer has been a nonstop go-fest. Except this time around it’s not the wedding gauntlet we’re running. It’s actually something for us – for once.
Buying new furniture.
Unpacking boxes and boxes of our lives.
Receiving deliveries (and dealing with the various hip and trendy stores that apparently cannot properly track or deliver their goods).
Testing the limits of Amazon Prime’s free two-day shipping. Because who doesn’t need a new tv remote, a six pack of loofas, a 12-pack of potato chip clips, a sound bar – it goes on and on and on and on.
We even joined Costco to buy a yearly supply of beef jerky, trail mix, Boomchickapop, Spanakopita, chicken and cilantro wantons, and peanut butter – all of which will likely last us until the onset of Christ. Not listed in the membership benefits, but eminently present, is the opportunity to watch adults tussle over free samples of hotdogs and beans; I would’ve broken someone’s hip for that chicken salad with craisins sample, though.
We have started to acquaint ourselves with our new neighborhood, perusing vibrant street art around the block and sampling the eclectic cuisine and ultimately ending up at the same Greek place. We’re creatures of habit, what can I say?
And, just recently, the realization set in that my wife and I have not been staying in an Airbnb. Which I guess means we are finally home.
Thus, I have not had the time to maintain the blog or even work on some new and old fiction projects. And for the first time in a long time, I can breathe easy and say that’s okay. Because for so long I’ve felt this pressure to push on and do and do and do, which I’ve written about in the past (see “Self-Motivation: The Double-Edged Sword” and “Just Do It“).
However, I did just finish The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah, which is a must-read for all genders and ages.
And I’ll get back to the work I do starting July 14th.