oh hi, july.

{ lord jeff, amherst }
Oh, hey. Once again I find myself trying to come up with an explanation as to why I haven't been around these parts much as of late, and once again, life got in the way. After a rather uneventful (aside from my annual hotdog party, which was a success) Memorial Day weekend, a chunk of my weekends in June were spent out in the western part of Massachusetts with my grandmother and enjoying boozy lunches at Judie's with my sister. Family time has been a top priority.

Work has picked up in a major way and it's a complete 180 from the lull I was experiencing in early spring. It was manageable up until very recently when after a number of 12-hour days I found myself waking up at 2:00 a.m. with a million work-related thoughts running through my head. Not healthy. I really haven't felt this kind of stress in years--I finally feel like I have (more) of a handle on things and I can tackle what's in front of me but keeping everything in perspective is going to be key.

So, onto July: I think things will continue to be crazy on the work front and I have some CA trips ahead of me. I also know that I need to take better care of myself--exercise has been on the back burner for longer than I'd like to admit, and getting back into a running routine will help big time with my mental state. I would also like to carve out some serious pool time and soak up as much of summer as I can--come January I'm aiming for no "I wish I would have [fill in the blank]" regrets--even if that's just reading on my porch with a glass bottle of wine.

So that's that. It's onward and upward for the second half of 2016.

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