This Was A Long Week

But in the good kind of long. I kept thinking I was a day ahead of myself all week, and when I realized what day it actually was, I breathed a sigh of relief because summer ends this coming Monday when school starts back up and I lose my boy to the morning rush of getting out the door and to homework and to early bed times (well, for David and me anyway) and everything else that makes up a school year.

I think we had a pretty good summer. We had a wonderful, relaxing vacation to Wisconsin and Minnesota, a lot of mountain biking, a lot of laughs, a lot of quiet times, a lot of driving practice, a lot of family time. As much as I dislike the ending of summer break, I also like the beginning of the school year. For me, that's the Real New Year, a time to begin new projects, work on things around the house and a time for hiking and exploring. I learned this summer that breaking from routine and going with the moment is really liberating and I hope to keep that up for the upcoming year. Life is too short to stick to a rigid routine. You just gotta go with the flow.

On to the week that I thought was slipping by far too fast.

I visited the botanical gardens here in town and took far too many photos of butterflies and flowers.

I finished this book on my iPad and dove into this book that I borrowed from my parents before they give it to my brother for a present. You know, just to make sure he likes it and all.

I read this article this morning and felt like it really tied into one of my projects I have planned for myself this fall. We all could learn to become our own best friend.

Langley and I have walked and walked, one day walking seven miles because I was deep in thought about why the color was off in my main camera and what I could do to fix it. Langley kept looking up at me, begging me to stop or to at least slow down a little. She slept all afternoon when we got home. And that's the other good thing about walking instead of running: we have one very chilled out black lab now who does nothing but sleep all day. 

That's a good thing, a very good thing. Trust me.

It's supposed to be a rainy weekend, not what we wanted for the last weekend of summer. David and Joe were hoping for two days of mountain biking, and I wanted to tag along to take pictures. But it will be cozy and we will be together and we will make the most of these last few days of summer.

Now, how many more days till Thanksgiving Break?