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Did you miss me? Here’s what I’ve been up to in the month (!!!!) since I last posted:
I spent a week on a houseboat with one of my closest friends and a bunch of other good friends and her family. Lake Powell is all about hanging out and sloooowing way down. You may be asking yourself, “What do you need to slow down from? Aren’t you already on a sabbatical/mini-retirement/extended vacation thing anyway?” And I was right there with you until I got to Lake Powell and realized how freeing it is to have no cell phone reception or internet. That means no emails to respond to, no blog posts to read, no twitter feeds to obsessively check. And it turns out that when you take all of that away there is lots of time for reading books, napping in the sunshine, improving your waterskiing technique, paddle boarding, having lazy conversations with friends over glasses of wine that are far too good to be consumed out of a plastic cup, playing cards, grilling and sleeping under the stars. The only downside of the trip was that P had to work and so couldn’t come along.
The day I got back from Lake Powell, P picked me up and we drove up to the Cabin, my hands down all-time favorite place in this world. My Grandmother (who I’ve mentioned here) and my Grandfather bought the cabin ~40 years ago and it’s the one consistent place for my family to gather. We spent Labor Day weekend up there with good friends and celebrated my 35th (I am so not sure how this is possible) birthday. With views that look like this:
it’s hard to motivate to leave the deck, but we went for two great hikes, including my all time favorite one to Nellie Lake:
It was a wonderful weekend and to top it off one of my friends made me a birthday apple pie. with cheddar cheese in the crust (she’s from Vermont). I am a huge fan of pie (we served mini pies instead of cake at our wedding) so this was the best dessert idea ever. And the cheese in the crust was amazing! I’m going to ask for the recipe and try and recreate it for you guys – you will thank me!
It hasn’t all been vacations and hikes and waterskiing over the past month (unfortunately!) – I’ve been trying to make progress on what I want to do next professionally and have been interviewing a little bit. It’s been ages (6.5 years!) since I’ve last interviewed so I feel a bit rusty but am hopeful it will be just like riding a bike or something and all come rushing back to me. In the meantime, if anyone has any brilliant ideas as to what I should be when I grow up – or at least what I should do for the next few years – I’m all ears!