Hope everyone had a magical, long and lazy fourth of July weekend. We had a blast traveling to the Catskills to visit with my dear friend Tina and her beautiful family. Tina’s dad and step-mom just built the most luxurious, fabulous, everything-ous house and I swear it should be on the cover of Architecture Digest. It seems to be made out of cedar and glass and dreams. Stunning. Over the top. Modern. Homey. All at once.
Some highlights of the house:
- Retractable walls in the dining room that open up to the porch
- An infinity pool that looks over the Hudson River
- A sunken in hot tub made out of cedar (that smells like a spa)
- Private access to the Hudson river, along with kayaks, a campfire and other water sports
Anyway, we had the best time relaxing, watching the World Cup, eating (so much eating), taking walks through the town, kayaking, spotting bald eagles, quoting movies around camp fires, getting ice cream, sipping beer and Moscow Mules, reading and playing with Isabel, and sitting out by the pool making fun of Pat’s music. It was a much needed change of pace, where no one knew or cared what time it was. Brad and I both left with a bit of a sunburn and wide smiles.
Conversely, this week has been a challenge (and it’s only Tuesday morning). It’s a busy month for me at work and the starting and stopping vacation time has me all thrown off. I’m gracious for the pockets of time off and the early Fridays, but man. It’s hard going from complete relaxation/beer/suntan mode and then shifting into business/hustle/deadline mode. I never do well with quick adjustments like that. But, again, I hate complaining about this sort of thing. So I’ll shut up now. I guess that’s the balance of life. Work hard. Play hard.