I told you guys last week that I took a two week summer break from blogging. I didn’t announce it during the first week because I wasn’t really sure if I wanted to, but by week two I was certain that the break was needed and beneficial.
Do you struggle to take time off? I do. I like to go-go-go-go. I like feeling productive. I like doing it all. But it’s just not possible to do it all, brothers and sisters. And in fact, no one has really asked us to. Yea, maybe that expectation is there. Maybe people assume we are easily getting it all done and somehow still getting enough sleep and vitamins and exercise. But that’s different than a requirement.
Over the last month, the busyness of 2016 caught up with me. A lot of my massive projects, both personally and professionally, resolved all at the same time. That’s a shock to your system isn’t it? To go from running around like crazy to get everything done, to a return to a normal schedule, will really make my body say WHOA. In the last two months before it all concluded, I ran out of honey, which had been a really effective preventative measure for my allergies, and didn’t really consider buying more because I have to go out of my normal shopping pattern to get local honey. I had stopped prioritizing my own health in order to get everything done, so I had been eating out and not exercising. For some reason I don’t understand, I had stopped even taking my vitamins! I was waking up at my normal time to squeeze in some writing before work, but going to bed much later than normal. I wasn’t even reading my bible because I “didn’t have time” to do that and still meet some blogging deadlines.
What the heck?!
Needless to say, I got pretty sick. In fact, I was sent home one day. Then seemed to feel better. The next week I felt sick again but powered through. Two weeks ago I actually called in sick, which I haven’t done in YEARS. I have gone to work and asked to leave early, or gone to work and been sent home. But I can’t even tell you the last time I admitted defeat to illness while I was still in my pjs. Then I had a bad allergic reaction to what I think was dust from a nearby construction site. Couldn’t breathe, constantly running nose and sneezing, puffy face. It was miserable. It took two days (and an unintentional nap during a Mariners game that J of course captured on camera and posted on Facebook for all of our friends and family to see) to recover from that. THEN, on Tuesday, I got a sinus infection. Thankfully, my health insurance (I have health insurance! wahoo!) has an online clinician so I didn’t have to sit in urgent care for four hours to get my diagnosis or treatment plan.
I’m feeling better today (not 100%, but better). I’m also more rested and have some good ideas for WMSB. My original plan was to write during my break so that I could get ahead on posts. Apparently, God had other, more humbling plans.
Other than battling some anxiety and allergies and a sinus infection complete with ears that plug up, then pop, then plug, then pop, I have had some fun.
I went to a Mariner’s Game and got to sit in a suite thanks to J’s realtor’s client appreciation party. This is where I fell asleep. Oops.
We did a lot of boating, including to Seattle for a concert.
We saw Kenny Chesney in concert, with opening acts of Old Dominion, Sam Hunt and Miranda Lambert. Unfortunately, due to some poor planning at Century Link, we missed Old Dominion completely and only saw half of Sam Hunt. I read last night that they’re reviewing their policies on concert admissions because so many people missed those. I’m glad to hear they really listen!
Not only did we get to see an amazing concert, we briefly had floor passes. The part I DID see of Sam Hunt included him running right by me and grown women running and screaming after him. I saw someone else take a selfie and I thought that was a great idea. So here is me and Sam Hunt’s butt. SWOON.
If you have no idea who Sam Hunt is, watch this music video. It’s one of my all time favorite songs. Also, he is just as hot in real life as he is on his album cover.
We spent a lot of time with J’s family while his Aunt and Uncle, and their daughter, were in town. It was great to see him and his family is always super fun, even if I had allergy problems through most of it.
I got to see my friend Maria, who I met while I was living in Nevada. We watched her husband play soccer and caught up on what’s been new since we last saw each other in 2012. It was so wonderful! I love when friends move to the Pacific Northwest! I forgot to take a picture of us together, somehow. Bummer!
I bought Washi Tape for the first time to use in my new Get to Work Book. I don’t think I get the Washi Tape obsession yet, but it is pretty.
I worked on new designs for the featured/header/Pinterest images around here. The design I put together and LOVE is not well received on Pinterest for some reason. I think it’s so beautiful! But if people don’t like pinning it, then it’s kind of pointless. It also has me looking at a new font. It took me forever to choose the one I’m using in the logo now, but I’m not totally sold on it, so if I’m going to re-do a huge portion of my graphics, it makes sense to make sure that Wilfur (affiliate link) is the right font choice.
I started a new audiobook, but I don’t care for it. So I think I’ll stop listening. It’s probably one I’d keep reading in hard copy because it’s not bad, per se. But the writing is very “tell” and not “show.” I can skim over that in a book. I can’t un-hear it in an audiobook.
I did a lot of laundry, but didn’t mow my lawn because I have officially outsourced that task.
And last but not least, I packed for Watershed! I’m so excited for the concert this weekend!
How has your July been? Do you have any exciting plans left for the summer?