Summer is here! Enjoy your life!

Well, it’s Friday, another week is over and the long holiday weekend is in sight.  Out-STANDING!  Summer rocks!  Nice weather, barbecues, and all that stuff.  Sure, the yard-work quotient skyrockets, but it’s totally worth it in the long run.

In our household this summer, we have so far enjoyed a couple of concerts and other events, and at the end of July, the kiddo will be headed off to college.

Funny how time flies when you’re not paying attention.  It seems like only yesterday that she learned to walk (from crawling to “where the hell did she go?”), talking (from babbling to “I don’t think that’s right, dad.”), to starting school (“I’m smarter than my teachers”), to learning to drive (“AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!”), to graduating high school (“This is so stupid.”).

And now, on to college!

Ah, good times.

Of course, this will make the wife and I “empty-nesters” for however long that lasts.  She is already planning the new decorating scheme for the kid’s bedroom, and we’ve started planning (and doing) things without her.

Life is good (not that life wasn’t good with the kid around).

You know, for all the humor I try to inject into these entries, I’m actually a fairly subdued person.  Kind of an introvert, I have a tendency to over-think things and maybe expect the worst.  I guess I can be kind of a bummer to be around sometimes.

And yet, I live a life that I think most people would be happy with.  I have a nice house, great family, am able to go and do a great many things that I want to do (within reason—I can’t just jet away to Europe on a whim—or at all right now—but I’m working on it), and I have support for my writing efforts.

All in all, not a bad situation to be in.

I read, I write, I go to concerts and conferences: sure, I have to work, but there aren’t too many people that don’t have to work.  I’m grateful for the job I have, that’s for sure.

I guess I should stop being so negative and save that for the writing when I need it.

It’s a good life.

Happy Summer, everybody!