| Eric Snowden, Paula Deen, Alex Rodriquez, Anthony Weiner, Elliot Spitzer… I sure missed a lot of interesting material during my summer hiatus, and there was so much to say! But the break from blogging was well worth it. It was truly a great summer.
As I wrote in my last post in late June, I reserve most of my annual vacation time for the July 1 to Labor Day stretch. My summer vacation affords me the opportunity to do many of the ordinary things that I often don't get to do when I'm working at 110% capacity the rest of the year: have breakfast with my family, drive my daughters to and from their day camp, go to the gym, bike ride, learn a boot camp workout with my wife, and play more golf than I did last year. All while keeping up on my work load – at least I think I did.
There was a lot to enjoy and be grateful for this year. Some of the real highlights included these:
- Being home to see my one-year-old son take his first steps.
- Watching in two short months how my two-year-old daughter went from crying when she got dropped off for camp to crying when she had to leave camp to come home.
- Letting my four-year-old daughter have her first sleep over at our house, and then have her first sleep over at a friend's house the following week.
- Having all five of my children together for the long holiday weekend before the two older ones went back to college.
- Enjoying morning workouts and breakfast with my wife, while the kids were in camp or napping.
All in all, it was just great to relax and enjoy the simple things in life, with family and friends. But as the old saying goes, all good things must come to an end, and now I'm looking forward to revving back up to 110%, with the memories of the last 10 weeks to sustain me. I have a feeling that I will find much to ruminate about in this column, now that I’m back in the saddle.
On another note, this week is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. For those of you who celebrate, let me take this opportunity to wish you L’Shana Tova. May it be a sweet year for you and yours.