As I mentioned, I started with a nice trip to Virginia late last month.
My band has been playing out pretty regularly, including a performance at Fort Leavenworth on Independence Day. There I am to the right, in all my red, white and blue glory.
I've gotten the chance to float in a lake with my sister and her family and their boat. Yes, I got a sunburn because apparently I'd forgotten that sunscreen must be reapplied periodically, but it was fun and relaxing.
In past week, I have had two long board gaming sessions that included friends visiting from out of town. Oh, and I brought cupcakes from a new shop in my neighborhood to this weekend's game, and cupcakes make everything better.
Today is my birthday, which I've been celebrating for a week or so already. My husband got me an iPad Mini. My sister and aunt took me out to lunch yesterday and stuffed me full of fried plantains, guacamole, black bean tacos and margaritas.
I have the day off today because the company where I work gives an extra day in relation to all the summer holidays. I spent the morning finishing up a presentation I'm giving at a conference on Thursday and now I have the rest of the day to relax, read, snuggle with our pets and possibly take a nap later on if it seems like a good idea.
Next on the red-letter summer agenda (aside from another band gig the weekend after next) is my trip to BlogHer in San Jose. I am very excited about that!
Clearly this is just a check-in post, but I do want to remember how contented I am right now. The year did not get off to a good start at all, but everything feels as sunny as the summer sky at this juncture and I am endlessly appreciative of that.