Summertime and the Living is Easy!

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10 days.  That’s right, I spent the last 10 days free of to-do lists, meetings, deadlines and stress.  I love summer for the downtime, sunny days, the beach and vacation.  This year for the first time in my adult life I had a “staycation”.  We decided not to go away on a true vacation because we have some long weekends and other things in our future and we just couldn’t do it all.  We weren’t exactly thrilled with our staycation plans since we had such an incredible time in Maine last summer but we were determined to make the best of it.

To be honest with you, I really kind of loved the staycation and it certainly felt like a vacation.  It was so nice not to have to pack up and a feel guilty leaving B behind.  Sleeping in my own bed every night was awesome, lounging in our sunroom and being home just felt good.  Maybe part of it was because I vowed to myself not to clean, or get into any projects…just relax.  And we planned some fun day trips too.  Let me fill you in…

Relaxing Mornings...

Relaxing Mornings…

World’s End Reserve in Hingham, Ma

We spent the afternoon walking through the reserve dipping our toes in the water and checking out the bird sanctuary.  We had kind of wanted to do a beach day but were in the mood to get some exercise so this was a perfect compromise and we even saw a horseshoe crab!  Post walk we drove through Cohasset to scope out all the gorgeous homes, stopped for my first ever trip to Del’s Lemonade, got some coffee from one of the best coffee shops on the south shore Marylou’s and finished the day with dinner on the patio at Cafe Tosca in Hingham.  It was perfect.

Running, and Yoga

I used my days to continue to build my base for half-marathon training.  It was hot and humid so it was my motivation to get up and out and make the most of my days.  I took the time to get to yoga.  Yes, yoga classes for myself and they were amazing.  Over the weekend Michael and I got out of walks almost everyday and even spent a good 3 hours and 6 miles walking the Cliff Walk and Newport, RI on Friday.  It was a perfect combination of running, yoga and relaxing exercise.  I even got inspired post yoga class to make a new mala bracelet.

A New Mala Bracelet!

A New Mala Bracelet!

Beach Days, Beach Days and More Beach Days

You know it’s a good vacation when you get to the beach 4 days in a row, finish all your magazines, make a good dent in your book and get a great tan.  I love getting to the beach for some quiet time, swims in the ocean and frisbee games with Michael.  We loved going mid-day after a lazy morning and staying until the early evening…it was just perfect…

It was just nice to spend time relaxing, being in the moment and enjoying the little things in life-like watching the morning news, the beautiful hydrangea’s on the table, fireworks on the 4th and so much more. Yesterday we spent some time cleaning, organizing and getting ready to head back to work.  I’m sad my time off is over but I certainly enjoyed every minute…

How did you spend your 4th of July Week? What are your favorite parts of summer?  Have you enjoyed a staycation before?

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  2. I had a 4-day weekend which was like a mini vacation. I managed to loose track of what day of the week it was by Saturday! I ran two races on the 4th, hung out w/ family and friends and did some yard work.

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