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Hey you guys.  I’m at my dad’s house in Connecticut today because it’s the day after Father’s Day and I have a flexible schedule so we’re celebrating Father’s Day today, kind of.  Slash it’s also sort of Bring Your Daughter To Work Day because my dad works from home and I work from home so I’m sitting on the couch in his basement while he does sales things (whatever that is) and I do research and write in my blog and answer emails.  Bring Your Daughter To The Home Office In Your Basement Day.

My dad has a pool but the guys were just here this morning to vacuum it out so it’s still pretty green I guess.  But it’s sunny out and I want to go swimming.  So let’s talk about swimming you guys!  Also, on a related note, tomorrow is the summer solstice.  Is it?  Tomorrow?  Let me check.  Google confirms it.  Tomorrow is the Official First Day Of Summer.  Don’t you want to go swimming with me, everybody?!  Now, for your workday day-dreaming pleasure, a list of the best places I have ever been swimming.

1. Old Orchard Beach, Maine.  My family has a cottage in OOB and I love it there even though it is the Jersey shore of Maine.  Perhaps BECAUSE it is the Jersey shore of Maine.  Swimming in OOB requires a certain kind of disposition.  You have to commit.  None of this “I’ll go in if it’s not too cold” business.  It will probably be too cold but you have to go in anyway.  There are SUCH WAVES in Old Orchard Beach.  Super fun, smack you on your ass waves.  And some days when  you put your head under water you get a brain freeze.

2. Walden Pond, Concord, Massachusetts.  So pretty.  So historical.  Crystal clear water.  Close to my apartment.

3. Rendezvous Bay, Antigua.  I went here in 2008.  We had to hike about 45 minutes to get there because you can’t reach it by car.  Some people came in boats.  At one point, the boats left and my family left and it was just me and Billy floating in the ocean at an empty beach.  Magical!  You guys it was so magical.  Look at the water!


In conclusion, let’s go swimming you guys.  Who’s with me?  I’ll bring the sunscreen.  I don’t want you to get skin cancer.

What are the best places you’ve gone swimming?!



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Accentuate The Positive Eliminate The Negative

It’s only Wednesday and it’s already been quite the week of shit.  It’s been raining pretty consistently since Sunday.  Pouring right now, in fact.  My brother’s house burned down (he’s fine but lost a bunch of his stuff).  And Billy is in fucking stupid California for work until forever (October).  In honor of all these shitty things, I’m making a list of things that are great.


  1. When the laundry is done.  For me, for now, it is.
  2. Marcel the Shell
  3. Wearing sweatpants, drinking red wine, watching great TV on demand.
  4. Speaking of on demand: Technology.  You guys.  Can we talk about how great technology is for a second?  At this point I can pretty much survive on Netflix Streaming and Skype alone.
  5. Exercise.  I’ve been running in Vibrams and my body feels great.  And yesterday I went athletic swimming at the pool at my gym and it was really difficult and really fun.  But also I had to swim in a lane labeled “fast” because apparently the lanes are labeled for speed?  When did this start happening?  Anyway all the other lanes were being used and I didn’t want to share a slow one just because of some stupid label so that contributed to my in-pool anxiety.  And I didn’t know how I was supposed to get into the pool so I just like sat my butt on the edge and flopped in and it was like SPLASH!!!!!  And then I swam three laps and it’s so weird how flailing your body around in a substance that can kill you if you stop moving is like… really tiring!  I only swam for about 25 minutes and had to take a lot of breaks but afterwards my arms felt like this.
  6. Babies.  What is it with them?!  They don’t even do anything, hardly.  They’re like little idiots.  And I just look at their stupid little faces and I’m happy!  THEY HAVE SUCH POWER OVER ME.  And I’m lucky that lots of people in my life have young children and that they are kind enough to allow me to invite myself over to their houses while Billy is away so that I can squeeze their infants and toddlers.

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