A Weekend Away

My weekend of nothing, which I wrote about on Thursday, was great — especially because the location changed at the last moment.

A few of my dad’s brothers and sisters own a house at the Jersey Shore, where I spent some time growing up. It was recently torn down, and a duplex was built in its place, and one half is being sold. The other half still belongs to my aunts and uncles, who kindly allowed us to relax for a few days away from home. Abby enjoyed the room to explore the three-story house, along with the chocolate lab next door and the warm spot in front of the fireplace. We enjoyed relaxing on the couch watching movies, which is exactly what we would’ve done at home. But being at the shore, we didn’t have that nagging list of things hanging over our heads (we really should be doing laundry, cleaning the kitchen, or finishing the painting project). It was a much-needed relaxing weekend, even with the unexpected traffic on the way down.

Now some people may wonder what can be so great about the shore in the middle of November — but I love it. Nothing’s really open (except Wawa of course), almost no one is around, and it’s quiet and peaceful. We took Abby to the beach Saturday night, where she wrestled in the sand with an Australian Shepherd until just before dark, and took her back Sunday afternoon for a long walk on the beach. The weather Sunday was sunny and unseasonably warm, and we all enjoyed the walk. Abby wasn’t a big fan of the 80-foot-long rope I kept her on, but we didn’t really trust her to not run into the dunes and disappear. All in all, it was a relaxing weekend that felt far too short.

So this morning, it was a little tougher than normal when it came time to get out of bed. But once I got into the office here at DDA, it was business as usual. Lots of projects to coordinate, including a quick one-day turnaround on a print advertisement, a small glitch to solve for a client updating his own website, and, of course, the big programming-intensive website project that is quickly coming to a close. We enjoy our three-day weekends here at DDA, but when Monday rolls around, it’s time to get back to work, and that usually means a day filled with project coordination and emails, and plenty of copywriting nestled in between.

So when things get hectic today, I take 60 seconds to recall yesterday’s walk on the beach, and the look of joy on Abby’s face (I know dogs don’t really smile, but she sure seemed happy) as she chased birds and ran away from crashing waves. Then it’s back to work. Emails to send, content to write, and plenty to be done before 6 o’clock rolls around.