It seems so lame to call it writer's block. And it seems too dramatic to call it a life block. I don't know what's up with me and blogging. I've come up with several ideas for posts in my head, but then I would sign on here, and the posts would quickly fizzle out.
And just the other day I went to send a nice newsy message to a friend who sent me her new email address and I realized...I have no news. I'm busy as hell, but nothing's really happening.
Part of the reason is summer. Things are even less structured than they normally are. Our hours are weird, we've been catch as catch can with pickup and drop off arrangements and meals. We've taken random days off to spend the day with one child, sometimes for good reasons like a Red Sox game, sometimes for bad reasons like illness or grounding. Then there is the every weekend contest between doing something as a family or getting the chores done. Increasingly, I've felt that even when we're all together in the same house, we are not all together.
My answer to this is a road trip of some kind. Of course the voice in my head is screaming "Are you crazy, do you really want to be in the car for three hours or more listening to the boys
kill annoy the crap out of each other?" And the part of me that truly hates getting into a rut in life responds, "Yes. Yes I do."
Weatherwise, this summer has not been the greatest. We have alternated between so hot and humid that you don't want to be outdoors and flash flood-inducing rain. Neither really inspires confidence about going camping, which is the other crazy idea that comes up from time to time.
Camping for Piper and I has always been a Fall thing - usually late September after normal vacation time has ended. I'm not sure I would want to camp in the summer - particularly August, but a trip to Maine might be just the thing we need. Of all the vacations we taken and all the places we've been, Rangeley Lake was the most relaxing, mind clearing experience I think I've ever had. Of course, that was before we had kids. Would I ever be able to recharge on a family vacation?
I'm supposed to be heading to Orlando for a meeting on Monday. You would think I'd be looking forward to a change of scenery, but not really. Now that I work I don't really want to be away from the kids. I'll be back Wednesday afternoon, but it still feels like too long.