Where did summer go? September already… heck, almost October 1. I am always stunned at the passage of time. We got to Solomon’s Maryland in July and we had planned to relax and spend the summer with friends and family on the bay, in Philly and at the Jersey Shore. Soon after making that declaration, I promptly left for work in south Florida. It’s really hard to turn down the opportunity to make money, especially when we need it. And… There-in-lies-the-rub. I’ve been gone most of the summer. Away from Mel. Away from Jet and the boat and away from my life. While I’m not complaining about having the opportunity to work with and see my friends in Lauderdale, I had just hit an amazing creative spurt which I hadn’t seen the likes of in almost ten years. That creative spurt has since shut down. Being out of my zone in a house with my friend and her 11 month old puts me on a whole different plane. Getting up and going into the studio to work on the schedule we’ve been on leaves little energy at the end of the day for creative exploration. I’m burnt and I wanna go back to the boat. I wanna get back to my routine… and that’s funny because everyone thinks we have no routine… I didn’t think we had much of a “routine” but we do. We wake up, make our delicious coffee and walk our cool dog over to the lighthouse, marvel for a few minutes then walk back to the boat and get to work… There are projects that needed to be done in July that still remain unfinished. “I’ll get to them after a break,” I said.
Well… It’s almost October. I’ve been away from the boat since early August. In that time, I’ve flown to Lauderdale… worked. Then to Nashville, cleared out our storage unit, drove to Philly and then flew back to Lauderdale for more work. I’ll see Mel tomorrow when she flies in for an appointment. Then we’ll both fly back to Maryland and resume our life aboard “V”. It’s so strange because now I have to rush to prepare for the trip south… yes, back to Florida for the winter. It’s been planes, trains and automobiles this summer. I had the best intentions… I really did. But I want to apologize for not posting more often. We haven’t taken the boat out once! Not once… It’s been make hay while the sun is shining mindset and I guess it should take some of the pressure off that we felt last year when we came down. Anyway folks, thanks so much for reading along with us and I hope you’ve all had a fantastic summer. I hope you learned something new, saw something you’ve never seen before and spent time with someone you love. I have been away from my life for too long. As I sit on the bed writing this, I cannot wait to smell the Chesapeake Bay, eat some crabs and take it all in.
Sometimes we all have to be the ants and not the grasshopper. The bay misses you, Mel & Jet misses you, and so do we!!! xoxo
Hi Mel and Chris,
I know we’ve never met, but Mel and I have gone back-and-forth on blog posts once or twice.
I just wanted to say, “I hear you!”
This entire summer got away from us as well. I moved jobs, life got really busy, and I neglected to blog. I felt REALLY guilty, but you know, sometimes you just have to worry about #1 (or #s 1 and 2– and 3 if you count the dog!)
Anyway, hope all is well, and if you ever get up to Annapolis, we’d love to buy you a beer (or painkiller, or merlot…. pick your poison!– maybe boat show weekend?!?!?)
Octopussy and 007
Thanks for writing. We had every hope of getting up to Annapolis and Rock Hall and a few other places this summer but when work appears, I feel like I must take it. That said, we are now reading the boat for the trip south. I will totally meet you at Davis’ Pub and have a beer, painkiller or whatever they’re pouring! Stay in touch and enjoy the fall on your beautiful bay.
Tasha Hacker says
Hey Chris! I love your sincerity. It’s tough balancing work and cruising…I know exactly what you mean about work zapping your creativity. But money is good…double-edged sword. I miss chatting with you and Mel and hope we’ll meet again…soon! Xx Tasha