Sweet Vacation

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Whoever thought of vacations should really get a medal.  I’m being serious.  The person should win the Nobel Peace Prize because I think it’s the greatest invention on earth, next to scrumptious bread (drizzled in oil and garlic) and a corkscrew (to open up bottles of wine, of course!)

I mean, who doesn’t love time off away from the worries of everyday life?  Who doesn’t love not being tied down to a clock, where every minute is accounted.  While I’m on vacation, I don’t have to worry about sleeping through my alarm clock (I can sleep until noon) or making sure I get to the train station on time, praying I’ll get a seat on my ride into work (no schedules here and I get my own beach lounger).  I don’t have to worry about bills or deadlines or laundry or cooking or making a run to the grocery store (that can certainly wait until I return which might never happen!)

Vacation is the happiest place I know.  It’s the magical place where I don’t have to worry about anything other than what to drink (strawberry daiquiri, please), what to eat (forget the diet!) and what to wear (bathing suit, sunglasses and flip flops).  Vacation is my fairytale, where anything and anything can happen.  It’s like having a glass slipper fit or finding gold at the end of the rainbow except in my fairytale, it’s open bar, karaoke nights and sunbathing by the beach!

Vacation gives me time to decompress and focus on the important things in life, such as spending time with my loved ones and enjoying the little joys in life, like swimming in the ocean, feeling the warm sun on my face and enjoying cold fruity drinks with the best of friends. 

And just like all fairytales, I know there must be an ending to a vacation.  I know I must eventually get back to reality (sigh) and that my carriage will inevitably turn into a pumpkin at the stroke of midnight (can I get another three wishes or am I confusing this with another fairytale?)   But that’s OK, because like any good fairy godmother will tell you, it all works out at the end and I know that in another year, I get to do this all over again (yay!) 

So for now, I’ll enjoy my vacation, silently thank whoever it was that invented the concept (maybe even raise a glass to him or her) and smile, knowing that when I go back to my life, I’ll be refreshed and ready to take on the world . . .  Of course, the feeling will last only a week until I’m frazzled and stressed again and I’ll feel like I’ve never left and I’ll soon long for the next vacation looming over the horizon. 

But I’ll be patient until then because, after all, dont all good things come to those who wait?

In the meantime, I hope you all enjoy your summer vacations!  Have a drink for me!

Erin

Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot!

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It’s hot . . . really hot.  So hot that I long for the feel of the cold breeze churning out from my living room air-conditioner.  So hot that I long for cold showers, frozen drinks and lazy days of pool lounging. So hot that I am willing to break my diet for a delicious taste of chocolate ice cream on a waffle cone. And despite news of shark attacks and killer bacterial viruses, I still have the strong urge to load up my car with large towels, umbrellas, brightly colored buckets and head straight for the beach.  And we all know what goes hand-in-hand with the sun, sand and white foamed waves.  Sunglasses, a hat, and sunscreen would be a good guess.  Volleyball, frisbee games and sand castles would be another.  But I’m a writer and an avid reader, so, of course, my first guess would be hot summer book reads!

Summer gives me a reason to lay out on my beach chair, breath in the ocean air and crack open a book (either virtually or actual pages).  Summer lets me spend quality time with my favorite authors. They take me to another place, introduce me to new characters with whom I can fall in love, allow me to share a laugh and shed a tear.

So, as I get settled in on this very hot day with a good book, here is my short-list of beach reads.  Some are new, some are old but all still worth a read or re-read:

Plain Fame Series by Sarah Price

How Do You Know? by Meredith Schorr

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

Summer Secrets by Jane Green

Finding Audrey by Sophia Kinsella

Something Borrowed, Something Blue by Emily Griffin

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding

Austenland by Shannon Hale

The Undomestic Goddess by Sophia Kinsella

Finding Lucas by Samantha Stroh Bailey

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

One Day by David Nicholls

The OMG Test by Pippa Franks

In Need of Therapy by Tracie Banister

How to Fall in Love by Cecilia Ahern

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

Conditional Love by Cathy Bramley

No One Ever Has Sex on a Tuesday by Traci Bloom

From Nottinghill to New York Actually by Ali McNamara

Jane by April Lindner

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t add my books to the list.  I think they are pretty funny  (The Shopping Swap comes to mind) and light (but then again I’m biased!) 

Any of these books would be enjoyable for a day at the beach! 

Enjoy the heat!

Erin