I've been away from work for a couple of weeks now and it finally feels like vacation. I turned off the cellphone and stopped reading email for a week and started to relax. I have plowed through several Michigan mysteries and am ready for Harry Potter. I did turn on my Blackberry and glanced at the volume of email and found myself tensing. So I turned it off again.
We decided to vacation locally this year. We made our back porch into our "cottage" and have been reading, eating, playing scrabble, and hanging with the doggies. We only answer the phone if we want to and have taken some day trips (more on those later).
One concession to consumer-culture: We're bringing our girl to a downtown Ann Arbor bookstore tonight so we can be part of the Harry Potter finale. I found the sixth book difficult to get through, in part, because Harry was insufferably self-absorbed (well-done JKR, you captured some of the more disagreeable aspects of adolescence very well!). But I'm looking forward to the last book and am curious to see how JKR ends it all.
I hope you're reading for fun. It's summer, after all.