This post, my only entry for this fine (fine = hurricane-like gales and flash floods) summer month of August, ends a short period of lazing around offline, enjoying other, non-cyberspace activities. The first half of the month saw Family Kirkendall visiting Family Richardson in Vancouver, where we did the usual activities like swimming at favourite lakes and beaches, riding around the seawall in Stanley Park, eating out in IHOP, watching Pride (see above) and visiting Vancouver’s favourite ski resort, Whistler. The visit to Whistler was amazing – home of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, Whistler now boasts a record-breaking link to it’s brother/sister mountain Blackcombe. At 1.88 miles long, and many flippin’ feet high, (not sure how high, but Whistler is twice the height of Snowdon if that helps) the Peak to Peak cable car ferries passengers from Whistler to Blackcombe (or, the other way as Family K did it) in the largest unsupported cable ride in the world. And I have to tell you, if you’re not keen on heights, it is the perfect cure for constipation – however, if you are keen on heights, it is one of the most fantastic experiences you’ll ever have.
Since our return to Blighty, I’ve taken Number One Son camping in North Norfolk, where we were lucky enough to catch the last decent bout of summer weather, making for a great relaxing weekend, swimming, walking, eating fish ‘n’ chips ‘n’ Donuts and reading (NOS read Roald Dahl, I read Bruce Lawson and Remy Sharp’s Introducing HTML5).
During all of this analogue activity, I did a lot of thinking about the future, how best to spend my time and what my priorities are. I always do this every summer holiday and then the whirlwind of the real world sweeps me up and undoes my new plans. But not this time – I’m re-entering that whirlwind deliberately slower, making time for important things I’ve previously neglected, and telling myself that I can’t do everything, or be in two places at the same time and more importantly, not to beat myself up about it.
Whatever you did this August dear reader, I hope it was as enjoyable and as restful as mine.