It smells like summer this morning.
Despite having a bad night’s sleep, I woke up in a disgustingly good mood. The current heatwave we are experiencing means that it’s already beautifully warm, even at 8.00am, and when I stood outside the scent in the air somehow reminded me of foreign holidays I have been on. My Facebook feed is littered with complaints from hot and uncomfortable friends, and The Bloke, who can’t handle any sort of weather except temperate, clear and dry is struggling, but I love it – after what has seemed like an age of living in the cold and dark, it’s nice to feel some real sun on my face.
I did my last bit of freelance work yesterday for the summer, which means I now have two months off. Two months. I can’t believe how quickly this academic year has gone, and the fact that I have remained reasonably financially stable throughout. There were so many worries and anxieties that accompanied last summer, but I’ve been able to prepare for this one over the last year, and I know that as long as I don’t go out and blow all my money on cocktails (which is always a temptation), I should be fine until Christmas at least. I’ve been enjoying the last few weeks and for the first time ever I haven’t felt like I have counted down the days or desperately wished my life away just to have a break. How lucky I am.
And yet, I’ve had almost no motivation to blog at all over the last few weeks. It’s odd – I have experienced short bursts of the writing urge, but this has usually happened during times when I have been at my busiest and the feeling has gone by the time I get chance to sit in front of my laptop. I have woken up on many occasions with plans to post and catch-up, and instead I have found myself sleeping or doing housework. In fact, I’ve slept so much I was almost getting a little concerned about it – I had a stretch of about three days where I slept through the night, then for several hours in the afternoon and then for another few hours in the evening. Perhaps I just needed it – I certainly feel better now!
I have plans, mainly centred around the thoughts I have included in my image. I’m going to get my hair messy, my feet dirty and I’m determined to have a fantastic time! My break now means, hopefully at least, I’ve got an epic amount of posts to throw out there, and I’m quite excited about catching up.
Here’s to summer!
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