How I Spent My Summer Vacation

…or more accurately, “what I did over the summer while I wasn’t blogging.”

In a recent post, I answered many of the comments by saying that I had a busy summer. That is true; though I was able to post a couple reviews of concerts that I saw over the last couple months. Other than that, not much has been going on here. A couple years ago, I had a drought of six months or so without a post, but that was because I felt I didn’t have anything to say. This time, I had plenty to say, but no time to write it.

So…this is what happened:

  • Watched my relationship with the Teacher grow…
  • Some traveling
  • Two health scares
  • The day job

It’s been just over eight months since I started dating the Teacher (whose name is also Tracey, just spelled differently), and I’m happy to report things are going very well. We’ve been going to concerts, traveling, cooking Home Chef meals together…it has been a fun summer.

There was a trip to Washington, DC, where I got to spend some time doing something I always wanted to do-tour the city to see the memorials and monuments. Unfortunately, two days doesn’t leave a whole lot of time to go to a lot of museums—and Tracey and I only saw two! The American Indian museum was a treasure trove of history and artifacts, as well as a thorough discussion of Indian rituals of both North and South American Indian tribes. We also took a tour of the Hirshhorn Art museum, which was featuring an exhibit from Ai Weiwei, who made portraits of political dissidents out of Legos. Here’s a picture from the exhibit of the portrait of the late Nelson Mandela:


A few pictures from the Washington trip, where the tour and the food were absolutely great:

The summer wasn’t all fun and games, though. I had two health scares—both of which had me going to the emergency room. The first of those featured chest pains, which made me wonder if I was about to have a heart attack or stroke. It turned out to be a bad case of acid reflux, but it was pretty scary to me. I had never had any kind of acid reflux attack before so I had no idea what was going on. The second scare turned out to be more serious-I suffered an allergic reaction to blood pressure medication I had been taking for years—as in over a decade—that caused my upper lip, as well as my throat to swell. A picture of me just before I made my way to the emergency room for the second time in a two-week stretch:


That might have been a smile, but I certainly didn’t feel like smiling. The end result was a seven-hour stay in the ER, and dropping that particular blood pressure medicine. I go to my doctor today to see if they will give me a replacement, after getting my blood pressure checked weekly.

Not quite a health scare, but a health issue nonetheless: I’ve reached that age where it is “suggested” that I get a colonoscopy. So, I took the “initiative” and had one scheduled, which occurred two weeks ago today. Thankfully, it was clean so I won’t have to have another one for ten years. On the positive side, by eating healthy meals, thanks to Home Chef, but also by cutting back on portion size and just eating better food, I’ve lost some weight. I wouldn’t say that I’m skinny, but I can see a bit of a difference.

So, thank goodness I’ve managed to get through the health issues and even have some positive side effects. Overall it has been a good summer, and I’ve enjoyed it. I’m glad to be back blogging, but it probably won’t be quite as often as I once did it. I’m taking it a day at a time, and we’ll see how it goes. Thanks to all of you who welcomed me back last week; I really appreciated it.



10 Replies to “How I Spent My Summer Vacation”

      1. You’re right. I was struck by the aura, that important people were all around, etc. When you see Marine 1 flying over and police motorcades for black limos every 15 minutes, it just seems big-time. Great food, terrific museums, fine art. It’s a cool vibe, for sure. 😃

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  1. So thankful you’re OK. I’m not going to lie ….I instantly thought of Hitch AKA Will Smith when I saw your lip. Bless your heart. We love DC! We were there four days and were bummed we didn’t get to see everything. Just so much to see and do and never enough time. Happy for you and Tracey to have found each other. She sounds lovely! Hugs my friend 😄


  2. Thanks, Lennon. Really appreciate it! By the way, you aren’t the first person to say that about my lip. That was actually the second episode I had; the first was in the spring, but only lasted a day, so I just figured it was something simple that I didn’t need to worry about. When I started taking prednisone and things got worse, I knew this one was serious.


  3. Well, I won’t lie, I miss seeing you around but what a difference having love in your life can make. I’m so glad to read about the great things you’re doing which in my book, is going out there and truly living. That’s what it’s all about. At the same time I’m sorry to hear about the health scares but glad you’re okay now. Of course it’s also awesome to know that our former president graces the walls of the art museums in Washington.😀 Take care and stay well!

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