Monday, August 6, 2012

Summer Redux: Please?

With the West Neck Pod this past Saturday,
honoring the children who died in the harbor
on July 4th, 2012. More soon on this from the Water-blog.
I'm trying to milk the best out of August -- or the best out of me IN August.

It's not easy. My life seems to lack a certain flow.

Plus, much as I scramble, there's no way I can cram accomplishing everything I wanted to all summer, into the remaining 24 days of one month.

My bad.

I want June back.

I want July.

My handsome hubby signing at a little get together at our house
for my birthday this July.


I feel panicked as, around me, friends in warmer states (actual states, I mean, like Arizona and  Florida) tweet and facebook about returning to their classrooms, about their kids going back to school.


*covers ears*

*covers eyes*

*searches frantically for healthy denial*

I need summer.

I need warmth and open water,

This was me in June.
Don't I look accomplished and hopeful?!
and daylight hours that extend until 9pm.

I. Need. Time.

I know, I know. I'm starting to sound like a broken record. But I'm trying. I'm really trying.

I'm doing my best to keep my time on social networking limited.

Facebook, you know I LOVE YOU, but you won't get these manuscripts revised.

In other repeated news: I'm doing THIS SWIM on August 11th, to raise money for cancer research. For those who don't already know, I'm swimming in honor of a little boy named Lane Goodwin who's been battling a rare and ugly form of cancer for a few years. He's my hero. If you can donate a buck or two to my swim, I'd be grateful. EVERY DOLLAR RAISED goes DIRECTLY to the cause.*

My "Frankie" revisions are turned in to my agent. They go to my editor on September 1.

And, on August 25th, an attempt at a five-mile swim.

I already know, none of it will be enough. I already know, there will be loss and regret and longing.

If only I could get a redux.

If only I could figure out how to embrace the fall.


*according to information from the Swim, due to adequate corporate sponsorship, all admin costs are covered and all donations go 100%  to the cancer research orgs.


  1. I am crying right now. I feel exactly the same way. Only my blog post about it remains in my head... I love you!!! If you find out how to be graceful about the passing of time, let me know. (((HUGS)))

  2. *takes Katie's hand... pulls her along (while hugging her) to try to milk hours and accomplish things.*

  3. Embrace the summer memories and the upcoming swim events - Remember the Summer of 2012 for your accomplishments. Quick story:

    I was in the water awaiting the cannon start of the Lake Placid Ironman. I was super nervous (I actually felt like I was going to barf) and wondering if I would be able to finish the feat that I set out to finish. The guy, who had finished three IMs, next to me sensed my nervousness and offered advice, "Enjoy every minute of the day. You worked so hard for this day, so don't waste it with negative thoughts." I will never forget that advice. Enjoy your swims! Enjoy every minute of the rest of your summer!

  4. Thanks, Andy! I really do and try. And, still, the days fly by too fast. It frustrates me. Slow down, world. Slow down. :)

  5. YES why must summer go so darn fast! I'm doing pretty good with cramming stuff into my summer but it's awfully tiring getting it all in.