I know that it’s Tuesday, and most people are fully in their week, but I’m on vacation and time works differently here.
For those of you who don’t know, I’m originally from Maine. Born and raised there, I grew up in the Portland area (read: more populated southern Maine) with a large percentage of my time in the Bangor area (read: middle of nowhere in central Maine). My mom grew up outside of Bangor, and my dad in Downeast Maine. My parents moved to Boston right before my senior year of college, but most of my family is still in the Bangor area. We have a house about 20 minutes west of Bangor; if you think I’m exaggerating about being in the middle of nowhere, the town it’s in has a population of 1,000.
So on Saturday we headed up here, and it was mostly a fine drive. We got in around 1, so we had the rest of the day to relax. I saw my grandparents a bit – for the first time in almost a year, unfortunately – and that night my dad and I engaged in a backgammon battle, complete with trash talk, because we’re cool like that. I won 3 games, he won 2.
On Sunday, my best friend from high school (Sean) came into town. We then headed promptly to Healy family dinner, so I was able to spend more time with my grandparents and my aunt and 2 of my cousins. Since I hadn’t seen them in about a year, as well, it was great to catch up. My cousins are pretty awesome: at 12 and 10 years old, they’re black belts in karate, and pretty talented cheerleaders. I wouldn’t mess with them if I were you.
After a few hours of rest – and a couple cups of coffee – Sean and I headed into town. If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you know that we went to the Brad Paisley concert. Leah Turner, Charlie Worsham, and Randy Houser all opened for him, and overall it was a great show. They’re all extremely talented musicians.
On Monday, Sean headed back to New York City, where she currently lives. I spent the rest of the day enjoying the beautiful weather – mostly sunny and 75. Today, I’m seeing more family before my mom and I head back to Boston. I only have a few more days up in New England, and I can’t believe that the time has just flown by!
I hope you all had a great weekend and are having a good week. Don’t forget to send me questions about self-publishing if you have any because I’m doing another Q&A post for this coming weekend’s Self-Publishing Sunday.