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Summertime is not blogtime

...and I don't know why, because I'm here at work every day just as I am the other nine months of the year.

Except! On Thursday night we are off to Washington DC, to meet Aimee and her family for a few days of sightseeing and zoo-going.

And! The next week (July 27-31) we're off to Myrtle Beach with Chris's parents for a week of beach-going and pool-swimming and lazy-river-floating.

Strange! That my packing lists (which are totally in my head, and thus not terribly useful) now include: the phone charger, the camera charger, the Kindle charger, the laptop charger, and the GPS charger. Everywhere we go, we are plugged in to something.

Someday! A post of substance.

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