After a whirlwind week of shoots and weddings, I'm on a working vacation in Ocean City, NJ with Kelly's family. I'm shooting some portraits while I'm here, and my clients who are waiting on their pictures will be glad to know I'm also doing a lot of editing as well, but I'm also taking some time to enjoy the finer things in life.
So for what it's worth, here are 10 things I love about being at the beach this weekend:
1. Reading. I'm in the middle of a book that I'd frankly be embarrassed to have on my shelf at home, but here in the sand, it's exactly what I want. Spies! Murder! Intrigue!
2. Later today I will purchase and consume a bucket -- the size of my head -- of crab fries from Chickie & Pete's. The rest of week I'll work down the rest of the list of things that can be either deep fried or served in a cone.
3. I'm at an age where I don't have to pretend to be cool as I walk the boardwalk. I keep my shirt on and hold my daughter's hand, and walk at whatever pace I choose. I am a bit envious, however, of those who are facing 3 months of summer without work or school.
4. Taking my kids to the beach, building sandcastles and running from waves. We deal with their inevitable meltdowns and sandy swimsuits, but it's so much fun to watch V get old enough to approach the waves, delighted and terrified at the same time. This morning it was cool enough to wear a sweatshirt, a bit cloudy, and the beach was empty. Perfect.
5. Sleeping in. Yesterday I slept until 11 for the first time in who knows how long. Thank you, air conditioning and close-to-blackout curtains.
6. Have I mentioned deep fried semi-edibles? It deserves to be on here twice.
7. It comes as no surprise that I love taking pictures while I'm here. I also love that I can do it and still leave my big, heavy pro gear in the bag.
8. That smell of sea air. So long as the wind is blowing the right direction.
9. Making the cashier at the supermarket smile. I worked down there for a summer once, a long time ago, and know what it's like. Those high school and college students who are minimum-wagin' behind a counter are working hard to make your week at the shore enjoyable, but vacationers can be cranky. I apologetically tried to make up for the malcontent in line in front of me, and I think it worked.
10. Turning off the computer right… now.