Regulars to Verbatim know that Andy closes up shop every year for the week of July 4, so that has traditionally been when we go up to the White Mountains and/or hit the beach as much as possible. This year, however, two flies landed in the ointment: First, Steph is now a working girl, and her day camp is open all week, except for July 4 itself. And me, well, I am up to my eyeballs in commas and could not think of taking off a whole week anyhow. (Such is the plight of the freelancer: you takes the work when you gets it, and no complaining. Well, maybe a little.)
So here are a few highlights of our week so far:
On Sunday we ushered in the summer with our first visit to our beloved Good Harbor beach in Gloucester. It was a warm, hazy, breezy day, which suited us just fine. Fried food was had by all, including some very brazen seagulls.
Another day Andy and I took in a matinee of 20 Feet from Stardom, which I cannot recommend highly enough, particularly if you are in the neighborhood of 50 years old and love music. It's a documentary about the once-ubiquitous backup singers, the (usually) black woman whose powerhouse voices we all know, even if we don't know their names or even their faces. As Lou Reed sings at the opening of the movie, "And the colored girls go doo-d'doo-d'doo...." In addition to wonderful concert footage and interviews with the backup singers themselves, there are interviews with everyone from Mick to Bruce to Sting to Stevie. Really, go see this.
Because of a confusing schedule of our London-based family members flying in and out of Boston, last night was the only possible chance for that side of the family to get together. We usually go to our local Legal's, but this time we mixed it up a bit by going to the hip new one downtown on the water, which has a completely different vibe—and menu. It was great. We watched the Esplanade fireworks over our right shoulders as we headed west on the Pike toward home. The photo of all 10 of us did not come out great, but here is a shot of just my kids:
(Side note: Steph has inherited her father's ability to scan a sea of faces and pick out a familiar one, something I just can't do. Last night in the very crowded restaurant, she spotted a lesser Wahlberg. Once she pointed him out, I could easily see the resemblance, but I would never in a million years have picked him out just like that.)
Let's see, what else.... Steph had her first camp staff meeting Monday evening, which turned out to be a half hour of actual meeting followed by everyone piling into cars and going out to dinner. She's made a ton of new counselor friends and is loving all her little campers. Pete and Julie have been at the pool quite a bit, and Pete has had a few soccer scrimmages (informal "captains' practices"). Julie and Andy have been playing daily games of Monopoly, which are very serious and cut-throat. This morning I heard Andy offer her a deal and saw some real cash on the table but decided to stay out of it.
We are planning to hit the beach again this weekend, and I don't know what else. Hope everyone out there in Internet -land is having a nice summer so far!