Lordy kids, I'm so sorry. My summer has started off in a whirlwind and I don't see it changing. I am heavily involved in a work project that takes me out of Portland for two additional days each week for the remainder of the summer....and maybe even longer. That is in addition to my regular flying schedule. Combine that with the fact that I have full intention each year of getting out to one of Portland's two clothing-optional beaches, and I can see that things are not going to quite go the way I'd like them to this summer. And summer here is always relatively short anyway. Ugh.
My Sister is back on her flight returning to Idaho after a nice weekend here in Portland for gay Pride. It was her first Pride ever. She was like a kid in a candy shop! We enjoyed being first in the parade lineup and distributed 40,000 pair of mardi gras style beads. It was a ton of fun. And we helped out in our company's booth at our festival. Rained the first day. Cloudy but no rain the second. And then I had a friend with the audacity to tell me that he hated Pride...always has. That there was no good reason for it. How horrible gay people act during Pride. How Pride does not define our lives. Etc etc blah blah blah. How dare he rain on anyone else's parade. Well, of course it doesn't define our lives or who we are as gay folk. Duh. I'm doing my best to be open, available, and keep an open mind. About Pride and everything else in life. I just didn't like him spouting off on my good fortune or feelings. I had a great weekend and we'll leave it at that.
I have this one day to regroup, do a million loads of laundry, pack for a business trip to Seattle the next two days, and for Hubby and I to get our home back in order. We have left Mason alone for far too many hours the last week. I am departing July 8 for a week in Provincetown at Bear Week with a houseful of friends from years past. And, I'm going to see the one and only Pam Ann while I'm there. That'll be a first for me. And today is the first day of summer. Who knows, we may have more than one 80 degree day this year. Yee haw.