07/29/2011 11:18 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The Importance of Taking a Vacation

I am taking a vacation, and I'm not going to apologize for it. There's never a good time. There's always more work to be done, and things to be cleaned up and organized at home. Always. But studies have shown that people who take vacations are healthier and live longer than people who don't, and I believe that rest and reflection are essential to happiness, and for gathering the strength needed to do what must be done for the rest of the year.

I'm not going anywhere fancy. I'm packing up the truck and driving up to Maine to pick up my daughter at camp, and we'll be stopping at beaches on the way up and on the way back. Yes, I will be eating lobster rolls. That's about as far as my ambition is taking me right now. I don't even have a pile of books that Must Be Read. And as far as I'm concerned, it's up to the Republicans, Tea Partyists, and Democrats to get everything all resolved by the time I get back. (For lord's sake, it's time to stop the insanity.) For the next two weeks, I'm not going to think about it too much.

During the year, I write three blog posts a week. Original posts! No faking. I test all the recipes. I think all the original thoughts. Those are my exclamation points, parentheses, and fuzzy iPhone pictures. But for the next two weeks, I'm taking a break. Even a blogger needs a break sometimes. I'm sure I'll think of lots of things to write about. But I'm not going to worry about it either way. In the meantime, friends, family, and coworkers will be populating my blog with new and interesting stuff. And for that, I am very grateful! I kind of need the break.

I hope y'all get a summer break, too...even if it's just a not-fancy little one.

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