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I’m writing this post from my hometown of Albany, New York, and it just feels so good to be here. On Tuesday I wrapped up a five-week stint living out of a suitcase, which brought me from, drum roll please, Albany to New York to Philadelphia to New York to Denver to Keystone to New York to Iceland to Manchester to London to New York… and back to Albany. I was a guest at a wedding, attended a conference, went on a family vacation, and visited friends. I was pretty exhausted by the end of it and really excited to spend a whopping ten whole days in one place before I’m off again!

Of course, as my friend Michelle noted, “you don’t really do relaxation.” She’s right, and since I’ve been home I’ve tackled an ambitious redesign of my bedroom, an application for an exciting job in Malta, getting back into my gym routine, catching up with friends, and the usual freelance work and blogging. It may sound tedious but I’m enjoying every minute of it. Why? Because I wake up every morning and the sun is shining, I work all day with my favorite pup by my side, and I go out at night and enjoy the beautiful warm evenings surrounded by fabulous friends. I adore summers in Albany. If it weren’t for those long brutal winters mucking everything up, I might never want to leave.

Now, after I’ve built all this up, I have to confess that I have a very disappointing Photo of the Week. I didn’t take out my camera at all until last night when I suddenly had an ‘oh crap, Photo of the Week!’ moment at a bar called The Rusty Anchor. This bar happens to be located on a floating barge on the Hudson River and host a rockin’ live music dance party on Saturday nights.

The Rusty Anchor Albany

While I was there I uploaded this status to Facebook: “Weekends like this remind me why I love my hometown… Beautiful night sitting on a barge on the river, listening to a local band play to a packed dance floor. Good laughs, great friends, no pretension and happy people everywhere!” I can’t really put it any better than that.

The Rusty Anchor Albany

So my apologies that this week is a bit more snapshot-style than usual. I’ll try to get back into creative genius (ha) mode next week. But hey, what can I say… I’m on summer vacation!

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10 Comments...
  • Dad
    July 16 2012

    The Albany Chamber of Commerce will be proud of your hometown promotion. Albany is a very happening place.

    • Alex
      July 17 2012

      Yup, you just have to look a little bit harder than some other places! 🙂

  • Grandma Burr
    July 16 2012

    It sounds to me like you may have actually relaxed for a few seconds. Do it more often, Slow your mind down. The world won’t go away. Love the local pic. Gram E

    • Alex
      July 17 2012

      I keep trying to remind myself of that fact!

  • Olivia
    July 16 2012

    So how much IS the Albany Chamber of Commerce paying you to get all googley eyed about our hometown? Love Alb but you know… it’s Albany..

    Still a cutie pic. Like the first one the best!

    • Alex
      July 17 2012

      I love Albany! We should bring your friends here Saturday night.

  • Marc
    July 18 2012

    Mr Jennings Thanks you !!

  • Chet Opalka
    February 3 2013

    Catching up on your blogs while away. Love ’em!!

    Sitting in Seoul airport. Looking forward to cuddling by the wood stove after a couple of weeks in Siem Reap.

    Agreed. There’s no place like home.

    Happy trails.

    • Alex
      February 3 2013

      So happy when I see people are still reading through the archives! Hate to think of posts wasting away when they are off the home page 🙂

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