This year has really been whizzing by and I'm not quite sure how we managed to get to August already (I swear it was April last week!). Work has been particularly busy over the last few months and in my free time I've had a non-stop string of events/trips/visits to occupy my free time. All have been very enjoyable, but haven't left much time to do much else.
In May I took a few days to travel up to Scotland to visit Kyramy
which was most enjoyable and this time blessed with unexpectedly sunny weather.
The following month I took a 4 day trip to Germany for a Pokemon Go event, which was certainly an experience and a half. There were a few issues along the way (locked out our apartment, broken sim card, confusing trains, issues with the event, friend booked the wrong flight home) but overall a fun trip filled with new experiences.
Less than 36 hours after I arrived back from Germany, my sister, brother-in-law and their 4 children (9, 5, 3 & 18 months) arrived from America for a month long visit. As we don't get to see them that often we have to compact a lot into the time they are here, which keeps us busy but can be a little stressful. In the middle of their trip we went on a family holiday in Cornwall together, which seemed to go ok. Not much time for relaxing, but it was fun exploring a new part of the country.
In amongst all of this I've been balancing a number of other projects and using any free time to continue playing Pokemon Go. Recent changes to the game have helped to make it more community-focussed, and I'm enjoying having a new groups of friends that share similar interests.
As you can probably imagine, all of this has left me with very little time to focus on dA. I pop in a couple of days a week though as some of you may have noticed, I haven't been replying to any comments recently (I will, I promise). Art has been very low on my list of priorities, though with the majority of the emote community lying dormant, I'm not really missing much.
And as for my computer issues, they are still waiting to be resolved. I'm limping along on my old computer (with the broken hinge) though it was recently wiped after a blue screen of death issue and therefore has no art software on it. My replacement laptop (which I never got on with) has now been sold on, so at some point I need to go shopping again to find something that works for me.
In the meantime, I'm currently looking forward to later this month where I get to escape to Norfolk for a few days. Hopefully it will give me a much needed break and some time to re-charge my batteries. After that we'll see what happens, though I wonder if my life will really calm down or continue at this pace for the remainder of the year. Only time will tell!