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Happy September 16th!

September 16, 2008

You know that feeling?

That one where you’ve been awake for 30 hours straight. Or is it 34? 36? You can’t quite tell because 90% of those hours have been spent running at full speed. Fueled entirely by coffee and Hershey Kisses and stress.

You didn’t know how everything on your plate was going to get done, you just knew it would. It always gets done.

As always, somewhere in between your 3rd red bull and your 5th panic attack, everything was completed. The exam was taken. The paper was written. The audit opinion was signed.

The taxes were filed.

And you can finally go home. Where you race for your favorite comfy spot. Curl up. Slowly close your eyes. And everything – the stress, exhaustion, worry – slips away.  It’s the best feeling in the entire world.

You know it?

That’s what I’m feeling right now – that indescribable bliss mingled with contentment that comes after the completion of a long, hard project.

My coworkers and I are lovingly referring to it as the “September 16th High.”

You’ve probably guessed it by now, but in case you haven’t, this long drawn-out ode to feeling de-stressed is the result of September 15th – the filing deadline for my two main client’s tax returns – having come and GONE!

For the next two weeks I get to replace 100 hour work weeks with 50 hour weeks and dinners eaten in front of the computer with coworkers with meals at proper tables with Boyfriend AND weekends driving to the office with weekends driving to France. Ahhhh. The good life.

Details of how this new good life will be spent to follow.

At the moment I have to run. But not to attend to work. No no. Must research, plan & book our October trip to Dublin and this weekend’s trip to Beaune, France. (Someone needs to prop up the International economy. Might as well be me!)

For now, check out one of the places we traveled to this past weekend to celebrate the end of busy season: Aachen, Germany!

One of the squares in Aachen. Host to a wine festival. A favorite of the blue-rinse crowd. And me.

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One of the turrets in town.

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Little restaurant with fantastic Sauerkraut, Pork & Mashed Potatoes that apparently tastes like Lou’s grandma’s.

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Guy in the courtyard of one of the churches. I have no idea what’s going on with him:

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Cute little side street. How can you not love pastel buildings?

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