My family managed to escape for the weekend to Cocoa Beach, not one of Florida's most celebrated stretches of coastline but a pretty nice one we've decided (and it's just an hour's drive). We took up residence in an oceanfront hotel, frolicked in the surf, ate pizza and just generally enjoyed each other's company amid unfamiliar surroundings. It was good to get away, if only for a weekend. My wife can speak to this more specifically, but I know the hours at home get excruciatingly long during the summer, when school's out and the kids have decided they're done with toys, crayons, games and so forth. Our beach trip was just what the doctor ordered. Everybody seems contented. For now.