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Beach rhythms

A few days in to a 17-day vacation, I have hit a rhythm. On a good day, I wake up before everyone else at around 7:15 a.m. I’m out the door around 7:30 to run on the boardwalk. I’ve been aiming to do 4 miles. I feel slow and plodding at first, but the minutes soon feel less lousy. I’m cruising by the end.
After 45 minutes or so, I’m home to make/eat breakfast. In m… read more »

What happens when summer Fridays end?

While it’s not a universal perk, some industries (including some publishing houses) still have “summer Fridays.” From Memorial Day to Labor Day, offices close on Friday at mid-day. The institution is both a perk (time off!) and a nod to reality. Lots of people take off early, at least mentally, on a lovely summer Friday afternoon anyway.
In theory, if… read more »

Chunks of leisure, or why confetti is still OK

The kids are all taking swim lessons right now. Since we have a backyard pool, it’s more efficient to hire an instructor to come here and teach all three in a row. When we do this during the evening, this 90 minute extravaganza generally takes the form of me putting kid #1 in a swimsuit and sending him/her down while the other two watch TV. After 25 minutes, I star… read more »

Stuff that enables an experience

In happiness literature, there’s a general distinction between “stuff” and “experiences.” Experiences tend to make us happier than things. The problem is that a lot of experiences are enabled by stuff. So the line isn’t always so clear.
A lot of the experiences my kids had this past weekend involved stuff that we actively chose to spend money o… read more »

Easton Farmers’ Market adventures

I’ve been reading Edible Philly magazine. In the most recent issue, there was a feature on the Easton Farmers’ Market, with the author focusing on 3 vendors vying for spots. I found this intriguing since my impression of farmers’ markets has largely been that they weren’t all that selective. Like if you had a farm or soap shop or whatever, yo… read more »