Category: Free Time

Rethink Balance: The 56-56-56 Approach

When it comes to time, people toss around many phrases without thinking about them. One of the most common? "You spend the majority of your waking hours at work." For most┬ápeople, this is not true. There are 168 hours in a week. If you sleep 56 (8 hours per day), that leaves 112 waking hours. You would have to work more than 56 hours per week in order to spend the maj… read more »

168 hours in Rehoboth Beach

My mother-in-law rented a house in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware last week. This beach is halfway between my brother-in-law's family in Maryland, and our house in Pennsylvania, and since our four kids are perfectly matched up with their four kids in age, it works well to vacation together. Of course, any vacation involving eight children under the age of 10 (inc… read more »

One morning in Maine

A few weeks ago, my husband had asked if I wanted to accompany him to a work conference in Florida this past weekend. I said I was up for it, and my mom was up for babysitting (with help from my aunt, who also planned to come). Then it turned out he didn't have to attend this conference after all. But since we had the babysitting in place, we decided to plan a last minute… read more »

Update on the summer fun list: My “tri” day and Ocean Grove

Every summer, I make a list of fun things I hope to do during the warmer months. These are activities that will make me feel like I had a good, full summer. In some cases, summer won't feel like summer if I skip them. We are approaching the halfway mark on summer (well, sort of. We don't start school until after Labor Day around here, so we have a good 8 weeks to go). I de… read more »

How Olympic binge-watching can help you live a more fulfilling life

We are less than a month away from the summer Olympics, and I am gearing myself up for some epic television watching. To be sure, I do not watch the games live. I DVR the broadcasts so I can forward through the commercials, the gauzy athlete portraits, and endless commentary. Still, I know this is going to consume a lot of time. It's not just me. Lots of busy people w… read more »