Category: Free Time

160 hours at the Jersey shore

I am back today from a week-long (Sun 5 p.m. to Sun 9 a.m.) stay in Ocean Grove, New Jersey. My family has gone there more summers than not over the past decade, so we know the rental market well! This summer we rented a rather large (if rather old) place that was right on the beach. My entire family joined us: my mom and dad, my older brother and his family, and my littl… read more »

Friday post: Deconstructing the week (plus my blog vacation)

I am on vacation next week and will not be blogging much (if at all). Try not to miss me too much 🙂 Some ups and downs this week as usual. I had scheduled a massage this morning — my little occasional treat — but after getting myself to the place on time, and then waiting for a while, I learned my masseuse was not there yet and was running at least 30 minutes late.… read more »

What I’m into, August edition

New month, new list. August tends to inspire a lot of "summer's almost over" laments (or cheers, depending on perspective), though around here, that's not true. School starts after Labor Day. There are a good 5 weeks to go. The kids have only been out of school for a little over 6 weeks, so we're just past the halfway mark. I am hoping to enjoy the month. We've got a… read more »

Books read in July

July started out slow in the reading department. I had a lag in the middle when I was reading a lot of magazines because I wasn't into my book. I was doing a lot of work reading this month too. Some of those books were good and some less so. But in any case, though there are fewer novels on this list than there should be, there's one very very long book on here too that I'd… read more »

What would you save?

A woman wrote me recently with an interesting story, one that I've been pondering. She was at the beach (a few summers ago) when she got a late night phone call from a neighbor. Her house had been struck by lightning, and part of the roof had caught fire. The firefighters were there, and had gotten the dog out. The fire was relatively contained, but there would pro… read more »