I was not sure this blog post would go up. My laptop refused to start up yesterday afternoon. I hit the reset button and nothing happened. Fortunately, after I let it sit for 2 hours, it managed to revive. So I guess I could savor a working computer?
I don’t think I’ll call that my daily vacation though! This week, I’m doing the Daily Vacation exercise that I mention in Off the Clock. (My most recent book — which makes a decent beach read! You can get the electronic copy and read it on your phone if you’d like). Each day, I choose some small activity I really enjoy. I notice that I’m enjoying it, and document it afterwards. This can stretch the experience of time.
Last night, we got the little kids in bed around 8:45 p.m., and I took a nice glass of white wine (from Simi, which we visited on the Napa trip years ago) out on the 3rd floor balcony. I read Middlemarch for an hour as the sky darkened. I was only interrupted a few times. It was quite nice! It’s actually a pretty good book (even if almost no one reads it who isn’t assigned it in their British literature class). It’s just very long, so I’m working on savoring the length.
Then this morning I went for an almost 6-mile run along the boardwalk. I thought I might only do 3-4, but then I decided to walk for a bit, lingering in the morning sun and wind, looking at the ocean. It was so nice I decided to keep running. I was pretty sweaty by the end, but hey.
What Daily Vacation have you built into your life today?
Note: I’ll do a podcast post later today – since I’m trying to make all the podcast posts searchable I try not to combine them with other things.