It is a rainy day at the beach, but the past 24 hours have brought a number of savoring opportunities! Every day this week, I’m planning in (or taking note of) small patches of enjoyment. As part of the Daily Vacation Challenge (which I talk about in Off the Clock) I really try to notice these good moments. I document them here afterwards, because recounting the fun helps stretch the experience of time.
Anyway, yesterday, we had two stretches of adult socialization. My brother and a friend came to visit us, and after our afternoon beach trip, we sat at the kitchen table chatting. The 3-year-old was napping, which always feels like a vacation in its own right. Then some friends who have a house in this beach town came over around 9 p.m. to drink wine on the balcony. The beach breezes were great.
I didn’t have access to my phone during either of these chats. Quite nice, really!
Two other little vacations: this morning, I went for a quick run (in the rain) and came back before people were up and about. I drank my coffee at a leisurely pace, sitting in that kitchen and listening to the rain.
Then — a more major feeling of leisure — my husband took the older boys to see Jurassic World number five or whatever it’s called, and our nanny (who’s here now) took the little kids to some bouncy house nearby. So I listened to the rain and finished Middlemarch. Being able to read to the end of an epic book — in the middle of the day! — certainly feels like a vacation.
They’re all going to be back soon, so now I’m racing to get my work done (since that was the ostensible reason for not going to either the movie or bouncy house — and I did have a phone call and have been doing some other things). But I think carving out the time to finish my book was the right choice.
Expectations are infinite. Time is finite. You are always choosing. Choose well.
More on that phrase later — I also received a bunch of potential cover concepts for Juliet’s School of Possibilities (my next book, due out in March), and I savored looking at those. A cover makes a book feel real.
What have you savored during this last day of the Daily Vacation Challenge?
Photo: Not the mug I used at the beach rental, but you get the drift.