I’ll be taking the next week off for Spring Break. I may be able to pop in here to post about the Best of Both Worlds podcast on Tuesday, but if not, I’m sure people can figure out where it is 🙂

In the meantime, I posted two Medium columns this week (as I attempt to get ahead of the week off…). I wrote that When It Comes to Friendships, It’s OK to be the Planner. I also wrote that we should Draw Little Conclusions, Not Big Ones.

The Before Breakfast podcast covered several topics this week, including one on thinking “50 not 60” (minutes, that is), when scheduling meetings, to “Log your pauses” so you can make sure your breaks are actually rejuvenating, and “Don’t wait to apologize.” That last one suggests that if you think an apology might be called for, it’s best to do it as soon as possible.

If you’re looking for reading material, Mary Laura Philpott’s new book, Bomb Shelter, is out next week. She tells the tale of launching a teen with serious health challenges out into the world. She also sends a very cool newsletter (sign up there).

I finally picked up a copy of Cheaper by the Dozen, so that might be my next read!

The next Best of Both Worlds Patreon online meet-up will be Monday, April 18th at noon, eastern. If you’d like to join us, please join by then!

We have been ordering like crazy from a company called Fast Growing Trees. Redbuds, cherries…the idea is to make this yard bloom in spring and very colorful in fall. I’m currently obsessed with fall-blooming camelias (some are “Yuletide” camelias) which bloom in fall to winter and hence will add color at a different time. As for normal blooming times, I’m figuring out when to go to Holland Ridge Farms to see the tulips…

Photo: Sadly, there don’t seem to be any of the magnolias blooming this year — the flowers shriveled up in the cold snap. This picture is from years past…

5 thoughts on “Out-of-office

  1. Re: When It Comes to Friendships, It’s OK to be the Planner, can you write one about how it’s ok NOT to be the planner as well? I have never known any of the cool places to go, or who to invite to things, and I am always sure nobody would come anyway. As a result I don’t plan… really ever. Even planning for my own family fun is a challenge for me.

    Anyway, thank you for the article. Hopefully someone will read it and decide not to play chicken. 🙂

    1. @omdg – thanks! I’ve been hearing from a reasonable number of people who aren’t the planner…and are forwarding this to their planning friends. No one wants to be on the bad end of social chicken!

    2. Love this! I’m a planner and hate hearing my non-planner friends apologize for not planning. I think it’s all about acceptance for our strengths and weaknesses (and those of our friends). Let’s celebrate what everyone brings to the table.

  2. I love Cheaper by the Dozen and Belles on Their Toes! Fun fact: my grandfather’s college roommate was one of the Gilbreth boys (I forget which one). His other roommate (different college) was Sam Walton!

    1. @Caroline – your grandfather had a lot of inadvertent networking opportunities! I hope to read the book soon…

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