I’m planning a trip in September to see some people that will involve going to Portland, Maine, and then to Boston. Initially I had planned to fly to Portland because it is a quick flight (like 90 minutes) and since it’s only me going, getting on an airplane is pretty easy. But the addition of a second city means there’s going to be more logistics involved.
I could fly to Portland, then take a train to Boston, but then I have to get somewhere on the other end. And then I would fly or train back from Boston. So I got to thinking, well, I could drive. I didn’t own a car until I was 32, so this is still not automatic for me to think of as a method of transportation!
It’s a 6-7 hours drive from my house to Portland, depending on traffic. It would be about 2 to Boston, depending on traffic, and then about 5 home. The downside is it is a lot of time in the car (if spread over 4-5 days). The upside is I could go whenever I wanted. Of course, then the question is whether I will have replaced my 12-year-old car by then. It’s usually fine but not awesome. Among other things, I need to figure out a way to charge the phone (I haven’t managed to get the cigarette lighter converter things to work). Logistics! If anyone’s taken a reasonably long solo road trip, I’d love to hear your tips.
Last night my choir rehearsed Carol Barnett’s A World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass. Then we got to Zoom with Carol Barnett herself and hear about how she made various decisions as she composed the piece. This is absolutely the fun of singing new music (and one reason I always loved the Competition for Young Composers that my choir in NYC did; we got to workshop pieces with all sorts of amazing composers like Abbie Betinis, Dominick DiOrio, etc.). Now if only I could talk to Bach… (guess I’d need to learn German…).
Speaking of Bach, I’m pretty sure my 2024 year long project will be listening to all of his music. I need to work out the logistics of this too. There are collections of all his music but I’m picky about some performances. I think it’s about 175 hours of music, so the year time frame would be good.
This year’s project, as longtime readers know, is to read all the works of Jane Austen. I’m currently about 110 pages into Mansfield Park. I have to admit that I’m not entirely sure where she’s going with this one yet. But I’m being patient. That’s the upside of reading just ten pages a day. It’s doable, and I’m not skipping stuff just to get to where things start to happen. Both Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice got much more readable about 100-200 pages in, so I am hanging in there…
(Any Mansfield Park fans here?)
I was a guest this week on Take Notes with Jen Rafferty. This show is aimed mostly at educators and is about how people can make wise time decisions to get the important stuff done without burning out. Please give it a listen.
I’ve also been listening to and enjoying the Best of Both Worlds episode with Gretchen Rubin this week. (Yep, where I interview her — I listen to my podcasts after the fact to make sure I get the audience experience too!) If you haven’t listened to that episode yet, please check it out.
Now, to create next week’s activity schedule…