August 10, 2009

What I Learned On My Summer Vacation


Sometimes it’s nice to take a break from your favorite things, even when you don’t feel like you need it.

Few things taste better on a hot summer afternoon than a fountain soda.

Floating is the cheapest therapy.

Feeling taken care of is when someone else cooks dinner, fixes a plate, and calls you to the table where there are ferns in a glass and a seat for you.

A life without email — and the internet — is a fine life.

Shucking corn isn’t nearly as much trouble as it seems.

Outdoor yoga on a sunny afternoon will make you collapse with sweet exhaustion, like a baby ready for a nap.

Great ideas come on walks through the woods.

A change is scenery, no matter how humble, is good for the soul.

Reading is a habit, and a night spent with a book, a comfy couch, and a bright light is my new favorite evening.

A good mood is only a workout away.

After the disappointment wears off, there is a certain comfort in things not going your way; at least you don’t have to worry about it anymore.

There’s nothing more delicious than a perfect peach.

To remember what’s important, step out of your life, take the long view, and then feel how good it is to come home.

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  • The Single Gal: Love this! Now we just have to remember it when we’re stuck in the dead of winter… welcome back!8 years ago

  • Lisa (dinner party): Your trip sounds heavenly–the perfect escape from the city. Glad to have you back, though!8 years ago

  • Suzy: Hear hear! How very true. Now if only I could get me a vacation like that…8 years ago

  • Emily: Oh goodness, I love this. So many lovely observations.

    Miss seeing you around the caf and hope all is well.8 years ago

  • Julia (Color Me Green): it doesn’t always feel good to come home from a vacation…when i’m reminded of all the annoying reasons why i wanted to leave in the first place. jealous of your lovely long vacation – i’m not getting one of those this summer, just in short weekend bits8 years ago

  • The Single Gal, So true! But I am really looking forward to fall already!

    Lisa, It was a great city escape — and could I have been welcomed back with any more humidity???

    Suzy, You don’t need me to tell you that a staycation is better than nothing: a stack of magazines in the bathtub…ahhh….

    Emily, Hiya! Yeah, I miss taco day. 🙂

    Julia, No, it doesn’t always feel good to come home after vacay (I’ve been known to cry on the plane back), but even if I don’t want to come home, I usually have some new resolve for how I want to live my life for having been able to see the big picture.8 years ago

  • Erin: Thank you! I really like these nuggets of wisdom. They are important to remember. Changing one’s perspective is rejuvenating, re-energizing, and all in all good for you. Sounds like you were able to really relax. I need me some vacay goodness!!!8 years ago

  • Erin: Well said, Sarah! I have a vacation hangover from a long weekend in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. And I’ll tell ya — yoga on the dock of a calm lake… there are few things finer in life.8 years ago

  • Pomona: Reading that I almost feel like I have had a holiday myself! It sounds like you had a really blissful time!

    Pomona x8 years ago

  • Gail: Sarah – You are wise beyond your years…but perhaps I always knew that! A great column and I am glad you had a little respite!8 years ago

  • Phoebe: so true…i just had a similar vacation in maine….the tough part is keeping the calmness and steadiness with you year round. I just started reading you site. love it!8 years ago

  • Nikki: I love your posts like this. It really gets me thinking.

    Glad you had a good time on vacation!8 years ago

  • Alicia Kachmar: I love the way you structured/wrote this post. I’m looking forward to a CT weekend on the water, with a children’s museum, stargazing and marshmallow roasting event, Glass House tour and some relaxing indoors and out.8 years ago

  • Cordelia: Sounds like you had a wonderful time! I especially love the idea of outdoor yoga AND a post-yoga nap. Brilliant. Hope you were ready to embrace this summer heat!8 years ago

  • love,gidget: It’s so true that a life away from the internet and email is a fine life. Whenever i travel i have very limited access to the internet and realize that it is refreshing to step away from it all. Plus, i get to fall in love with my fav blogs all over again when i return!8 years ago

  • Brooke: “After the disappointment wears off, there is a certain comfort in things not going your way; at least you don’t have to worry about it anymore.”

    I read that and my mouth dropped open at how true it is and how particularly applicable to my life at the moment. Plus it’s a refreshing way of looking at the whole shut doors/open windows cliche. At any rate, it was a nice reminder for me just when I needed it, so thank you. The internet is amazing that way…8 years ago

  • geek+nerd: Sounds, and looks, like my vacation. Did you go up to the Adirondacks?8 years ago

  • Ruth @ GraceLaced: I couldn’t agree more. And how do we make this last beyond the vacation and into reality? For me it’s all about recalibrating with each new day, and nurturing thankfulness before complacency sets in.8 years ago

  • Emily: This went directly in my “love” folder in my Google reader! All of it is so true and I wish I’d done more of several of them myself this summer….8 years ago

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