Watching| A Gap Year for Grown-Ups
> I had the pleasure of meeting Debbie Weil years ago and we’ve been able to stay in touch. She and her husband Samuel Harrington took a ‘gap year’ as part of their transition to unretirement. Now they’re starting a podcast. I love their gap year blog and can’t wait to hear more in June.
Reading| At Peace
> Speaking of Samuel Harrington, I just picked up a copy of his first book “At Peace: Choosing a Good Death After a Long Life”. Let’s face it, at some point, we have to make some very adult decisions about aging and our health care. Dr. Harrington’s book helps us look at those topics. I’m looking forward to reading it.
Remembering| Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade
> There are no words for the sad loss of these two icons earlier in June. I remember reading “Kitchen Confidential” years ago and immediately becoming a fan. And I have always loved the fun yet professional designs of Kate Spade. I own several of her totes. In remembering their legacies, I hope we can also have a frank conversation about mental health.
Working On| One List a Day
> A while back, I did a little journaling experiment. I liked it, but the idea of writing journal essays just didn’t appeal to me. I loved the days my journaling prompt was to make a list. Well, I found the perfect list journal. Lisa Nola’s “Listography: One List a Day” allows me to journal in a fun but thought provoking way.
> Every day we learn a little bit more about Gainesville, FL. While we enjoy cooking at home, Keith and I have decided to have a regular June ‘date night’ on the town so we can get to know a little more about the city. Some places are hits and others are misses, but that’s to be expected. It’s starting to feel like home.
> I know! It seems so far away. But I’m a planner so I’m trying to figure out a nice Plan B in case we’re moving from the rental house into our new home during the holidays. If you’ve moved during the holidays, please drop us some suggestions in the comments. I’d love to hear your story about how you survived. 🙂
> I was never a big sneaker person growing up. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve developed an appreciation for sneakers. Especially for slip on styles from makers like Sperry and Vans. Super comfortable and they go with everything – shorts, pants, skirts, and sometimes even dresses.
> I hate to admit it, but I need and want reminders for things like taking my vitamins. I found a self-care app called AloeBud (FREE in iTunes, with in-app purchases for premium features). I’m enjoying the ability to set regular reminders with custom messages. And it pushes notifications to my Apple Watch.
What’s UP with you in June?