Monday, June 28, 2010

Happy Monday!

Two great things happened to me this weekend. I'll start with the terrific World Cup party we went to yesterday, hosted by two friends we haven't seen in years. Everyone at the party were people I worked with at Gannett in the early '80s, and what was so amazing is that none of us have changed one bit. The conversation flowed -- and the food -- my God it was glorious.

On the drive to the party, I had made a vow that I was not going to overeat, and challenged myself to make great food choices. Goal accomplished. Instead of eating everything in sight I was selective. Instead of focusing on the food, I focused on the people present and the conversation. It wasn't that I didn't eat. I did. But I didn't overeat, and for that I am patting myself on the back.

On to great thing No. 2: Every weekend, I walk on the beach with my friend, Ann, something we have been doing for about four years. What I find curious is that I have lived in Fairfield County for four decades, and until Ann suggested we take our mall walks to the beach, it had never occurred to me. Our annual vacations to Hilton Head include daily walks on the beach, but I never thought to extend those walks throughout the year.

On may way home from my Sunday walk I had another aha moment, wondering why I ignore Fairfield beach during the week? The beach is always there. I'm the one who is missing. So this morning, I set the alarm for 5:15, and Jack and I walked the beach. It was empty, except for the seagulls and beached horseshoe crabs.

It just doesn't get any better. And what a glorious way to start the day!


  1. I have access to 2 beaches (Norwalk & Fairfield). Using NO fingers, I can count on one hand the number of times I've walked them...dumb.

  2. I hear you. That would have been me until a few years ago, when my friend suggested we walk on the beach. And why would I only walk on weekends? Dumb, dumb, dumb. The walk today made me smile -- and that smile is still on my face. I think we all need to look at the area in which we live and experience it as if we are tourists. There really is so much to see and do.