The Best Vacation Ever?

By now you know that getting out of your normal routine, taking a break from work, sleeping in—going on a vacation, in other words—is good for you. It’s good for you emotionally and physically. So when a friend of mine drew my attention to this article (“The Scientifically Proven Way to have the Best Vacation Ever”), I was all over it.

Now, I don’t know about the scientifically proven part. But there are nine really good suggestions here. Some may surprise you:

6. MANAGE WORK

Some people believe happiness comes from doing no work on vacation. I am not one of those people. The key is how much control you have of the situation. If you’re taking calls because your boss is making you, that’s going to be a source of resentment. But if you work for yourself or otherwise have autonomy in your schedule, and you want to do half an hour of work each morning before the rest of your family wakes up, there’s nothing wrong with that.

Just get it done, and then stay out of your inbox again until the next morning. I also find that vacations are great for thinking about big-picture career questions. I think about what projects would be good for me to tackle in the future, and return home with ideas to implement.

As you know, I always take work with me on vacation. Most of my publishers and authors don’t even know I’m gone, because I answer email every day. But I also have a manuscript to read and make notes on, for those in-between moments. When it’s time to go sightsee, I go without a backward glance.

There’s lots of good advice and information here. And you know I particularly like the last one: construct your story. That’s why I write the travelogues—I get to live the vacation all over again!

Poppies—taken on my most recent vacation, in front of the National Concert Hall in Dublin, Ireland.

Poppies—taken on my most recent vacation, in front of the National Concert Hall in Dublin, Ireland.

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A Personal Manifesto?

Ah, I love this guy James Altucher. I’ve followed his blog for a few years and while I don’t generally get in to the whole business / finance / hedge fund / entrepreneurship thing—maybe I should, though, since editing isn’t exactly a moneymaker—there’s just something special about James. He’s the real deal.

So James says* you need a personal manifesto. And his is a good manifesto. You should read it. I did. So far today, reading down James’s list, I’ve …

  • been out of my comfort zone
  • laughed
  • listened
  • kept my word (more like follow-through—but still)
  • read (always)
  • and I have been very, very grateful.

Not such a bad start. I think I would add, of course, build as much travel—even if it’s just back and forth to Nashville for a special event—as you can into every year of your life. Because, I’ve noted above, I believe travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer. And for the times in between? Get a pet. You’ll live longer.

Still life with Spot.

Still life with Spot.

Nature’s Bounty at the Farmers Market

This is the time of year when the farmers market is in full swing. There are two markets in our town that between them happen three days a week—and others close by, each with its own personality.

Honestly, I just can’t get enough of it, and I thought I’d share some photos I took at the Murfreesboro Saturday Market today. Enjoy!

Tomatoes. Those are Mr. Stripeys in the lower left. Don’t you just love that name?

Tomatoes. Those are Mr. Stripeys in the lower left. Don’t you just love that name?

Seedless watermelons picked this morning.

Seedless watermelons picked this morning.

Okra was everywhere this morning.

Okra was everywhere this morning.

Colorful patty pan squash, yellow crookneck squash, zucchini, and others whose names I don’t know.

Colorful patty pan squash, yellow crookneck squash, zucchini, and others whose names I don’t know.

Little potatoes next to green beans.

Little potatoes next to green beans.

Just look at these peppers! Love the colors!

Just look at these peppers! Love the colors!

Quart boxes of mixed cherry tomatoes.

Quart boxes of mixed cherry tomatoes.

I’ve posted a little about farmers markets before (here and here are two I visited in Ireland; here’s the last day of the 2013 Saturday Market), but I don’t think I’ve ever even pictured the Rutherford County Farmers Market, which is my personal favorite.

Rutherford County Farmers Market on a Tuesday morning in early July 2015.

Rutherford County Farmers Market on a Tuesday morning in early July 2015.

Hope you have a farmers market near you—and more importantly, that you are patronizing it. It’s good for your personal health and good for the economic health of your community. Do it!

 

I’m Famous (Not)!

While I was on vacation I got an email from a guy in Dublin who wanted permission to use one of my Dublin photos (taken in 2013) in a magazine article. We had a conversation, I gave permission and verbiage, and never heard from him again.

But lo and behold, here is the article (online, not in print, though possibly also in print). Of course, he got the verbiage wrong (for one thing, I didn’t take both photos, only the detailed one of the pears).

So … oh well. But it’s a nice history of the building and I get a link. Woot.

I’ve been back a week and am still catching up. But I’ve started working on the articles about my most recent trip, so stay tuned!

OMG—carrots! The Dublin Corporation Fruit and Vegetable Market.

OMG—carrots! The Dublin Corporation Fruit and Vegetable Market.

 

Ms. Emily, Gp.S.

How do you switch maps on your Garmin Nüvi? I know I’ve done it before, because I’ve taken this very GPS to Ireland twice now.

But I’d completely forgotten, and when Gerry and I went to use it when we rented our car, Ms. Emily’s mind was blown (that is, both maps were trying to load, apparently). We had to google it.

It’s very simple—you just need to know where to go and what to press.

>Choose the Tools Menu.
>Choose the Settings Menu.
>Choose the Maps sub-category.
>Press the Info button at the bottom of the screen. You should see two maps … or more depending on what you have installed.
>Select the map you want by checking the respective check box. Unclick the other map, or your baby will be hopelessly confused.

Problem solved! The device is pretty deep if you know what you’re doing.

Thanks, Garmin, for providing this image. Y'all are the best.

Thanks, Garmin, for providing this image. Y’all are the best.