Dear Beloved Friend and/or Trusted Colleague,
I am currently out of office, away on vacation. I will (probably) return on Monday, April 20th. In the meantime, I’ve instructed my workmates to form a support group for those who cannot bear to be without me for 10 days. There should be flyers posted around Building A.
If you need (work-related) assistance, please contact my manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
*Danielle is my coworker and she is awesome.
Photo / Death to the Stock Photo
I’ve done a lot of hiking recently because my friend Ellen was like, “Why don’t we make time to do this every weekend in the spring?” and I was like, “Duh.” So now I can actually do a list for you of some hikes in this area. Ellen and I both live in Hartford and we both have very demanding jobs, so as much as I’d love to travel to farer-flung parts of the state to hike on Sunday mornings, it has been easier to stay within 15 minutes of Hartford to hike. I promise I will do more day trips with hiking in the future, but right now, hiking and pancakes is what’s hitting the spot.
This is the gentlest and most genteel of all of the trails I’ve been on in Connecticut. Gorgeous meadows and very well marked trails.
Get ready for a heart-pumping first 1/2 mile and then it’s all beautiful views of the Farmington Valley. At the top you can get your culture on by touring the tower itself.
This is the longest of the three trails and showcases the most varied terrain and scenery. Treat yourself to a nice lunch or happy hour at Republic afterwards.
:: I’ve now resigned myself to the Yard Goats. mostly because of this Twitter feed.
:: Attention Pomfret, Connecticut residents: your bulky waste day has been rescheduled to April 24 and 25. I mention this for three reasons:
:: I started walking to work this week from my new condo on Woodland Street to my job at a large insurance company that shall not be named* located on Asylum Avenue. According to my Fitbit, It’s a 1900-step walk if I cut through the Asylum Hill Congregational Church parking lot.
:: My friend and co-conspirator on About.com’s Personal Organizing site, Johnna, started writing a series on how to apply the concept of minimalism to your daily life and to your home. We’ve published 7 articles (with many more on the way) and I’m liking this series more and more. My personal philosophy is to have exactly the right amount of “stuff” around as necessary and nothing more. If you’re interested in paring down, decluttering, creating simpler spaces, check out our Minimalism Series.
:: Speaking of Personal Organizing, Johnna has already written about Paper Planners, and now I’m testing out the Arc System from Staples this month. I’ve never had a productivity tool stick: I use Evernote, Workflowy and Wunderlist but I don’t use any of them to their full extent. I’m using Arc with a modified version of the Bullet Journal. So far the big obstacle with using a paper system is my atrocious, serial killer-esque handwriting.
:: Finally, my friend and coworker at the large financial institution that shall not be named reviewed a boot storage product just in time for boot storage season, which is exactly right now.
:: I am on Day 6 of a 30 Day Elimination Diet to hopefully, finally figure out what is causing my all-day headaches, extreme afternoon fatigue and crazily ramped-up allergies. This means no gluten, no dairy and no chocolate. Is it worth it? Well…. I haven’t posted on this blog consistently in a year, mostly due to being exhausted 24/7, and so far this week I’ve posted twice. So yeah, it sucks to have to think and plan ahead so much, but I have more energy than I’ve had in a long, long time.
* I love my job and I actually like this large financial services company that shall not be named, but if I name them here, I am pretty sure I have to put a bunch of disclaimers on this blog and I am not up for that.
**Those tickets are insanely expensive.
Me, three years ago:
All-inclusive resorts are boring. It’s like Walt Disney World for adults. Doesn’t anyone want to experience culture anymore?
Me, two weeks ago sitting poolside at a luxury all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic: (more…)
If you’re ever heading out to the Hampton, Connecticut area, can I recommend a walk through the town’s center? Much like Mansfield Historic District, it’s a grouping of old homes and storefronts — none of which ever seem to be open when I drive through. There are lots of things to do around the Hampton area, just nothing to do right here, except walk around and look at these pretty old houses.
Our Lady of Lourdes Church
For this walk. set your GPS to the Hampton Congregational Church and park there. From there you can walk up and down Main Street.
Windham Historical Society-Jillson House
627 Pomfret Rd
Hampton, CT 06247
Theodore Dwight Weld House
77 Parsonage Road
Hampton, CT 06247
A Bit Hampered in Hampton
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