"makes me feel fine..." Summer is my favorite season. Indeed, I'm a confirmed beach bum. Whether it's swimming, strolling for beach glass, playing Frisbee, volleyball, chess or backgammon, reading, napping or awaiting creative inspiration, it's the place I decompress best. It's my favorite place. And the hotter, the better!
Vacation is necessary for relaxation and rejuvenation. It's a time for healthy doses of rest and reflection, and an opportunity for inspiration and creativity. For me, a typical day goes like this:
Morning: Up early-no alarm clock. Prepare breakfast which is usually an omelet, a half glass of V8 juice or some fresh berries, a cup of coffee or Earl Grey tea.
Mid-morning: Go into town to see the sights, hit a couple of farm stands for fresh-picked produce, and then to the market for some fresh fish, grass-fed beef, lamb or buffalo for the grill later. Get a nice bottle of wine too.
Late-morning: Exercise. I alternate strength training with yoga and jogging.
Lunch: This usually consists of leftover protein from dinner the night before over a bed of greens.
After lunch: Hit the beach. If inclement weather, take in a movie, go shopping, or cozy up indoors with a good book or a game of Scrabble.
Late afternoon: Find our way back to the homestead and start prepping dinner. If we haven't had our fill of the beach yet-which is most of the time---pack a picnic of cocktails and nibbles like raw veggies, hummus, nuts and cheeses and head on back. Wait! The muse has visited. Bring our guitars.
Evening: Fire up the grill.
Dinner: A juicy steak, lamb, or a beautiful piece of fish or shellfish, various grilled vegetables and a salad, along with some quinoa, rice or potatoes.
Later: Go out for a stroll or to a local event, or hang out in the backyard with a cozy fire, or stay indoors and watch a movie.
Essentially, that's it. Pretty simple but this is what I love to do every summer. The magic is in being at my favorite place-the beach---with loved ones and cherished friends. I hope you enjoy your summer vacation too!