As I explained in the post and in the comments (and really, the comments are so worth the time to browse, such a rich conversation I feel privileged to host), the slightly overwhelming rhythm of Fun, Fun, and More Fun I've been partaking in lately is a pretty specific constellation of good events.
Two wonderful events had been on the calendar for months (a concert reading of our friend's new opera AND a lunch celebrating his 75th birthday and the opera launch). Then last week, my daughter accepted a standing invitation to bring the kids over for some beach time, and who would ever say No to that, but it meant I arrived in Vancouver already feeling a bit worn.
Because we'd decided to do a city week, I squeezed in two lunches with friends here, both lovely visits I've promised for months and months. And I love the variety of running routes here and the chance to cycle good distances on safe paths to interesting destinations, so the days had to make room for those jaunts. Nothing here that anyone should whine about, all these activities are restorative in some important ways, but cumulatively, they seem to be demanding I put in some serious quiet time.
So yesterday, although I did a quick morning run with my sister, I stayed in the apartment most of the day. I did have an appointment in the afternoon, but even I know I can't complain about pedicure-induced fatigue!
The busy isn't quite over. This weekend, I'm taking an intensive 2-full-days Introductory Digital Photography course. My kids gave it to me as a retirement gift, and I'm thrilled to bits about it. I'm also well aware that I will come home at 5:30 today with as much pep as a wet dish rag, and then get up and do it all again on Sunday. I don't do well with all-day all-on activities, and I hope I won't be too obviously out of sorts in my mid-afternoon Arsenic Hour. Paul's back on the island, though, so the apartment will be all mine to regroup in. a luxury, really, Just me and my Netflix.
And then next week, I've pencilled "Dolce far niente" all over my calendar (thank you for that comment, Heather, a good reminder).....
Meanwhile, If you've got access to some fresh fava beans, and you'd like to build a salad meal around them, we made this for dinner Thursday night by following the very loose recipe I set out back in this post.
Let me know if you try either recipe OR if you have another simply prepared dish that takes advantage of the seasonal produce. And please feel free to chime in to the conversation about adjusting to retirement or even just about balancing Fun with Fear of Fatigue.