Random 5 Monday ~ Bourdain, Beaches and Ducks

It’s Monday and it’s time for some random thoughts from the ever-swirling mind of yours truly.  Ready?  No.  Well get set, let’s go!

1 ) Still reeling over the loss of Anthony Bourdain.   I’m not even a foodie.  And I wanted to be one … watching him.  I wanted to walk into his kitchen, sit at his table,  have him flirt outrageously with me, tell a clever joke and have him lean in for the punch line.   Young, middle-aged, older – there was something about him that drew us in.   And kept us there.  This blogger sums up our loss beautifully –    #LOSS.

I hope he has peace now. 😦

2 ) Last week I took a couple of days off ~ I was, once again, up against the deadline.  Time to use vacation days.  Darn.   Thursday I packed tea, sunblock, my books and a beach chair and drove myself to Lake Michigan.  A place where stress does not thrive.  I read for hours, enjoyed other people’s children, watched a wedding, dug my toes in the sand and came home with beach hair & freckles.  And yes, I aim to repeat this many times over the summer.  #SUMMERGOALS.

~~~ ahhh ~~~
An Emjayandthem(C) Photo

3 )  The days are longer now that summer is officially here.  Celebrating my birthday I reflected on changes.  Much much stays the same ~ the work load, schedule, and expectations.  But I’ve changed – I’m a bit easier on myself than I used to be.   I’ve said “no” to others so I can say “yes” to me. I’ve slowed down. I’ve leaned in.   I’ve savored.  There’s a shift and I like it.  #SELF-CARE

4 )  Something I’ve realized – getting older – is that I’m a lot like Mom:  I don’t mind time alone, I crave it.  I get a little bit cranky with too many people and too much noise.   Yes I enjoy good conversation, music and such but I can – and will – easily spend days by myself.    A few nights back I imagined taking a week off and never leaving the house.   I found myself day-dreaming of how that would go:

  • Sleep
  • Read
  • Putter outside
  • Read
  • Write
  • Chat on the phone / visit with Hubbs
  • Sing/dance to music
  • Read
  • Putter outside
  • Read
  • Exercise/stretch
  • Sleep

I even had a fantasy food list ready.  It came to me immediately and goes something like this:

  • Strong coffee with cream
  • Grilled anything & Fresh veggies
  • Strawberries and watermelon
  • Iced Tea
  • Bacon & eggs
  • Fajitas
  • Avocados
  • Chinese Coleslaw
  • Margaritas and Fresh Limes

I realized that this exercise was really me manifesting my summer “wish list.”  Yep, time to book more days off.  #SUMMERGOALS

5 ) Saw two ducks on my walk earlier tonight … made me think of this:




Your turn:

  • Did a celebrity death ever leave you reeling?  (recent or not)
  • Are you making a summer wish list, too?
  • Got any bread?



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12 thoughts on “Random 5 Monday ~ Bourdain, Beaches and Ducks

  1. Thank you for sharing my post. I’ll tell you I’m still affected by Bordain’s passing. He was that guy who everyone loved and admired. He’ll be missed for a very, very long time!!! XOXOXOXOXO

  2. Diane Helminiak

    I am saddened by all deaths by suicide. When I was 21, I thought my life so bad that I asked God not to let me live another 21. I am so glad that He had other plans for me and my life. Now at 57, I celebrate my birthdays for a month because if it would have my my way, I wouldn’t be here now. I tell very few people of this story. Just think of all the people I wouldn’t have met (wink wink)

    • oh Diane. It took great courage for you to share this ~ Yes He most definitely had other plans for you! Long before we’re even awake there’s a sunrise prepared for us! I love that you now celebrate for a month and yes, I couldn’t imagine my life without you in it!! Hugs, MJ

  3. I have a nail 🙂 Joke made me smile. A week off to do whatever (like your list) sounds GREAT! I need to carve one of those out for me! We’ re taking 4 days off in a week for a family reunion to be with wife’s extended family. It is not the same. Not the same @ all. Once I get this big remodel under my belt that is starting in 2 weeks, I think I will schedule it. Your day on the beach felt lovely. I am a lot like you in the people department. I enjoy people, but also crave alone time. Now I’m rambling Take care. DM

    • Somehow I knew you’d love my duck joke – ha! Enjoy the family reunion and schedule that down time ~ time to putter, enjoy some dark roast coffee, ponder, write and recharge. Cheers! MJ

      • Told my girlfriend of 39 yrs about your post/ and my intention of taking that week off once this big remodel is under my belt. She thought it was a great idea too! Just that little nudge I needed to make it happen. Have a great day! DM

      • that sounds perfect ~ hope you and your girl enjoy yourselves~!~ MJ

  4. As I’ve gotten older I appreciate my alone time more. I like quiet. I found that I enjoy myself. There are no disagreements (except over the second piece of chocolate but eating it always wins!). Sometimes I declare a no-people zone (except for my husband who is too much like me).

  5. Chris Cornell really got me. He was such a sweet man and had the best voice in rock, in my humble opinion.

    My summer wish list starts next week during my 2-week vacation: Be still. That is all! 🙂

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