In many ways I’m a planner in life, but I think there’s always that extra space for some much-needed spontaneity. (It’s kind of like how there’s always that tiny bit of extra room in your stomach, no matter how full you are, for a good crème brûlée.) On the planning end of the spectrum, I love hosting dinner parties, traveling (Sweden next year), and making sure I always fit in a game of tennis or golf or a long bike ride. And on the spontaneous side, I once traveled to Brazil with four days’ notice (getting a Visa was a nightmare!), I do a lot of experimenting in my kitchen (no casualties yet…), and if someone wants to try a new restaurant in town, I’ll be there before Tom Sietsema even has a chance to do his review.
While I do keep myself very active, there are a few simple things that really make me happy: buying fresh veggies for the week at Eastern Market, watching a Redskins game on Sundays, playing a round of golf, or accomplishing a project around my house. It’s the little things that sometimes have the most meaning.