I’m fortunate enough to have a job I feel passionate about—as a lawyer, righting my clients’ wrongs. I’ve a strong sense of fair play, so it comes naturally. But, it can be an uphill battle. So, needless to say, I am thankful for my downtime.
My downtime runs the gamut from the passive:
• taking in almost any genre of movie (I caught all of last year’s Oscar
nominees —yes, including the Tarantino film)
• catching a Jets or Giants game on TV on a lazy Sunday afternoon
• cozying up with the latest Wally Lamb or Amy Tan novel on my Kindle
. . .To Energizer-Bunny active:
• galloping my horse, Alvin, along wide-open trails on Long Island
• exploring new places and restaurants (including in my own home town, NYC)
• skiing various mountains from Vermont to Colorado
• hiking the trails in Wyoming and Montana—among my very favorite states
. . . and everything in between:
• dancing to some rock n’ roll classics, like the Stones, Clapton or Aretha
• baking and cooking. My mother’s bible was The Settlement Cookbook, which included the inscription: “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” Though times have changed, there is still some truth to those words. Just ask my daughters about my apple pie or turkey.
I’m definitely a people person. How would you spot me when you walk into a crowded room? See that woman in the corner looking lost and keeping to herself? That’s not me. And, while I have all the Glam Girl chromosomes to relish a relaxing manicure, I’m also in my element clasping those red-tipped fingers around a pair of hedge clippers while clearing trails. Honestly, how many trailblazers do you know? After Hurricane Sandy, many of the Long Island trails where I ride were destroyed; so, I was part of a trailblazing team (though I don’t expect to be mastering a chain saw anytime soon).
A word about Alvin: I bought him after he flunked out at the racetrack. Though he’s a gorgeous chestnut and looks like he’d be named Secretariat, I didn’t want to traumatize him by changing his name, even though he shares it with the world’s most famous chipmunk.
Here are a few things on my bucket list:
•Someday getting another dog. I grew up with a Boxer named Molly, and if you are a dog person, you can’t help but laugh and smile just thinking about your childhood dog
•To visit new places, from Budapest to the fields of Normandy. I’m intrigued by historical places.
•To revisit favorite haunts: Dublin (very cool and so friendly); Israel (I was fortunate to have seen the Sinai Peninsula, Hebron and Bethlehem); and, probably most of all, to stroll along the romantic alleyways of Venice, hand-in-hand, of course.
• To take up golf again, even though I wasn't particularly good (an understatement) Don’t ask my handicap, but at least the ball went in the right direction.
What’s on your list? I would love to hear about it.
My grandmother used to say, “Every pot has a cover.” I think what we are all looking for is pretty simple, isn’t it? My starter kit is feeling at-home, comfortable when we’re together, along with engaging and intimate conversation.
And always, “How was your day?”