But I've discovered a few things -- coffee tastes better when I sip it at my favorite breakfast nook perch, rather than at a desk in an office building. Having a glass of wine at lunch just because you can is a decadent treat. And there still just aren't enough minutes in a day.
Four days into my "sabbatical" and I still hadn't picked up a a paint brush. Not enough time, it seemed. But the other day, I wrote about the powers of observation, and how bringing a sketchbook on a vacation helps me see a bit better. Taking the time to make a quick sketch slows the world a bit, or at least leaves a vivid memory of a time or place.
So I decided that instead of waiting to travel, I would start a sketchbook of my day to day, in hopes that I can slow things down a bit, or at least create a strong memory for what this time in my life is all about. My own backyard may not be the Jardins du Luxembourg, but the magnolia trees that bloom there are worth a long look, I think.
Beauty is fleeting, and if you don't take the time to watch for it, you could very well miss the show.
What do you want to make sure you take the time to really see this weekend?