A way to survive the empty nest and a "cracked "relationship with a fun daily challenge of new experiences, reflections, sources, and some biblical guidance. I hope this blog which offers a fun journey to survive by trying something new, either vicariously or by doing, will result in a survival tool kit to replace the past familiar doing, giving, and/or incorporating the interest of your child or your long gone love interest, with some new self interest(s).
I have to admit that I
am an ice cream junkie even though I don’t
have much of sweet tooth. Plain old vanilla
has always been my downfall . Give me a good
vanilla shake and I am in heaven. When I heard that the new chain, “The Burgatory,” had great milk shakes, I was
on a mission to try them. I am sure that
Maslow was not thinking about ice cream when
he described man’s physiological needs (food and shelter) at the bottom of his ascending
pyramid to reach self- actualization but since this is my blog, milk shakes are on the path to the top.
In Maslow’s theory
appreciating beauty is a subset of acquiring
self- esteem which is on his pyramid that leads to self-actualization on the top. There is no better place in Pittsburgh to appreciate natural beauty than at Phipps Conservatory.
As I noted in Day 35,
I have been to the Phipps many times, however this time was my first time
going at night, going for free during
Pittsburgh’s "RADical Days,” and sharing the beauty with my mother.
I have a friend (my music consultant) that has challenged my
musical experiences by introducing me to
bands that I have never heard of but now really like (See Day 58- Black Keys, Day 113-Stage AE). Death Cab For Cutie is another one of those
bands. My blog book inspiration, reminds
us that, "Magic is something we can make
ourselves! Start with a friend,..(and) add music and dancing”(from Everything
I Need to Know I Learned From a Disney Golden Book). Thus trying new bands and trying a new outside venue, especially on a
warm night, is a continued empty- nest plan.
(Since I am employed in the school system the first few weeks of school are “crazy busy",
thus the blog hiatus)
comes to a close a September warm sunny day is a day to savor, especially in Pittsburgh where
sunshine is rare. This week was filled with a few “Indian summer” days and I had an invitation to enjoy a day on a
boat. I thought it was just going to be
a boat ride so I was surprised when I also had the opportunity to water ski, something that I have not done in
over 8 years.