My husband enjoys being a rowing referee, and last weekend he drove to Chicago to work at a regatta there. He took some photos, which he shared with me, and said that it would be a great place for our team to go next year. The course does indeed look beautiful:

Photo of Chicago Sprints rowing regatta.

Although he asked me whether I’d like to come along, I declined. Our trip to Philadelphia over Independence Day weekend was a fun adventure, but I just can’t be on the go all the time. Instead, I spent a quiet weekend reading on my Kindle and puttering around in the yard.

I am still trying to find that elusive balance between drawing energy from new activities and giving myself enough time to relax so that the energy doesn’t all drain away. It probably will feel much easier once I develop a better sense of it.

Nurturing Thursday was started by Becca Givens and seeks to encourage self-nurturing and to “give the planet a much needed shot of fun, support and positive energy.”


  1. Hi Meg, I’m proud of you for saying no and respecting your need to relax, this is wonderful. Have a great week!

    • Thanks Elizabeth! Today we went rowing in the rain with some friends. At first, I wasn’t sure if it would be a good idea because we’d had thunderstorms overnight. But the rain stayed light, we didn’t hear any thunder, and we rowed well together. I felt more energetic than if I’d just stayed home and looked out the window at the dark clouds. Sometimes it’s good to get out. 🙂

  2. Hello Meg,

    I enjoyed reading your post, and please forgive me for introducing myself via this platform. I work at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland with students who are passionate about studying the humanities. For reference the program is the Cleveland Humanities Collaborative. As part of the program, students explore their career interests through micro-internships (experiences related to career exploration that can range from 2 hours to 24 hours/semester).

    One of my students mentioned that she would be interested in connecting with you to learn about your work with the Autistic Self Advocacy Network. The student will be taking coursework at CWRU in the fall, and after seeing you went to CWRU, we thought we could connect with you. Thus, I was able to find you here! 🙂

    If you might be interested in connecting with this student, please feel free to respond to me on here or via email.

    I appreciate your understanding and consideration!


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