What a Wonderful Week recaps the week in posts and shares tidbits of interest from the week that was, as well as giving a sneak peek for the coming week!

It’s hot!

Goodness, it got steamy this week in New England! I’ve already been for a swim today, and I think that I might go for another one (the water is most definitely NOT warm, but that’s the point on a day like today). We’re in for some more seasonal weather in the next week, so I’m soaking up the summery goodness where I can.

How are you? How was your week?


Like everyone these days, I’ve been thinking about AI. I’ve used it (I’m pretty much trying everything)—it’s helped me sort out some coding for this blog and answered some questions for me. As a blogger and writer, it’s made me think about what the coming years will bring to creative expression.

On her Substack, Elin Lööw wrote a thought-provoking take on this last week, “I Don’t Want to Be an AI.” We humans get to mess up and do something unexpected, and that imperfection is the good stuff, isn’t it? Anyhow, this is definitely worth a read.

The week in posts

Here’s a recap of the week in posts, where we are definitely embracing summer.

Travel—Planning Your First Solo Trip

Planning that first solo trip can prove a bit daunting, but focusing on how much fun you’re going to have can make a huge difference! This is a post to help figure out the best first solo trip for you. There’s a planning guide for subscribers, too!

Eat—Individual Chocolate Icebox Cakes

Icebox cakes are little miracles, aren’t they? Grab some cookies, whip up a whipped cream frosting, and leave them in the fridge for a bit, and you get delicious cake without so much as glancing at your oven. That’s a perfect summer dessert for me. This version uses real maraschino cherries and mascarpone to make for a rich treat, and I found a substitute for the classic cookie that’s sadly been discontinued. This small-batch recipe makes two ramekin-sized icebox cakes, which is just enough of a good thing.

Live—My Wonderful Life: A Game to Connect the Dots

If you’re a longtime reader, you may remember the little card game I shared when I first started blogging that helped me remember to do the things I love on daily basis. It was a great little game, but I have a better one now.

If you’ve ever found yourself halfway through the year not quite remembering what it was that you’d wanted to do, this game can help. It connects your values, goals, and wants with your daily activities to keep everything top of mind.

Is it cheesy? Yep. Does it work? Also, yep. Come on. It’s fun, I promise.

Sundry Wonders—Time Got Strange

Summer weather came so fast here that it threw me for a bit of a loop, and it reminded me of a conversation I had some months ago about time feeling a bit funny sometimes.


Here’s a sneak peek for next week!

  • Travel—Day trip ideas from Kotor, Montenegro, and how to get to them if you don’t have a car (seriously—driving is dicey there!).
  • EatA refreshing nonalcoholic summer drink (that you can totally add booze to if you want).
  • Live (but also Travel)—Things to do around your home before you leave for a trip that will have you thanking your genius self when you get home.
  • Sundry Wonders—Snaps and thoughts from the week.

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