I got out of bed at 3:45am, and met my friend outside at about 4:10am to drive to the airport.
I flew in an airplane to Chicago, where I met my cousins and then drove to Wisconsin.
We met with my brother and his friend at Devil’s Lake, and then hiked about six miles together around the lake.
We admired willingly the spectacular and deep-breathing-inspiring colors of the Fall, and awed at a Bald Eagle who flew over the lake for a bit.
We checked into our joined suite rooms, and then dunes down the street at an all-you-can-eat Mongolian stir-fry place, each eating more than we’d intended.
We gathered in the joined living area of the suite rooms, sipped digestifs, chatted about nonsense, played ukulele, practiced/learned some yoga and some acro-yoga, talked about nerd stuff, joked about my brother’s classmates back in college who argued about some terms in calculus, cracked up when my cousins began to argue about those terms in calculus, and consciously enjoyed our collective company.
I chatted more with my brother as he prepared for bed and I, unknowingly, was locked out of my room.
We laughed, and, eventually, I gained access back into my room with my cousins.
My cousin and I listened to voicemails from our grandparents, filled with wholesome delight.
I took the first good shower I’ve had in months (since the one where I’m living has been quite the nonsensical mess since I moved in there), and reminisced about Japanese onsen while I untangled a crazy knot in my extremely long hair.
I earned another badge in my Fitbit, because I walked over 22,000 steps today.
I stayed awake and in a good mood for over 19 hours.
I breathed easily almost the entire day, for the first time in a long while (it has felt, anyway).
I was myself, and so were the others, and we were spectacular.
I and we did good today, both grammatically correctly and incorrectly. 😉