Today, we went walking and hiking and jogging through a web of trails just near where my friend will be living these next three months.
At first, I was worried about any jogging, because we don’t have hills in Houston, but California clearly has mountains and lots of ups and downs…, but I didn’t try any running until I was well warmed up, and that turned out to be perfect.
We had intended to go on what my friend kept calling ‘a quick three-mile’ hike/walk, but, with little signage and our playing around with photos, our quick three miles turned into four miles and just over two hours.
Fortunately, it was beautiful, what with the misty mountains in the distance and the gorgeous hills and little valleys all around us, and we had a wonderful time, embracing the change in scheduling.
This evening, a quick, half-hour walk with a friend on the phone turned into an hour walk, followed by another hour chat, followed by over an hour and a half of guitar and ukulele (first together and then just my playing and singing for her).
This is a Friday well spent. 🙂
Sometimes, getting creative can be useful not only for the immediate goal, but also for a secondary but equally important one. You see, I didn’t have all my steps in for the day (based on my step goal on my fabulous FitBit) this evening, and so I was pacing forward and backward while talking with my mom. She told me that it was just too weird that I was doing that – literally walking forward and then reversing, while still facing and talking with her – and that I needed to stop walking like that. And so, I got creative. I walked at least five different ways that did not involve a forward-backward trek, and asked my mom how each one was. On the really fast shuffled steps, neither one of us could hold it together – it was just too funny. And so, by being creative and silly, I not only moved my step count closer to my step goal for the day, but I also created an opportunity for my mom and me to bond a little bit more. Mind, body, and soul are doing well. Healthy on all fronts tonight! 😛
I was a scorekeeper for a golf tournament today, and then I went to markets and festivals around town, giving me this Fitbit award.
I am totally proud.
When you’ve just got to reach that step goal, but it’s almost bedtime and way too hot and buggy outside…
P.S. In case you can’t tell, that was pacing the house for half an hour.
On my evening walk last night, I walked with a small opossum for a while. It was great. He was adorable. We were both enjoying the weather and a casual stroll in it. At one point, we paused and gazed into one another’s eyes for a few moments. It was very intimate. I guess it got a little too intimate for him, though, and he felt awkward. Because, a few seconds after our gazing into one another, he wandered off suddenly in a different direction. And I haven’t heard from him since. Sigh… And we had been having such a good time… Perhaps we will never understand the male sex…
Walking, walking, I hear the swish-chh, swish-chh of my steps through the ankle-high grass, plants, and flowers. Taller grass lines my path, and flowers surround me in any direction, waving delicately in the wind, reminding me ever so slightly of bobble heads and those dashboard dancing creatures. The wind makes a muffled howl over my ears as it whoos around and past me, giving me the perfect balance of cool air and hot sunlight. My hair whispies whisp around my face like the pitter-patter of raindrops on my face during yesterday’s sprinkles. Goats bleh at nothing in particular ahead of me, frolicking in the grass and climbing in the trees, occasionally falling out like it’s no big deal. I see one of the new babies following suit, monkey see, monkey do… for goats… I want to bottle this up (and take it everywhere with me, so I can pull it out whenever I am sad), runs through my head. But I know that it would be odd, bottling something that, in itself, expresses freedom, openness, and ease. You Can’t bottle this – that’s the point. That’s why it is so special. That’s why I am here right now. Because God and the world knew it was perfect for me right now. And it is perfection.
Grace, followed by gratitude and love. That is my today.