Walking

I’ve resolved this month to spend more time in nature. I started a new job in April that requires a longer commute so I’m in the car and/or my office a lot these days. That’s not really what led me to decide to get out more though. What really prompted this was my discovery that Google is tracking me. I know, I know. It’s creepy, corporate domination, big brother, rise of the machines, etc., etc.

It happened on June 1. I got a notification from Google Now (a service you have to enable to let Google track you) (I mean, they probably were anyway)(but maybe they’re not creepy and weren’t until I said they could?) that I had walked 3 miles in the month of May. That’s probably not super accurate because, according to the Google Now terms, Google only gets periodic updates (they claim anyway) and I don’t carry my phone with me every time I go for a walk (unsafe, I know), but that’s still a number that’s waaaaay too low for my taste.

So. This month I’ve decided to make sure that number is a bit higher and I’ve been trying to make sure I get at least half an hour of time in nature everyday. Usually that takes the form of a walk either with the bear dogs or the husband and baby. Sometimes it’s just some time playing in the yard and gardening with the baby. Sometimes its a lunchtime stroll across campus. The point isn’t really a specific activity. It’s to make sure I see some sunshine and get a little more movement in my life.

Thus far it’s going really well. All the time in nature is making me focus on things I wouldn’t have noticed before. Like that there’s a couple of wild ducks that hang out in my neighbors yard in the evening and that my dogs give the illusion of being really well trained when there’s other people around provided those other people aren’t also walking dogs. Here’s my favorite view from last night’s walk in the park near my house.

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I discovered heaven on Earth

Guys. Did you know there’s a beer cheese festival? And did you know that for $5 you can taste like 30 different kinds of beer cheese? I know. It sounds too good to be true. But, luckily, it is true! It’s happening today in Winchester and it’s awesome.

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We spent the early afternoon there today with a few thousand of our closest friends. Not only is this festival awesome because it revolves around beer cheese and Ale-8, the fact that it was on Father’s Day weekend got me out of going to a steakhouse to celebrate. Beer cheese and no steak. Win-win.

This was, surprisingly, our first festival with a baby. No wait. That’s a lie. I took Stella to a festival in Berea last year. BUT. This was definitely our first festival with a toddler. She LOVED it. She spent most of the time people watching but when she wasn’t doing that she was tossing her hat on the ground to distract us while she bolted away.

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We just got home and I’m already looking forward to next year!

Jumping back on the horse

 

It’s been a while since I posted something here. The truth is I had a really really rough few months in the fall in winter. I won’t bore you with the details suffice to say it wasn’t anything super serious. It was really just a work-life balance thing. Things are better now and for the last several weeks I’ve felt the old urge to write again. I’m feeling excited that my creative spark is every so slowly starting to shine again. I’ve been putting off posting here though. This is by far the longest blogging break I’ve taken and I was am nervous about coming back. Here I am though. I’m back and I’m ready to write again. Stay tuned!