Sunday, March 15, 2015
mid-march check in
March is half over now. It feels more like summer here these last few days, rather than technically still winter. Oh my. Winters lately in Southern California. To tell you the truth, I'm feeling pretty anxious about the lack of rain, the record drought conditions, and the ever hotter winters. I'm not sure what else to say about that. I hope that human beings adapt to this new climate . . .
Good things that have been happening in March--my walks are getting more regular and I'm liking them more. This is a good sign. I'll refrain from getting overly optimistic too soon. I think having a hill to walk up gives me enough challenge and novelty that it feels new and fresh to me--not my usual super boring walk around the block. And on Saturdays (two weeks in a row now) I've been going to the top of my normal hill and then entering the trailhead at the top and doing the entire loop. I call it a hike, but I think most would call it more of a walk. Anyway, it is beautiful and the views from the top are sweeping (see photo 1). It takes me an hour and a half to do the full loop. It's exciting to have this.
I've been listening to a new podcast-- Happier with Gretchen Rubin. You know I like her blog and books, right? The podcast is in its infancy, but it's pretty fun. Her sister is her co-host. Her sister is located in Southern California and she also commented on a local hiking trail she has been enjoying and that what passes for "hiking" in So Cal would most likely be known as "walking" everywhere else. It made me smile for sure! What podcasts are you listening to lately? I hear Invisibilia is worth checking out. I listened to one episode (the one they aired on This American Life) but I need to download more episodes and give it a fair chance. How about you?
In other news, I have a new breakfast (photo #2). Faith sent me a picture of her breakfast one morning this week, and I was fully inspired. Hers was eggs, avocado, and tomatoes. I subbed spinach for the avo and have been having it ever since. I think it's making me healthier already! ;)
Also--the orange blossoms are fully in bloom and they are fragrant and lovely. I love this time of year--so expectant and hopeful. I love making plans for summer and the longer evenings (after the sleep deprivation is over).
I did a bit of a closet cleanup today and am heading to Buffalo Exchange tomorrow after work to sell some stuff. I'm continuing my goal to transition to a capsule wardrobe. I feel like I'm making some good self discoveries in the process (e.g. buy less and don't expect to like it forever, so adjust your spending accordingly. I think I've mentioned Jennifer L. Scott's YouTube videos before, yes? She is very helpful in this process).
Thank you so much for the comments you have been leaving! I haven't been getting e-mail notifications lately (not sure why), but discovered today comments I hadn't seen before. Thanks again! How is your March going?