Thursday, February 23, 2012
We slathered ourselves with sun block, put on hats and T-shirts and stayed in the shade while enjoying the glorious warmth.
We traveled with a group of six friends and friends-to-be. Mark is always happy in a crowd but I tend to be a bit of a lone wolf so it's good for me to mingle a little. I have more moments when I would be happy to hide behind a book. One morning I gathered my coffee and toast and prepared to sit quietly and enjoy the sun on the deck only to find, after about 2 minutes, that someone wanted to join me and talk about everything planned for the day.
There were other moments when I was out of my comfort zone as we call it these days. I went zip-lining for the first time although I did pass on white-water rafting later that same day. I wasn't sure my heart could take it. On a boat ride down the river I had a monkey crawl across my shoulders. While everyone else was saying how cute he was, I was holding my breath. All the birds were wonderful and I was fine watching them from the river but wasn't really ready to get close-up and personal with the wildlife.
All in all it was a great experience and I would go back there any time. Now I'm back to knitting and reading but that little bit of warmth and daring will hold me through the rest of the winter.
Sunday, February 5, 2012
When we woke Saturday, the world was covered in a blanket of white and we had no power. Mark thought we needed to shovel. I thought we needed to figure out how to get a cup of coffee. Let me just say right here that Mark loves to do things that begin with bundling up and end with rosy cheeks. I, on the other hand, am happiest staying warm.
This morning after church Mark suggested that I really needed to try going cross country skiing with him. I had planned on another afternoon of serious knitting but he looked so excited by the prospect, I said yes. I haven't been on skis for about 30 years so I didn't hold high hopes for a great outing but we took it slow and Elmwood Park is fairly flat. On the way home, Mark asked if I needed another cup of coffee. I'm not sure I'm ever going to be a great outdoor gal but it's good to share interests.
Tonight we will watch the Superbowl for an hour or so and then switch to Downton Abby. A little of both is OK.