Sunday, January 22, 2012

Being happy with the ordinary.

I started my weekend last night with friends celebrating the Vietnamese New Year. The year of the dragon which doesn't come around but every 60 years. We had fresh spring rolls and various yummy food.

Today it was 80 degrees and I decided to put my running shoes on and go for a run walk. I didn't want to make a big deal about it so I just threw on some old jeans and head out the door. Sometimes if I think too much about preparing to do something I can talk myself right out of it.

What should I wear? What route will I take? Where is my ipod? Is it charged? Instead I threw on my loose jeans, my shoes and t-shirt and I hit road. I just started walking and when the spirit moved me I ran.

It was freeing and I covered about four miles. I live near the river and stopped a community dock where a number of people were fishing. While I stood looking at the water a woman pulled in a 10" catfish and a man hooked an eel but it got away.

I haven't been out in my neighborhood really since I have lived here. Being in darkness I have missed a lot and it feels like I am seeing everything for the first. I did see a woman coming out of house that I actually looked at before I bought the one that I am in now. I said hello and moved on.

I really liked the house it was built by a famous architect and was diamond in the rough. The woman selling it hadn't updated since it was new and it needed more time and money than I had to bring it back to life.

It is located in the neighborhood next to mine where some of the houses are on the river and are maintained beautifully. The rest of the area is nice but is dotted with vacant homes some in serious disrepair. Many were vacant and it made me sad to think how many lives have changed these past few years but life go goes on and we adapt and wait for time to work things out.

I am wrapping up my weekend by rising at 6 am to make a trip south to see the migration of the manatees. It should be a real treat if I can keep my eyes open.

I going with the flow these days and letting go of the outcome. It was nice to just have a ordinary fun weekend.


  1. Sounds like a nice weekend to me.

  2. Like you, I can talk myself into and right back out of a lot of things, especially things that involve exercise! I'm so glad that you are able to "see" once again.

  3. The manatees are fascinating. Occasionally, they will come up this way in summer. Gentle creatures...