Wednesday it got cold. It’s been pleasant and jacket-friendly but not cold until Wednesday’s rain ushered in a really cold north wind. I walked out of the Mother Ship at lunch, and I shivered as I pulled my lightweight wool jacket around me. “Time for coats and gloves,” I said to myself. Last year I eagerly anticipated winter. This year it snuck up on me. It is almost November. It’s definitely right on time.
This week I cooked pears, made applesauce, roasted butternut squash and drank enough chai to sink a battleship. I took my wool blanket out of storage and put it on my bed, wore gloves on a run and made a run to Trader Joe’s to get some sipping chocolate. Alas, they were out as I guess many others had the same idea. It’s probably just as well since I’m trying to limit my sugar intake substantially. We even got a dusting of snow Friday night. Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away, and some of the businesses here have already hung Christmas lights. And the whining about the weather has begun.
It’s hard to believe it’s been over a year since I arrived here on the shore of Lake Michigan. It’s passed so fast. I’m starting to make friends, and I’m even dating a little. Work, because of a lot of different reasons, does not feel comfortable yet, but every day before I walk into the building I remind myself of how grateful I am to have the opportunity to work here. The company is having some challenges, and a downsizing has been announced, but I’m tucking that away in the back of my mind assuming I won’t be impacted. There’s nothing I can do about it anyway. Besides, that’s part of the deal when you work for a consumer products company. I knew it when I came here.
The cooler weather runs off the tourists, and the locals are settling into routines in the haunts of the lakeside towns. I’m in Saugatuck at my favorite coffee stop Uncommon Coffee Roasters. It doesn’t have the ambience of Magpie Cafe in Baton Rouge, but it is nice, and the coffee is really good. Saugatuck is an LGBT-friendly village, and last night they had an adult Halloween parade. People seem to be just getting up and about after noon, so they must have had a good time. The parade was on my list of things to do this weekend, but I chickened out with the weather forecast. It seems like I missed out on a good time, but there’s always next year.
I ran four miles yesterday!
I have a lot on my mind these days. I’m trying to be kind to myself. I’m giving myself plenty of time to exercise, run, practice yoga and meditation and socialize. Me and everybody I know seems to be suffering from a low-grade depression. My goal this week is to get back to regular strength-training and continue my running. That usually helps me reset. Getting off Facebook and meditating regularly has helped as well. I’m considering a few acupuncture treatments or some energy work to jumpstart my energy and my mood. And I really need to get out in the woods. Today it was too wet out for hiking, but I did some yoga and strength-training this morning.
Well, I think I’ll try to be present and do some people-watching here. There’s a lot of young beautiful people on their computers sitting around. I wonder what we did before we sat together in front of screens? If I try to remember way back, I think we talked. Maybe that has something to do with the depression and the disconnection in our society. There are 10 people in this room, and not a soul is saying a word. We are all on our computers. I, for one, am getting off here.
Talk to you later….