I’ve been staycationing this week, and have actually been managing to have some fun, including some of the things I mentioned wanting to do in my last post. Highlights:
I reread The Great Gatsby and ended up watching not only the new movie adaptation, but the one from 1974 as well. I didn’t have fond memories of the 1974 version, having watched it in high school, but I liked it a lot better this time around. I think I like it and the Baz Luhrmann version about equally, for very different reasons. Neither one is really great. Then again, the book itself didn’t resonate with me the way it did when I was a teenager, either. At any rate, it was an interesting experience.
Walking. I’ve been doing a lot of walking! Here’s my little walk tracker thing for the month (there were a couple during the first week of month I forgot to track, too):
A lot of these were just walks around the neighborhood with Otis, but Neil and I also finally walked the Big Four Bridge, which was lovely. And we walked to Eiderdown one night for dinner. And Tuesday’s walk wasn’t a walk at all, but a five-mile hike at Bernheim!
It was a great hike, aside from the many, MANY ticks we found on ourselves during and afterwards. Fortunately, none had embedded themselves (that we know of). I had even covered myself in Off! Deep Woods, but that didn’t do a bit of good. Blargh.
In other walking news, Otis and I got caught in the rain this morning. We hadn’t even left the front porch when I heard the first rumble of thunder, but I didn’t want to go back in because Otis gets SO excited about walks, and you can’t really explain to a dog that hey, it turns out this isn’t such a great time to walk, let’s try again in a few hours. So off we went, and it wasn’t long before I was caught in a deluge wearing shorts, a t-shirt, and sandals. Poor Otis really hates being wet, and actually made a half-hearted and completely unrealistic attempt at crawling up in the wheel well of a truck to get out of the rain. We finally made it home and dried off, but I’m not sure he’s going to forgive me.
In delicious food news, Wiltshire Pantry Bakery and Cafe opened today and I stopped there to pick up lunch. The chicken salad was quite good, but the Italian sub – oh my god. Easily one of the very best sandwiches of my entire life. And I am seriously excited about having quality croissants nearby!
Neil and I also celebrated three years of marriage yesterday.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been three years already, but on the other hand, our wedding anniversary always seems kind of insignificant compared to our dating anniversary; we will have been together nine years this December. I reflect every single day on how lucky I am to share such an amazing partnership with someone. We celebrated by having dinner at Mojito, which was delicious as always.
This has been a great and much-needed bit of time off from work. I’m looking forward to doing more fun stuff over the weekend, too!