Keeping My Perspective
It's been too easy to stay in hiding and regress to unhealthy habits amidst the virus fear and socioeconomic anxiety. So, while I'll admit to some restless nights coupled with a few large pizzas, I'm also actively avoiding a lackadaisical lifestyle.
Suffice to say that I'm pleased to be without TV, yet must admit that Twitter is eating too many hours of my brain. I'm grateful for a lovely kitchen; for a patio with a view so I'm outdoors even when I don't get out the door; for two wheels and two feet to cruise about town; and for my continued love of learning. While I've yet to focus a minute on my book proposal, I did complete my history course, am habitually reading two books simultaneously, et oui, j'etudie le Francais, aussi! Honestly, my "to do list" seems never-ending.
If there's one thing I've learned these past five years, it's how important it is to keep my eyes wide open to see and appreciate what every place and most people have to offer. So for weeks, while Baltimore had very few cars and people about, I did pause and appreciate the city. Socially, I'm feeding my need for people time with phone calls (lots of family & friend birthdays this spring), and on two days in May, I actually had in-person fun.
Believe me, I miss life on the road and cocooning in my tent. I miss waking up with the sun to the birds singing. I miss stepping out of bed and stepping into the great outdoors. Yes, I miss living outside and meeting people with stories to tell. But, I'm not ready to share public spaces, so remaining nomadic means moving to a new (indoor) location mid-June in the hills of Western Maryland. Stay with me.
6/9/2020 09:18:02 am
Such an enjoyable walking tour through Baltimore's eclectic attractions. The Ukranian Church seems magnificent, the Book Escape a definite go-to. Have you made a Vaccaro's stop yet? I would recognize not only Scott's stance but the accompanying infamous grin. Stay well and maintain your healthy perspective. Love the Natty Bow 'do.
6/9/2020 07:50:42 pm
AMG: Thanks for visiting, too! Indeed, Fred returned yesterday for a final visit & the walk had one destination - Vaccaro's! Bakery picnic by the harbor on a Monday. J.
6/14/2020 04:08:32 am
Great to hear about your comings n goings in America as states open back up. Here in Georgia buffets n senior community residences are given the green light but I am still taking a month to do more than grocery shop. The numbers are spiking in the South and I am an asthmatic so keeping it close to the chin. Once a week I get out and skateboard in the Arabia Mountain pedestrian trails and practice my handstands. Well wishes, see you on the road Judy Grillo!
6/15/2020 04:58:28 pm
Lars: I'm happy you're visiting & that you're being cautious! Trust me, NO indoor activity whatsoever for me -- no restaurants; no shopping except food; and there's no museums open to tour so no temptation there. All of my goings on happen in movement -- bike or walk. I've just landed in the Maryland mountains and will write soon! j.
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