I broke my walking streak this weekend. For 158 days in a row, I reached my daily step goal, ranging from the 3000 I started with, up to the 7000 that I’ve been doing since March. But on Friday, I spent several hours driving down to Sarasota and it was oppressively hot. I needed to go grocery shopping so I figured I’d do some walking in a nice air-conditioned store, but I couldn’t find the store and so ran out of time. In the evening, I went out to dinner with R and his friend A to a cool Peruvian restaurant and by the time I got back to the campground, it was full dark. And I still had over 2,000 steps to go. I looked at my step-counter and just said, nope, done. The end of my streak!
But yesterday R came to pick me up at the campground and he didn’t want to pay the parking fee, so asked me to meet him out at the front. I grumbled a little inwardly — I’d walked all the way out to the front when I was here in the fall and I remembered it as a really long walk. Six months later, not so much. It was satisfyingly easy, even in the heat. I will definitely be starting a new walking streak, and maybe even raising my goal, but maybe not until I get out of Florida. Only two weeks left here, I hope!
R took me out to the movies — Guardians of the Galaxy II. I don’t know how many years now we’ve been going to superhero movies for Mother’s Day, but it’s a very satisfying tradition. The movie was a little darker than I expected it to be, though, and some of the jokes were surprisingly… mature. In an entertaining twist of roles, R — who works in a preschool and babysits in his spare time — said afterwards that he couldn’t help thinking about the uncomfortable conversations some of the parents of the small children in the audience were likely to be having. It’s rated PG-13, so I’m thinking those parents should have been a little warier.
In other news, I’m feeling dramatically stressed about this upcoming week, for no real good reason. It just feels like I have a lot to do…
(So much to do, in fact, that I forget to finish and post this blog post on Monday. But I’m posting it now and following it with another!)
We’re heading for Denver on Monday and I’ve been stressed about the trip as we’ll be playing tour guide for my cousin and her husband who are flying in from the U.K. I’m always anxious whenever we get ready to take a trip, but this one is a bit more intense. Just the anticipation, I guess. My half-sister N lived in Maitland, FL, and in 2004, her full sister B and I flew back to surprise N for her birthday — in AUGUST! Arrrgh! I couldn’t believe the heat and humidity. And the lizards!! Good gosh, almighty–they were everywhere! We get lizards here, but not in the quantity that they have in Florida! Wherever you head to next, I hope it’s cool.
It wasn’t exactly cool in the temperature sense, but it was incredibly cool in the fun sense! I’m going to write about it today, I hope, but meanwhile I hope you had a great time in Denver and had lots of fun with your cousin!