I work ten hour days. Five of them, every week, at what is at times, a fairly physical job. Once I got over the initial time of just sleeping when I wasn't at work (which was about two months, give or take) I began to emerge and start living life outside my apartment again. When before I couldn't imagine doing anything after my workday, now I can take some time and hang out. (Unless I have to be in the next day at 3am)
This weekend, I was able to do two awesome things: a picnic with my sister and cousin at Druid Hill Park, which was wonderful and relaxing. We ate, and laid on the grass and talked about lots of things, did a lot of "would you rather" questions, and generally had a good time.
Then, on Sunday, I made plans to meet Jackie in Fell's Point to get gelato, (note: this is one of my favorite things to do ever) I left work at three, ran some errands, grabbed dinner at Five Guys, and still had an hour before I was supposed to meet her. I (miraculously) found parking in Fell's, and walked down to the end of the pier. The weather was gorgeous, there was a light breeze, and I was just able to sit, and soak in the beautiful day, and the dwindling sunlight. I could feel any remaining tension seeping from me- I feel like being that close to the a body of water gives me perspective, and I just hung out for awhile, thinking, and watching the families as they strolled up the pier, putting coins into the viewfinders to look at the ships and sailboats floating around. I felt peace- something that, as unsettled as I've been, has not been easy to come by, lately. I walked slowly back to the main promenade, and people watched (an always excellent activity) until it was time to meet Jackie.
We hit Pitango, and I got the Grapefruit Sorbet and Coconut (the grapefruit tastes like you are biting into the most perfect piece of cool, slightly sweetened, tart grapefruit- so good. And the coconut is rich, and has an amazing pure coconut flavor. We walked down to the edge of the pier, and sat, talking and eating our gelato. We decided to walk for awhile, and took a large loop around Fell's.
And now it's my weekend- Harry Potter tonight, dinner at Tim's tomorrow.
Life is good.