Saturday, March 14, 2009
Time Off (even if for a day)
Friday was my day to take "time off" to enjoy a string of unencumbered hours out and about with my guy. Aside from our random outings to Costco, Trader Joe's, or Pike Place Market (this is our "escape" and as such is pretty lame; I know), or the occasional meal eaten out, we haven't done anything "special", just for us, in quite awhile. I made a conscious decision to lay aside the worries that have been chewing on my mind for weeks now. I even let myself forget that our 2008 tax stuff was still sitting there in a disorganized mess, waiting to be tamed into submission.
Was I successful? Absolutely.
We had a really nice day together; boarded a ferry to Kingston, Wa. and from there drove to the northern coast of the Kitsap Peninsula. The area is relatively undiscovered. There are lots of nice vacation cabins and homes out that way but there weren't many people walking on this sunny stretch of shoreline at low tide. We just walked and looked down at the rocks and driftwood at our feet and out to the breakers, following seagulls and the occasional crow as they combed the shallows for the next bite. Lovely.
This wasn't exactly "sky diving, Rocky Mountain climbing, or 2.7 seconds on a bull called Fu Man Chu" but the day offered up renewal and peace nonetheless. But, I suppose I did live yesterday acutely aware that this was another day gifted to me and for that, I'm grateful.