Monday, July 13, 2009
I was thinking about what I wanted today's post to be and I was drawing a bit of a blank. I had a completely lovely weekend, but I didn't make anything (other than a killer batch of white bean hummus) and I thought that it seemed unoriginal to post more pictures from the bike trails. So I've decided to change things up a bit and do something a little more reflective, a little more personal, to start the week off. Here are five things, in no particular order, that I've learned since taking up residence in Iowa.
1.) I really love riding my bike. It feels like freedom, which I realize sounds like a cliche, but there is something so remarkable about flying down a hill on a bike (and not having to worry about battling the crowds in Central Park). I also like that I can ride through a wooded path, take in the views of the river, and feel that I am spending a Saturday afternoon exactly as I am meant to.
2.) Living in a place with a slower pace means I suddenly don't feel any pressure (what-so-ever) to go to the gym. Instead, I've been seriously craving yoga, which is new. I've always done it, but I got out of the habit while living in nyc, and it is such a relief to have it back in my life on a regular basis.
3.) I am completely awestruck by the size of the sky here. You'd think I'd start to get used to it after 6 weeks, but no, everyday I just stare and stare.
4.) I am amazed that it is possible to move to a totally new place and feel like my life makes sense here. Or perhaps I'm just feeling grateful that I get to live in a place that seems to offer some of the things I'd been longing for.
5.) I should have started growing herbs a long time ago! I have basil, thyme (so delicious with any kind of mushroom) and rosemary on my deck and I love that they are inspiring me to think of new ways to use them. Which means I've been, so far, steering pretty clear of food ruts. Hooray for that!
Oh, I just realized I have another one:
6.) It is always a good idea to eat a meal outside. Especially when surrounded by amazing and interesting new friends.
Posted by Amy at 5:00 AM