Today I did not bring my camera when walking sweet pea in the woods because it was snowing (ok, maybe flurrying) and the wind was blowing everything sideways. Also, it was totally dark this morning. Which sucked extra because it was also cold and I hate winter. I did however, walk sweet pea until my chubby cheeks were bright red and starting to sting and then I came home and GLORY BE I was alone in the house for about 45 minutes. It was fabulous. but then the husband and Evan both walked in.
So, I mumbled something about going to the Y and Evan said "You should" so, knowing he was totally right, I grabbed a bathing suit and off I went.
It was so windy that when I opened my car door at the Y it flew out of my hand and crashed into the car next to me. Luckily it was a spacious spot so the other vehicle was unharmed. However, the side view mirror of the other car managed to put a big dent into my car door. I give up. I did laps for 20 minutes, and I could have done more if my right shoulder hadn't gotten so old all of a sudden. (aches and pains!) My goal is to work my way back up to a solid hour. I can do it. It's only been three short years since I swam the length of the lake in utopia which is at least a 3.5 mile swim.
I also went into the sauna, which is not the cozy love filled experience as the sauna at the old posh club was. (Remember how I used to unscrew the lightbulb for a better atmosphere before I figured out the light switch was on the wall right outside the sauna or the tales of me and Mrs. Eating Disorder lounging our opposite naked extreme selves in that sauna and totally being the sauna bosses to all who entered? Oh, the good old days.) Someone european once told me that correct way to sauna was 100% naked, so that is how I lie there. There was one woman who came in, took one look at me and walked right out again. I better look up the best way to sauna and make sure I am not offending the puritan old ladies of new town with my over fed body for no benefit.
I've been taking portraits of my dog walking comrades at the dog park. I'm feeling more confident in my abilities and getting better at directing the shots. I'll figure out a way to show you here, but I am going to have to hide their faces. I can tell they're all cooperating because they don't think I'm for real. Also because I told them I am just challenging myself with a couple of friends because we all agreed that we need to take better portraits. Which is totally true, but I'm just kind of thrilled with the way mine have been coming out and now I am thinking they might come in to play for some project I haven't realized yet. I stepped out of my safety zone and am trying to use splashes of sunlight as a tool instead of waiting for safe overcast diffuse light days. It's working for me. It really is.