I’m in a holding pattern and have been for the last week or so. Another week or so to go before I take the plunge!
My holding pattern consists of hanging out at my parents’ house in Arizona and finding interesting things to occupy my time. I’m not really bored. I’m definitely taking life slow, and so far it’s been nice and relaxing. Like a vacation after the whirlwind of the last eight months. My travel is over. I’m eating homecooked meals again. And I’m enjoying the beautiful late spring weather in rural Arizona. Life is good.
So some of the interesting things I’ve been doing to occupy my time are…
Reading more! I re-discovered the joys of borrowing e-books from the library. It was something I got into a few years ago, but then I didn’t have time to read for awhile. But I’m back! (For those of you who don’t know, you can use Overdrive Media Console, an app to download ebooks that you borrow. Check it out!) And what an amazing thing– to borrow a book on my iPad for two to three weeks, read it, and then return it. All without the exchange of paper or money and without actually having to go to a library! I am as much a book purist as the next person (I mean, I had more boxes of books than I did clothes when I packed up all my stuff!), but having access to e-books is such a convenience.
I’ve been reading a hodge podge of books (back to my love of lists!):
- Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum, which I found is totally different from the movie. And maybe it’s just me, but I had some difficulty understanding all the action-lingo. But it was a fun, fast read.
- Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen, this was in real-book form. I’ve read it once or twice already, but I just love Jane Austen. This is one of her shorter books, and on this 2nd (or 3rd?) read, I was able to pick up more of her witticisms that I hadn’t last time. I realize I’m a fast reader, like I’m a fast eater, and by slowing down deliberately, I pick up more. This one is quite witty.
- All Roads Lead to Austen by Amy Elizabeth Smith. I somehow came across this one when I was doing a search of e-books on my Overdrive site. It’s OK so far, a bit wordy and she’s not the best writer, but I’m entertained. And it’s another way to read Jane Austen without actually reading her books because I can’t get enough!
I’ve also been watching re-runs of The West Wing, starting with the first season. Aaron Sorkin’s “walk and talk” and fast-talk techniques can get a bit tiresome and annoying if you watch too many episodes in a row, so I’ve been limiting myself to one, maybe two, episodes every day or so. And I’m just reminded what a great ensemble cast this was. Each character adds something important and interesting, whether lovable or not. I was always a huge fan of C.J. Cregg, Allison, Janney. She was smart, sexy, and tough and could hold her own in a crew of mostly arrogant, know-it-all men. And I’m always a sucker for team-oriented movies, where the crew/ fellowship/ group/ team matters more than any one main character. This was such a great series; it was sad to see its demise and end.
I’ve just been sitting in the back yard, listening to the birds, watching the sunsets and moonrises, admiring the unique southwestern landscape, feeling the winds and sun of Arizona. The spring in Arizona is a well-kept secret, it seems. I never knew that there were flowers in bloom and that the temperature was so bearable (unless you’re in Phoenix where it’s about 10 degrees hotter than where my parents live). Blue skies, cool in the shade… It’s nice.
I was continuing with my C25K training until a few days ago when I sprained my ankle pretty badly. I was so sad because it was my last day of the training before I could actually do a free 5K run. So I’m resting it, massaging it, walking on it, and hoping to get back to running again.
I’ve been spending time with family. Hanging out with my niece and nephew a bit, seeing them growing like weeds. It’s ridiculous that every time I see them they’re another inch taller, a bit skinnier, more verbal. Helping my mom teach my dad to cook. That’s been interesting. It’s all in preparation for if/when my mom passes first; they both wanted to make sure he knows how to feed himself. So my mom’s been teaching him Korean dishes, which are pretty complicated. But I helped out a bit here and there, too.
I’ll be in Berkeley a little more than a week from today. Anxious, nervous, and excited for what is in store! And in the meantime, I’ll keep filling the days.