I am finally feeling almost normal. (Yay!) With the exception of a possible inner ear thing (I keep getting waves of vertigo and my right ear keeps swishing when I move my head) my body is almost back to it’s regular old out of shape self. I promised myself that this week I will start being productive and even try and get on that elliptical machine in the basement for small periods of time. I want to try and built up the endurance I lost over the last 3 months. So far, I have had trouble getting off the couch this morning. Oops. However, this is the first time in over a week that I have stayed in my pyjamas this long. I have been donning the jeans and t-shirts lately, which is a GOOD sign. Today’s lazy attire isn’t a great sign, but it’s Monday. Who wants to just barrel ahead into Monday, right?
Looks like I am becoming obsessed with sunset/skylines again, which I haven’t really been paying attention to for much of this year. I don’t know if it’s a mental space thing, or just that my iPhone 4 has been capturing the light just right, but they have been stunning this month. Maybe it’s just that November is normally dark and gloomy and yet we’ve had a lot of sun AND I am home to appreciate the colours of the sky as the sun sets, rather than still at work, or on my way home. Either way, I have been thrilled at the shots my little phone has taken – I didn’t even use fancy filters on them to enhance the colours. This is all natural iPhone4 camera shots, with the added decoration of frames by Camera+ (not free, but a great photography app for the phone!)
I know I posted these on Facebook, but they deserve a blog post of their own. Plus, I don’t want to get off the couch just yet. (Ironically, I just had to get off the couch to plug the laptop in since the battery was almost dead. It wasn’t far from the couch to the plug though, so it doesn’t really count.)
Look at that sky! It’s PURPLE! The sky was actually a little less purple and a little brighter to the natural eye, but I love how the camera phone caught it. The last shot it the crescent moon through the tree. I tried to get the moon to be less blurry, but alas, my phone didn’t want to cooperate. I still think it looks awesome though.
I love how different the sky colours are the day after, at around the same time. The way the sun colours the sky every night in different patterns is just so fascinating to me. Both days I was sitting out on the front stoop waiting for Shawn to come home. I’m going to miss that, I think, when I go back to work in 2 weeks. (Unless I win the lottery, then we can both stay home and enjoy sunsets together!) The days have been cool but sunny. We’ve had a pretty sunny autumn which is great for my friends still on the picket line and for my own mental health. I’m depressed enough these days without the added gloom of rain and grey skies.
Even this past weekend was gorgeous out. Of course, I was in bed pretty much the entire day on Saturday as the room and world spun around me (eyes closed or eyes open). But Sunday was gorgeous and I made sure we got out. I needed to get out of the house. We did a couple of errands, had a late lunch/brunch at our favourite breakfast place and then took the dogs on a nice, long walk around 3:00pm. Of course it felt a lot later due to the time change. I hate that the days get dark early. I’d rather have my darkness in the mornings.
This shot captures how I feel about sunny autumn days completely. The light was this perfect blend of warm and cool. The trees seemed to glow with soft reds, oranges and yellows. Everything seemed calm and peaceful. It was such nice weather out, we did the long (3.5km) walk yesterday – a route we haven’t taken in a long time. Not only was it nice out, it was also nice to be able to actually walk like a person my own age and not some 90-year old! Both dogs appreciated the fresh air and extra exercise, too.
I love that the moon was also visible yesterday. Having the sun, moon and glowing trees around me was just delightful. Shawn was amused, he said that everything was fascinating me yesterday (I kept tripping as I took photos with one hand and had Sophie’s leash in the other.) Everything was fascinating me! I don’t know if it’s just because I am appreciating the smaller things now because of everything we’ve been going through, or just that I have been cooped up in the house for 2 months and just felt great to finally be outside DOING something (even if it was just a 45 minute walk).
Ok.. maybe now I’ll go cue up a movie on Netflix so I have something to watch as I force myself to use that blasted elliptical machine. Must get the toned legs I had from the picket line back!