and—– I’m back. I had a fantastic week in San Francisco and I’m now spending some time at my parents’. There is nothing I need to do or have to do (except for my taxes and some family stuff), but it’s funny and a bit sad how lazy I can be- I haven’t kept up with this blog at all! What I have been better at is trying to get back in shape. Given how much I ate in Argentina it’s no surprise that I gained a bit of weight (there are still at least a half dozen more posts about food to come). I also ate ridiculously well in San Francisco (yup, more posts on that to come as well) so for the past few days I’ve been doing my own little fruit based detox to cleanse my system. I’m on my mat everyday for my yoga practice and started a six week push-up challenge with the goal of doing 100 consecutive push-ups (I can do about 20 consecutive good form push-ups now… let’s see how I improve!)
I’ve also been taking long walks around the neighborhood and starting to plan out what I might do/ where I’ll go this fall. I have a general idea to be in Europe before going to India but where? I’m not sure yet. While I was out on a stroll this morning I almost bumped into this little guy.
He ran across the street in front of me and stopped to stare for a few seconds, just long enough for me to compose myself. When he started to move I took a quick photo. As I was marveling at this unexpected surprise, three more of them came around the corner and lightly bounced across the street. I definitely stopped breathing for a few seconds. Out of the corner of my eye I saw that our friendly mail carrier had been there to share this moment with me. I turned and when our eyes met, I nodded to him with a smile. I couldn’t really tell but I think he had a smile on his face, too.
I came back to find my Grandma tending to her garden as she does everyday. Last week she let me pick the first cucumbers of the season, and under her careful supervision and care everything in her garden seems to grow bigger, faster, and greener. She spends hours and hours out there, and I’m almost certain that she knows every leaf and bud in her garden. Soon we’ll be pickling those cucumbers, eating fresh tomatoes everyday, and sharing her peppers and lettuce with the whole neighborhood.
I loved my adventure in South America, and really enjoyed seeing my brother and my friends in San Francisco, but it’s so good to be where I am right now. Who knows what’s waiting for me just around the corner?