I like first days of the month. Ordinary days, really, stamped with a pretty number “1.” Our arbitrary organization of time offering us supposed new beginnings. Hell, I’ll take it.
My mom has done a great job of holding down the proverbial fort lately, but today I felt like the URL I’ve nurtured over the years needed some “Jen love” (as my boss puts it). It’s been almost two months since I last wrote, and I’m fighting the urge to SHARE ALL THE THINGS. But it’s late as I write this, and I’m in a hotel in Florida, drained of creativity. So, below are some brief glimpses of what spring has looked like in my little slice of the world, characterized by a rare economy of words for this rambler.
Nor Cal »Yes, I went back to California just a week after my trip to San Diego. Words/phrases: Santa Cruz. Monterrey. Big Sur. Sea Otter. Baby seals. Open ocean. Epic riding. Solo time. San Francisco. Coffee. Calamari. Old friends. New realities.
musette » I joined a local cycling group; mostly because of their awesome kits, and one particularly awesome new friend. Words/phrases: New routes. Pace lining. Views. Beer. Climbing. Ferries. The Sunshine Coast. Salami. Smiles.
goodbyes » To this lady, my dear Grandma Ward. Words/phrases: Googly buns. Gentleness. Relief. Memories. Family. Nostalgia. Peace. Love. Grace.
home » In May I stayed put, and it was right where I needed to be. Words/phrases: Lilacs. Kits pool. Beach picnics. Brunch dates. Spanish Banks group rides (ouch!). Carrot smoothies (almond milk + yogurt + carrots + nutmeg + cinnamon + turmeric + frozen banana). The latest seasons of House of Cards and Girls. Non-fiction. New running playlists (Chvrches!). Kombucha attempt #4. Long weekends. Late sunsets.
BRITE camp » Last weekend I capped off my home-body month with a trip to Whistler for an Ironman Canada camp put on by BRITE Coaching. Words/phrases: New friends. Rain. Recon. Encouragement. Hills. Wetsuit battles. Getting aero. Getting lost. Shivering. Pemberton Meadows. Beauty. Beet pizza. Sweet potato fries. Fatigue. Winning at naps. Intentions. Dreams.
These days I’m feeling excited about a lot of things, and I’m feeling comfortable in my own skin. Of course there’s always more to chase, but right now those two small victories are good enough for me.