I had a great day today. Let me repeat that – I had a great day today. It feels good to write that. Did I win the lottery? No. The day started off wonderfully, and an accumulation of small things afterward kept the momentum going.
Let me begin by relating what I did last night. I decided to follow up last week’s fun movie experience seeing Whip It with a trip to the Majestic Bay to see the new Coen brothers film, A Serious Man. As Theodor Geisel might have stated, I did not like it – I did not like it one bit. It was maybe my least-favorite Coen Brothers film ever (edging out Barton Fink, or maybe The Man Who Wasn’t There). The storyline revolved around a professor whose life is falling apart around him, and he can’t find any answers to right the ship. He’s trapped by his own passivity. He gets pushed around by his wife, her lover, his kids, his neighbor, random bill collectors, the rabbis that he goes to for assistance – it’s a real downer. There are a few moments of Coen brothers signature levity-in-the-midst-of-ruin, but they appear like leaves in a fall windstorm – unsurprising, dry, quickly blown away in the maelstrom.
Earlier in the evening I visited a friend who owns and runs a pizza place and caught up for a few minutes. If you’re in Ballard and looking for a good pie, try Soprano’s Pizza & Pasta. It was hopping in there last night, which is always a good sign – it means other people are feeling positive about the place. It’s got a busy, bustling atmosphere. The Meat Lover’s pizza was chock full of … meaty goodness. Yum!
Then this morning arrived. I was up early and able to catch up over coffee with a dear friend who I hadn’t seen in a while. Good company and good conversation make the time really fly. It really set the tone for the rest of the day.
Then to an auto shop in Kirkland to get some minor work done on the Land Rover. Then a drive through the hardest rain of the season so far, back to Seattle to watch the kids play soccer. Mercifully, we only saw intermittent rain during the game and not the pouring deluge that drowned the Eastside earlier in the morning. Will scored three goals, all long breakaways, and Audrey, being the nice girl that she is, kicked one into our own goal to give the opposing team some hope. One can only scream “Other way, Audrey!” so loud/so often.
Then what? Wow, a nap for a couple hours. Nice. The kids woke me up, and we all bundled up and went to the hardware store to pick up some supplies, then on to Serendipity for a quick dinner. Then back home, where I did some handyman-type work (tiling, electrical, various jobs that required epoxy) for a couple hours. Meanwhile, the kids piled every pillow in the house under one of their raised beds and jumped off again and again.
Then, Day 90 of my exercise program. Since Janet’s been out all day with a girlfriend, I wasn’t able to go to the gym or head out by myself for a run or anything, but I did a home workout with the medicine ball and really hit the abs hard. I’m liking what I’m seeing so much that I took some more “after” pictures with my iPhone with the abdominal setting on the camera set to “rippling”. (lol). Can I just say again how much I love how I feel physically, both when I work out as well as during the rest of the day? I wore a shirt today that had never before fit me. None of my jeans fit. I feel energetic, athletic, strong, powerful, confident, enduring, and relaxed. Well, for the most part I feel relaxed – it’s not all wine and roses right now. Heck, it’s not even Snapple and dandelions most of the time. But when I exercise, everything gets better.
Now the kids are calming down, watching Samurai Jack – an excellent cartoon series. Did you know it’s won four Emmy Awards? Me? I’m dinking around on the internet, cleaning up e-mail,doing a little scheming and planning and chin-in-hand scenario analysis and hoping against hope that I’ll have more days like today. What will tomorrow hold? Dunno, but for now it doesn’t matter. Today was good, and I’m milking the feeling.
Sheesh, look at me, I’ve written another novel. Massive apologies, but if you’ve read this far you probably like me enough that apologies aren’t necessary. Hope you are doing well.