For the life of me, I wasn’t sure what Monster was “thunking” down the stairs. All I knew, was that it was early, and she seemed to be enjoying herself as the “thunk thunk thunking” continued a second or third time. My 4:15 am brain couldn’t quite register – was it the apple for Andy’s lunch that I left on the counter? Can cats even carry an apple? And would an apple go “thunk thunk thunk” down the stairs? Brilliant thoughts indeed. Thankfully I drifted off to sleep.
Later in the morning while at my laptop in the kitchen, I heard the same “thunk thunk thunk” and noticed my Trigger Point massage therapy ball zipping down the steps, chased shortly after by Monster. It was actually very funny, and I nearly fell off my chair laughing.
Today was generally low key. The weather was beautiful – sunny, but not too hot with a bit of wind. After finishing my work this morning, I headed out to Bent Creek and enjoyed a zippy 5-mile hike in just under 90 minutes. The non-technical terrain of Rice Pinnacle Road was kind, in this regard (no root hopping, or dodging of mud puddles). I achieved a heart rate as high as 162 beats per minute on some of the ups, and overall had a great time enjoying the woods, nature and outside.
My drive home was quick, as I had a session with my therapist and wanted to finish dinner prep. Today was night two of Spaghetti Squash with homemade pasta sauce, and so far, so good. It was made even better with a Girl Scout cookie delivery – by the time I took this picture, I had already delved into the PB Patties. Later, it was the Caramel DeLites, which are also just as awesome. The thin mints remain unopened, for now.
My body is doing just fine – dry skin, per the usual, as well as drier eyes than normal. I did wear my contacts for a few hours today, but it could be any number of things (dust, pollen, Stem Cell Transplant, etc). I’m tired, have been pushing the water, but that’s also pretty much the norm. I’ve got a kitty curled up at my feet and am listening to Minnesota Public Radio’s classical music station, KSJN. It’s been a lovely evening.
Finally, a few photos from my Sunday hike at Bent Creek – enjoy!
Girl Scout Cookies are a rite of spring! Such great stuff. And what a treat after a vigorous hike. Your photos are stunning: my favorites are of the windy road and of the Biltmore Estate and surrounding mountains. And, your hair!! Beautiful.
JMT is on my list, and somewhat near me… so if you want a buddy for that one or support, let me know. Whenever you make it, before schools starts or after. It will be there for you 🙂