I thought I would take a second and look back at my first month here in Athens. It has gone by relatively quickly. I have been able to hang out with my grandfather and father a few times, and I have been able to hang out with old buddies a few times. I have been downtown a couple of times, once for drinking and once for a concert, checked out some good food and brew nearby, been to the mountains twice (and skiing once) and checked out a lot of local parks. So far, pretty excellent! I have met a couple of people at bars, but so far not anyone that I will probably hang out with in any other context. I have joined a couple of tennis and meetup groups so hopefully I will meet some new peeps.
I have been pleasantly surprised by the number of days over 60 degrees. Shorts weather in January and February was not something that I was accustomed to used to in Maryland. But it has been a great motivator for getting outside, and Roxy-dog likes the warmth over the cold in her old age. Speaking of Roxy-dog, I think I’ve figured out what is up with her health. She seems to be fine for a little while, and then she gets run down and she needs a good nap to recharge. So it looks like there will be a lot of short, relatively easy walks in our future. For example, this weekend we walked a nature trail near Memorial Park, hit Dudley Park and the Oconee River greenway, and stumbled on Bryan Park in Crawford, GA while going for a nice country drive with the sunroof open. I also had a nice bike ride in the country near the apartment (well it was nice until the pedal fell off — riding one-footed is tricky).
I had a little bit of what my grandmother used to call a “sinking spell”. She may have meant getting tired, but I’ll use it to refer to a sudden drop in my state of happiness, probably corresponding with my searching into some meaning and purpose again combined with the realization that I know almost no one here. But I went back to studying Buddhism and doing some meditation. I instantly felt better. I don’t what to say; it is only thing I have ever found besides being outdoors (which for me is a lot like meditation anyway) that works. I’m making sure to remind myself that although I am a variety seeker in a lot of aspects of life, when it comes to things that increase your happiness, it is usually good to stick with what works.
I have the bug to go camping! I’m going to go soon even though all of my stuff is stuck in Maryland. If I don’t worry about being able to cook, I’ve got most of what I need anyway. The big missing thing is a sleeping bag. I may just grab a few of the cheap fleece sleeping bags — they are light, cheap, and surprisingly warm. Plus, they’re good for having around the house as extra blankets. Otherwise, I’m good to go for a couple of nights at least. I just remembered — I can go camp during the week now if I want to! I know we’re supposed to get some more winter weather this week, but perhaps as soon as it warms up again I will do it. It’s killing me knowing that the trailer is just sitting in storage and I’ve never camped out of it.
See a few more pictures here.