Yesterday, I was doing some post-run stretching in a nearby park when a kid, around 4 years old, came flying down a hill on his bike and completely wiped out in front of me. He didn't cry, but his foot was kind of caught up in the bike, so I figured I should try to help untangle him. This was easily done, but in the process, his shoe came off. When I asked if he was okay, he just said, "Whoa. I lost my shoe." I then tried to help him put the shoe back on but couldn't figure out all the space-suit-like straps and buckles; thankfully, he seemed able to sort it out himself.
It's not an exceptional story, I'll admit, but I think it sums up my last two months pretty nicely. That is to say, most days go like this: I write; I go for a run; I do some work at the university; and I have some small daily encounter that distinguishes each day from the next. So, I may not have any big adventures to report, but here are a few samples of said random little things that keep life interesting:
I cat-sat for some friends. This is where I sit most the time, working on my writing. I'm not a huge cat-person, but it was kind of fun having company for a bit. She shared my enjoyment of staring out the window, so we got along fine. (I did think I lost her for a little while when she pushed her way through the particleboard that surrounds my tub--something I did not know was possible--but I'm glad to report, no real mishaps occurred.)
I got a bike. The university started up a new bike-lending program, and, of the 400 applicants, somehow I was one of the 20 chosen. So, now I'm doing my part in trying to promote bike culture in Glasgow. Washington, Oregon, California and Colorado (all states where I've formerly lived) are all pretty famously bike-friendly places, and, of course, China (another past place of residence), too, is pretty big into biking. So, it kind of surprised me to find that Glasgow isn't particularly. It's a university town, after all. ...Anyway, I'll do what I can. Which means, I'll strap on a helmet and ride this bike around.
This is the trail on which I go for my daily runs. My marathon training is going alright, except that my knees and achilles are starting to feel the increase in mileage a bit. Still, I enjoy it - if nothing else, the fresh air helps keep me sane.
And that's probably what the next couple months hold, too - me writing, working, getting out and about, playing some frisbee and enjoying whatever bits of randomness come my way. Hope as we enter into spring, all of you out there get a chance for some play time, too!