I cannot accept credit for the title of this post. It was texted to me and made me actually laugh out loud at the coffee shop. Thus, the tone is set for my day. It’s gonna be a silly one.
My new job has been nothing short of awesome, I have to say. Working with this crew of women all close to my age and from similar walks of life is extremely refreshing. It’s also pretty cool to work for an all-female veterinary hospital for the first time. There are a lot of really tough women [and men, of course] in this field and this is one of the better groups I’ve come across. Bonus points for our ridiculously cute Instagram page filled with daily photos of the dog daycare regulars! Quick plug for @petvetdaycare. Toss us a follow! You will not regret it!
We got a little hint of warm Spring weather here this past week and the Ashevillains came to life with the promise of sunshine. It’s amazing how quickly flip-flops resurfaced. It’s amazing that they’re still a thing, actually. Having your toes mercilessly exposed and isolated by sticky, low-grade rubber footwear named for the sound it makes when you walk? Who’s the genius behind that? [Google search to be conducted later…] There were loads of jorts and sundresses, hairy legs for days, and I even got an eyefull of some woman’s entire breast hanging out the side of her cut-off tank so it’s really happening, y’all. Spring has sprung in the mountains.
Last sunny Tuesday, I spent some time at Carrier Park, my best local recommendation for being outside while also catching an authentic glimpse of all things Asheville. In past visits to Carrier over the years, I have witnessed partial nudity/nude yoga, LARP’ing [live action role play], mountain family meth-picnics, avid unicycling, a river-floating Bachelorette party, and several super cute old people playing in a bocce league, among other fascinating sights. It’s honestly just a really beautiful park with some of the greenest grass and best hammock trees I’ve found. A park visit for me is usually just hunkering down to catch some sun and fresh air, but I do try to at least honor and acknowledge the hoards of healthy, motivated people jogging and being otherwise active while I nap in the middle of a field.
…Y’all…the coffee shop distractions are seriously copious today and I keep getting off-track. There’s a really cute [Spanish? Portuguese? I cannot figure out what language they’re speaking…] father/son pair that is excitedly discussing all of the items on the community cork board. The son has one of those dread hairdos where his head looks like the top of a pineapple and his father is wearing a flaming yellow bicycling jersey with skinny jeans…I love them. The older gentleman next to me is basically sitting atop a throne of crumpled receipts and papers but emphatically swore to me that he was doing accounting work when I asked, with empathy, “Are you doing your taxes?” Nosy, I know. I was born this way. [Update: thirty minutes later he is getting SO mad at the receipts….He keeps moaning and shaking them violently– I can’t make actual sense of the conversation he’s having with himself. It’s escalating though and I feel like he may flip the table at any moment– Who doesn’t love a dramatic tax season?]
Anyway, just for fun I’ll wrap this up with my to-do list for the next few months because it’s quite funny to actually write down and share:
*Join a co-ed adult softball league LIKELIHOOD: Mild to Medium. Sports.
*Attend classes at the gym near work 2-4 times per week LIKELIHOOD: High. Not as high as Mexican food and beer ending up inside of me.
*Begin and then complete more art/D.I.Y. projects LIKELIHOOD: Not good, yet currently experiencing crippling anxiety which is sometimes weirdly great for inspiration.
*Cook more healthy food/just cook in general LIKELIHOOD: Medium. I still have a deep fear-based hatred of grocery stores and never plan my visits so the Asheville bring-your-own-bag shamers come at me hard. Nah.
*Float the French Broad more LIKELIHOOD: High! I can do this one! I just need the river to be poo-free this summer and last year’s feces/e-coli situation went a little haywire. She’s just another dirty broad.
Anyhoo, that’s all I’ve got on the list so far. I’m hopeful that with warmer temperatures, longer days and general optimism things can start to get on the right track around here.
Let’s March on, shall we?