Wednesday, February 24, 2010

There She Goes Again, Sunshine

An Open Letter to Sunshine and Good Weather:

Come back! I miss you terribly.

I know that Rain is good and all, but Rain is just so gloomy. At night I suppose Rain isn't so bad. In fact the drops falling on the concrete outside can be rather soothing at night when I'm tucked under three blankets and the soft glow of a 60-watt bulb. As I drift off to sleep Rain soothes me. Come morning, when I must be up and about, Rain is frustrating. Rain limits my outdoor activities, keeps me prisoner in the house, and prevents Sunshine from peeking playfully through the Clouds and smiling at me.

Sunshine lets me be free; lets me run for exercise and enjoyment. Good Weather improves my mood at work and seems to make the day more enjoyable. I can explore the city without a jacket with Sunshine and Good Weather. Walking and exploring the shops, stopping for a bagel or perhaps a chocolate at the corner cafe... these are things that are harder to enjoy with Rain.

Please return as you are able, Sunshine! If you bring Good Weather with you that would be wonderful as well. I need you to visit again soon. Although you were here recently, it feels as though even one day without you in my life is lonely. Your companionship is very much missed. Come back to me! Bring your rays of light and warmth again to shine on me and warm my heart.

With deepest love and appreciation,


Monday, February 1, 2010

2010... Starting in February

Now that January is over, I can get past my first-of-the-year slump and get going on a few things. I'm not one for resolutions, but I do like to set some goals.

First, I am going to get more exercise. Running had a rocky start. The first week was fine, the second week I was sick. This week promises to be better. Despite the yucky weather, it's nice to get outside and fill my lungs with fresh air.

Second, I am going to be more grateful for what I actually have, and not worry so much about what I don't. I still want things, I want my life to progress. But what I need to remember is that timeframes that *I* set aren't always going to be set in stone. I am going to be happier to have what I have, and remember that I have a lot.

Third, I am going to finish my school as early as possible and get a job that I actually enjoy. Currently it's not terrible, but I would still prefer to just do my work and not get hassled about it. My only goal is to not be hassled.

Good and sensible goals. And I'm going to continue to explore Boise and take advantage of the opportunites around town. I've been fortunate to have a wide range of experiences in many different places. While I'm here, I'll continue to widen my range with good experiences. There are still many places I haven't been in town, and Jesse, too. It's fun to find a new place to go or something to do here. Kind of like discovering a secret. When we have guests, it'll be nice to take them somewhere interesting and let them share that, too. A few weeks ago Jesse and I explored a duck park we hadn't been to before, and had a fantastic Sunday afternoon walk with Cole. It was brisk, but sunny outside and it'll be a place we'll definitely go back to. We happened to be driving by and decided to stop because it looked nice and woodsy. Good decision.

So hopefully as I try to keep up with my goals I'll have some more updates for you. And hopefully they'll be interesting.

Rachel and Jesse

Rachel and Jesse

Things Currently Making Me Happy

  • All the warm snuggly quilts Grandma made me
  • I have bangs again!
  • Jesse. He's just the best husband!!
  • Little secrets I get to keep
  • Sunshine

Things Currently Annoying Me

  • Dealing with a stubborn 4-year-old
  • I miss my family
  • Less time to spend with my husband and more time to be alone
  • Trying (unsuccessfully) to make friends with someone in my ward...
  • Will it ever be warm again?