A Sunday to myself. Quiet bliss – after the 5:00 a.m. fire alarm, of course. I dozed on and off to the Today Show. I brewed some coffee and watched Meet the Press. I did not venture across the street to church. Bad girl, but I vowed to read some religious stuff before I went to bed that night (and I did).
Does anyone else put their bikini on under their clothes on a super hot day, even when water activities are not in the plans? Yes? Good.
I was in one of my organizing and cleaning moods and accumulated a pile for the Salvation Army.
Then I decided to go for a walk on my favorite trail along the Mississippi. I needed to get outside and take a break from my mad cleaning. I was hoping to find a gift or two in the East Village, about 1.7 miles down the trail. Perfect. A 3.5 mile walk would be great on a day when I didn’t feel like running but needed to keep up some activity so the next Bix at 6 wouldn’t be so painful.
I grabbed my shoes and purse and was on my way. By the time I was about a half mile down the path, I realized I had no sunscreen on me or with me. Disaster. 32 years of gingerhood, and I still forget.
And I was wearing normal glasses. Sure, our Target Optical best lens on the planet has a UV filter, but it’s not nearly as good as sunglasses. Fail #2: not practicing what I preach, as well as making myself more vulnerable to cataracts. Wonderful.
Then my heels started hurting. No Wright Socks on (which are amazing). Welcome back, blisters!
I could find The Loop route and ride that the rest of the way to or from the East Village. No cash or change in this purse, and I refuse to pay money to get my own money at a random ATM. And why did I bring a full-on purse anyway? I have pockets.
Famished and needing a drink, so I buy a pop from Rudy’s Tacos. $2.89. WTF?! I can get a nice, big, spicy bloody mary at Boozie’s right now for a full 89 cents less than that. Learning experiences are priceless, especially as I walk past a sno cone shop on my way back out of the village and toward home.
On the upside, I saw a ton of sailboats out on the Mississippi during my walk home.
And I completed a long walk on a day when it would have been easy to just veg.
Most importantly, I will learn from my spontaneous mistakes as I lather lotion on my sunburn.