I often don’t like coming to my parents house in Saginaw, MI. They moved here a few years ago. It’s not ‘home’ for me. It’s not where I have memories of growing up. I don’t know anyone here and I’m usually pretty bored. This time, things are different.
I’m really enjoying the slower pace, being able to turn the computer off for a few hours throughout the day and not feeling guilty about it. I’ve had time to do some things that I don’t usually have time to do, or don’t make time to do, like read. Granted, I’m reading Chick Lit right now (Bright Lights, Big Ass, if you must know) but I do have The Tipping Point with me and will probably start it within the next few days. That’s a more ‘intellectual’ read that I’m not embarrassed for people to see me reading.
It’s so peaceful here. The snow fall and having our lab, Chloe, laying at my feet definitely helps me slow down. Lunches of grilled cheese and tomato soup (which I can NEVER make the way mom does. No idea what her secret is…) and starting the day off at the dining room table with a cup of coffee are things that make the time more enjoyable. These are things I don’t get when I’m ‘home’ in San Francisco.
I still have a few more days in Michigan before heading back to the hustle and bustle of California. There are a few things left on my list that I want to accomplish while I’m here, where it’s quiet. I just hope I can fit some of the ‘slower pace’ into my suitcase to take home with me. Could definitely use some back in San Francisco.
Hope your night before Christmas is a good one. There are great things on the horizon over the next week…time to reflect and be thankful for all we have, which is more than we realize.