The Day After

I may as well start with yesterday. You know what I like? I like spending hours in the kitchen, making something delicious for people I love.

So that’s what made yesterday a lovely day for me. I started early in the afternoon so that I never had to feel rushed, so that I could take care and bring mindfulness to every step of the cooking process. This is not only fun but something else – something transcendent – I’m doing it for someone. Heck, when I lived alone, I spent ten minutes a day cooking. It was good, healthy, nutritious food, mind you – but I would never make a galette just for me. I didn’t even bake bread just for me.

I know there are those who will say, “But you should love yourself enough to do that.” It’s not that. I do love myself enough. But to do something elaborate – for me anyway – is an act of love and giving to others.

And then we played Cards Against Humanity and at one point I totally lost it I was laughing so much.

Yes, we had fun.

Today, for me, is the perfect Boxing Day: a morning spent snowshoeing with my hiking bestie going up Payne Bluffs, which included a good solid uphill bushwhack – which means effort was expended and my body thanked me sooo much.

And home to lunch, a nap, and a hot bubble bath.

Simon has taken Alisa to the airport in Trail. I’m going to miss her – of course. She is the most delightful person to be with. As I’ve said to Simon, if I’d had a daughter, I’d have wanted it to be her.

She gave her Dad the best Christmas gift ever!!! Really – no hyperbole. She spent a lot of time and thought making a promo video for his book coming out Jan. 5. It’s professional and smart and awesome.

You can watch it here:

In closing this particular blog, I just want to say that I feel blessed. I have such love in my life – and by that, I don’t mean hurrah, look at how many people love me! I mean, look how blessed I am to love so many beautiful and special people.

This is the blessing – to give that love away.

About goodyniosi

Writer, avid(!!!) hiker - living life to the fullest. Love, life, bliss - getting high on getting high (in the alpine that is)
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