Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Autumn Swoops into Town


Hand with Feet

Birds on Wires

 Week of October 16, 2011:

Run: Sunday

Bike: Tuesday

Yoga: Monday (Morning Flow #1)

Despite having posted many self-photos by now, I still feel vain whenever I put a picture of myself on the internet.  I always feel the need to use a silly picture or say something goofy to distract you from this flagrant show of vanity, but not today.  Hi, hello, welcome!  Do you like my new haircut?  It’s not that new now—I had it cut several weeks ago, but still, it’s pretty cute, right?  I always love having shorter hair.  It makes my life easier and I think my face is more flattered by short hair than by long hair.

In other news, let’s talk about the weather!  Autumn really swooped into town this week, on gusty winds that have brought much, much cooler temperatures.  I really love this cooler weather, but short sleeves were still the right choice for yesterday’s bike ride commute.  Short sleeves…with jeans!  Yes, things are very exciting around here, I know.

My work-outs this week have been really great.  I went for a long run on Sunday and ended up on my feet for much longer than I planned.  I ran for perhaps 3-4 miles or so when, on a whim, I decided to hike through a nature trail that’s not too far from me, but I apparently forgot how long the trail was.  As I was walking through it, I kept thinking, Man, when does this trail end?!?  It just went on and on and on.  When I finally popped out of the trail, I was still more than a mile from home, so I ran most of that distance, figuring eh, what the heck—what’s an extra mile or two of running today?  By the time I got home, I was tired…really tired.  On the plus side, after all that exercise, I was quite relaxed for the rest of the day.  Sunshine and exercise does a person good.

On Monday night, I unfurled my yoga mat for some Morning Flow #1, one of my very favorite yoga classes.  I think I was able to push myself higher into wheel pose than ever before, or maybe it was just an illusion because it’s been a while since I’ve attempted a wheel.  Either way, it was challenging and fun.

Finally, last night I was riding my bike home from work when I pedaled past an adorable cat laying in a woodsy lot in the neighborhood.  It was such a perfect fall moment—the black and white cat, the leaves and branches of the yard, the golden light of an autumn evening—but I didn’t have my camera with me!  So rather than seeing the moment through a lens, I saw it with my own two eyes, stayed a while to pet the cat, and thought about how much I love this time of year.  And when I got home, I packed my camera into my bag so that next time, you can see how lovely that moment was too.


  1. Your hair is very cute! I was going through old outfit photos the other day for a guest blog post I was writing and thinking how strange it was to take pictures of myself every day but how normal it used to feel.... I will say that style blogging made me much more comfortable in front of the camera than I used to be.

    That weekend run/hike/run sounds so nice! Hooray for fresh air, exercise, and a relaxed weekend afternoon in autumn!

  2. Creepy that, seeing a cat so close to halloween. It is awfully nice that it let you come up and pet it though. A few runs ago, I almost ran up onto some deer that were resting along the side of my running path. At first they just kind of stared at me, and then they took off into the night. A very cool experience.

  3. Thanks, Raquelita! I do sometimes wonder what it would be like to take outfit photos every day. I enjoy the everyday artistry of style blogs and the combination of beauty and function that everyday style can capture. I definitely know that I do not have time to write a style blog, but I enjoy the work of others quite a bit. And it's been fun learning how to take self-photos with the camera's timer.

    JD, he was a very friendly cat! I think he was bummed when I left. A deer-sighting! How cool. I always enjoy seeing deer in the woods.