I do love the winter weather and all of the assorted winter related scents in the crispy air.
Yesterday I went to REI and Trader Joes with Javier. He needed a rain/ cold weather jacket and we both needed some groceries. I'm sort of in love with Trader's frozen pizzas. Cha!
REI has long been a favorite place of mine to visit. All of the outdoor goodies inside their buildings enthral the wannabe outdoorsy man in me. I'm familiar enough with the cycling section and did get my Garmin Edge 705 mapping software there but I really, really want to rummage through all of the clothing and camping items they have. I don't think I've been camping in a couple of summers, and before that it had been a few years. I suppose I missed my first chance at going camping since being here. The cold is setting in and really, although I love pitching a tent (hee.... hee hee hee) I'm really not about freezing off my bits and pieces for the sake of enjoying the outdoors since I'm sure quite the opposite would take place right now.
I am, however, going to try my damndest to learn to ski this winter. I'm told it's fairly inexpensive up at Mt. Baker as far as other areas go. Snowboarding and cross country skiing don't really interest me, but who knows, eh? Moving to an area with so many outdoor possibilities within relatively close proximity to where I live seems like the perfect opportunity to step outside of my comfort zone. I need to experience more.
Of course, I'll get around to all of that once I stop getting sick. I had the flu a few weeks ago and it seems another bug has invaded this ol' vessel of mine. Sore Throat has been my companion for the last week and as of yesterday, Head Pain has joined in on the party. They weren't invited and I really kind of wish they'd either get drunk and pass out in the alley or find some trick to leave with. Either way, they don't have to go home, but they can't stay here.