Justin du Coeur (jducoeur) wrote,
Justin du Coeur

Five happy things for the day

Walking to Work: As I was driving home yesterday, it occurred to me that, while the route is a smidgeon hilly for biking (given that I am a tad out of shape), it's just fine for walking. I measured it and found that it's only 4.5 miles. So today I opted to walk to work.

I'd call it a qualified success. It's a *very* pleasant walk, and good exercise. I'm rather looking forward to the walk home this evening. But walking 4.5 Real Miles on Real Road takes quite a lot longer than doing 4.5 Theoretical Miles on the elliptical machine -- it took a good hour and a half to get here at a solid medium walk. (Not rushing, but not a slow saunter either. Crossing a lot of streets slows things down a bunch.) So it's not for every day, but a nice change of pace.

Nice enough weather to walk to work: We're now hovering around my perfect time of year, when it's just cool enough for the sun to feel glorious but isn't really chilly during the day. It was a cool 54 when I left in the morning, but the walk warmed me enough that I didn't miss not bringing a jacket. And it should be upper 60s on the way home, which is just perfect.

New Capes: My acquisition from Council last night was a couple more cast-off capes from Henry V. One of them is Florian's shiny white one. No clue what I'll do with it, but I'll have to find an excuse for something so flashy and fun.

A decent luncherie: The campus has a cafeteria. The cafeteria has a good salad bar. I can't express how happy that makes me.

The thing is, I almost never pack lunch. It's never become part of my mindset -- I've always bought what's available near work. Unfortunately, in the company's old West Concord location, the only thing "available" was the Papa Gino's across the street. And while their Eggplant Parm panini may not be the *least* healthy thing possible (and is rather tasty in a fast-food kinda way), it's not exactly a good diet.

But the cafeteria here has all the trimmings for the sort of lunch I like and should do more often. Spinach and chickpeas and edamame and peppers and mushrooms and *real* balsamic and yum. With a good salad bar, you really don't need much else.

Being part of the world: Wonder of wonders, I am (perhaps fleetingly) caught up on LJ, and have a clue what is going on with my friends. Not the same as getting to see them more often, but at least it's something...
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