I've been reading quite a few articles and/or watching video documentaries on the importance of physical play for adults. Dennis made a quip about it, saying all he does in his free time is play. But I'm not talking about video or board games. I'm talking about going outside and running, jumping, being goofy, and using your imagination.
A couple posts ago I mentioned I was feeling a little blah because of my more sedentary lifestyle these days. That weekend Dennis suggested we go out of town and enjoy the beautiful weather, which was so sweet, and we ended up driving out to Bodega Bay and had such a wonderful time. The beach gets tons of driftwood washed ashore and people build it up into little forts and such, so we decided to finish one that was half-built in the sand dunes. We were playing foxtail but it was too windy, so I started rolling a giant awkward tree with a big stump still attached toward the unfinished fort. You can see how big it is in the photo, it's the stump on the right.
It took us forever to roll the log about 75 feet across the sand, working together with all our might to turn it over each time. It felt great! I wanted to build an entire roof for the back of it but the sun was starting to set and it was starting to cool off, so our picnic blanket was the best we could do...
I think this trip was the turning point that brought me out of my funk. Getting sunshine and fresh air was the best cure, but also just being goofy and acting like kids again really made me happy. Thanks for all your suggestions about getting more exercise, and I'm going to try to work on it. I'm going on my sugar cleanse again for a while, so I guess it's a good thing I went out with a bang with that strawberry short cake. Hope you are all having a wonderful start to your summer!