This morning I went out for a 15 mile run, and as I came around the corner of one of the turns on the single track I got a glimpse of the morning sun. However, it wasn’t the sun as we normally see it. The intense smoke from wildfires out west obscured the sun to the point that I could stare right at it. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but as I finished my run I realized how bad the air must be today. It’s horrible for the environment, but at least it make a pretty picture.
Officially, today is the beginning of Spring. So in Minnesota that means that it’s cold and we’re experiencing snow. That’s just how we roll here. I can’t complain too much though. I got out for a nice 3 mile run this morning, and the cool air was crisp, but not cold. The dampness in the air was a little chilling, but overall, not a bad way to start the day.
I also decided to start my evening by drinking my last Indeed Stir Crazy winter ale. I’ve managed to milk the six-pack that I bought for many, many months. Many of these seasonal beers only come around for a very short time, so I like to savor them while they’re here. A lot of breweries are also retiring different seasonal beers, meaning that there is always the risk of never getting to taste a beer again if it disappears.
My positive attitude is still with me, to some extent. Getting back to work after such an amazing weekend was tough. Even though I messed up my back a bit on Friday, it was still one of the best weekends I’ve had in a while. Good running, and spending time with running friends. Lots of good food. An awesome soccer game. More good food. Visits to awesome breweries. And yet again, more good food.
After all of that, Monday was tough. Trying to get myself psyched up again to be back in corporate IT was hard, and I admit, the ‘sads’ hit pretty hard on Monday afternoon. However, I’m trying to not let any of that deter my attitude, and try and still keep feeling positive for the year ahead. Tonight is an “office hours” evening where my wife and I spend time working on our non-work projects and endeavors. I’m really excited to make some progress on our ideas.
I did manage to pull the camera out today for a couple shots of the melting snow. It’s not quite Summer yet, but a few tufts of green grass and broken ice mean that hope spring eternal for warmer days ahead.
This morning on my run the temps were in the mid 20s, which was awesome. It also meant that all our recent snow was starting to melt and the air was humid and moist. This resulted in a beautiful foggy morning. I tried to capture some decent shots of the fog while it lasted.
Once again our world is ripped apart by the news of yet another school shooting. We’re back into the same pattern of talking about making change, but never seeing anything different. There’s really not much to say, so once again I’m going to use this space to share something beautiful.
When we were in Vegas this past January we visited Valley of Fire State Park. It’s a really cool place with amazing scenery. While I was standing out in the desert I decided to try some panoramas. The one below came out so well that I got it printed and mounted at Artmill.com (which does an amazing job). It’s now hanging above my TV as a reminder of a beautiful place in a turbulent world.