Black Friday

Black Friday. I’m sitting in my cold room, eating a bowl of cereal and contemplating the hours of insanity that will fill my day. Thanksgiving this year has been different, being out of school, not having a ‘break’ anymore….just a day or two off work. I didn’t even go home to see my parents….though I did spend time with both my grandparents and aunts and uncles on both sides of the family.

I took Apryle to the airport on Wednesday, entirely circumnavigating Pittsburgh over the course of having car work done, getting a few hours work in at Exkursion, picking her up in Cranberry, south to the airport, and east to Boswell. The sky was rose as I dropped her off….the setting sun casting such warm hues across the stormy sky that it was almost possible to forget that it was late November and she would be gone for the week. I appreciate sunsets like never before….and driving out of the airport that pink and blue sky kept me going.

On Thanksgiving morning I woke up and went for a run at my grandparents house in Boswell. It was cool and windy with driving rain soaking through my fleece in no time. Nonetheless, I suffered for the full 3omin I had planned….gritting my teeth and actually yelling into the wind at one point. It was definitely one of the more miserable half-hours I have spent, but I felt really good about myself afterwards. I really enjoyed spending time with my grandparents and Uncle John over the holiday. He and I are on the same page about a lot of things…he’s a bit older and wiser than I about a lot of things in life, simply because he has been there and was looking through the same lens as I do…that of a committed outdoorsperson, who cares about his or her body, activities, ethics, etc.

I am off to work, to clothe the masses…

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