I’ve been away for a week. Mostly here, but not here.
On Sunday evening, Pete and Natalie came up from Philly to spend some time in Maine and New Hampshire. T. and I spent Sunday evening, Tuesday night and most of Wednesday with them. Another friend from the Boston area made a cameo appearance on Wednesday as well.
I love spending time out with friends, but I am a true introvert. Socializing takes a lot out of me. By the end of the day Wednesday, even though I spent only mere hours out and about over the course of a couple days, I was completely wiped. Let me mention, also, that this exhaustion was coupled with the physical and emotional fatigue that I run into after two weeks without iron supplements (I ordered them online, and found out on Friday that they were shipped to the wrong address).
It still amazes me what a huge difference regular supplements make in my energy and outlook. It’s pretty likely that I’ve been iron deficient for years, as this sort of anemia is linked to depression, chronic headaches, weakness, poor circulation, etc. That being said, the common symptoms of iron deficiency anemia are linked with many other health issues, so talk to a doctor. I went and got a blood test a couple summers ago when I was close-to-fainting at work, and it happened to explain many of my other problems. I am thankful.
Yesterday evening, I rode to Long Sands with Timothy and his sister for surfing. Feeling incredibly weak, I opted to wander the shore while they surfed. I think this was a wise decision; I’m still exhausted. I got in the water up to my knees and felt more calm than I had in days.
I do wish that I had brought a real camera with us. My phone didn’t quite capture the scene.
I have mostly returned. This week is about catching up and spending some time taking care of myself. I may indulge in something beautiful and nourishing for my girl-mind. Thanks for waiting, and another big “thank you” to those of you who left sweet comments on last Monday’s post!
This is a new to me Channel Island Surfboards Neck Beard. TJ bought it for me from his sister, who is currently spending some time working in Costa Rica.
Today I cleaned off the old wax layer. We will hopefully getting our first day in the water sometime next week.
This summer has been colder than the last, which is to say the weather has been relatively normal. I think last year’s heat wave was probably a fluke.
This board has seen some waves (and likely a few rocks), but it’s in pretty good shape. It’s also much easier to carry than the blue Challenger hand-me-down I was surfing with, and that alone gives me a little more confidence. I won’t know for certain until we get it in the water, but I already feel much more comfortable. At 5’6″, it’s quite a bit taller than what’s recommended for my height, but it should be fine for surfing our beaches. We don’t get huge waves around here in the summer. And, as a super-beginner, I don’t know how many I will actually be catching.
Today I lucked out completely and found a Polaroid 600 with a full film pack.
I have three shots left.
I also found this beautiful photograph.
- This temperature is too much for me to handle being mostly asphalt-bound.
- I am one-hundred percent moved in, maybe 45% unpacked. Maybe.
- I bought purple sheets and a vanilla soy candle, to celebrate.
- Timothy is in California, which is about as far away as he could be, and I miss him.
- I am finding my own magic.
- Bicycle picnic? With wine?
- Soon we will be surfing. There is a yearning somewhere deep.
- a to do list a mile long, always
- This is an interesting article about ritual.
- I can’t wait to show you corners & bits & pieces of this new space.
- Finding like-minded bloggers to link up with has proven difficult. Hello? Are you out there?
Thanks for stopping by. My name is Naomi, and this space is made of girldust. This blog is a picture of my comfortably scattered life on the coast of Maine. I'm trying to be a slightly better version of myself every day. I like old houses, reading, the ocean, ghost stories, and museums. You can learn a little bit more about me here.