Subject: My life in One Square Mile
Martin and I knew we didn't drive much, but it didn't really sink in until earlier this summer when we compared the mileage written on the oil change decal to our actual odometer reading. In June we drove down to central Illinois to meet up with family for a lunch and we were shocked to realize that between mid-February and mid-June we had put just over 300 miles on the car, and about half of them were added that day. That was the day that I started thinking about this post.
I walk EVERYWHERE. I'm so fortunate to live in a neighborhood where everything is within walking distance and I try to take full advantage of that. When family and friends visit and I tell them something is "just down the street" or "a short walk" they know to wear comfortable shoes. I don't try to be misleading, it's just that once you start walking everywhere the miles zip by like nothing.
Of course to be able to walk everywhere you have to live in a neighborhood where everything is close at hand. My grocery stores (4), work, doctor, dentist, gym, bank, used book store, park, movie theatre, beach (and on and on) are all within a mile of my home. I basically live my life within one square mile.
Last week I discovered this website. It's called Walk Score, where you enter your address and find the "walkability" score of your neighborhood. When I found it I entered every address I can ever remember living at, and was pleased to find that my current address has been my most walkable address ever: 100 out of 100! Yea for my sweet home!
I think I'll stay awhile.
Maybe a bit more than 30 seconds?
I can't believe almost full month has passed since I last posted, and yet again I can. But the chill in the air tells me that my summer is coming to an end. In a few short months my life will once again transition to a mostly indoor existence with short breaks outside, quite the opposite of my life during the summer. I will, once again, spend hours in the studio and also sitting in front of my faithful little Mac pounding out posts. My body hates to see the summer go, but my creative spirit is energized by the crisp air and excited by the promise of the many many days of studio time ahead. It is coming...soon...I feel it in the air, and it's coming just in time...my soul is craving time at my studio table.