Wow, I have been busy. I have so many things that I want to do that requires that I plant my butt in a chair and do, but I have become so active. Friday night, my 5 year niece called me to make plans for the weekend. Actually, my brother called and put her on the phone. She wanted to invite me to go to the mountains with them and to go see the museums in the city.
So, Saturday morning, I drove out to their house and we drove out to Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah Mountains. I have never been there. We took a very short hike through the woods. It was kind of cold and starting to get late by the time we found a good place to stop and hike. But we had a blast. My brother took this picture of me and my niece, but I chopped her out of the pic out of respect for them. I wanted to post this picture because I thought it was a pretty good picture of me.
We also saw some bears in tress eating acorns. That was pretty darn cool. A little scary, but cool. People kept pulling over on the side of the road to get their pictures. We did as well, obviously. All the time, I was thinking to myself, if these bears come down out of the trees, we are screwed! Still, it was fun and my niece was completely entranced by the bears in the trees.
I love that I can get up and just head out into the world to do what I want, hiking, walking around museums, try to keep up with my niece. This is the life I have wanted to have for so long. Now, thanks to my gastric by-pass surgery and 127 pound weight loss, I am living it. Update on the dating front: I have gone out on some more dates with a couple of guys. Nothing really to write home or blog about. I am absolutely amazed by the men who invite me back to their place, or request an invitation to mine after having met me for 5 minutes. I want to say to them, “Dudes, I’m not 20 anymore, and even when I was 20, I never went home with a guy after a few minutes.” Yes, I guess I’m kind of high maintenance. You need to get to know me, spend some time with me, invest a bit of your time and energy in wooing me, but dammit, I deserve that. If you’re not willing to man up and put forth some effort, you’re not worth my time. I have gone out with the crazy Tea Party guy a couple of times. I know that relationship probably has no real future, especially since he clearly lives in fantasy land. Still, we do get along. He’s a funny guy, and when it comes to most things, he’s actually kind of smart. We just cannot talk about politics. I’m supposed to see him tonight, so we shall see. I haven’t really told him that I have met other people, but until I decide whether the relationship is something I want to be serious about, I don’t really see the need, especially since none of the other “dates” really have panned out to be anything other than complete duds. Well, that’s pretty much what I have been up to lately. Work has been keeping me busy, although not as busy as it was earlier this summer. I am taking some time off for Thanksgiving. I am also going to work on an experimental cookie recipe today. It will be with pumpkin, oatmeal, and honey. No sugar added, so it should be something I can eat a little bit of for the holidays. If it turns out to be good, I will post the recipe here.