Hanami

Spring is finally here!

Around this time of year, I always notice how much the sun affects me. I don’t really understand Daylight Savings Time (why do we think we can literally change time when the rest of the world carries on like normal?) but when we have to “spring forward”, I will absolutely take every hour of daylight I can get! This last weekend was warm in LA and all I wanted to do was be outside. After Jackie and I got some practical things out of the way, we finally revamped the garden with baby kale, thai basil, and beets. Nothing beats fresh veggies but in addition to that, I really do love spending time digging in the dirt – is that weird?

During her visit last weekend, Erin and I talked a lot about ignoring what we think we’re “supposed” to do. Sometimes when the weather is so nice and I have a weekend totally free, I stress out because I want to make the best use of my time.  I want to see everyone, spend time by myself, go to the far corners of LA, try new restaurants, go to every flea market, do a yoga class, hike, make smoothies…(the list goes on!) and then I get so bogged down with choices, that I ended up disappointed when I couldn’t do it all. This weekend, I tried to leave that mentality behind, and go with whatever my heart desired at the moment, which resulted in tan lines from reading the first Girl With the Dragon Tattoo book outside and going for a long run as the sun set over Santa Monica. Bliss!

Sidenote: It’s Hanami season and I want to teleport myself to Japan to walk through the beautiful  sakura and ume (cherry & plum blossoms) in person! For now, I will resort to Flickr.

Photo Credit: AdrianG

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