As I was driving over to Holden's in Saratoga to meet friends for dinner, I was contemplating a journal entry today. I was trying to think of how to sum up the day. Inspired by the CD that was playing, I decided that it was very much an Elvis Costello day. Simple, whimsical, but with layers of complexity.
I slept in and then, on waking, lingered over a novel. (I am still reading the "Machiavelli Covenant", I have been enjoying it so much that I am forcing myself to read it two or three chapters at a time to make it last. That is a the sign of a good book.) I cooked a cheese omelet for breakfast, washed into down with white grapefruit juice and coffee. I fired up the stereo and then spent most of the day either playing on the computer, watching movies, reading, and listening to the stereo. I went out and took a rambling walk. Late in the afternoon I took a long, slow, relaxing hot bath. Then the dinner I mentioned above.
About midway through the afternoon I was listening to internet radio and a song came on that I have not heard in a long time - Jackson Browne, Tender is the Night. I had to get up and dance around the living room in the golden sunlight. There was a lot of purity in that moment. Shortly thereafter I heard from a dear friend of mine that I had been worrying about, so that was a good touch point. All in all it was simply a great day.
I am going to go out for another walk here shortly, probably a quick two and a half miles - about fifty minutes or so. Tomorrow's plan is to go to the Rennaissance Faire down at Casa De Fruta and the weather is supposed to be very good, so I am definitely looking forward to that. I just happened to glance at the wall and there is a great big wood spider making his way toward the ceiling line. I am keeping a wary eye on him, but essentially leaving him alone. Though wood spiders do not bite, having one fall on you unexpectedly would cause a thrill!