Today we "shirked our responsibilities" and went to the beach. It was dreamy. The northern CA coast is lovely this time of year. No fog, nice sunny day, little wind. Going on a Thursday was extra bonus because the beach was nearly deserted. I had a fun time with Deborah, Amy, and Sharlet.
I think we broke the dog, though -- she ran more today than I think she has all year! I think she is less afraid of the waves now; perhaps swimming in the pond at camp helped that. She slept almost the whole way home.
I loved the sound of the waves crashing. I realized at the end of the day that one of the reasons I like it so much is because it cancels out my 4-tone tinnitus. I think it's the closest thing to "quiet" I'll ever get. I need more of that.
Today I tried to really just be "in the moment". I didn't take pictures or try to collect shells. I just reveled in the sounds and smells, the patterns of the water, the way the rocks made little dimples in the sand. I watched the waves crash, enjoyed the sky, and laughed at my silly dog trying to catch birds. I lay on the sand and listened to the melodious sound of the girls giggling mixed with the waves and the wind. I unplugged.
I walked on the beach alone with the dog for a long time, just exploring and talking to her. I let the girls fend for themselves with the food. I even forgot that I took some sewing to work on. I relaxed.
It was a good day. :)