Backyard camping, packing and Christmas

Good morning everyone and Merry Christmas Eve to all who celebrate!  I have made a couple of changes to the blog and I hope you like them 🙂  I am still learning how to tweak my page so please bear with me if it changes several more times…lol I went to the movies with my mom yesterday and we saw Wild.

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I did attempt to read the book but could never quite get into a rhythm with it.  I appreciate the authors story but it didn’t hold me in like other self-adventure books. The adaptation (I can only speak for how much of the book I read) was so-so.  But the cinematography was gorgeous!  And I do believe Reese Witherspoon did a relatively  good acting job.  I am a backpacker but I don’t know if I would want to hike the entire Pacific Crest Trail as it constitutes a whole lot of desert. Now Eat, Love, Pray by Elizabeth Gilbert?!  That book I LOVED because I could very much relate to it.  Her struggles with the spiritual person she was/is, the relationship issues…  I felt like I was reading my story.  Except for the part with lots of money and world travel.  India has been on my bucket list for a while now.  I’d love to go somewhere and take a vow of silence.  I re-read that book sometimes and I never tire of it.  I even checked out the audio book from the library and listened to it my car.   Now the movie…blah.  Didn’t like it at all. So I was inspired last night none the less and decided to pitch my tent in my backyard.  I am in the middle of packing and moving and I just needed to be at my house but not in it.  Lol…  I don’t have much to pack so it isn’t like it is a huge feat but still…I’m moving…again.  I have appreciated my time in Oberlin but I am so excited to get the heck out of there!!!  It is a liberal arts college town, has 1-2 good restaurants but lacks diversity and a great coffee shop.   Plus it is in the middle of nowhere.  Good things about Oberlin: bike trail, Gibson’s and the deer that would come and frolic in my backyard.  But I am moving way closer to Cleveland proper and can’t wait to be at the entrance of the Emerald Necklace.

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The Emerald Necklace is a link of Metroparks that form a “necklace” around Northeast Ohio.  Where I am moving I will be with in biking/walking distance from one of my favorite parks in Ohio.  Plus I will be really close to Lake Erie and about 35 minutes closer to the Cleveland Rock Gym!  I CAN”T WAIT.!!!!  With all due respect… Civilization here I come!!!! I hope everyone has an amazing Christmas.  I will be working today 3-11 but I am off tomorrow and will be visiting my senior friend at the nursing home and then off to a few other places. Peace, love and exploration, Lori “Give what you have, to someone it may be better than you dare to think.” ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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