Some days ago it was announced that there would be a poker night with friends. I turned down the invitation, and let Trey go by himself. At the time, it was because my sleep schedule was still so off, I couldn't imagine how it would be better by today. It made his transport straight from work to the game a lot easier, but then I started feeling guilty for having said "no" originally. I'm still trying to make friends with these people, after all. (Despite how awkward I am.)
But then it turned out to be a bit of a blessing in its own way. It was incredibly quiet all day in the apartment, and I was able to relax a little, knowing that he wouldn't be back home until late (which means I get to put off cleaning for a little while longer). I started reading and my eyes kept wandering towards my sketchbook. I really hadn't drawn anything in some time. Not even a doodle. Then I got an idea. I got up, got dressed and headed outside. The day was bright and breezy. I love that about this place. It hasn't been hot yet. And, best of all, it's not humid.
I walked all the way through town, stopping to gaze at a few things here and there, just because. Luckily, I remembered I had some cash in my purse so I turned my butt around and walked all the way to the nearest Starbucks. In this state, they're kind of known for coffee, so finding one wasn't hard--I knew I had a good shot if I just walked about a mile or so down the road in one direction.
"One venti iced coffee with toffee nut and half-and-half." It's an order I grew accustomed to in college. And it's only about three or so dollars. I sat down at a table outside and started drawing a big "A." It's part of my typography project, I guess. I want to get through the alphabet. Then I'll see what else I can do. I even met a high schooler, and we geeked out about our Nintendo 3DS games. It's nice to know even with an age gap, two strangers found something in common.
When I got tired of Starbucks--and I realized my phone was down to 5% battery--I decided to get up again, presumably to go home. Then I remembered there was a trail just off of the road that I've passed before and got curious. I'm glad I went down it. I drew some more, I pet a pug and I watched a lot of people walk, jog, bike or even carry some fishing rods. It was a nice place to just stop and enjoy the outdoors. In hindsight, I probably should have brought extra batteries for one of my cameras and a charger for my phone, but it's been awhile since I've taken an extensive little adventure like that before. Either way, I headed home with one camera still working and was able to spot a bunny (that was too quick for my camera) and a bunch of baby ducks in the pond.
When I finally got close to finishing the picture, I changed the "A" into the word "amour." I really do love this place. But I won't be ditching the next poker night anytime soon. I know I would have had fun there, too.