Sunday, December 20, 2009

Ahhhhhh. Sun!

Houston, we have SUN! And glorious cool, with a touch of chilly in the air. Could it be more perfect? Ummm, nope. I think today was just about as perfect as they come. I've never given much thought to how much the dreary, rainy, cold weather affects me, but I know now that I don't handle it as well as I used to. Maybe it's age, but these last few weeks of bad weather really took a toll on me.

So, today, I took Nellie (my bike) out for a ride in the SUN! It was awesome. And, I'm off work for two weeks for the holiday break!! Yay! While out riding, I could feel the tension letting up in my neck. I took my time and stopped to take a few pictures, too. It was sooooooo pretty out. I hope it stays this way for a few more days.

Usually, in our part of the world, we don't see the colors of the seasons. But this year I've noticed more color and it's so beautiful. I can only imagine what a whole forest must look like in reds, oranges, and yellows. Here is a little color I saw today while out riding.

I think this is a Maple tree.

I don't know the name of this tree, but I want one in my yard. The shape is awesome.

Since the beginning of this month, I've pretty much abandoned my diet. I'm just trying to maintain right now and make somewhat of an attempt to make some healthy choices. I'm also making sure to get some kind of exercise in every day, even if it's just taking Sydney for a walk. I've come a long way from the me that used to lay around and watch tv and stuff myself. I don't overeat any more and I crave exercise. Those two things alone are making the difference for me this holiday season. Come January, it's back to getting the next 50 lbs off. I think I'm going to join the Y for a few months so the cold weather won't keep me from working out.

Hope you are having (or had) a wonderful weekend. And don't forget to drink your water! I'm drinking mine :)


  1. Well Hello Sunshine! Nice to hear the weather is good and you've got a plan to deal with the winter drearies. Good for you!

    Have a wonderful holiday season. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  2. Beautiful pictures! Good to see the sun here too!

    Happy Holidays!

  3. I hope a bit of your sunshine makes it to Memphis!
    If not, well, I'm glad someone is having good weather. :)

    I think that second tree is a Bradford pear. But I'm no arborist. (or whatever a tree expert is called.)

  4. Hi Tena,
    Sounds like you've got things pretty figured out for the "duration"...From now to the New Year.
    I will be joining the Y soon too. I believe they can base a membership on your income...So I figure they'll pay me to join! ;)
    Hope you are enjoying these days of cool...

  5. I feel the same way about the weather. And how bout that creepy fog that invaded Houston for a few days. That creepy fog looked like it came from set of Scooby Doo or that movie The Fog.

    Anyway, I am glad to see the sun too. I got really tired of the London-y weather. I plan to take advantage of Mr. Sun and hit the pavement running at the park.

  6. I'm so glad the weather is cooperating for you...if you don't like rain...boy, you sure wouldn't like it here in Seattle!

    I think it's not a bad idea to just try to maintain, make healthy choices, and get in some exercise as much as possible. It's so hard to keep focused during the holidays, so if you can just maintain, that's great!

    Love the tree picture!

  7. Oh dear, it looks like we brought the rain to Houston with us. Sorry about that. I hear we missed some really lovely weather!

    Groetjes from Holland and Howdy from Texas :-)

  8. Gorgeous pictures!

    I commend you on your journey to a healthier you. I need to make some changes myself. I used to exercise regularly and I loved it, but since becoming a mother there has not been much exercise in my life. I feel ready to start again.