I leave for Italy in 43 days. It is incredibly hard to be away from Stefano. I am constantly trying to figure out ways to help make the best use of this time and to also try to enjoy this time and not just completely wish it away. That is hard though. Anyway- I got a new pair of shoes three days ago and I am absolutely addicted to them. I am also convinced they have resolved my knee trouble and that I am going to be able to jog in them. Right now I am walking for an hour a day with a few little sprints in there. I am trying to run a little more each day.
These shoes are magic. Walking has never been so good and I almost have to MAKE myself turn around and come back to the house because I want to build up with my time and not just be out walking for hours and hurt my legs or feet or something.
The magic shoes? OK... Here is the link... But let me warn you (if you do not already know about these shoes) once you know about them you should go to a store near you that carries them and you should try them. And after you try them you are going to want a pair. After I ordered mine online I was like a little dog waiting for the UPS man each day and I can still see him coming up across the shimmering green grass just a few days ago with a russet paper parcel against his chest... OK, OK... Here is the link to the MAGIC SHOES.
While I am out walking I am trying to use that time to try to work on learning more Italian. I have a little deal with myself where I listen to music one way (for the first thirty minutes) and then Italian lessons on the way home (the last thirty minutes). It is hard for me to take in the whole lesson and sometimes my mind wanders off- but I am doing the best I can. People in this neighborhood probably think I have lost my mind. I am walking around in a pair of completely strange looking shoes, wearing shorts and tank top, exposing my whiter than white legs and all of my tattoos and talking to myself in an Italian that probably does not even sound very much like Italian. Oh well. Stefano has asked me to marry him about 45 times in the last three days and so I feel like it is finally time to really commit myself to learning the language. :-)
Tomorrow I have therapy and I have very mixed feelings about that. I am hoping I will sleep better tonight since I just walked. Today I went through art work I made when I was in college- intaglio prints mostly. I will try to post the pictures of them tomorrow. Arrivederci!
"The fires were increased, the screw revolved forty-three times a minute, and the steam poured out of the valves." 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea by Verne, Jules