A couple of weeks ago I was talking to a few friends at a happy hour, and said, sort of wistfully, “I miss the light…” and they laughed. I seriously do, though. I’m tired of the short days, and I’m so glad it’s light (or very nearly light) when I get to work now… Of course that will change again in March for a few weeks, but at least it will be light later, too.
I haven’t been going on long walks, much less hikes, all winter, and I’m missing it. I think it’s affecting my sleep. It’s hard for a few months to do anything on a weekday in the daylight, and then the snow comes, making it a bit treacherous, too. But today we’re supposed to hit the upper 50s, and I’m headed out as soon as I post this. We complain a lot, but Denver’s actually really temperate.
Yesterday I went to the new Goodwill store near my house finally. It opened a few months ago, and I’ve kind of been avoiding it (I don’t need anything). Yesterday I managed not to buy anything — just had a look around. It’s like a department store! It’s huge! The stuff is decent! There were no typewriters to speak of, but I bet there have been. There’s this little nook for books and media, and this sort of strange coffee area — it’s not a coffee bar, but I’m pretty sure you can just help yourself to hot coffee if you want. And downstairs is all of the furniture, which wasn’t that impressive. But if you’re looking for c. 1985 skis, I think you’ll find what you need there…
At thrift stores I tend to skip the clothes — just not into them. I go for the books (almost all of my books are used, and were super cheap at a thrift store), and I used to be really into the cassette tapes, too. And the typewriters. One of my favorite things to peruse, though I never buy from this section, is the art. I just love the stuff people must keep on their walls. Carpet art, embroidered stuff, faded black and white prints of Michelangelo’s Pietà, strange photographs titled “Southern California.” I’m soooo not a connoisseur, so if there’s anything of value in the piles, I’m totally missing it (which is fine with me), but I know a few of you have found some pretty incredible stuff in thrift stores… Anyway, the art section of the new Goodwill has some jewels.