Tuesday, September 23,2014
Today was the best day yet! I feel like the first couple weeks of Green Dot I was recuperating from the composer premiere weekend which happened right before I left Reno. I am finally just now starting to pull out of vacation mode and back into overdrive. I’m glad I am back. Vacation is fun but my lack of motivation was a little disturbing. Now that I’ve had a nice break I am ready to balance my days our more efficiently. It is also the first week that I’ve had total and complete privacy allowing for early morning practice sessions which has made all of the difference. Today was the first day that I accomplished the schedule that I had originally set up for myself before I started the trip. I cannot begin to express how good it feels! I practiced for 5 hours starting at 8:00am (I am hoping to push that back to 7:00 tomorrow) and then drove for 5 hours, walked for an hour in a town along the way, grocery shopped on the way home and am now working on green dot research stuff. Amazingly fantastic day…I truly feel the best that I’ve felt on this entire trip and I’ve had some lovely days.
I am 4 weeks in and I’ve finished 3 states. I still feel like time is going by really slowly and am convinced that it’s because of that whole feeling of anticipation that we get when we are going somewhere new. It always takes longer to get somewhere new than the trip home which seems to go by really fast. Living mostly with the anticipation of exploring new roads, I get pretty quickly attached to the town I am staying in for the week because that is my only feeling of going home and even that is anticipatory until a couple days in. Slow, slow days. It’s not what I expected but it’s nice because it would really be a bummer if I spent 4 years planning the trip and then it went by in the blink of an eye! Although, in hind sight I’m sure it will have gone by that fast but I won’t think about that.
Massachusetts has so many more people as compared to the last three states I’ve visited so far (Maine, NH, & VT). I’ve gotten used to driving for a long time and only seeing forest and occasional meadows and corn fields. In MA one town blends into the next and I have a hard time keeping track of what town I’m in. Of course that was on the roads getting to the green dots. The green dots themselves still have nice lovely stretches with fewer houses, people and traffic. I’m really not a fan of urban areas. I can feel the tension drip out of me the minute I hit the beauty of green dot roads after sometimes spending a couple hours in congested areas to get there.
I stopped to take a walk in a town that had a very inviting sidewalk along a nice stretch of homes. It took about half an hour from one end of the sidewalk to the other. I then took a turn in a small park and returned to my car feeling invigorated. I feel sooo much better when I’ve walked.