My first visit to Boston, May '08. Our 'one year anniversary' trip.
This is the hope that I'm holding on to. This is what I am picturing in my head when I'm out running in the single-digit temps on icy sidewalks. This is what is giving me hope that Boston really is a cool city to live in.... because right about now, I'm thinking that moving to Boston in the middle of winter was a really baaaaaad idea. Winter is isolating. Especially when you move to another city on another coast in another time zone where you know no one. It is really, really isolating. And it's hard not to feel sad. But I'm trying. I'm trying really hard to give this city a chance. I know it is a great place to live, I really do. I just don't think winter is where Boston shines as a city. I'm hoping that with the awakening season of spring comes a realization that I am going to love living here. I keep telling myself that because I think it is true. I think once those tulips start blooming and those bright green leaves appear on all the trees and the sun starts shining later and later in the day I'm going to realize just how awesome it is to be a Bostonian.
I think I am going to go to yoga tomorrow. I think I need to get out and socialize. As much as I love running, it is also very isolating as I always do it alone. I'm not expecting to meet BFFs at yoga, but at least I'll be out of my apartment for a bit. In warmer months I doubt I'll spend nearly as much time inside as I do right now... it's just very hard to motivate to go out when it's only 12 degrees.
Lee has been gone for the last few days and he's coming home tonight. I can't wait to see him. It's nice to have some time away from each other because it makes the reunions that much more sweet. Lee and I did the long-distance relationship thing for over two years and, although it was worth it, I definitely don't recommend it. Distance is tough on any relationship and it can often be a deal-breaker. I am a true believer in this quote:
Absence is to love what wind is to fire. It extinguishes the small and inflames the great.
I believe our long-distance relationship strengthened what we now have as it forced us to build a strong base of trust. If we hadn't trusted each other while he was living in Salt Lake City and I was living in Los Angeles, our relationship would have crumbled rather than thrived. It was difficult but it made the time we spent together so much more precious. I'm glad that chapter of our lives is over but I'm also glad that we went thru it as it has made our relationship what it is today.
Who'd have known that 3 years later I'd be married and living in Boston? Not this girl!
Does the cold winter weather get you down (please tell me I'm not alone)? What do you do during winter months to stay happy? Do you hate it when your husband/boyfriend/fiance/friend-with-benefits travels?
Garmin stats: 7.5 miles/60 minutes. I used the Yaktraks for the first part of my icy run but they wouldn't stay on so I changed my running plan and cruised down the relatively ice-free sidewalks on Beacon. Good call on my part.