One of the great things about living here in Vancouver is that there is such great access to large natural spaces. Stanley Park is awesome, sure, but there are parks, trails, mountains, lakes, islands and beaches scattered all about within reasonable travel distances. You can just as easily make a day trip skiing as you can sailing or paddling as you can hiking in forests as you can laying on a sandy beach (weather permitting, of course :).
This weekend we went for a few hours walk through the woods in Capilano. We passed old growth fir trees towering hundreds of feet above us and walked across a hydro-electric dam and drinking water system that put us 90 meters above the canyon floor. The quiet, moist, chilly air of the forest is somewhere I feel more alive in than perhaps anywhere else. Being out on the ocean is perhaps the only other place that comes close for me.
We can see the mountains and downtown vancouver from the large arched window in our bedroom. The bed looks out through this window so when we wake up we get to see the sun arcing over the hills to pour down upon the high rises in the mid-ground and the mountains in the background. At night, we see the opposite dance. Unlike the forest, however, I'm not even close to alive when sleeping.
The other night S. woke me up to ask where something was downstairs that she wanted to go get. Apparently, I rolled over, sat up on my elbows with eyes wide open and suggested looking for the circular thing on top of the couch in the living room. There is nothing circular around the couch. In fact, I don't remember this conversation at all. Much confusion ensued.
Today I've been sketching out how I want to start tackling parts of the new overview system for Activities in plasma-desktop and working a bit on some business planning issues. Boring stuff, but perfect for my mood today. I'm not really feeling much of the code writing hunger today, which makes it perfect for taking on other tasks that need doing as well.