The Summer of Tim: Days 9-10

DAY 9 - June 9 - An early morning and a simple day

I'm an early bird. During a normal work week, my alarm usually goes off at 4am. This gives me a few hours of time to myself to work on my website, drink some coffee, and watch the news. About once every few weeks, I have a night where I just wake up and can't go back to sleep. I have a rule that if I wake up and don't go back to sleep after ten minutes, I might as well get up and do something -- regardless of what time it is.

So with this in mind, yesterday got off to an early start -- around 2:30am. But this isn't a bad thing as I got more done between 2:30 and 7:00 than most people do all day. I did some laundry, worked on my websites a bit, did some reading, went for a walk around the neighborhood once the sun came up. Trust me, this is not unusual. I've been known to change the oil in the cars in the middle of the night when I can't sleep.

Anyway, after the family woke up, let me sum up my Sunday like this: church, nap, dinner, NBA finals, sleep.

DAY 10 - June 10 - A natural playground and a podcast

This morning was awesome. There is a forest preserve park about fifteen miles from my house that I truly consider to be one of the area's best kept secrets. There's a lake and trails, but my wife recently told me about a "playground" there made of things from nature. It's a fairly new feature of the park so I didn't quite know what to expect -- but it was love at first sight. The kids climbed around for a few minutes before deciding it was time to take a dip in the rippling brook. The sun was shining and we had the entire place to ourselves as we waded in the water, built a makeshift dam, and skipped a few stones on the lake.

The entire time we were splashing around in the water, I was continuously reminded of a 1986 trip my family took to visit my aunt, uncle, and cousins in Tennessee. We spent some time in Cades Cove -- the highlight of which was stopping along a highway where we did much the same thing that I did with my family today (only on a little bit larger scale). Yeah, that's a ten-year-old me in the red t-shirt.

The afternoon? Lunch. Naps. Grocery shopping. Bike ride. Lawn mowed. Dinner.

With the kids in bed, it was time to resurrect the podcast portion of my "all things Mister Rogers" site, the Neighborhood Archive. I've been looking forward to this for several days since I first scheduled this conversation with a couple of friends. If you're interested at all in Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and have some time to kill, check out the Neighborhood Archive Podcast sometime. You'll find everything from interviews with former cast members to conversations with other fans.

Plans for tomorrow include an early morning and a late evening.

The Summer of Tim continues...


Rich said...

Love getting up early and getting a head start on the day! Awesome old schoo photos. That van in the background is awesome! 9 more days for me :(

TL said...

Summer'll be here soon enough, Rich! Just think, you'll be relaxing with your thoughts in August when I have to go back to work...

Derek Ash said...

Ugh. I wish I was that motivated in the morning.

That playground is excellent! Out here in Maine we have Baxter State park which is about a 4 hour drive from where I live, but so worth it just for the natural water-slides, which are rocks that have been worn smooth by nature that you can slide down into a small pond.

TL said...

The nature slides sound amazing! Maybe not 4-hour-drive amazing, but amazing!