It's cold in Oxford. That cold that makes you want to have several hot showers a day, especially when you come home and you can put your PJs on afterwards and feel all snuggly for the rest of the evening. What a feeling! And I'm feeling it right now because I'm lucky!
The week after I come back from Portugal is the hardest. I can still feel the warmth of the sunshine... but I can't!, I can still taste the food... but I can't!, I can still smell all those familiar smells that are home... but I can't!, I can still cuddle the cats... but I can't! Chasing after the memory of it all, the taste and life of the memory, is the hardest, and something the Portuguese people do oh so well. We're a nostalgic people, home to saudade and fado! When I realised I was happier and more cheerful than my natural nostalgia would like me to, I told it to shut it and go sit quietly in the corner; but occasionally I miss it and let it out to keep me company for a little while... like when I come back from home and want to make the sweetness linger.
I woke up at 4am for no good reason and could not go back to sleep, but that meant I could wish LMrJ a good trip to Cuba as he boarded the plane. He'll be there for two weeks, with limited wifi access (if any!). So I guess waking up at 4am was a good thing. It's all about perspective, really!
:: the memory of home ♥
:: Little Brother phone calls. the phone rings in happiness, as do I.
:: LMrJ laughing when I'm trying to be annoyed. it's so sweet. and annoying. and sweet!
:: getting back into a running routine with Nicky. I'm lovin' it!
:: Oxford chilly autumnal clear mornings. gorgeous!
:: morning walk with porridge and my favourite podcast. bliss!
:: my hot water bottle. the snuggly feeling lasts and lasts!
:: post. what a great invention!
:: James Bond awesomeness! been there done that!
:: looking up. and smiling. it works every time.
:: central heating. what a fabulous thing!
:: wifi... we only notice it when it's gone.
:: chamomile tea. always!
In spite of the cold, this was a beautiful and dry start to the week. Isn't that amazing? Yep, it is! How was your Monday? Inspiring? Happy? I hope so :)