Saturday, January 4, 2014

Pushing the Comfort Zone and Trying New Things in 2014

Happy New Year!  We are back from sunny Mexico where we had a warm week of fun in the water.  We didn't have much planned so most of our days (when it didn't rain) were spent on the beach or at the huge pool at the condo our friend let us use.  We did try to do a tour of some Mayan ruins, but as soon as our little guy Omar saw the beach below, he hurried down the steps to put his toes in the water...and 5 seconds later he was completely wet from head to toe, with sand and warm sea water covering every bit of clothing.  I wasn't really planning on this, so I didn't have a full set of clothes to change into when we had to leave, but it all worked out.  I've learned to go with the flow, and to be honest, Omar kind of inspires me to have more fun in every day.  Come on- tell me the people touring the old structures and grounds in the heat had more fun than a kid fully clothed jumping in waves!
Omar playing in the sea
Lots of people make New Year's resolutions...and most of those resolutions never make it past the end of January.  I think we should all take a lead from Omar and just do our best to find fun in every day.  Try something new.  Make new friends.  Take life a little less seriously.  So that's my intention this year.  I don't know that every day will be more exciting, but when I can, I want to make those choices.  

I've already had a few fun attempts.  On January 1, we went dog sledding in spite of bitter cold.  Omar even had a second ride with their companion dog, BooBoo.  I mean it was him and this huge lovely dog ON THE SLED, with 8 additional dogs pulling them around the circuit.  What fun this kid has!  There's a wonderful group called Door County Sled Dog who take rescued dogs and train them to pull a sled.  We've seen them before, but this was my first ride on the sled.  To be honest, I felt bad for the dogs who had to pull us.  I would really love to drop a few pounds on their behalf so they wouldn't have to work so darn hard.  It was a lot of fun!
Me and Omar on the dog sled

BooBoo with Omar as they ready themselves to take off

BooBoo wears goggles- how sporty!
There's an old fabulous theater here in Milwaukee called the Oriental Theatre.  I've wanted to go inside for years, but only found the time...no scratch that...MADE the time to go there on January 2nd.  It was truly a great experience.  My friend met me there for the movie "Philomena", and we toured the theatre afterwards.  They just don't build theaters with Buddhas, lions, and pipe organs anymore.  
Oriental Theatre lobby- it is so grand!
Steiff bear Santa at BMO Harris Bank in Milwaukee
Yesterday I went to see the stuffed animal exhibit at BMO Harris Bank in Milwaukee and then took a walk to the highest point in Milwaukee to take in the views.  I know lots of people are back to work, but it was eerily strange to be the only person at both places.  Look at this adorable Steiff bear all decked out in Santa clothes, riding an old time rocket with pedals.  It's a fabulous way to preserve history that they pull out all these Steiff animals and put them into a Christmas setting once a year for the public to enjoy.  
And the view below from Kilbourn Reservoir Park isn't half bad.  You can see there's snow, but you don't see my breath in front of me, or feel the ice underfoot.  I have been here in summer, but this is a whole different perspective with no leaves on the trees and visible smoke puffing out of the tall Milwaukee buildings.  The day was topped off with lunch at my house where I invited a couple of neighbors.  It's important to make your own fun.  I don't think it will just happen.
View of Milwaukee from Kilbourn Reservoir Park

I'll bet you can work a few new experiences and more fun into your life in 2014.  I'd love to hear how you do it!  Life can be an adventure if we make it that way!

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