Two slightly off topic things before I get on topic:

1. This morning when I woke up it was dark in my room. Not completely black but the curtains were drawn in an effort to keep the cold, noise, and light out while I slept. It was a shock to me, for some reason, when I opened my door this morning and stepped into the hall. The sunlight was streaming through the window at the end of the hall, completely lighting up the passageway. It was profound. Put another way…you know when you wake up on Christmas morning and look out the window to the beautiful sun beaming down on a foot of freshly fallen snow? That’s how I felt this morning. That’s how I still feel. After many days of overcast skies and rain…seeing the sun is like a breath of fresh air. No clouds in sight.Love.

2. As I’d mentioned before I had fallen ill quite a few days ago. And I’m dying here. Can’t sleep well, stuffy nose, sore throat, cough, the whole works. The worst part, besides not being able to sleep at night (I hate that), is that I can’t smell or taste anything. Dumb sinuses. Not being able to smell or taste is diminishing my quality of life! Hate.

Back on topic.

If you don’t already know this, Ocean Avenue was the title of the popular album/single by Yellowcard. To take it a step further, Beyond Ocean Avenue is the name of the live DVD concert they filmed 7 years ago in 2004. It’s an oldie but goodie.

This has nothing to do with anything except the fact that I love the song, that it’s title contains the word “Ocean” and that I went to the ocean (and Lake Windermere) these last few days.

I felt like Emma in the Jane Austen novel of the same name. Having never seen the ocean my whole life. And then finally seeing it. Let’s talk about amazing things.

And then we hiked to the top of this hill mountain things yesterday in Windermere and got the most breathtaking view of Lake Windermere. Ever. The View from Heaven. (Another Yellowcard song reference. I swear I’ll be the last in this post). Despite not knowing how to swim, a sad truth, I still love the water. So calm and peaceful. The only other time I feel the same awe and wonder is when I look up at the stars in the night sky. I’ve said it a million times but…I love it here.

Lake Windermere