As you may have guessed from the post title, this is my last post. I’ve been contemplating this for months, changing my mind a million times, but the truth is: my heart’s just not in it. At first I thought I was in some sort of blogging slump, so I slowed down a bit, but ultimately realized this is the end of the Bandit. I was actually trying to write this post weeks ago when I got accepted to the BlogHer Network AND the FitFluential Ambassador program in the same week. In the blogging world, this is a pretty big deal. I took it as a sign and decided to keep trying.
But like I said, I’m just not into it anymore. I forget what it’s like to live without feeling the need to share everything I do, and that scares me. I’m ready to just live life and take pleasure in the small things, like walking my dog or driving with the windows open, without sharing them to the rest of the world.
I plan on keeping my domain until it expires in a few months, so make sure you print out the recipes you’d like to keep before they’re gone forever! I’ll also be deleting the Facebook page I created for this blog, and probably the Twitter account (do non-bloggers even use twitter? I haven’t used it in weeks!), but I will definitely keep Instagram and Pinterest!
Norah is 6 months today. To celebrate her half birthday, she took a huge dump on the kitchen floor this morning. Such a sweetheart. I’ve gotta tell you, having a dog has really loosened up my standards of cleanliness. She snuggles in our bed…I let her lick my face. Sometimes I find fur in my food. And I don’t even care that she’s peed on the rug more than once and even though we’ve thoroughly cleaned it, we will probably need to throw it out in the future. All because she’s SO DAMN CUTE.
“WE NEED TO BE MORE ACTIVE!” I exclaimed to DK the other day. I say this a lot, particularly because our ratio of time spent watching Netflix to time spent outdoors is becoming wayyy too off kilter for my liking. And like they say on Game of Thrones: Winter is coming.
We like hiking. A few years ago, we started a tradition of hiking every time we go up north for long weekends. And then there’s the trails behind our house, where we take Norah whenever we can. Hiking is good for us. It doesn’t require much planning and we can just go. The only thing is, we aren’t so good about just going. Things get in the way, like chores or events or other obligations. And then when we do have a day free of plans, we just want to eat Chipotle and watch Breaking Bad. So when our friends invited us to hike Mt. Chocorua this weekend, I was all for it.
It’s peak season here in New England, which is the absolute best time for hiking. And also the best time for a long drive on 93 to take in the beautiful fall foliage. We left at 7am and roughly 2.5 hours later we hit the trails. The weather was perfect, a little chilly, but once we started moving I warmed up. Definitely better than sweating and panting up the mountain. The top was exceptionally cold though, thanks to the winds. We bundled up and inhaled some trail mix and granola bars, took some photos, and headed back down.
You know when people say “It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey”? That is definitely true for hiking. Think about it…you spend a couple hours climbing a mountain just to look around and then go back down. I mean, the view is pretty cool, but the real reason we do it is to connect with nature.
I may have connected a little too much and ended up gathering a bunch of pretty leaves which are currently being pressed under DK’s EMT book. I’m thinking of making some sort of collage or something…stay tuned for a DIY project in the near future!