7:15 am - Saturday - December 9th - Grand Canyon - 28º F, humidity 23%, wind 5 mph out of the east by southeast.....forecast for today is sunny with a high of 51º F in the offing.....in fact we have a string of 50+ days coming over the next two weeks......
Now that the daily temperatures have dipped consistently into the 50's we are having to adjust our idea of what ideal hiking weather is. When we were in Yellowstone we loved days that were slightly cloudy with highs in the 60's, or 70's. Now we look for sunny days in the 40's, or 50's as ideal days to go hiking. I guess it's all a matter of perspective, and what you are willing to tolerate weather-wise. It looks like this coming Wednesday and Thursday will see temps in the 53-54 range with sunny skies.....perfect!
I had the 'open' shift Friday. Now that we are settling into having the same days off work each week I find myself thinking Friday is Monday, and that happened Friday. I made a comment to the assistant manager, Wayne, that it was Monday and we needed to have a visit from our sandwich guy as all of our 'Grab and Go' sandwiches were expiring. Wayne reminded me it was really Friday and the sandwich guy would be coming later in the day......lol....he comes every Friday.....😏
I look forward to the 'open' shift because they seem to go faster to me, even though they are the same exact length as the 'close' shift.......5.5 hours. Now the 'open shift used to run from 7:30 am to 12:30 pm, or 5 hours, but our manager, Dakota, recently equalized all the shifts so they were all the same length.....5.5 hours, so the 'open' shift now runs to 1 pm. Anyway, there are a lot of opening responsibilities which take about 90 minutes to finish, and keep me steadily busy for that period of time. The store does not tend to get busy until early afternoon, usually after the 'open' shift ends.
I was home by 1:15 and settling in to read my book (Dark Tower, book 7). I'm about 83% through the book now and getting to the conclusion rapidly. My Kindle does tell me what 'page' I'm on, but just what percentage I've read. If I remember correctly, book 7 was around 800 pages. I've enjoyed reading this 7 book series much more slowly than I did the first time, and it seems like I am getting more out of it this time around. I read the 7 book series the first time about 10 years ago, and plowed through it in just a few weeks. I began rereading the series back in the spring, and have been taking about a month per book.
By 3:30 I decided I needed to spend some time riding my stationary bike. Usually I spend about 30 minutes 'riding' it, but I have been steadily increasing my time in the saddle and recently 'rode' for about 45 minutes.....my goal was to do it for 60 minutes. When I actually ride my bike outside I usually ride for a minimum of an hour which usually means 10-15 miles of riding. I've been having some trouble with my stationary bike stand (I call it my bike trainer) lately......it has kind of been slowly breaking down over the past few weeks, and Friday it finally gave up the ghost just as I was within a minute of my hour goal. Thankfully I ordered a new bike trainer, which is much more expensive and it arrived at the General Store about 5:30 pm Friday just as TLE was about to leave for home after her shift. It's a good thing because the old one is now sitting outside the trailer ready to be hauled to the dumpster. It's just another case of 'you get what you pay for' and I only paid about $40 for this one.....that it lasted this long (got it back in April just after we arrived at SLT) is a minor miracle.....my new one purchased on Amazon Prime cost just over $100....I'm looking forward to un-boxing it1
TLE was home from work about 5:40 pm, and we settled in for the evening. We had pans to watch the final episodes of Longmire, season 6......the final season. I am always concerned how the writers will end a series. I mentioned we were a little disappointed in how 'Mad Men' ended, so we were on pins and needles as we began watching 'Longmire' wondering how the writers would end the series. We were not disappointed, and that is all I will say because I know a few of you are also into that series, and if you haven't watched season 6 I don't want to spoil it for you. If you haven't watched this series it is a great one to 'binge watch'....check it out!
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