Scenes from the Weekend: A Day at the Fair

I spent the weekend visiting one of my besties in Columbus. Part of the visit included a trip to the Ohio State Fair.

It’s been years since I was in a fair or amusement park environment. I forgot how overwhelming the sights and sounds could be. Not to mention, I was at the fair with two mothers and their toddlers. Which… is a lot for a person used to walking through the world solo and unencumbered.

In a true Brianna from Grace & Frankie moment, I took a break from the group to hunt down an adult beverage. Alone, the fair was less slow and noisy, more full of wonder. Once I located the Beer Garden and quietly sipped a Belgian White, all was well.

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Scenes from the Weekend: Strolling Through the Metropark

I’m not a nature person. Not a “fitness” person, either. But I spent all day Saturday and early Sunday battling body aches. The kind of body aches born of inactivity. I didn’t want to workout for a few minutes and crawl back into bed (a downside to living with my mother: if I’m home, I’m in my bedroom, which means I’m almost always in bed). I needed to be up and about for a couple hours. I needed to walk.

The only nearby site conducive to my need to move around and not spend money was the walking trails at the Metropark. I threw on workout gear, grabbed my phone and earbuds, and headed to the great outdoors.

To prevent getting lost, I picked a single trail and didn’t deviate. Occasionally, I’d pass a male jogger and think “This dude could murder me in these woods. No one would know.” Thankfully, I went un-murdered.

I don’t know how long or far I walked; just kept going until I needed to use the restroom; which was basically an outhouse with a toilet-like contraption over a hole in the ground.

By the time I was finished the walk, my body felt looser and I’d worked up a nice little sweat. Dare I say, I enjoyed it.*

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Why You Shouldn’t Binge Listen Philosophy Podcasts

I hadn’t spent quality time with Philosophize This! in a month or so; decided to binge-listen yesterday. Over a couple hours, I explored Sartre’s ideas of “The Self,” Simone De Beauvoir’s “The Ethics of Ambiguity” and “Responsibility,” and an introduction to The Frankfurt School. You know how people load the healthiest fruits and vegetables in a blender but they add too much and end up with a tasteless brown sludge? That’s how my brain felt by the time I got off work–beaten down by warring philosophical approaches. “Wow. I really am a mindless worker happy to enjoy simple sensory pleasures as long as the world as I know it and my place in it remain secure.”

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