Robert (gurdonark) wrote,

popcorn and mindfulness

I woke up early this morning and organized the paperwork for my Continuing Legal Education hours. Next week I must file a declaration of compliance with the requirements. I wanted to make sure I had all the right hours in all the right places. I also wanted to make sure I had all the right proof of the right attendance. This process took a bit longer than expected, but soon I had all the certificates gathered.

To my delight, an emailed question to the California state bar drew a Saturday answer, confirming that I had the right documentation. I do need to listen to one last one-hour seminar, a de-stress themed one about, appropriately enough for California, "mindfulness". As so many lawyers get into substance abuse, the bar proactively has lawyers take courses in other ways to go.

At 10:30 I walked from my home to the Watters Creek Trail. The weather called for wind, so I put on four layers of clothes. Lately, I focus less on the temperature in the weather forecast and more on the wind speed.

The walk proved extremely pleasant. I paused to watch a House Finch sing. At anyone area, I saw a Brown Creeper creeping up and down a tree. My approach of keeping species lists of nearly every casual walk I take has worked out well. Today I saw:
Turkey Vulture 1
Mourning Dove 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 3
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 1
Brown Creeper 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
American Robin 8
Northern Mockingbird 13
European Starling 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler 9
Dark-eyed Junco 10
Northern Cardinal 10
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
House Finch 4

My February species list has 51 species, while my January list was 60 species.

By the time I finished my walk, the weather was warming. I sat for a bit, answered some work email, and then leashed up Beatrice for her walk. She loved getting out in Glendover Park. She even marched up to the elderly Basset Hound who was also on his walk and said a quick hello. This was quite an extroverted moment for our loner-type dog.

My car needed an oil change and its tires rotated, so I headed to Goodyear at 3 or so. They were not too busy,but there was a bit of a wait. I was pleased to see Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine issues in the waiting area. I was impressed with a piece about Seminole Canyon State Park, between San Antonio and Big Bend National Park. The hiking, vistas and wildlife there sounded fascinating.

When my car was finished, I drove to Chicken Express. I carefully removed the breading from the fried chicken, cognizant that the breading looked scrumptious.

We went to the Cinemark Legacy and saw "Lion". We loved this movie. We did experience an unfortunate delay. A movie patron apparently choked upon some popcorn. The patron got cared for, and apparently withstood the scare, but
a great deal of time was appropriately spent waiting for paramedics and police to check into the situation.

The movie theater staff handed the situation with sensitivity and professionalism.
When the coast had cleared, the movie resumed.

After the movie, we ate at Yama in Plano. This was a good day.
Breakfast: Kix cereal and skim milk
Lunch: a fried chicken breast and leg, without skin and breading,
corn on the cob and a roll
Dinner: Broccoli Shrimp.

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