The rain and cool temperatures and general gloominess were getting to me. I was longing for a hot summer day in Boise, spent at Eagle Island or Ivywild, or boating and cooking s'mores. I had a hard time getting out of bed, and facing another day with the kids. There was just a cloud of melancholy hanging over me, and therefore the whole family. I don't know how to DO summer vacation here. I know there are endless possibilities and places to visit but I didn't have the energy to look them up. Our belongings haven't arrived yet, which include the kids toys and a few books about London activities for children. The rain also made an outing less appealing. But someone from church had suggested Horniman museum, which is in our borough and only a bus ride away. I couldn't spend one more day cooped up in our pajamas so I decided to go check it out.
Anyway, it was an exhibit of photographs of Siberian reindeer hunters over the last decade or so. These two were a couple of my favorites. The one on top is a man dumping BOILING water out of his mug, in -53 degrees Celsius. (Which is -63.4 Farenheit!!) Anyway, the water not only froze instantly, but made this awesome spectacle.
The picture below is just an adorable little Siberian girl making friends with a reindeer. The exhibit kind of blew my mind. They live in tents made out of reindeer skin, and pack up and move all the time and it's just SOOOOOOO cold. No hot showers, no mattresses, no internet!? Wha?!
We stopped at a bakery on the way home for muffins and we were all feeling better. An important lesson I'm learning in life is that feelings rarely come before action. I rarely FEEL like running before I get my shoes on, but I'm always glad I did. That's sort of how my week went. I didn't FEEL like doing anything but the enjoyment came once I showed up.