Road Runnin'
Feb 24, 2013

Conjuring up Spring by getting out of hibernation mode

It's always good to hear Punxatawney Phil make a prediction of spring coming early, though the past few weeks here in Philadelphia have done nothing to make anyone believe that the myth is true. Lots of spotty light snowfall and biting winds, but that's February in the Northeast US, I suppose. I, for one, am very much looking forward to spring thaw, bringing warmer temps and more daylight hours to play in. Despite the ungodly hour at which I rise to start my workday, the coming of spring means that I will absolutely be out and about more with my friends, doing some of the other social activities that I love. I may play a homebody in the winter, but generally my mantra is "Go, go, GO!"

Road Runner holds a special place in my heart. When I was very young, I could usually drag my father out of deep sleep on Saturday mornings to watch the Bugs Bunny/Road Runner cartoon hour with me. He didn't get into much TV programming designed for young audiences, but he loved Bugs Bunny and Wile E. Coyote, Super Genius. And as a Daddy's girl, I developed a huge love for the characters myself. Even though I looked just like my mother, my father and I shared a lot of personality traits. Neither one of us liked to keep still for very long, as long as there's good weather and a few coins in our bank accounts. As I got older, Daddy started calling me Road Runner as a joke because he couldn't believe how full my calendar was for a teenager. School, Saturday science academy, marching band, concert band, jazz band, concert choir, DC Youth Orchestra and a bunch of other extra-curriculars that grabbed my fancy during the "off-season" usually kept me on the move for at least 12 hours a day, even during my middle school years. Summers were horrible because there was never enough to do. I was one of those kids who longed for school to start again in September so I wouldn't be bored to tears.

Nowadays, there are times when I would donate my first-born for a few more hours of sleep or fewer tasks on my To-Do List. But the lure of the outdoors, great concerts, happy hours and tropical vacations have me anxiously awaiting the coming Equinox. I'll snatch some sleep when I can and make sure I keep my laptop charged so I can get my work done, but I am about to be on the move. Regularly. Get ready to roll with me, or risk choking on my dust cloud. I'm just built that way!

Here is last week's playlist: