Although I’m generally more a fan of the rural lifestyle, I was digging the city living today. This is good because we are about to move even further into downtown. So here are the top five things I like about city living:
1. Starbucks, the bank, and the grocery store are all within walking distance. I’ve never been a big fan of driving (well, I was probably excited about it when I was 16, but it has since lost it’s luster), so I love being able to walk anywhere. Today I walked to Starbucks, stopping along the way to deposit my paycheck at the bank and drop some mail into the mailbox. I used to walk to the grocery store on a regular basis (back in my bachelorette days), but now that I’m shopping for a hungry husband, I can’t carry all the groceries by myself. Still, it’s nice to be able to walk there when I just need a few items.
2. There are so many parks! One of my favorite places in Lexington is the Henry Clay Estate. Although I’ve never actually toured the home or anything, I’ve taken advantage of the grounds for picnics and walks. And Woodland Park has a great playground and a gazebo for large gatherings. Eric and I have played many games of tennis there (although neither of us are great at the sport). And it’s conveniently located oh-so-close to Missy’s Pie Shop, which provides the perfect dessert for an evening at the park.
3. A seemingly endless supply of running routes. Although I generally stick to a few set routes, I felt like mixing it up a bit this morning and ran down a road I’d never even noticed before. I found a quiet street lined with beautiful old houses. I love that I can always find roads I’ve never run before.
4. Awesome old houses. Lexington has a wide variety of homes, some old and gross (mostly the ones around campus), and some old and gorgeous. I love running through the historic districts and taking in the views of these magnificent mansions.
5. People are always out and about. Sometimes I find this kind of annoying, as I hate crowds and loud noises, but I really do enjoy seeing people enjoying the city. People are always out running or walking or eating or something. It’s nice to see so many people loving their community. The other night, Eric and I walked to Orange Leaf (which is actually kind of far away, but I feel better about eating unhealthy things if I walk to get it), and there were tons of people hanging out in that area, just enjoying some fro-yo and friendship. That’s what I like to see.
So get out and enjoy the city today. Take a walk. It’s good for you.