In yesterday’s blog, I expressed the hope that in life’s box of chocolates, today might turn out to be the one with a purple wrapper and a caramel filling.
I wouldn’t say that today was a perfect day (as in, I didn’t break any of my personal best records), but overall it was an awful lot better than yesterday, and that in itself is enough to earn today the Order of the Purple Wrapper.
And in honour of that, I am going to list my top 5 favourite purple things.
1. Dried blueberries (by Wilderness Family Naturals) – absolutely yummy in my Organic Oats2Go porridge, along with dried sliced bananas, sunflower seeds, and salt. The perfect blend of salt and sweet.
2. Amethyst – not exactly part of my rowing regime, but I am very fond of the amethyst necklace currently sitting safely in my rucksack in the fore cabin. After my original amethyst necklace was stolen in Papua New Guinea last year (along with the rest of my very small store of jewelry) this one was bought for me in Istanbul by my friend Umit while I was there for the World Coastal Rowing Championships last year. Amethyst is supposed to be conducive to clear thinking. Sounds good to me!
3. Toothbrush – part of my getting-ready-for-bed ritual, symbolic of the end of the day’s rowing. Glorious though it is in its purpleness, it is horribly plastic. Has anybody found a good alternative to “disposable” plastic toothbrushes?
4. Sleeping bag liner – one of my favourite moments of the day, when I snuggle into its soft purpleness inside my fleecy Ocean Sleepwear sleeping bag and lay my weary head to rest.
5. Sedna – Her Royal Purpleness, Queen of the Ocean. What more can I say? She used to be silver, but since her new paint job, it couldn’t be clearer that she was born to be purple.
Samurai – you asked if I can see the Southern Cross. Yes, absolutely! You can actually see the Southern Cross from a little way north of the Equator, so I am well into Southern Cross territory here.
Tumbleweed Truckers and Dave – thanks for the additional perspectives on fear. I agree with the approach of moving towards our fears. When you shine the bright light of reason on them, they are usually so much less fearful than we imagine. I would go so far as to apply this to the fears that many people have about the future of our planet. All too often the reaction is to go into denial, or to abdicate responsibility. If we were collectively more willing to address the problem, it really is not so intractable. More on that in another blog. UncaDoug – you know what I mean!
Brent – I’ll be speaking in AZ next year for National Geographic, in Phoenix. Not sure how far that is from Scottsdale, but hope I might see you and your wife there!
Oops, laptop battery running at 12%. Last night it took me many attempts to get my blog uploaded, so I’d better start trying now before I run out of juice!
Noelle Sadinsky, Richard Butcher, Suwin Chan, David Gilbert, Scott Wagner – a shorter list of names because some names represent a number of consecutive miles sponsored. We are extremely grateful for all sponsors.