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Simple Pleasures

They say the best things in life are free.  I’d like to modify that and say the best things in life are simple.  Free maybe, but simple – absolutely!  Recently, in an attempt to juggle the complexities of life, it came to me how much I crave the simple pleasures and how much I appreciate them when they cross my path.

For me, a healthy life is a balanced life.  Simple pleasures help balance out those things which boggle the mind and create stress.  Simple pleasures require little effort on your part to enjoy, yet they fill you with an easy, fundamental sense of joy when you experience them.   I especially like it when they are in your everyday environment, so you don’t have to go looking to hard to find them.  Davis is chock full of simple pleasures.  You probably have your own list, but here are mine.

The Davis Food Coop monthly newsletter, Natural Choices.  Well, the Coop in general could be my simple pleasure, but we’ll stick with the newsletter.  I absolutely love the realness of it – real Davis people commenting on real issues and ideas related to eating well.  The Coop staff is honest, creative, and helpful in their newsletter offerings.  It makes me feel more connected to the health food culture in Davis when I read this every month.  It makes me go there because they just have cool stuff.  Don’t have the Coop newsletter?  What are you waiting for?  Become a member!

commute by bike!

The Abundance of bike lanes and bike paths in Davis.  Recently my husband and I went biking near my folk’s house in Grass Valley.  Beautiful place, but no bike lanes, let alone a designated path.  My heart raced as cars swooshed by and we tried to stay in the narrows of white lines.  Not an issue in Davis.  Better yet, we get a scenic way to commute.  Soon my commute will grow by 3 miles when I moved to South Davis.  Good thing I have this to view to enjoy when I ride.  After digging around on the City of Davis webpage, I found these interesting facts about the biking infrastructure in Davis:

“Davis has bike lanes on approximately 95 percent of all its arterials and collectors. The city has 27 different grade separations for bicycles and pedestrians. In the last ten years alone, the city has spent well over 14 million dollars just on bicycle projects.”

Common Grounds Davis

Coffee Shops.  You might be like me, in that a coffeshop is your second office, your study lounge, your social gathering place, or your retreat.  I especially enjoy Common Grounds in South Davis.  It’s a privately owned, local business.  The staff is super friendly and they don’t give me the stink eye when I sit down for a bit before ordering.  I don’t acutally drink much coffee, but the Rooibos tea and bubbly water are great.  I can stay as long as I want and there is plenty of laptop parking.  The smell of fresh coffee, the clamour of the espresso machine, and the giant windows that let in natural daylight are all part of the appeal.

NPR; more specifically, Capital Public Radio.  Okay, I know it’s not just a Davis thing, but listening to it when I’m running errands around town just makes me feel good.    This Sacramento-based public radio station offers something for every listener.  The stories are intelligent, funny, and I love the jazz programs.  Don’t know what I’m talking about?  Tune to 90.9 next time you’re in the car and get the buzz of good quality radio.

Davis Wiki.  It speaks for itself, but it’s been a lifesaver for us because we used it to help find my husband a place to live before we arrived in Davis from Oregon.  Why doesn’t every city have this?  We don’t do anything without counsulting the Wiki.  It’s like an oracle!  I especially love the info on cheap eats, happy hours, and places to live in Davis – saved myself from some bad meals and crummy apartments thanks to Davis Wiki.

So, there you have it, simple pleasures.  Nothing fancy, but life sure is better with them.  Would love to hear what your Davis simple pleasures are too!

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