Since the weather has been nice, I’ve started going on little mini-breaks from work in the midafternoon. There’s a road near the office with a lot of undeveloped land beside it that’s gone to meadow and forest, so it’s good for watching and listening to birds. Today when I went out, I heard a song sparrow right away, then I watched two goldfinches chase each other around. I sat down in my favorite shady spot, and heard a woodpecker. A moment later I noticed that some blackberry bushes nearby seemed to have ripe berries, so I picked a handful and brought (most of) them back to share.

The cool thing is that this was all in the space less than ten minutes. Could there be a better way to take a break at the office?