Now, I'm sitting in the shade on the porch, listening to the magpies and finches and starlings. It's awfully nice.
Although I had the red in my hair this winter when I came home, no one particularly commented on it. This trip is a marked contrast; almost everyone has commented on it, most of them complimenting it while also managing to seem a little confused about how they're supposed to respond.
I do like it here. I think I'll mix myself a drink and dive into reading about Navigating Social-Ecological Systems.