Tuesday, March 13, 2012

On a Bike Ride

I had an unexpected day off today.

What did I do?

Many things.  The most important being I went out and ENJOYED THE DAY.

Columbia, MO is pretty awesome.  There a plenty of parks and trails to have a mini-adventure on.  I'm lucky to live right next to Albert Oakland Park which begins the Bear Creek Trail.  There's a stretch that leads from Albert Oakland Park to Garth Park which I frequent as often as I can.  It's my little 5 mile round trip route and I love it.  Even though its NOT as out in the middle of nature as I would like.  I'm not in Maine anymore.  I take what I can get.

And that is A LOT considering this trail runs right through the north part of town.

(Note:  Some day I will have the money to buy a nice camera, or the time to work out how to use the one that my Mom got for Christmas.  In the meantime I only have what I can get out of my little inexpensive compact).

There is something exquisitely tangible about the SMELLS associated with each season.  While some of the smells of winter are as good as any, the cold makes it rather hard to smell much of anything.

But when SPRING arrives...well, it's wonderful.

It's earthy, and damp.  It has the smell of things awakening.

It's EVERYWHERE.  Coming through the window as I wake up in the morning.  Meeting me as I walk down the stairs into the cool of the basement.  Playing across my face as I bike down the trail.  

And then there's the sounds.

It started with the Robins many weeks ago.  They're always the first ones to bring in the season.  Then the Red-winged blackbirds.  Woodpeckers, Phoebes, Chickadees, Cardinals, they are all plentiful.  And then there is the occasional Killdeer.  MY FAVORITE!!  I can't help but giggle at their call.  It sounds so frantic.  

The Spring peepers are out and making a racket.  I love it.  

Every sensory experience of this season brings my heart a little joy.  This is important to me at this time in my life.  A time when finding peace and happiness in the little things is what makes the drudgery of the days worth it. 

So I am grateful to have today.

And when this day is over, I'll continue to live my life, make decisions, and work out what exactly it is I am going to do with my time on this planet.

It's only my whole life, so there's no pressure or anything.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

On (and on, and on, and on...)

I've had these dreams the last two nights.  While their specific content is no longer clear, there general theme makes me a little uneasy.


Not the death of specific people I know.  Just general carnage brought on by a calamity of some sort and I, along with others, am left to bury the corpses.  The first night they were in their wooden coffins.  I remember several being small. The size of children.  And I wept.  The second night we were moving the dead from where they lay.

Two nights in a row of death dreams.  A co-worker says this means change.

I don't see it.


I remember a time when I was more eloquent and witty. I think it had to do with the fact that I lived somewhere amazing and I generally loved my life.

I want that back.  

Just because I come to some good conclusions does NOT mean that I follow my own advice all the time.  And that is frustrating.  I kind of want to punch my brain in the face sometimes.

Speaking of punching.  Monday knocked me a pretty good one this past week.


I've never led a guy on in my life.  It's mean.  But I think that may be what I am unintentionally doing with this co-worker.  I have NO interest in him.  How do I make that clear (and still be civil and not make things awkward at work)? 


Things that are IN right now that I love:
-Sweet Potatoes
-Fabric flowers on clips or head bands


Guess what?  I LOVE my job.  My photography job.  There is almost NOTHING that I dislike about it.  But it's going to end in about a month and there is NOTHING that I can do about it.

The work environment is perfect.  I get to work with kids every day.  The people I work with are AWESOME.  I am gaining experience in photography.

Have I talked about this already?  Probably.  I just can't get over it.

Why can't every single job be LIKE THIS???


I'm in this stage in my current life where I want to do something drastic.  I want a huge change.  I feel in my heart and my soul that I NEED it.  More than that, I need a GOAL.  Not just this faceless future.

Hello future, I couldn't tell that was you.  You're standing there,  so frustratingly enigmatic in that shady corner.  Why don't you come a little closer so I can get a better look at you?  No?  Bah.  Whatever.

I know that I can't throw blame at the future for not revealing itself.  The blame lies with me and my fear of committing to ANYTHING.  I don't want to jump.  I don't want to take that Indiana Jones blind step onto the invisible hidden bridge.  I want to be the person who walks on the bridge AFTER the handful of pebbles and dust have been thrown across is to reveal its presence.

I want to do something slightly reckless.  Like move to another state.  Just decide that I am going to spend the rest of the year saving up to move away.  To Utah, or Alaska, or Canada, or Hawaii, or back to Maine.

Can I DO that?  Is that crazy?  Maybe THIS is why I am having morbid death dreams.  They represent a deep seeded desire for a HUGE change.  And the sheer numbers of the dead show how drastic of a change I seek.

I think that sounds a little crazy, but what do I know.


If any of you readers have some awesome folk/bluegrass music to suggest/share, PLEASE DO.  I'm on a kick and I'm looking for a fix.


I don't want money for a lot of things.  But if I could spend money on anything right now it would be on the following things.

-A nice DSLR camera
-Pay off my debt (so I could guiltlessly apply to grad school and follow other possible pursuits)
-Moving out
-A VHS copy of Nutcracker Fantasy
-The complete soundtrack recordings of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy


Oh yeah.  After what totaled to over 100 tries, I finally beat the giant scary Bowser that shoots massive fireballs and has gigantic gnashing claws at the end of Super Mario Brothers Wii.

I would say my life is complete, but there are still all those dratted star coins.

Also, I feel like a video game completing my life sounds super pathetic.

Also, FYI, it didn't take me NEARLY as many tries to beat Diablo at the end of Diablo.  But possibly significantly more time.

Okay, I seriously need to stop talking like a game nerd.


This is where I am right now.

Music I am into:
-Folk rock alternative

Artists I love at the moment:
-The Toughcats
-Mumford and Sons
-Fleet Foxes
-Pearl and the Beard
-The Decemberists

Books I am reading:
David Copperfield by: Charles Dickens
Bossypants by: Tina Fey

The first 5 movies on my Netflix Queue:
1. The Tree of Life
2. The Help
3. Cowboys and Aliens
4. The Big Year
5. The People Vs. George Lucas (Documentary)

Shows I am watching:
-Cougar Town
-Happy Endings
-The Office
-Parks and Recreation
-Once Upon a Time
-The Vampire Diaries (Yeah, I admit it publicly on the internet.  This is a big step for me.  Don't judge.)

Some of my current favorite things:
-The nesting pair of geese I pass on my bike ride.
-The Red maples that are starting to bud
-Red-winged blackbirds
-The birds singing in the morning
-Being up for the sunrise
-The sometimes AMAZING spring weather
-Sadie (ALWAYS Sadie)

I think that about sums it up for now.

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