Saturday, July 12

A Change : Back to Plattsburgh

The idea that life is a circle has never been clearer: I am back in Plattsburgh! And I have a big ass smile on my face :)

It has been an amazingly busy few months, and I have made a (potential) major life change. Moving away from politics for a bit and jumping back into higher education.

It is still surreal to be back; as if I am in an amazing dream and at every point where I should wake up, I am not and it actually gets better. Every hour my excitement grows. I feel as if I am supposed to be here, something not felt in a couple years.

In other news, I have already been visited by some fantastic friends.

I have an apartment double the size of any before. I am in a city I adore. I am work with people I love. Doing a job that sounds amazing.

I have been given the rare chance to make a dramatic change in my life direction. It is going to be a fun year.

Wednesday, April 30

“The Journey” ~ by Mary Oliver

One day you finally knew 
what you had to do, and began, 
though the voices around you 
kept shouting 
their bad advice—
though the whole house 
began to tremble 
and you felt the old tug 
at your ankles. 
"Mend my life!" 
each voice cried. 
But you didn't stop. 
You knew what you had to do, 
though the wind pried 
with its stiff fingers 
at the very foundations, 
though their melancholy 
was terrible. 
It was already late 
enough, and a wild night, 
and the road full of fallen 
branches and stones. 
But little by little, 
as you left their voices behind, 
the stars began to burn 
through the sheets of clouds, 
and there was a new voice 
which you slowly 
recognized as your own, 
that kept you company 
as you strode deeper and deeper 
into the world 
determined to do 
the only thing you could do—
determined to save
the only life you could save.

Sunday, April 27

Ten Things

1. "People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on Earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child - our own two eyes. All is a miracle." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

2. It only took 27 years, but I finally can finally whistle.

3. A side project (check out this amazing website, amazing what you can do with paper) :

No glue!
4. So, 58 days..but who is counting?

5. All of my friends and family are popping out babies like it is their job! And not one invite yet to play with the toys...I mean, see them.

6. ^ one misplaced "o" and a lost "p" makes that the funniest statement to date. ^

7. Great 5k race yesterday, go SUNY Morrisville!

8. I bought a new bike almost two weeks ago, have put on 50 miles already. Totally proving to be the best purchase thus far in this life time.

I haven't died yet, though came close twice now.

9. I have started the epic journey that is reading Harry Potter.

10. I have running better and feeling better than I have in about a decade. Had about a week of runners-high, something so rare I barely get once a year. I know, I just jinked myself and will now fall into a pot hole and break a leg....I will take that risk.

Monday, April 14

I think this will be one of the most important purchases of this decade :)

Happy Trails

Monday, April 7

[T]hat blessed mood,
In which the burthen of the mystery,
In which the heavy and the weary weight
Of all this unintelligible world,
Is lightened:—that serene and blessed mood,
In which the affections gently lead us on,—
Until, the breath of this corporeal frame
And even the motion of our human blood
Almost suspended, we are laid asleep
In body, and become a living soul:
While with an eye made quiet by the power
Of harmony, and the deep power of joy,
We see into the life of things.
~William Wordsworth

Monday, February 17

Ten Things

1. "Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies." ~Erich Fromm

2. Completed Season 2 of House Of Cards. And damn.

Above: Awesomness.

3. Possibly making big moves (2.16.2014). It will be an interesting year with a few extra twists.

4. Just bought a new computer and paid the IRS, a months pay. Wonderful.

5. Game on for the crazyness of March and April!

6. I think we are living in one of the best times for television. Similar to where we were at in 1999 with the West Wing and The Soprano's; television is making a change and it is awesome. Especially with House of Cards on Netflix and True Detective on HBO. Some great, dark story telling focused on dialogue and plot over action and violence.

7. I have a guilty conscious, even when there is no reason possible to feel any guilt. Working on that.

8. I may actually be in ok shape financially; at least, very very close to in the black. Lets see how the next three months play out. Ignore #4 when reading this.

9. I am making walk books with out the amazing Caitlyn Woodward. Blasphemy.

10. Falling in love with this song : "Always remember there was nothing worth sharing like the love that let us share our name."

Sunday, February 16

"Running On Empty" ~ Jackson Browne

Looking out at the road rushing under my wheels
Looking back at the years gone by like so many summer fields
In sixty-five I was seventeen and running up one-o-one
I don't know where I'm running now, I'm just running on

Running on - running on empty
Running on - running blind
Running on - running into the sun
But I'm running behind

Gotta do what you can just to keep your love alive
Trying not to confuse it with what you do to survive
In sixty-nine I was twenty-one and I called the road my own
I don't know when that road turned onto the road I'm on

Running on - running on empty
Running on - running blind
Running on - running into the sun
But I'm running behind

Everyone I know, everywhere I go
People need some reason to believe

I don't know about anyone but me
If it takes all night, that'll be all right
If I can get you to smile before I leave

Looking out at the road rushing under my wheels
I don't know how to tell you all just how crazy this life feels
I look around for the friends that I used to turn to to pull me through
Looking into their eyes I see them running too

Running on - running on empty
Running on - running blind
Running on - running into the sun
But I'm running behind

Honey you really tempt me
You know the way you look so kind
I'd love to stick around but I'm running behind
You know I don't even know what I'm hoping to find
Running into the sun but I'm running behind