Tuesday, January 27

James Blunt ~ Same Mistake



Saw the world turning in my sheets and once again I cannot sleep.
Walk out the door and up the street; look at the stars beneath my feet.
Remember rights that I did wrong, so here I go.
Hello, hello. There is no place I cannot go.
My mind is muddy but my heart is heavy. Does it show?
I lose the track that loses me, so here I go.
And so I sent some men to fight, and one came back at dead of night.
Said he'd seen my enemy. Said he looked just like me,
So I set out to cut myself and here I go.
I'm not calling for a second chance,
I'm screaming at the top of my voice.
Give me reason but don't give me choice.
'Cause I'll just make the same mistake again.
And maybe someday we will meet, and maybe talk and not just speak.
Don't buy the promises 'cause, there are no promises I keep.
And my reflection troubles me, so here I go.
I'm not calling for a second chance,
I'm screaming at the top of my voice.
Give me reason but don't give me choice.
'Cause I'll just make the same mistake,
I'm not calling for a second chance,
I'm screaming at the top of my voice.
Give me reason but don't give me choice.
'Cause I'll just make the same mistake again.
Saw the world turning in my sheets and once again I cannot sleep.
Walk out the door and up the street; look at the stars.
Look at the stars fall down.
And wonder where did I go wrong.

Sunday, January 25

"After sleeping through a hundred million centuries we have finally opened our eyes on a sumptuous planet, sparkling with color, bountiful with life. Within decades we must close our eyes again. Isn't it a noble, an enlightened way of spending our brief time in the sun, to work at understanding the universe and how we have come to wake up in it? This is how I answer when I am asked—as I am surprisingly often—why I bother to get up in the mornings." ~Richard Dawkins

Saturday, January 17

10 Things

1. An epic evening of Phase Ten was had last night.

2. I am in a great place right now.

3. The understanding to let the past be in the past is the best prevention in allowing the present be the present.

Please, do not ask
4. There is no crime in doing nothing all day. Hence...today.

5. Running when it is below 0 is stupid. Plain and simple. No more debate. I have learned my lesson on that one...multiple times...over and over....and over.

6. The winter and the summer are pretty great...

7. ...but really not as great as having students on campus. What does that say?

8.


9. I think Student Affairs is right for me

10. "In masks outrageous and austere
      The years go by in single file;
      But none has merited my fear,
      And none has quite escaped my smile."
      ~Elinor Hoyt Wylie

Friday, January 16

Fun. ~ Carry On



Well I woke up to the sound of silence
And cries were cutting like knives in a fist fight
And I found you with a bottle of wine
Your head in the curtains
And heart like the Fourth of July

You swore and said,
"We are not,
We are not shining stars."
This I know,
I never said we are

Though I've never been through hell like that
I've closed enough windows to know you can never look back

If you're lost and alone
Or you're sinking like a stone.
Carry on.

May your past be the sound
Of your feet upon the ground.
Carry on.

Carry on, carry on

So I met up with some friends at the edge of the night
At a bar off 75.
And we talked and talked about how our parents will die,
All our neighbours and wives.

But I like to think I can cheat it all
To make up for the times I've been cheated on.
And it's nice to know when I was left for dead
I was found and now I don't roam these streets,
I am not the ghost you are to me.

If you're lost and alone
Or you're sinking like a stone.
Carry on.
May your past be the sound
Of your feet upon the ground.
Carry on.

Whoa!
My head is on fire but my legs are fine.
After all they are mine.
Lay your clothes down on the floor,
Close the door, hold the phone,
Show me how no one’s ever gonna stop us now.

'Cause here we are
We are shining stars
We are invincible
We are who we are
On our darkest day
When we’re miles away
Sun will come
We will find our way home

If you're lost and alone
Or you're sinking like a stone.
Carry on.
May your past be the sound
Of your feet upon the ground.
Carry on.

Oooh.
Oooh.
Oooh.
Oooh.

No one's ever gonna stop us now
No one's ever, no one's ever gonna stop, no one's ever gonna stop us now
No one's ever, no one's ever gonna stop, no one's ever gonna stop, no one's ever gonna stop us now

Thursday, January 15

A Throwback Thursday :: Remembering the Amazing things

About two week ago I cleaned out my room and found one of the greatest gifts I have ever received. Before I graduated from Plattsburgh in 2008, Marie a fellow Resident Assistant (RA) in my building gave me this packet when she learned I was joining AmeriCorps. In a nutshell, Marie said "Jake, I have the perfect gift for you." With a huge smile she left the meeting and I did not think much of it.

About a month later, which was my last team meeting, she turned to me and gave me a plastic bag. The first thing I read was "Contents Include" (below):


That alone knocked my socks off. Take a moment and read through all of them, you will not be disappointed. Maria gave me another big smile, a huge hug and said "Jake, always remember these items." And that was that.

I kept most of the item, some were eaten the day of :) This is what I found:


So thank you Maria, for making me thrilled to be alive 8 years ago and just a few days ago. It may seem like a little thing, but my God it means the world.

The best way to celebrate throw back Thursday.


"Beauty is precious, you see, and the more beautiful something is, the more precious it is; and the more precious something is, the more it hurts us that it will fade away; and the more we are hurt by beauty, the more we love the world; and the more we love it, the more we are saddened that it is like finely powdered salt that runs away through the fingers, or is puffed away by the wind, or is washed away by the rain." ~Louis de Bernières

Sunday, December 28

2014 In Review

"Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don't be afraid." ~Frederick Buechner

In a Nutshell:
..Hanna, sickness, KW, 2014 Election!, a PhD?, Christie Disaster, KW, "Bridge-gate", Crazy 
Weather, House of Cards season 2!, A5P, Binghamton, finding Audiobooks, Moby Dick, Goodbye Mrs. Krug, Cashman for the win, ---PETITIONS---, Escape paid off, The Brief Wonderful Life of Oscar WaoIndependence and Republican ballot, I have a bike!, I can whistle!, A pause to deal with my own personal hell, Goodbye Maya Angelou, Three weeks of intense campaigning, D2D, Phone Banks, Election Win, KW, The Man in the High Castle, Harry Potter and the Scourers Stone, a bunch of random fun job interview, CJ, MC, accepting a new job - BACK TO PLATTSBURGH, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, MC, making a major change in my life, and having no clue where I am going next, CJ, my 9th Boilermaker, MC, CJ, KW, MJ, seeing old friends and mentor, feeling at home again, MC, CJ, BG, Tony Stewart, Robin William :(, RW, Opening Weekend, RW, CLG 506: Student Affairs Practices, SA no good, Goodbye Betsy, RW, HM, JEWEL, HM, RW, Alumni Affairs, Krug's Bachelor Party, political consulting, understanding Student Affairs a bit, RW, #KrugleWedding2014 in one Quote, NL, SA, Invoice crazyness, Bomb Scare, Ebola, Shitty Week, Ebola again, crush, back to smart phone, CJ/MC, ELECTION NIGHT, CW, Mike!, CW, Step Up!, SA, Michael Brown, CW, offers, CW, Rereading all my MPA Text for some reason, invoices, winning fantasy NASCAR, SA, Eric Garner, AKEBA, a disgust in our society, RL, Goodbye Fall semester, And a cigar in its honor, 2014 Commencement, AI is engaged!, www.codecademy.com, www.duolingo.com, An epic evening, moving to an iPhone, SONY, The Interview, North Korea, SONY again, Race divide expands, winning fantasy football, CLG 503: Counseling Theory, home for Christmas, JS, KW, Happy New Years!...

Top Ten Thing of 2014 (in really no order):
1. Moving back to Plattsburgh
2. Goodbye Jewel
3. 2014 in one Quote
4. Winning the NY-24 Congressional Primary
5. Surviving Petitions
6. Realizing where I stood in the political world
7. a disgust in our society
8. I have a bike!
9. We lost Robin Williams
10. Goodbye Uncle Rich

Picture of the Year:
Back.

Person of the Year(s)
: Cori Jackson and Michael Cashman
Song of the Year: Taxi and Sequel- Harry Chapin

Summary:
I feel like I always start these summaries as if major life changes are happening every second. Although that is true and common, I shouldn't be shocked by that, I am still in my 20's and totally not anywhere close to being settled.

With that being said, 2014 was another year of major change. I have left the political world, at least for right now. Moving back to Plattsburgh is turning into one of the most positive decisions I have made. I cannot thank the persons of the year for making that happen :)

This year however we lost many folks that were dear to me and my family/friends. It sadly seemed we went every week for awhile losing someone we loved. This all add into the death of our beloved dog, Jewel. The undeniable void is still there.


To everyone we lost in 2014 - thank you for coming into our lives, sorry you had to go, and we shall see you on the other side.

Leading to the next point of watching as the race divide in our nation grew. At varies points in the past few months I have disagreed with all sides at one point, but more important I have found agreement during this time as well. Not seeing our nation has serious race challenges is being blind. "We don't see each other, the police officers and the people mad at the police. If we can learn to see each other, then we will heal, as a department, as a city, as a country. And wouldn't that be an honor of these officers lives?" ~Bill Bratton, NYC Police Commissioner

On to more positives though; the great Krugal wedding was phenominal and finishing up this portion of my political career with a win was great. This year I taught myself to cook (not just boil water or toast), I began using my free time a bit more efficiently, and have reconnected with amazing friends. Another big change is that I have mapped out in a bit more detail my student loan payment, should be on track to have all my debts paid off in 2020, a great feeling.

I really do not know where I will be in a year or in what mind set, but for the first time in a long time I ending a year well. I plan on knocking off more of the bucket list, that is getting long. I also plan on taking another step toward what I want to do. 2015 will be great, game on!
..Someone had fun..

"Sharing your feelings or life story is not a sign of weakness but the ability to show trust is humanity." -Monica

"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

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