Monday, October 13

One of my best good friends (who may have just gotten married) has always told me that there are FIVE sporting events that every person needs to watch on TV or at the location at least once in their lives. Those events are as follows :

  1. The World Series (at least one game)
  2. March Madness (at least one game in the elite 8)
  3. The World Cup
  4. The Masters
  5. The Olympics (both summer and winter)

So get on it!

Thursday, October 9

Summarizing Everything in 2014 in One Quote

Something amazing happened last weekend during the wedding. Rather a connection was made

During one of my good friends Trisha's toast, she referred to a comment made by Andrew's father over the summer at their camp. The quote did not resonate then, but three months later is all I can think about.

"Look at this, all six of you are back together. You have gone your separate ways, but I am so happy to have you all back."


This is echoing throughout my soul now. We are all back together. Where we should be.

The brief background is that we all ended up traveling to different locations over the past 4-6 years, after we graduated. Experience new, amazing things. Yet, here we are, all of us are back "under one roof" and enjoying each other as if none of us ever left.

Further, I went on my own way trying to find something more (I guess). But, I have found more in the past three months back in Plattsburgh than in six years of exploring life.

For one, it is so amazing to back, among the people I love. From friends, extended family and mentors. Truthfully everything I have loved as whole is in this one place. And I am a back. We are back. With some new amazing people.

It is so amazing to be back in Plattsburgh.

Tuesday, October 7

#KrugleWedding Awesomeness

What an incredible weekend!!! My bestest of friends Andrew and Janis tied the knot!! And they look stunning! (wayy too many explanation points, I will try to control myself).

I adore this amazing couple.

-Rehersal dinner's pizza and wings...AND amazing company
-Outage for the grooms men and friends
-Then golf on Sunday (I failed miserably), it was freaking gorgeous.
-Then some high quality lunch at Moe's. Welcome to Moe's!

Game Time : The Wedding
-Nap time..
-..Or not!
-Dressing up..
-..and looking good.
-The full Plattsburgh family together again.
-Pictures all around.
-Eliana.: the most amazingest flower girl the world has seen.
-Let it Go.
-"I DO"
-Amazing wedding
-Pictures again

Post-Wedding : Dance time
Too much to share in this one. So you will have to settle with the brief version:
Amazing Food
Great toasts
More Dancing
Even More Dancing
Fire with amazing people
Too much freaking fun, it should be illegal

Now, back to the real world. Amazingly awesome weekend!

Thursday, October 2

10 Things

1. Plattsburgh is and always will be Home.

2. The Killers - Battle Born may be the greatest CD I have heard in the past 5 years.

3. All of a sudden I can golf...well....I can almost golf.

4. How can you not love this?

5. "The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat intangible and indescribable
      as the tints of morning or evening. It is a little star dust caught,
      a segment of the rainbow which i have clutched."
      ~Henry David Thoreau

6. I miss her every single day.

7. I do not have a clue what I am doing in my life. But, feel I am in the right place to start making decisions for the next step.

8. Two of my bestest of friends get married in a just a few days and I cannot freaking wait. SO freaking happy for them.

9. We live in a wild world.

10. "Life is a compromise of what your ego wants to do, what experience tells you to do, and what your nerves let you do."  ~Bruce Crampton

Saturday, September 13

Ode to Jewel, Rest in Peace

Sadly yesterday my family lost one of the best thing to ever happen to it, our dog Jewel. She was a loyal guardian to all and was the best to snuggle with. I have had a hard time putting into words what I am feeling. At first just a hollowness an amazingness at what an animal can do to the human heart. Yet, could not sum up in words.

Finally, I was able to write this much until I started balling again :


Yesterday, the world lost Jewel Oda Mae Avery as she peacefully left this world. Jewel lived a loving 16 and 3/4 long years of simply amazing bliss. She did not cure any immediate aliments, nor solve any great world wonder. Instead, provided something more with endless wonder and joy to the Avery family.

Jewel was a simple dog with more human qualities than can be mentioned. She enjoyed naps, longer naps, and most of all going to bed no later than 9:01pm every weeknight. Her hobbies included being with her Mother, eating a bunch and sleeping a bunch more.

She is survived by her sisters Jessica, whose room was a consistent safe refuge from others; Stephanie, whose varies pets provided untold joy; Molly, who was simply her bestestest of friends; and her brother Jake, who she could never quite remember until his midnight meals. Her father who has secretly pampered her more than anyone else, even if he will not admit it. And, last but most certainly not least, Jewel's beloved Mother, whose love was unsurpassed and cannot be summed in a simple post.

To our best friend, cuddle buddy, sister; with undying love - you shall be missed more than words. So long Jewel, we shall all see you again soon.

Thursday, August 21

"In Memory Of Robin Williams" by Jim Meskimen
They didn’t burn all the pianos
When Fredrick Chopin died
Didn’t outlaw oil paints
when Picasso took his final ride
No one put a stop to baseball
When Mickey Mantle’s time was up
Or banned all Russian novels
When Tolstoy went belly up
On Shakespeare’s death, nobody said
“Now hath arrived the day —
From this point hence let none dare
Put forth pen to write a play!”
We celebrate what’s left
By the departed, it’s our choice
Yet it does seem sacriligeous
To do Robin Williams’ voice
A voice that was designed to soothe,
Soft, deep tones that resonate
And cascade gently outward
From behind a smiling face
A voice that could accelerate
To catch up with the mind
Like shifting into overdrive
To not get left behind
A voice that could change character
Like seconds on a clock
Or hijack nationalities
For a spin around the block
Shift age, shift viewpoint, shift I.Q.,
Whatever’s not nailed down
Destroy, rebuild, destroy again,
A formidable clown
We’ll hear this voice in future times
In reruns on TV,
It will occupy the world wide web
Live on, digitally
We’ll hear its echoes come
From other mouths and other lips
In tributes and homages, and,
Like psychedelic trips
We’ll think the owner’s back again
With his familiar sound
But they’ll all be imitations —
Just an audible rebound
New jokes aren’t in the pipeline now,
Not that the well went dry —
But the jester who possessed this voice
Just chose to say goodbye
With the wealth of joy he left us
We should probably rejoice
But it’s hard to grasp we lost the guy
Who used to have this voice.

Monday, August 11

The Man in the Arena ~ Theodore Roosevelt

It is not the critic who counts; 
not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, 
or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, 
whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; 
who strives valiantly; 
who errs, 
who comes short again and again, 
because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; 
but who does actually strive to do the deeds; 
who knows great enthusiasms,
 the great devotions; 
who spends himself in a worthy cause; 
who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, 
and who at the worst, 
if he fails, 
at least fails while daring greatly, 
so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.