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Field notes: road trip

Field notes: road trip

Last weekend, I road-tripped with Ben. We set up a tent the first evening, after driving through South Carolina, and North Carolina, then along the Blue Ridge Parkway for an hour or two. We made a run to town for firewood and provisions, including impulsively purchased fresh peaches, then back at our campsite, we stuffed ourselves […]

For Orlando, my heart

For Orlando, my heart

I got up this morning to make bread and water the plants. I retrieved the dough from the refrigerator, shaping it onto a peel with flour and salt, numbly. I filled the watering can six or seven times, watching the water swirl and puddle around the planter boxes. Then I sat on the couch with […]

I’m addicted to 30 day challenges

I’m addicted to 30 day challenges

Yesterday was Sept. 30, which means yesterday was technically the last day of my post-a-day challenge. For those of you who haven’t followed from the beginning, I made a public promise back in August that I would publish at least one blog post a day for the duration of September. Well, I did it. Pretty […]

Everything’s amazing and nobody’s happy*

Everything’s amazing and nobody’s happy*

Today work was slow. My boss, who normally sits directly behind me, was in meetings all morning, and my immediate jobs were finished. It was a rare thing, but I had the time to browse through Facebook as much as I wanted most of the day. There have been moments in my life that doing this […]

Learning how to see the world

Learning how to see the world

I picked up the habit of watching from my dad. I remember being somewhere around the age of ten or eleven. My dad had just picked me up from school and we were driving home in his work truck. At one point he leaned towards the wheel, looking up at the sky, and said, “Hey […]

Mushroom thoughts

Mushroom thoughts

I’ve started a lot of sentences lately with “My brain feels like…” And today my brain feels like mush. Or maybe more like a mushroom. It feels spongy and delicate and stringy.  I’m realizing it usually feels like this on weekday evenings. My job sucks all the texture of my brain into hidden, fibrous pockets […]

Life bucket list

Life bucket list

This morning my friend Emily and I had a breakfast picnic in the park. It was misty out, that perfect kind of grey weather that isn’t really hot or cold, and while we nibbled on scones and sipped coffee we talked about some of the yearnings we both felt for far away places, far away […]

Union Square and paper bag drawings

Union Square and paper bag drawings

When I worked in New York, I had a habit of keeping paper bags from Trader Joe’s or Whole foods to doodle on during my lunch breaks. I’d sit on one of the benches in Union Square, watching people go by, accidentally eavesdropping on the conversation the guy sitting next to me was having about […]

Almost-not-quite the weekend

Almost-not-quite the weekend

My brain has been flitting in every direction today, so I’m going to leave you with these quotes to think about instead of posting. This is all kind of random and silly and out of nowhere, but this has been a random and silly kind of day. Also that turtle was a Greek turtle. He […]

Crumbs and denim jackets

Crumbs and denim jackets

I have a memory that resurfaces every year around this time. It was Thanksgiving day. I was seven, with long tangled hair and a loose tooth in the front. It was the year I rocked a perm for the first time. My mom let me get dressed in my fancy clothes as soon as I […]