Hey there, world. (:
Damn, I’ve missed blogging.
For the most part, I’ve been tweeting my face off through my smart phone.. but nothing compares to sitting down at a laptop and typing out your thoughts and feelings in length for the general public to view and judge at their will. Haha.
To be completely honest, I’ve put off blogging because my laptop is hella slow. When I say slow, I mean it took about 10 minutes for me to get the internet up and this page loaded. Quite annoying when you’re a spoiled american used to instant gratification. #firstworldproblems <- See, I even hashtag outside of twitter now.. jeeze.
Well, over the last (or first, rather) quarter of 2013, a lot has happened. There have been many ups and downs on this roller-coaster and I have loved every second of it. Contrast keeps life fun and interesting. Even when it sucks, it makes the good so much better.
In chronological order (for the most part) this is what has happened:
I read some books! Yeah, I know I normally do a little book review with every book, but I would have to back-log quite a bit, so I will just say you should read more and these are some options for you:
“The Particular Sadness Of Lemon Cake” by Aimee Bender (a light read)
“Secret Daughter” by Shilpi Somaya Gowda (will give you some heart-warming tears)
“Sophie’s World” by Jostein Gaarder (if you like philosophy, read this)
“Water For Elephants” by Sara Gruen (also a light read, but I liked the story better than the “Lemon Cake” book)
“Diary” by Chuck Palahniuk (great read, but “Fight Club” is still my favorite of his)
Ok, now that the quasi book reviews are done, I’ll start this review of life-happenings by backing it up a bit to give you some reference for what has happened over the last few months..
I jacked up my ankle while on an amazing vacation over the 2012 holidays and was out of work for the first three weeks of the year.
While my ankle was healing, I was also getting over a break-up with my ex, Luke. Things happen for a reason, I guess. Considering we work for the same organization, it was nice not going through the emotional cray of angry break-up blah blah in front of my co-workers. Instead, I did it rather gracefully in front of my parents while my ankle was in a cast. (I stayed with them because it turns out crutches and apartment stairs are enemies, not friends.)
Have I mentioned how grateful I am for my family? I love my parents so much. <3 <3 <3 Gah, they are so amazing! It literally brings tears to my eyes when I think about how much they have done for me and how much I love them and wish I could give them everything in return, times 4958729845, to be exact. :b
Also, while stranded in the Cedar Park suburb, I was able to spend a lot of time with my lovely long-time friend, Marissa. <3 Her little girl, Aja, is growing up so fast. I really need to spend more time with them..
So February came and went and I turned 23! (: I spent my birthday in Corpus Christi, on a work trip, with a few other really awesome TCE folks. Hooray for project 181! We were there for a week and had a blast staying in a legit cabana of a long-time supporter/activist that lives right off the beach.
Also during February, Mark Seyer came back into my life. <3 Oh the love I have for this man… I’m so glad he is back in TX and out of war. <3 I’ve known him since we were 17/18 and I am just smitten with him as a human being. Can’t wait till he moves to Austin this summer!
The end of February/ beginning of March was very sloppy and filled with too many drunken and dosed nights, but it’s all part of the fun.
Also, I lost a dear friend, Michael, suddenly. He was found in his apartment .. and I was called by my sister with the news while I was at work. This really sucked. There is no other way to describe it. It did bring together some friends I haven’t seen much over the last year, which was very nice, but the circumstances were horrible. Yes, everyone dies eventually, but it is never fun to deal with the loss of a loved one. Bah, enough on this, it’s too sad. Rest in peace, Micheal. Miss and love you tons. <3
I spent a lot of March hanging out with a new guy in my life named Peter. He is very sweet and we have done some pretty awesome things together, like SXSW, riding his motorcycle, trying new foods, and riding a tandem bike (after not being on a bicycle for 18 years, this was fucking amazing)!
So, the end of March brings me to the beginning of April, where I spent 2 weeks on a cross-train in White Planes, New York! It was ridiculously cold there. Haha, also fun, but very cold. I am so grateful that my work gives me the opportunity to travel all over the country. (:
After my cross-train, all of the field managers across the non-profit network I’m in (about 60 of us) met up for a 3 day weekend/conference in Pittsburgh. It was very cold and rainy there too. Haha. This conference came at a great time though. I was able to see some faces I haven’t seen in a while and it was so good to get rejuvenated by the meaning of what it is to be a field manager and the passion behind why we do the work we do to make a better world for future generations. We are the movement. I am the movement. This is powerful. <3
Then after a great week back in Austin, I was sent on another project 181! I was the one who ran it this time though, and I thought it went pretty well. (: We just got back on Friday .. and yes, ’twas great to be the one in charge. Haha. We were in Kerrville, Fredericksburg, and Lampasas. We camped out at the Kerrville-Schreiner Park, and Enchanted Rock. Both lovely areas, but both cold and wet. Haha. What is up with the weather?
Ah, yes, the lack of nice weather.. perhaps this correlates to my moods lately? I’ve been vegan for about a year and a half now, but the last month or so I’ve been pretty lack on the strictness of my vegan choices… eating about 75% vegan, 25% vegetarian. And this has definitely been altering my moods. I feel “heavier” (closest feeling I can describe it as is depression, but not really, maybe guilt?) when I eat dairy products. As a result, I have decided that for the next month I am going to go mostly raw! I’m thinking raw for 5 days of the week. It will be a nice “cleanse” and still allow for drinking and processed food every now and then. (; Oh, and definitely no more dairy. Fuck that noise.
Also in the stormy weather category is one of my roommates being evicted. I have been dealing with some cray tension in the apartment and the court room.. The sooner this is over, the better. Coming back to negative energy in my own apartment is not cool. How are you supposed to unwind after a long day when your home is filled with drama and lacks love and peace? Yeah, difficult. Patience is key in this matter though.. I can’t do anything but wait ’till it all works out. And it always does.
Oh the universe, how you mysteriously unfold perfectly. Every time. <3
Well, that about sums up everything that’s been happening in the last few months. As I mentioned, lots of ups and downs. In the future, I promise to blog more.. I am going to be getting a new laptop with my ballin’ tax return that should be hitting my account here soon! So excited!
Sending each and every one of you much peace, love, and happiness! <3 XOXO