Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
-Mary Oliver

27 November, 2011

Much Obliged

I headed out west on Thursday morning, dessert in hand, for Thanksgiving. Due to a variety of unforeseen circumstances, the family traditions were slightly uprooted this year and we ended up in Benson, at my brother and sister-in-law's house. It was, despite the change in venue, like Thanksgiving always is in my family. Great food, lively conversation, lots of laughter.





And this year, with the addition of three new children celebrating their first Thanksgivings, perhaps just a little bit louder. But in a good way.

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After the party, as I was continuing on to my parents' house, I was struck by the scenery. There is a certain barrenness to the landscape of Western Minnesota in November, before the empty fields have been covered in their white blankets of snow. The land seems to go on forever and combined with the infiniteness of the sky, it gives one the feeling of being very, very insignificant. Broken silhouettes of abandoned farm houses, collapsing barns and tiny country cemeteries sit in sharp contrast to the brilliant sunsets while their contents sit undisturbed, gathering an abundant coating of dust and grime.






As I drove past several of these empty homes that were at some point undoubtedly filled with the same life and love I experienced that day, I wondered who lived there. And I wondered what they did for their last Thanksgiving.




21 November, 2011

Good Start

So it's 7:40 on Monday morning and I have most definitely woken up on the wrong side of my beautifully clothed bed that I really didn't want to get out of.


Here's a list of why this day blows already.
  • I forgot to change the time on my alarm, so instead of waking up at 8:30, I woke up at 6:00.  Yeah.  This guy likes her sleep, so that's a big fucking deal.
  • My apartment smells like garbage even though I took all the garbage out.  So that's gross.
  • Out of milk for my coffee. :(
  • I slept with a pillow wedged in an unusual place.  Neck pain.
Here's a list of why this day is good already.
  • I got two more hours of productivity this morning.  And by productivity, I mean writing shitty blog posts and reading.
  • I had time to take the garbage out!
  • Delicious tea for breakfast. :)
  • Enough time for a bit of yoga.
Trying to feed the good wolf today.  Really, I am.