Tuesday, September 16, 2014

i am…

…feeling sad about dropping ruby off at the boarding place for a few days while i go to a conference.  but the new lady there is persevering and making ruby be her friend even after ruby was a BITCH to her the first time they met.  i'm glad the new lady isn't holding it against her.  at least while i'm around.

…feeling victorious at beating my friend josh at fantasy football this week.  and though i do not care one lick about the NFL, i have found myself discussing recent events more than once in my government class.  my attempts at deep conversation ("why would a woman stay with a man who abuses her?" "what's the difference between punishing your child and child abuse?") have gone…okay…in my class.  even if they aren't thinking as critically as i want them to, i hope some of our conversations are sticking with them.

…feeling so excited to see two groups of fantastic friends in october, even though one of the plane tickets cost about $200 more than i wanted to pay.  pennies may need to be slightly pinched this month, but it will be totally worth it to spend two long weekends in a row with good good friends.

Monday, September 15, 2014

what i'm listening to right now

"the boxer," by jerry douglas, featuring mumford & sons and paul simon:


this is such a beautiful rendition of one of my all-time favorite songs.  i love everything about this version, not least the dobro in the background.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

the NFL has a bigger problem than i thought: what the numbers show about NFL player arrests.  "one NFL player in 40 is arrested in a given year"?!

a Ruby a day

Lazy Sunday with Miss Ruby! I love it. Now I have to peel her off of me so I can go to yoga...


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

doctor.

this is a poignant mini-memoir of the author's mother.  sad and beautiful and absolutely worth a read.

Monday, September 8, 2014

what i'm listening to right now

when i went to boarding school in 11th grade, the girls on my hall were this amazing group of young women who were funny and goofy and sweet and smart and we had great adventures together.  i had been the "smart kid" at my old high school, but here i was an average kid, and i loved that - loved being surrounded by other smart kids and fitting in in a way i hadn't at my old school.  in a life where i am incredibly lucky to have made special special friends in many places, these friends were perhaps my first special friends.

this boarding school had a ton of homework, and my life was school and homework and soccer and hanging out with friends in our dorm rooms and occasional forays into town for a cheap burrito.  my memory of 11th grade also includes a LOT of time spent in front of my hand-me-down desktop computer, playing heroes of might and magic with my friend sara, with katie occasionally sprawled out on the bed next to us offering her critique of the situation.  tracy chapman's self-titled album played on the CD player perched on the shelf above the computer, and if the game was particularly good we would have to push play again when the album ended.  this sounds like the smallest pleasure in life, but it was awesome.

this morning i heard sam smith's version of "fast car" on the radio and fell in love with that song all over again.


you know those songs that take you immediately back to a specific time and place?  this one takes me to 2C in 1999 and to the friends who surrounded me there.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

with the help of my friend kate ("personal shopper" should be on her business card!), i bought my bridesmaid's dress for my sister's wedding!  becky is letting all of us choose whatever navy dress we want…and half an hour at nordstrom yielded a great one.  hooray!  it feels good to check that off the list.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Texas high school Friday night football FAIL:

Me: "woah! The opposing team's cheerleaders have on cowboy boots and cowboy hats!"

Real Texan: "um, that's the drill team. The cheerleaders are over there."