Sunday, May 10, 2015

this is twenty four.

"It's funny: I always imagined when I was a kid that adults had some kind of inner toolbox, full of shiny tools: the saw of discernment, the hammer of wisdom, the sandpaper of patience. 
But then when I grew up I found that life handed you these rusty bent old tools - friendships, prayer, conscience, honesty - and said, Do the best you can with these, they will have to do. 
And mostly, against all odds, they're enough." 
- Anne Lamott, from Traveling Mercies

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

friendsgiving 2014.

In 2012 our days were filled with shared meals - at the Local Blend, in Sexton, at our kitchen table, late nights sitting on the floor eating Gary's pizza. But we gathered for our first friendsgiving, preparing the food in the little house we shared, because we knew that before too long a meal together would be a rare thing. 

Two years later, I realized we were right. As we arrived carrying dishes of food, we filled each other in on the past few weeks and months of our lives. It's a strange feeling to no longer know the details of the lives of friends whose daily schedules and habits were once as familiar as my own. 

But we sat down to eat and the reminiscing and laughter began, and I was reminded once again that even though things will continue to change and people will move or not move and grow in different directions and live their own lives, it's okay. Because as cheesy as it is to say, the experiences we've shared can't go away. We'll only add to the pile of those sweet, ridiculous, once-in-a-lifetime memories, even if more gradually than before. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Tennessee Trip: Smoky Mountains and Nashville

Last weekend, I joined Dan in Tennessee for a weekend adventure.
Thursday morning, we made the drive from Nashville to Gatlinburg, and the fall colors seemed to get brighter and brighter along the way.

We headed straight to Smoky Mountains National Park and drove up to Clingmans Dome, the highest point in the park. 
After driving back down and into Pigeon Forge to get some groceries, we found our way to the airbnb we had rented. Our host showed us around, and we cooked dinner and settled in for the night. 

Friday morning we got up early and drove in the dark to the base of Mt. LeConte and waited for the sun to rise enough to begin our hike. It was cold. We headed up and enjoyed the varied terrain along the way.   
The view at the top, the third tallest peak in the Smoky Mountains, was beautiful. It was well worth the long hike. 
We made it back down six hours and about 11 miles after we started and drove into Gatlinburg for pizza and a little sampling of Ole Smoky Mountain moonshine. 
We had heard about a winter storm in the forecast but didn't take it too seriously. Overnight, though, the temperature dropped we awoke to about 6 inches of snow and no power in our cabin. 

I have to admit, it made me excited for the beginning of winter.
We packed up using flash lights and headed back to Nashville, the snow gradually disappearing along the way. 
It ended up being a beautiful afternoon in Nashville, and we explored the Germantown neighborhood and plotted our plans for the evening.  
We decided on a multiple-stop date, beginning with cocktails at Rolf and Daughters. We moved on to 312 Pizza for an appetizer, then to dinner at the Mad Platter. I had the duck breast and Dan had lamb, and we agreed it was the best meal we had had in a long time.

The delicious food continued on Sunday with brunch at the Germantown Cafe (I got the crab cakes benedict). It was a sunny day and afterward we walked through downtown Nashville and over to Crema Coffee to wrap up the day before I got dropped off at the airport. 
I spent the flight home in a tired but happy daze, overwhelmed by the goodness of the weekend. It was full of beauty, and just what we needed.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

summer so far.

Although the first official day of summer isn't technically until Saturday, the past few weeks have included their fair share of summer activities.  Nashville, cabin time, my first summer in St.'s all good and I'm ready for more.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

life lately.

Life these days has been crazy and colorful, the days flying by in a blur. It's been fully spring and then back to winter, teasing us and giving us a taste of the sweet summer to come. It's been enjoying moments at home, a wonderful trip to Florida (and Harry Potter World!), concerts, birthday celebrations, beautiful performances, sunset runs, and reunions with faraway friends. It's getting through days when things don't quite make sense and worry about the future starts to creep in. It's remembering that even on those days, life is so, so good. It's reminiscing about where we were a year ago, and how much has changed. It's laughing on the floor and shaking our heads at these ridiculous, complicated, beautiful moments that make up being 22.