Friday, May 23, 2014

The family is Colorado-bound!

My mom, dad, Elliott and my Aunt Marge are coming to Denver tomorrow! They will be splitting their time between Denver and Winter Park and I'm excited to show them around.

I've been trying to clean up my old apartment and down-size into a studio apartment. The studio is 327 square feet, hahaha. What. Am. I. Doing. I still don't have a bed, and thanks to final exams, I have just started moving things over there. Moving is exhausting and I'm ready to be done.

With the stresses of moving and still recovering from school, I'm really excited to get up to the mountains with my family and have a good Memorial Day Weekend! After that, my aunt rented a house in Denver and so I am going to try and get some time off of work to sight-see with her. My parents and brother will be re-joining us on Friday and we are going to have dinner at Linger (where Ty will get to meet them for the first time) and drinks with my friends later that night.

Cheers to visitors and hope everyone has a great weekend!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Colfax Ten-Miler, or Oops I Didn't Train

A few months ago, my friend Kristen, from law school mentioned she would be running the Colfax 10-miler, so I signed up for it, along with our friend Erica. Flash-forward to May 18th and we (Kristen and I at least- Erica had been running more regularly) were about to start the race having run very little and just coming off of finals last week. Needless to say it was hard for us all to walk today.

Me, Kristen and Erica- all officially Denver 2L's!
But we finished! And we got some great photos from my photographer-boyfriend, Ty, who was waiting at the last quarter mile! Kristen's husband and brother-in-law also jumped in at mile 7 to run to the end with us.

We didn't look at the course map so going through the stadium was a huge surprise to us! 

My own personal cheer squad and photographer! He woke up early on a Sunday just to watch a a sweaty parade of people and share half of a bagel with me :)

Here are some of Ty's photos: 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all of the mothers, especially my own mom and my friend Kate, who is celebrating her very first Mother's Day today.

In honor of mothers everywhere, I present to you Tina Fey's "A Mother's Prayer for Her Daughter", which is an excerpt from her book, Bossypants: 

First, Lord: No tattoos. May neither Chinese symbol for truth nor Winnie-the-Pooh holding the FSU logo stain her tender haunches.
May she be Beautiful but not Damaged, for it’s the Damage that draws the creepy soccer coach’s eye, not the the Beauty.
When the Crystal Meth is offered,
May she remember the parents who cut her grapes in half
And stick with Beer.
Guide her, protect her
When crossing the street, stepping onto boats, swimming in the ocean, swimming in pools, walking near pools, standing on the nearby subway platform, crossing 86th Street, stepping off of boats, using mall restrooms, getting on and off escalators, driving on country roads while arguing, leaning on large windows, walking in parking lots, riding Ferris wheels, roller-coasters, log flumes, or anything called “Hell Drop,” “Tower of Torture,” or “The Death Spiral Rock N’ Zero G Roll featuring Aerosmith,” and standing on any kind of balcony ever, anywhere, at any age.
Lead her away from Acting but not all the way to Finance.
Something where she can make her own hours but still feel intellectually fulfilled and get outside sometimes
And not have to wear high heels.
What would that be, Lord? Architecture? Midwifery? Golf course design? I’m asking You because if I knew, I’d be doing it, Youdammit.
May she play the Drums to the fiery rhythm of her Own Heart with the sinewy strength of her Own Arms, so she need Not Lie With Drummers.
Grant her a Rough Patch from twelve to seventeen. 
Let her draw horses and be interested in Barbies for much too long,
For Childhood is short — a Tiger Flower blooming
Magenta for one day –
And Adulthood is long and Dry-Humping in Cars will wait.
O Lord, break the Internet forever,
That she may be spared the misspelled invective of her peers
And the online marketing campaign for Rape Hostel V: Girls Just Wanna Get Stabbed.
And when she one day turns on me and calls me a Bitch in front of Hollister,
Give me the strength, Lord, to yank her directly into a cab in front of her friends,
For I will not have that Shit. I will not have it.
And should she choose to be a Mother one day, be my eyes, Lord,
That I may see her, lying on a blanket on the floor at 4:50 a.m., all-at-once exhausted, bored, and in love with the little creature whose poop is leaking up its back.
“My mother did this for me once,” she will realize as she cleans feces off her baby’s neck.
“My mother did this for me.” And the delayed gratitude will wash over her as it does each generation and she will make a Mental note to call me. And she will forget.
But I’ll know, because I peeped it with Your God eyes.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

"Among other things, you'll find that you're not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You're by no means alone on that score, you'll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You'll learn from them - if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It's a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn't education. It's history. It's poetry."

~Catcher in the Rye

Sorry that I haven't posted in months and then have only been posting quotes that I like. But, that's where my mind is at right now. Just regurgitating things that other smart men and women have said. Anyways, enjoy the next few weeks of words that aren't mine. 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Awesome Advice by Hilary Clinton

Advice from Hilary Clinton on taking criticism: 

“Too many young women, I think, are harder on themselves than circumstances warrant. They are too often selling themselves short. They too often take criticism personally instead of seriously. You should take criticism seriously because you might learn something, but you can’t let it crush you. 

You have to be resilient enough to keep moving forward, whatever the personal setbacks and even insults that come your way might be. That takes a sense of humor about yourself and others. Believe me, this is hard-won advice I’m putting forth. It’s not like you wake up and understand this. It’s a process.”

Monday, April 28, 2014

Art and Love

"Art and love are the same thing: It's the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you." 

~Chuck Klosterman

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Denver has made me soft

It finally got cold here. Last night I walked to my car and my muscles convulsed trying to keep my body warm. I checked my phone and it said it was 1 degree F.; which is definitely freezing, but it shouldn't have completely silenced all normal thoughts besides how cold it was. 

Denver has made me weak and soft.

I no longer know how to take 3 deep breaths and plunge my body into an arctic blast. I whimper and whine instead. I have forgotten how to hold on tightly to memories of summer while my soul bleeds from the winter. I haven't participated in a polar plunge in two years.

Time to put some tights on under my jeans and man the fuck up.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Solar Energy Thoughts

Every parking lot ought to look like this! — Shades the cars while producing free energy. Germany has created over 500,000 new jobs by pushing hard into solar and wind energy - providing incentives for everyone to install and as a result, they will be able to move forward with their plans to shut down all their nuclear power plants in the next decade.

What are your thoughts, if any, on solar energy? 

My professor who has been involved in environmental law for some time now, told me that she thought solar and wind energy were so much "sexier" than natural gas or oil. I guess I hadn't thought of it that way, but if that is what is going to get the people to get behind solar, then yeah, sex it up!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

I Have Decided

Law School, in a Nutshell

I know I've been kinda slacking on blog posts lately, but it's only because I've had to spend some extra time understanding what is going on during my classes this semester. 

Every time I asked I question I feel like Homer

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Dust If you Must

Dust if you must, but wouldn’t it be better
To paint a picture or write a letter,
Bake a cake or plant a seed,
Ponder the difference between want and need?

Dust if you must, but there's not much time, 
With rivers to swim and mountains to climb,
Music to hear, and books to read, 
Friends to cherish and life to lead. 

Dust if you must, but the world’s out there, 
With the sun in your eyes, the wind in your hair, 
A flutter of snow, a shower of rain. 
This day will not come round again. 

Dust if you must, but bear in mind, 
Old age will come and it’s not kind. 
And when you go - and go you must - 
You, yourself, will make more dust. 

~ Rose Milligan 
Originally Published in The Lady (1998)