May 2011 Archives
Tue May 31 21:31:18 EDT 2011
Tue May 17 20:37:19 EDT 2011
As I took this picture of Kim and Alana asleep in my tent, I was lying in my hammock, suspended between a majestic live oak and a seen-better-days cedar. The campground hosting the semi-annual Paralounge Drum Gathering was just beginning to stir, with bleary-eyed denizens stumbling to empty bladders as wisps of brewing coffee filtered through spanish moss swaying gently in the morning breeze.
It was a beautiful morning, and I'd slept pretty well cuccooned in that hammock. I'd rather have slept next to Kim, but just having her along with me was something I'd been trying to arrange for as long as we'd been courting. This was the fourth attempt, and come hell or high water she was coming this time!
I've been going to the Paralouge for seven years, and while I've camped with friends every time, this was only the second time I've gone with someone, and the only time with someone who genuinely got what it was about, and what it means to me. I love you, Kim.
The next night all three of us slept in the tent. I'd have been content to sleep in the hammock, but it started raining again. I fell asleep squeezed up against Kim, with the the soft sound of rain drizzing through the oak canopy. Ah, life is good.
It was a good weekend. I was sick with allergies through half of it. It was an awesome weekend. And Kim wants to go back. It was more than just a camping trip for her; as the cliche goes, it was a glimpse of a different way of life; a simpler life, surrounded by good people who have built a solid community over the years.
Once again, Kim brought up dreams I've had but not told her about; running a campground, living simply and taking care of the land upon which we lived, away from the bullshit rat race, surrounding ourselves with people we respect and love.
It's a dream I've been slowly working towards for many years now, one small step at a time, and now, I have a partner in crime to help make it happen.
But now, the twilight has all but faded, the snake is done walking in my back yard, and I'm being eaten alive by bugs. Time to go inside.
Tue May 17 19:39:35 EDT 2011
Thu May 12 21:16:03 EDT 2011
Wed May 11 21:54:55 EDT 2011
Sun May 8 22:32:24 EDT 2011
A good evening.
Sat May 7 19:44:09 EDT 2011
It only took ten years
Yup, my diploma is finally hanging on the wall. And yes, it's been framed the whole time.
Oddly enough, my alma matter has yet to hit me up for donations. Not that I mind.
Thu May 5 21:28:37 EDT 2011
Wed May 4 23:05:07 EDT 2011
Backlogs and Broomsticks
Not much has been posted over the past month, and there's a pretty good reason for that -- I've just been so darned busy! And that, dear readers, is a good thing.
Work's keeping me pretty busy; I've been putting in about 9 hours a day for the past couple of weeks -- nine solid hours of too-busy-to-check-my-work-email juggling projects. At home I've been pretty busy too, but this weekend it finally calmed down. All of the big home projects are done, and the rest is happening at a more leisurely pace.
The new living situation has gone pretty smoothly so far; even the cats are tolerating each other, if not actually getting along! My sleep schedule isn't lining up with Kim's (actually I'm still not sleeping well), but all in all this cohabiation experiment is going well -- I'm not just saying that because Kim's been keeping the house the cleanest it's ever been.
Tonight I sat down and cleaned out about a week's worth of personal email, including yet another job offer. It's funny how they come out of the woodwork right after you start a new job. Kind of like relationships, in my experience. C'est la vie!
I also made some headway into my two month backlog of photos. Four major events and a pile of little things like repeated puppy therapy at the dog park. Every post here has coincided with unclogging a bit of the backlog, but I'm still losing ground. I need a better workflow, but damn, switching everything over will be a PITA.
It's foolish to expect the to-do list to ever clear out, but now that it's finally shrinking for a change, I'm feeling pretty good. But on that note, back to photos!