Sunday, September 13, 2009

Swallowing fireflies (a greatmazing day, and resolutions for more)

At this point, I have no idea what kind of blog this will be.  Or if it will even survive.  But since I'm pushing the double-digits in followers, I feel like I need to make it at least mildly interesting.

It's in that spirit that I bring you this, perhaps the most magical thing I've learned in the past few months:


You really should read the article.  Really.  It's magical.  And it's one of those things that makes me love learning and discovery and being a nerd all over again.  I think it's important for me to remember that explaining things doesn't take away their magic.  Sometimes I feel like I just sit in a room and analyze stuff to death allllll day, and that sucks - but I need to look at it differently.  Magically, even.

Okay, now that I've gotten the interesting stuff out of the was greatmazing.  I played kickball (and lost, horribly), discovered that I can totally take Henry into both 7-11 AND The Wine and Cheese Cask, met some people from SomDog and City Dog (and got Henry a new/free/ridiculously hip collar, pictured below), went to a Greek Festival and semi-creepily watched little kids roll down a huuuuuuge hill, stumbled across a Haitian festival (straight bangin, yo), and listened in on the Precinct Music Festival going on in my backyard (Jenny Dee is amazing, honestly).  Greatmazing, right?

(new/free/hip Pabst collar, modeled by the best dog in the world)

I love where I live.  Because of days like today, and because Reliable Market is Asia is in my back yard (discovering I live next-door to Korea was definitely the highlight of my yesterday).

Pretend that there's a transition here from talking about the now to talking about the future.  Because I'm about to start talking about the future.  Realizing I've been here for a year has made me think about a lot.  And it feels like a new year is starting (in lots of ways)...and for some reason I feel like I should make some resolutions.  So, here are the resolutions I can think of right now at this very minute, written while making no promises that I'll keep them - because what if I change my mind?

(I know that makes them pointless, whatevs)

1. write a six-song ep
2. attempt to take henry into every place i love, see how it works out
3. bike more for fun, and not just transportation
4. run more, maybe
5. cook more, definitely
6. sleep outside more
7. remember magic

The bookends (one and seven) are the most important to me, I think.  Seven because I've definitely lost the magic in what I've been doing - and that sucks, because I'm lucky to get to explore and discover amazing things.  But sometimes I feel like I'm always thinking, never doing - like I'm not creating anything.  And that's why number one is important - because I love music, but I never fucking finish anything I start.  Because I get self-conscious and bored and a million other excuses.  But I think if I set myself this goal of just six songs over the course of the year, I'll make myself do it.  And it's important that I do, because the alternative is dropping out of grad school and working construction (like dear old dad, who helped build this at South of the Border after high-school, and neglected to tell me about it until a few years'd think you'd want to tell your son that you're the coolest person in the world, but I guess not).

I think I'll try to document my progress (on the music front) here.  So, to start, here's the first (and only) song I've ever finished.  I wrote it almost a year ago - for a girl, of course.  And feel free to notice how I'm not talented enough to sing and play guitar at the same time.  Or to sing, really.  Or play guitar.  I wanted to do something that wasn't traditional song structure, so I at least thing I got that part right.


  1. i read this post after hearing about your recent brush with mortality and assholes. ironic.


    I smell a sea otter reunion! :)