children are funny

on the plane:
child: I saw the ocean! Mama, can we see the
whole ocean?
mother: Baby, people go on boats and spend years and years on the ocean, and they still don't see the
whole ocean.
child: Daaaaaang!

two of ryan's 6th-grade students crashed the wedding.
one of them: he was trying to tell us without really telling us. but i have a photographic memory, so i remembered.


my new favorite thing:
late night bike rides.

i could do this every night.

man, i'm so glad mercury is no longer in retrograde. i communicated something fierce tonight.

...agh! so much to do before weddings, road trips, and much-missed friends.


tonight, i was watching the fireworks with a couple friends and several thousand neighbors, over the mississippi, under the arch, and i thought to myself, "this is my city." and it was a good thought.

there are so many people here i love for so many different reasons. and yet, i still long for others in different places whose presence i adore being in... my sister soulmates, especially.

and today has again shown me i have so much left to learn in life.

... (a prayer,
Dag Hammarskjold)
Whom I do not know
but Whose I am

Whom I do not comprehend
but Who hast dedicated me
to my fate



the cat is sleeping on my bed again, and she is using my camera for her pillow, and i think she must have fallen asleep reading the last battle, because i'm pretty sure i left it on my nightstand. but then, she might be having kittens, and my mom did read me those books when i was quite young, so it probably all makes sense when you think about it.

my favorite new pastime includes my bedside fan and my pineapple-scented bubbles, and i like to let the fan blow bubbles until the room is full of them. when other people blow bubbles, i like to eat them.

what is life for again?, because i think i've forgotten and yet i think i'm on the right path, loving people and learning new things like how to speak spanish and maybe some carpentry and i've been discovering lots of new things about myself, but still somehow i feel this thing in the back of my mind like maybe something's missing, but what? and integrating is hard, especially because there are a million things to be integrated, and sometimes they seem a little opposite of one another, you know?

but anyway, i think i need a nap. we took sarah to the airport early this morning, and yeah, i miss her already.