the gods wait to delight/in you

•October 12, 2011 • Leave a Comment

your life is your life
don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.
be on the watch.
there are ways out.
there is a light somewhere.
it may not be much light but
it beats the darkness.
be on the watch.
the gods will offer you chances.
know them.
take them.
you can’t beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.
your life is your life.
know it while you have it.
you are marvelous
the gods wait to delight
in you.

~Charles Bukowski

Belated Holidaze

•March 10, 2011 • Leave a Comment

We played board games at the Terrace.

And walked home in the snow.

We visited the Capitol tree, pre-Scott Walker craziness.

We posed.

We made lefse.

We rocked it.

We cut things down and hauled them home.

We sparkled.

Key West bound!

•February 5, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Just booked a Bed and Breakfast for Spring Break in Key West. This will be my first proper vacation in ages. So excited! In honor of our upcoming beach time I’m going to post some photos from previous sunny idylls.

Spring Break 2005–Huntington Island, Florida

Spring Break 2006–Huntington Island, Florida

Spring Break 2007: Tulum, Mexico

Spring Break 2008–St. Augustine, Florida

Spring Break 2009 and 2010–Graduate school…spent working. No photographic evidence exists.

Sacrifice

•January 27, 2011 • 1 Comment

I haven’t had caffeine in months.

I haven’t had chocolate, cheese or alcohol for twenty three days.

Any guesses which one of these things was the hardest to give up?

 

The New Year

•January 11, 2011 • 2 Comments

I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.

–Jack London

January and February are dreary months for me…I just feel like hibernating.  Maybe I need more Vitamin D, maybe (probably) I need more exercise, but whatever it is, this time of year is such a bummer! So my New Year’s resolution is simply to try to make the end of winter as enjoyable as possible and to try to avoid wishing away the days.

One thing that will probably help is the Nor’easter we’re supposed to get tomorrow. Nothing like a foot of snow to make winter fun again. I haven’t made snow angels yet this year, but that may have to change.

Back in Boston

•January 6, 2011 • Leave a Comment

The visitor who reaches Boston, indeed by water, can hardly fail to be struck with the natural beauties—heightened now by artificial adornment—of the harbor, narrowing as it does, in even curves on either side, dotted with many turf and undulating or craggy islands—long stretches of beach being visible almost to the horizon, now and then interspersed by a jutting, cliffbound promontory, or pushing out seaward a straggling, shapeless peninsula of green.

Picturesque America, 1874

 

9 years together

•December 15, 2010 • Leave a Comment

In October, Graham and I celebrated 9 years of togetherness.

Such an occasion calls for something…delicious.

Bacon and Scallops in Pumpkin Soup with Toasted Hazelnuts