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Friday, January 29, 2010

I want someone to love me and know me enough to send my best friend flowers when she is having a bad day

Friday, January 22, 2010

I wanna play!

One of my favorite blogs now lets readers submit their own captions. I missed the train on this one, but my caption would have been:

I'm stubborn and I was sure. But my sense of direction has always been terrible & look at all of that wasted time.

Monday, January 18, 2010

and it has a pull-up antenna

I dropped my phone in the ocean yesterday. Romeo's time on earth was cut short when, running for my life, my jacket pockets jingle jangled the little guy right into the pacific. Our generation has been the first to really grow up with cell phones- to see them as a necessary and important part of our lives since before we actually had lives to speak of. The hours between dropping Romeo in the ocean and digging through my box of old phones in the garage were uncomfortable. I'd have a thought and want to text someone- and I couldn't. We wanted to look up the tide schedules. I couldn't. Romeo 2 will arrive tomorrow. Until then, I am using an old phone from freshman year.It's been an interesting way to look back before I moved on to color screens,camera phones, slider phones, phones with email, phones with touch screen. This one is just a phone. That is all it does. And it has a pull-up antenna.

I always put symbols in front of the names of people that I call/talk to the most so that they go to the top of my alphabetical contact list. Many more names have had symbols added than have lost their symbols since saying goodbye to this phone and that feels nice.

The strangest part is getting texts/calls from people that are SO important to me now and seeing that their number is not in this phone, and realizing simultaneously that I hadn't even met these people yet. Even more mind-blowing are all the things that happened that led to me meeting those people, and all the people I have since met, befriended, and lost touch with. Since the last time I used this little phone I have...
...lived in 5 different homes
...fallen in and out of love
...had a LOT of firsts
...held and quit at least 6 different jobs
...adopted a dog
...been to Iceland
...planned the rest of my life
...scrapped those plans
...graduated from college
...bought a car
...had hos in different area codes
...continued to sing celine dion at the top of my lungs with the same girls I was singing with when I had a phone with a pull-up antenna.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

It looks like wonderful.

So it is SERIOUSLY time for an update. A lot has changed, and pretty much all for the better. Life is good, basically. I quit Steve. It had to happen. I missed my life. I missed my dog. I missed sleep and peace of mind. Steve really surprised me and was great about it even though I only gave him a day's notice. I now carry one phone and no longer live out of a suitcase and it is lovely.
I took a job in Portland, working as an administrative assistant for a financial firm that deals mostly with New Markets Tax Credits. It's super interesting, even though it sounds like torture. The people I work with are fantastic. The office is new and organized and runs like...a real office. No screaming. Just pleasant hellos. We are in Old Town Portland, right by the Burnside Bridge. There are a LOT of homeless but the buildings are beautiful and I just love being in the city. I am renting a studio in NE Portland, near the Hollywood District. Joseph and I are still settling in but the building is adorable and my apartment feels like it was made for me. There are hard wood floors and a sizable closet and adorable little built-ins. Once I have it looking the way I want it to there will be photos.
I was SO sad to leave my roomies and loves in Eugene. I miss them terribly. And I miss Jamesons. But, here I have Melissa and David- not to mention old friends keep popping up and it's so fun to catch up with people who knew me when I was wee.
So, that is my life right now. I live in NE Portland, work full time for a truly great organization and am just generally enjoying life right now. I'm poor, but hopefully things will even out once I get into a groove.

Also, it snowed!

And, it is a new year. I posted this last year and I just think it is so perfect. It is my wish for myself. Happy New Year, me!

"May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself."
Neil Gaiman

And one more thing- This has nothing to do with anything except it looks like wonderful.