Into April


Whoa. I disappeared from the blog for a while there. But now it’s a new week, a new month, and I’m back – at least for today.

Can I be honest? I’m glad to have March behind me. March held some wonderful things, but it was a crazy month in which it felt like every minute was booked with something: work, travel, work travel, meetings, volunteering, visitors, get-togethers, occasions, paperwork, budgeting, blowing the budget, and too few workouts. I’m spent. And I’m looking forward to a small spell of relative quiet before jetting out of town again – when little sister Sarah gets married in Kansas City in less than 3 weeks.

In the spirit of a quick catch-up:

What I’ve been [reading]: East of Eden. All of my hours on airplanes in March allowed me a bit of time to read, and I’m so glad that I’ve chosen to spend my time with Steinbeck. “Do you take pride in your hurt? Does it make you seem large and tragic? …Well, think about it. Maybe you’re playing a part on a great stage with only yourself as audience.”

What I’ve been [watching]: Homeland. It’s addictive and I’m obsessed – but fair warning, it’s graphic (in more ways than one), so if you’re sensitive to language, violence, and nudity, maybe just steer clear.

What I’ve been [loving]: humming and strumming. I’m in a group guitar class at a local music school, just for fun, and it’s my favorite thing I do all week.

What I’ve been [wishing for]: a solid week of silence. That probably won’t happen for a while – but I can still wish for it because I’m an American and I deserve whatever I want.

What I’ve been [looking forward to]: Sarah’s wedding this month, a trip to the Florida Gulf coast with some besties for Memorial Day weekend, using my new backpacking sleeping bag this summer (which, between gift cards, coupons, and my REI dividend, I got for over 50% off).

What I’ve been [listening to]: this new song by David Ramirez. He’s giving it away for free in advance of his new EP “The Rooster,” which is out in early May. If you don’t know about his music, you need to.

And now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to make this week productive, which ultimately is going to make it peaceful.



  1. Eric on April 1, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    I saw David Ramirez in concert about a week ago when he opened for Joshua James. Both were incredible!

  2. Erin on April 1, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Two of my friends convinced me to read East of Eden about a month ago, and I’m so glad I did. Prepare to bawl at the end.

  3. Michael Rhyne on April 1, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    So good to hear from you! I did see you representing on Facebook. You looked suspiciously like you were getting paid to climb a 14er! I need some quiet time, too…maybe in May. I love sleeping bags, even though I did tear a rotator cuff trying to get out of one once….

  4. Chelsea on April 1, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    East of Eden is wonderful. One of my favorites. Hope you get some out-and-off time soon!

  5. HopefulLeigh on April 1, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    You should totally add this to the What I’m Into link up. Hope you get a solid week of silence as soon as possible!

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