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Monday, September 26, 2011

The view from my "backyard" in Oregon this week. Not bad eh?

Friday, September 23, 2011

Things I Want to Buy

Lots and lots and lots of things. I even have a list, with prices and a subtotal and all, of things I want/need to get pre-departure. But there are also things I don't need, and certainly shouldn't buy if money were to come my way, but I dream about them anyway.

I want comic books!


Gunnerkrigg Court Volumes 1, 2, and 3
Hark! A Vagrant

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


When running trails in the woods, if you find yourself lost, don't be too proud to turn around! If you don't, you may find yourself in a variety of situations. 1) Dehydrated, with no water in the foreseeable future. 2) Covered in mud, spiderwebs, nettle stings, and stickerbush cuts, courtesy of little-used trails being reclaimed over the summer. 3) About 3 miles from home when you finally do pop out of the woods, on the entirely wrong side. 4) Attacked by someone's dog as you run past its yard (fortunately slobber cleans off as easily as sweat).

My mom had no sympathy - she straight up laughed at me when I told her what happened. "You came out by the elementary school didn't you?" Apparently I'm not the first family member to have gotten lost out there.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Peyton Place

When your body's being absolutely wrecked by fever and antibiotic-induced nausea, it's nice to curl up with a mug of tea and read a good book.

"To me, the main difference has always been that writing and reading are less painful. In fact, when I first came home, I had almost made up my mind to stick to those two and forgo living."

It's like the narrator is me!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Pro Tip

While drinking, it's a bad idea to fall ass-first into a table. There might be a glass on that table, and you might land on it, and cut yourself in a very awkward location.

Just sayin. Be careful where you land.



Saturday, September 3, 2011