Monday, June 1, 2015

April Roundup

It's June but I still have a lot to share from April. The first weekend, I suddenly decided that Florida would be a wonderful way to spend Easter. And of course it was (thanks Mom and Dad)! My brother Duane and nieces were down there, and we basked in the sun and gorgeous waters.

Always a blast to hang out with the dogs.
The next weekend, Tom and I took off to Boston for less than 24 hours for a Rubblebucket concert! It was a late Valentine's gift and pretty much perfect. Tom's parents live in the suburbs, so we took the T (their metro/train) to Paradise Rock Club downtown. We even ran into some of my St. Lawrence classmates, unsurprisingly! And then we did our best to stay as close to the front as possible to rock our faces off.

Rubblebucket was Thursday and we were back Friday, because SATURDAY we (Emma, Luke, and I) hosted a St. Lawrence Charter Day party!! I can't emphasize how heart-exploding and happy it made me to bring two-thirds of my favorite humans to the Berkshires. 
Annie and Elizabeth cheesin' before everyone arrived (no, really--Emma's mom filled that table with 20 kinds of cheese!!)

2014 ladies :) Kate is on the far left.
Team Habitat, otherwise known as the Cream Team.

Former Ruckus, now Rusty Bus ultimate frisbee members!
Once a Saint always a Saint -- representing classes '76 through '14!

Class of 2014 friends 
I also iced everyone at the party when they thought we were opening a surprise box of SLU goods.. that rocked.

That was the first full-blown reunion party we've had as alumni, and certainly won't be the last. It was fun to celebrate the institution that brought us all together (even though they took away our theme house..)!

And the weekend after that, I took off to Nantucket for a ladies' retreat, initiated by my lovely friend Caroline that I studied with in Shanghai. It was a weekend divorced from technology (for the most part), serious responsibilities, and full of reflection, friendship, and restoration. We cooked and crafted and went to the beach and had a hoot of a time at the daffodil festival, which was quite frankly one of the wasp-iest events I've ever willingly taken part in. Not offensive, just ostentatious displays of wealth.
The dinner I lead included ratatouille, couscous, roasted broccoli, and garlic bread.

Caroline and I. I am endlessly fortunate to be friends with such an amazing lady!

The most moving part of the weekend was when Caroline revealed packages of letters she collected from each of our loved ones, reading one letter aloud for each lady. There's a radiating amount of love in my life, and all the adventures of April really reinforced that.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

A quick note for Mother's Day

You know, I thought that by finishing undergrad and taking a break from education for a while, I'd have loads of time to blog and indulge in art and other life-fulfilling pastimes. Working full time has created a somewhat  predictable structure to my time, but I still have that inkling of exhaustion that's bars me from devoting energy to many other activities. My top priorities are food (grocery shopping, cooking, eating nutritiously) and work (staying on my game while preparing for the next one, being at the job site most Saturdays), though as the Berkshires heat up, I'm back to playing ultimate frisbee outdoors! And thank goodness, because the eternal winter was not helping my clothing seams... The Northeast weaned it's way out of winter and hopped straight to summer. The plants suddenly burst with leaves and blossoms from these 80+ degree heat waves, so perhaps this will give me the jolt of energy I need..

Ah, but what was I trying to get at? Oh yeah, accountability, more so my lack thereof because I haven't maintained this blog or my research one at all. I'm ashamed and frustrated with my lack of resolve to put my ideas into motion and really stick to them. I would say I follow through fairly well with human relations and again, my stomach, but everything else just seems secondary. Ugh, maybe someone needs to impose deadlines on me?!

One thing I've really taken a conscientious step towards is embracing the now and accepting the present for what it is. It's extremely tough for me because I'm used to dwelling in the past or fantasizing in the future, whether realistically or for anything. I write these big ideas down though, and maybe I should make more mindmaps just to see how life is fitting together. But still, a majority of the most impactful experiences and encounters in my life were never predicted. Fate, serendipity, and other positive vibes of the universe collided into my path.

Happy Mother's Day to all the incredible moms out there who have put their hearts into children that grow into beautiful humans. And an extra shoutout to my own, who has time after time demonstrated that biology isn't essential to be mother and child; it's the bond of love. I'm posting this from my phone so I don't have the same inclination to keep typing, but I know a lot of dear family and friends that I don't see routinely anymore are still awaiting my posts. Updates and photos to come soon!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Another day, another blog (!)

I know, I need to blog more. I was such a great blogger when I lived on the other side of the world from everyone and relegated my communication to 2-3 minimal platforms (spontaneous phone calls aside). One thing that's irked me about Loquaciousness is my lack of focus beyond saving. As in, my writing goes in so many directions, that it's difficult to present in any professional format because I'm never consistently posting about something... except myself. Which arguably has its merits, but for now, I think my publishing aspirations are at a rest.

However, the journalism ones are not! The St. Lawrence Global Studies department has a hugely talented staff, one of whom I reached out to a few months ago about the news blog called The Weave. The site is citizen journalism dedicated to reporting stories that are underrepresented in the media. I've been itching to re-engage my scholarly ambitions for research and writing, so I reached out to Dr. Collins, bounced some ideas, slowly pulled together a proposal, and finally launched my page! In my blog space called Adopted Identities, I am examining Transnational and Transracial Adoptions in the United States as a cultural practice.

Now that I am announcing my explicit intentions to research and post to this blog on a hopefully bi-monthly basis... well, I have to! This is going to take some serious self-structuring, but I owe it to you all. Here is the first post, and I really encourage you to comment as a process of collaboration and encouragement for my future writings. Cheers!

Currently: Sick, in bed. Makes for a committed position to writing.