ridge rd: arch nemesis

September 20, 2011

now that i am getting more miles per run, the search for a logical and fun running route becomes critical to avoid the “back and forth” routes, where you just run short distant loops over and over again (kind of a step up from a treadmill), or the complicated routes where you literally have to take notes to remember which roads you need to take to get your mileage. neither are fun.

neither is ridge rd. ridge rd is a road that connects garth to free union, and it’s beautiful. one of those roads where you want to just take pictures of the cows and the acres and acres framed by the blue ridge mountains. you could clasify ridge rd as a back and forth route — it’s one, 4 mile long road, so you run from garth to free union back to garth. then the tradition is to run to the stop sign at rige and garth, jump up, and slap the sign. like slapping that terrible, treaterous, mentally disabling stupid run.

i hate ridge rd and it conquered me this weekend. and i won’t stop running until i conquer it. the hills, the climbs, the false summits, the butterflies that fly in your way, the sun in your eye, guess what. i’m coming for you. and i’m going to slap you in the face harder than i slap that stupid sign at the end of your stupid road STUPID!

Take a look upon the mountain

August 28, 2011

This is what we see:






Irene came through with less fury than expected to Charlottesville. I dragged my room mates out of bed so we could go to Carter’s mountain to see the clouds. It was a little less than impressive, but nevertheless, God’s might is revealed!

Psalm 148

 1 Praise the LORD.[a]

   Praise the LORD from the heavens;
   praise him in the heights above.
2 Praise him, all his angels;
   praise him, all his heavenly hosts.
3 Praise him, sun and moon;
   praise him, all you shining stars.
4 Praise him, you highest heavens
   and you waters above the skies.

 5 Let them praise the name of the LORD,
   for at his command they were created,
6 and he established them for ever and ever—
   he issued a decree that will never pass away.

 7 Praise the LORD from the earth,
   you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,
8 lightning and hail, snow and clouds,
   stormy winds that do his bidding,
9 you mountains and all hills,
   fruit trees and all cedars,
10 wild animals and all cattle,
   small creatures and flying birds,
11 kings of the earth and all nations,
   you princes and all rulers on earth,
12 young men and women,
   old men and children.

 13 Let them praise the name of the LORD,
   for his name alone is exalted;
   his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.
14 And he has raised up for his people a horn,[b]
   the praise of all his faithful servants,
   of Israel, the people close to his heart.

   Praise the LORD.

archive of dreams

August 22, 2011

people i want to hang out with, places i want to go, things i want to do, music i want to play, lives i want to be a part of; some for a long time, some for a short time. 45hr/wk, this and energy codes is what i think about.

new orleans - where i want to be

on the banks of the mississippi

detroit - def needing some help

tom petty!!!!

billy martin


in the words of otis redding, i’ve got dreams, dreams to remember. trying not to get carried away by life going on to forget. i’m considering this somewhat of a bucket list. so far in my life i have crossed 2 things off my bucket list: seeing phish live in concert, and hiking a 14er in colorado. in november i will cross running a half marathon off. typically, my general rule of thumb with bucket lists is to make them up on the fly so that i typically only put something ON my bucketlist after or while i am completing something. i feel accomplished that way. but, desparate times call for desparate measures!

but really i’m not that desparate, just a little bored. this weekend was good. it was busy but my room mate and i caught a chance to rest on the couch looking out our backdoors to the crazy thunderstorm outside today. such good timing for a 30min break.

i only ponder deep

August 10, 2011

my birthday weekend! coinciding with shark week!! so amazing. so thrilling. so godly.
obviously, pictures are coming considering i hate not pictorally representing everything in my life (phone and disposable cameras ftw) (no digis hahahaha). but, in short, i had a great weekend. it felt good to be reunited with my college best friend (jessie) again. we talked about the wedding, got dinner and drinks, danced, went to a polo match, watched tons of criminal minds, had interviews, went to work, had doctor’s appts–you know, all the fun things you want to do. i left work early today and dropped her off at the train station and followed her bus until it went the opposite way i was travelling. one of my favorite depressing things to do is watch people leave. i creep and stare out my window at neighbors walking to their car and leaving, i always watch friends and family walk up to their door or drive away. i use it as my litmus test for how good of a time i had with them — if i’m sad when they walk away, that’s a good thing. if i’m happy, it means i didn’t fully enjoy my time with them. i was sad when jessie’s bus turned right as i turned left. then, as i drove through grounds, a song came on the radio that we used to sing together with jeff sometimes too (meiko boys with girlfriends http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHveHULdv78&ob=av3n). it drove the nail in the coffin. working 45hr/wk is tough. having a busy schedule is tough. feeling claustrophobic in my lifestyle is tough. but not having the friends you shared every minute of your life with for the past 4 years is the kicker. i believe that is perhaps why i feel sad and disappointed often.

happy 23 me! so long 22. i try to reflect on you, 22, but because i am a professional, i don’t do anything fun anymore. best memory: baptizing my room mate 🙂 god is good at 22, 23, and beyond.

The things I miss

July 23, 2011

Lately I have been so busy. Up to my ears with things. Stuff. Little nothings that take up more time than big somethings, or at least seem to with how they soak up all the interest and life out of every task and ring it right out in the mud. But I have been carrying on by remembering the things I have been blessed to have done or experienced in the past, and thinking about the things I want to do in the future. My future of big somethings.

Going to the corner with becca fourth year
Coming home to 9 other girls just hanging out shooting the breeze 🙂
Everything maywood!
Fireworks at bbqs
Rafting the new river
Riding bikes in the neighborhood
Tgif with kirstin 🙂
Beers on the danube in salzburg
Pillow talk with jessie
Bonnaroo and all its delightful disgustingness
Walking around at night
Not having work
Affordable housing
Dirt the dessert!
Grateful dead and water colors on the back porch
Phish on the lawn
Dr dog in the jefferson
Night time rides between township lines
Falling asleep to music with my roommate
lightning bugs in my neighborhoods
Star gazing
Likeminded friends
Backyard parties
road trips
Spontaneous fun
Eating homemade food with strangers. Yum!
Baking cupcakes
Getting pied in the face

Restless in stratford

June 21, 2011

This was my weekend, pictorially represented. 1000 miles, three days, one rental car, friends and family. charlottesville > stratford > philly > charlottesville.




















NIW days 4, 5, 6, 7: wow

June 16, 2011

so if you couldnt tell by how i havent updated since day 3, i’ve been super busy! but, rest assured, i have still been keepin on with NIW! but, rather than tell you how the 4 remaining days went, i am instead going to tell you my reactions to the week, future steps, and just random thoughts. all in bullet form because that’s how i operate

  • i am happy i did this
  • but, i would only do it again if i had more time to think about things, and be more intentional with having no impact
  • coworker’s mocked the idea of niw because they said “WE HAVE AN IMPACT JUST BE BEING DERRr”, but the point was to make ourselves aware of the waste we do produce, and identify behavioral changes that mitigate these wasteful living habits. so, as willow smith puts it: don’t let haters keep me off my grind
  • my grind: service first! personal convictions like no impact second. yes i am going to carry around rags to dry my hands and reuse my plastic baggies and shop at thift stores or not shop at all and buy locally and take fewer showers (been savin water for 22 years!) and turn off lights and bike to work and coffee dates and not use paper towels and use reusable mugs and plastic ware and many other things, but i am still going to buy dominos pizza to feed friends serving the church needs.
  • composting: my next goal. i amso excited!!!  leanna, my future roomie, wants to help
  •  garden at my new place (~2 weeks!!!)
  • rain barrel at my new place
  • wash clothes and hand towels at my new place
  • if you add one more “a”, place becomes palace.
  • operable windows at my new place
  • hanging plants at my new place
  • biking to and from my new place
  • i am currently eating  a platter of local carrots, cucumbers, peppers, and tortillas. yum 🙂

so essentially, i didn’t get super convicted about the water and electricity challenges of NIW. i need to think more about this…

that’s a good look.

NIW day 2 & 3: trash and travel

June 12, 2011

into the third day of NIW!!! i have to say — i sort of hate it. well, ok. i really like the trash challenge, and i really like the suggestions to always carry a travel mug and reusable (and reused!) plastic bag and baggies, and a rag in your bag at all times. jus tthink about how much that can save! i have definitely been tempted to buy coffee these past few days but stopped myself because i didn’t have my travel mug. also this makes me eat IN more so i don’t waste packaging and water, and i never use paper towels anymore. it’s sort of like i’m a new person. that was a huge step for me.

but i’m going to be honest. i have been saving my trash in various plastic bags to accumulate later, but i have NOT been saving anything that can be recycled or composted or put down the garbage disposal. is this deceitful? perhaps. but, at least i’m honest about it.

the second thing i’m going to be honest about is that the transportation challenge is kicking my butt and i hate it. i should have known better than to start my day off at 7:40 by biking ~4-5mi to babysit for 4 different familes all before 3:30pm on a saturday. SO, after biking to gabe and betsy’s, driving their car to ruckersville to get a uhaul, driving their car to another family’s house to babysit THEIR kids too, dropping one kid back off at gabe and betsy’s, i didn’t have time to bike home and get my car to go to bobby and audrey’s to babysit their kid, so i drove gabe’s car there. CONFESSION. I CHEATED. and then gabe put my bike in the car and drove me home after i helped him pack up his car. I CHEATED AND I DON’T CARE BECAUSE THAT WAS RIDICULOUS. this day would have been ridiculous if i had a car. take the car out of the mix and throw a bike in? i haven’t been this stressed since i was planning my trip to europe.

so, lessons learned!

  • when living a life of service, put service first, not personal desire to save the world. not that those are mutually exclusive, but in today’s example, that was just really tough and impractical and wasted some of everyone’s time. 
  • it’s not easy cutting back on waste, but once i understand how every decision makes a difference, it’s really not that tough and i do actually enjoy this part.
  • i srsly need to eat and sleep more if i am going to keep up biking.
  • i want to compost! http://www.composting101.com/c-n-ratio.html. yay science! yay veggies because they are perfect!
  • i saw a turtle crossing the road when i was biking!!  


NIW day 1: consumption

June 10, 2011

the first day is over!! it was actually sort of tough today, to be faced with all the things i throw out. i found my biggest culprit to be paper towels at work. i told my coworker i was doing NIW and said we should get a hand towel in the bathroom — she loved the idea! also as a side note, the same coworker is on breakfast duty tomorrrow for the company, and i convinced her to get her bagels in a reusable bag instead of the paper bags they give you 🙂 gotta love working for a green company!!

but really today was about consumption — how much do i really consume? honestly, i don’t think i consume that much, and today confirmed that. the only thing i bought today was a money order to pay rent and a bike head lamp and tail light which needed for legality issues (oh yea safety too). but, i am being prideful. tomorrow i am going to consume gas while i drive to drop off my rent, and then i’m going to consume some sort of to-go food and that will also generate waste. BUT, i’m going ot save it all in a bag so i can be convicted on how much i use!!

  • laura suggested i carry rags which could be made from old clothing in my purse at all times, so that i can use that to dry my hands or blow my nose or hopefully  not both of those things.
  • i am so much more aware of all my waste now and honestly ifeel like its not that tough to make simple decisions to reduce waste and consumption even a little bit. ex: use a hand towel instead of paper towels. put a washcloth in the kitchen to wipe the counters intead of lysol strips or paper towels. recycle!!! buy bulk! buy tings packaged in recyclable material!
  • what is going to happen when i go actual food shopping? i just got some coupons today…but technically those aren’t my waste because the cashier takes them. win by technicality still counts!
  • what about toilet paper?
  • what about hygenic stuff like tooth paste?
  • i want to repurpose everything
  • what about all the time i don’t have
  • still stressing about the bike rides on ~95deg days. ugh. i may not have energy to smile.

so the challenge tomorrow issssss::::::: THE TRASH CHALLENGE!!! the steps are as follows:

  • analyze the trash i set aside from yesterday — what did i use for more than ten minutes? the twisty  tie for my bike light, and the bag my pitas came in.
  • put together a no-trash travel kit. mine will have plastic bag, tupperware, hand towel

easy!! sort of…?

how could you pita, how could you

No Impact Week (NIW) — day 0: prep

June 8, 2011

watashi to watashi no ichiban tomodachi laura chan wa NIW o shimasu!!! laura and i are doing no impact week starting tomorrow (wed)!! sugoii!!! super!!

NIW is basically a week where you shed your life of things that make an impact, such as carbon footprints from vehicle transportation or plastic waste from non-reusable materials. NIW is designed so that you gradually rid your life of wasteful things. on the first day, you “shed” consumption, the second day you “shed” waste, the third day you “shed” emissions from transportation, etc. what i hope to gain from this experience is an understanding of how much waste i actually produce and how i support a cycle of waste and excess in the decisions i make in my ilfe. so, below, i thought i would outline where i think i am now in the waste cycle, where i hope to be, and address the first step in our NIW challenge!

WHERE I AM: so i think i am doing pretty well with the transportation, consumption, and waste part of this project. i already bike to work (but not elsewhere for fear of my life, something i hope to grow in during htis challenge…), i am not buying any new clothes this year, and i buy mostly produce from the grocery store so i am able able to reuse or recycle most things i buy. but, i know that i am wasteful with water (just not as conscious about my usage), paper towels (guilty pleasure? or just security blanket? or just i use them all the time BUT i reuse them to clean the counter and floor. does that justify my usage?), and i drive anywhere that isn’t downtown or belmont in charlottesville because i am afraid for my life.

WHERE I HOPE TO BE: i hope to be able to reuse or recycle all the materials i purchase or have already. i want to give away all my extra clothes or furniture (like ALL MY EXTRAS, not this whole “well i might use it someday…” shpeal). i feel really weighed down by all the things i am carrying around. i hope to use reusable containers to buy bulk. i hope to decorate my room/house with “waste” i have or will obtain. i hope to show my friends and room mates that being conscious about our waste and intentional in our deicions can actually make a big difference. i hope i don’t turn into a huge hippie oh wait i already never shower and hug trees and cows

THINGS I NEED THIS WEEK: so NIW challenge encourages us to write what we need this week and determine what we actually need and cut out what we don’t need.

  • bike tail light — no getting around this one!
  • more food — i need lunches!


  • Toilet paper
  • tissues?
  • electricity/natty gas usage?
  • soaps, etc — i guess i make my own in the future?
  • i wish they had bulk ibuprofen i could scoop into a reusable container

well, all in all, i am very nervous for this week. mostly i am nervous for biking wher ei am not familiar and biking in the dark (remember that dude who killed that girl by following her to her door when she had her key in the keyhole ready to get inside he snagged her? yea. that’s what i think about). also, i just want to point out that it’s supposed to be like 100deg this week and thunderstorming later…awesome. the trash and water thing will be difficult but i am actually very excited to find ways that i can do to reduce my waste. the thing i am most excited about is to find ways to reuse my waste.

wish me luck!! vegan for lyfe.