Monthly Archives: August 2011

366 days later

August 19th 2010, driving to Montana!

I just occurred to me recently that the day my dissertation was due (18th Aug) was 365 days after I left Bend.  One year on.  It’s the end of an absolutely insane journey.  And now, I can finally sigh and rest my brain.  Tonight at the pub I told my friend Jess if you would have told me a year ago today that I would be employed, living in London and drinking pints at a pub today I would be relieved that everything would work out.  Destiny, which pulled me to this damn city, wouldn’t have it any other way.  That’s obvious.

In one year I’ve managed to travel cross the US, go to the US Open, move to Preston, go to school, travel all over England, show my Mom London (finally and of course she loved it), have my first hospital stay (and first stitches and IV!), go to Kenya, go to a Royal Wedding, show Eric England, go to my best friend from college’s wedding, see my family in a week visit, move to London, get a gardening job, write a dissertation, and hand in said dissertation.  Phew.  It’s going to take me a week or so to finally calm my brain down.
The last year has been a long time coming.  Although I’ve been taking mini steps to get to London since I moved away, I think the day I really started planning for where I am today was August 1st 2009.  Yes, I know the exact date.  It was the day I signed up for the urban forestry class at OSU.  Once that happened I was able to do all these other steps to get to the point where I’m blogging from SW16 in London.  Never underestimate the ability of pursuing what excites you at any time and seeing how it can tangentially grow into what your life long dreams are.

So what’s next?  No idea.  Still trying to catch my breath from the epic sprint to get my disso done on time.  Seriously, there was a lot of running in Lancashire on Wednesday.  Like too much.   This weekend, I think I’ll stay local.  I have to work a little bit tomorrow. Then I see some disc golfing, something I haven’t done since the first weekend I moved to London!  Sad. but true!  I’m not counting the ridiculously hungover meager throws of some discs in Bristol, where we were aiming at trees.  I’ll do that and probably just cycle the city, enjoying a relaxing life for a bit. Maybe even try and do some reading.  My god, this is the least I’ve read in YEARS.  So I need to get back to beating my sister Kris on book count for 2011.

Ok, like I said, I have to work a bit tomorrow, so I should get some rest.  Hope you are all well.  Looking forward to having time to write more often!

August 19th 2011 in London. Happy to be here obviously.

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the blustery air of London

The clouds of doom keep appearing over my house tonight as they have for the last couple days.  I take these intervals of sunshine and and intense death clouds as a good metaphor to what is happening in London at the moment.  Everything is quite unstable.  The riots are continuing tonight as they have for the last two nights.  And they are spreading across the city.  The first night of riots occurred in the Northeast part of London, in Wood Green and Tottenham.  This is about 15 miles from where I am.  But last night the riots spread to other parts of the city like Brixton and Walthamstow.   Brixton is just a couple miles from my house and honestly, I’m quite shocked to have heard of looting and arson happening there.  It’s got a spotty past, but it is quite a nice, vibrant, fun area to be these days.  And I was just there cycling through Brixton Road on Saturday morning.  There was no sign that there was going to be any such problems happening there just 30 hours later.

And now tonight there are more riots breaking out in Hackney (East London), Peckham and Lewisham.  I was just in Lewisham today and I pondered weather riots would erupt there as it is a pretty rough area.  And it’s happening.  There are rumors that there might be riots set to happen in Croydon, but that’s just twitter/house/street gossip at the moment.    Let’s hope it doesn’t.  I just ran to the shop and people seemed pretty on edge.  A lady had closed her shop early tonight.  I can’t imagine Norbury going up in flames as it’s a pretty quiet high street.  But you never know.

Boris has decided to finally pull himself away from his August hols and come back and maybe do something about the violence.

It’s disgraceful and horrible that the riots are happening, but they also reveal a social inequity.  I’m mad too about how the future looks for me and people in my generation.  And those especially who are younger.  People are being left behind and no one seems to really care.  Life and finding a decent job is going to be a lot harder for us than the generations before us.

So let’s all hope these riots ends soon.  And no one dies.  I hate that it’s against the police.  It’s not the police officers fault.  They are just trying to do their job.  It’s about government policy and social inequity and injustice.  It’s disgusting.
Stay safe tonight, London.  Stay safe as best you can.

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I felt it


OMG I’m pretty sure I’m one of those people the Jacksons sprinkled with gold dust and then lifted the rainbow over.


In unrelated news, the disso writing is going well.

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Tuesday pick me up

I’ve heard this song more in the last 4 weeks than I ever have in my entire life.  And I’m not mad about it.  Enjoy.

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Trying to get comfortable and settled enough to write, is a difficult task for me most of the time.  The desk and chair are too stiff and laying on my bed just makes me go sleepy and hurts my back after a while.  Going to the pub just costs money and can lead to me being drunk.  So I decided to go outside today to do my writing.  I tried it a month ago and it was useless. The internet wasn’t really working and my laptop was on my lap.  The battery life goes after a while, plus the laptop gets really warm.   No good.    But today I realized I have both power, internet and shade in the back patio of my garden.  I have set up shop in the back and it’s absolutely perfect!  Totally winning.  Now I can sit out here for the next two days (as it’s supposed to be super duper nice weather) and write, surrounded by trees, shrubs and flowers.   Heaven.

Thank you and good day.

The Montana hat helps me concentrate.

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