Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Christmas Letter Pics

Thanks for reading the Christmas letter! Here are some photo highlights from our year.

April-- Caleb and I got to travel to Memphis for Jon's senior musical. It was amazing, and I saw it three times. 

June-- Caleb and I biking in Niagara. 

I included this one so you could get the whole effect of the Canadian ponchos. 

October-- Jon started at Northwestern, and we got to visit him briefly one weekend. 

November-- My mom finished her MFA program at the end of the year, and we got to see her final show over Thanksgiving. It was awesome. 

All of the three kids were able to be there, and we were very proud. 

In December, we went to Brazil for Ben and Denise's wedding! It was a beautiful wedding and a great time with friends. We were so glad to be there. 

Christmas dinner in Brazil. 

Pao de azucar in the background in Rio. 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015


Coming home -- fresh start

I want to do the things I used to do.

There's nothing like going on a two week trip to completely re-focus your perspective. Some of these things have been in the works for a while through friends encouraging me and small opportunities popping up, but coming back from Brazil, I can feel the wind in my sails.

I think for the whole first part of the school year I was running uphill and giving it all I had for so many weeks that it totally drained me. I feel more confident now that I can do my work, and I feel less stressed by it. Things are looking good heading into the end of the quarter. Still more to learn, but it seems doable. And I am more willing to try things, take risks, have fun, be more open.

I want this to be the year of creativity. I want to write more, make more music, read more, think more. My brain is coming back to life. All the tendrils are uncurling stretching basking.

I want to live. Really live. Not be a machine.

I want to share more of who I am at my new school and with the staff. Shout-out to CF!

I want to live free. Or die hard. Just kidding. hahahahahaha that's all for now.