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Zweimal Bier, bitte! [06 Sep 2007|03:21pm]
A quick post since I'm paying for the time...

Hello from Frankfurt am Main! After traveling for what seemed like forever, Sara and I have arrived safely in Deutschland. We slept late in the fabulous things that are German hotel beds (HUGE down pillows, down comforters), showered in the not-so-fabulous things that are German showers (couldn't figure out the heat controls, always end up with water on the floor, but still get clean and that's what's important), and are taking it pretty easy exploring the city. Tonight we call the hosts we'll be living with for the next month, starting on Sunday. Wish us luck! It's been a little rough on the speaking German front, but we're trying! Zweimal Bier, bitte!

Tomorrow: train to Heidelburg. Saturday: train to München.

Please keep your fingers crossed for us that our hosts will have internet access in their flats!

More from Deutschland soon.
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I'm leaving on a jet plane... [04 Sep 2007|09:23am]
Tuesday, September 4 = the day I leave for Europe! Originally we were going to have to spend alll day in Phoenix but Sara thought she might as well call the airline and see if we could cut down the layover a little bit. Somehow she ended up getting us on a flight directly from Seattle to London! Five hours in London is definitely preferable to 12 hours in Phoenix...

I'm getting more and more excited as the day goes on but I still haven't started to really feel it. I'm waiting for the butterflies and the uncontrolled grins... I think they won't come until Sara and I are together with our luggage at the airport waiting to get on a British Airways flight. :)

A story about my last week in the states:
Last Monday (the 27th) I was having a sort of joint going away party with my company and my happy hour friends. Minding my own business, drinking beer, chatting with everyone, Ina and I go to the bathroom together. She's acting a little funny but I've also had a couple beers. Long story short, we walk back out to the tables and Hew is sitting there hanging out with my friends. I started laughing right away and he stood up and gave me a hug. I can't remember the last time I was truly surprised... apparently he had his plane tickets for weeks and had been bending the truth about all sorts of things everytime we talked. I even talked to him while he was in Seattle and had no clue. :) I was shaking for about ten minutes... it was all very exciting. Shawn, who met Hew in Vegas too, was the main conspirator, picked him up from the airport and helped him find me. Thanks Shawn! There is a ton to tell about the week, but I wouldn't do it justice anyway, so here's a short list. Hew didn't have the best first impression of Seattle itself but had fun anyway. We did a ton of stuff, he met a ton of people, and we saw a lot of sights. Then he got to meet my mom and help me move out of my apartment. What a good guy to help me move out of my apartment during his vacation! He came to Lake Oswego with me, met my dad and practically the whole extended family throughout the weekend and got to see more sights. We went bowling, went to OMSI, ate some awesome food, drank a lot of wine. I don't have time to write more, but it was amazing to see him again and it was very hard to say goodbye again at the airport yesterday afternoon. I'm going to miss talking to him everyday while I'm in Europe, but when I get back... who knows what's in store. :)

I have to shower so we can check out of the hotel! Talk to ya'll soon!
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[25 Aug 2007|02:39pm]
I have three days of work left.

Hew (the boy from Vegas, nickname courtesy of Dad) is going to do his darndest to come visit next week. He's working on it. Best case scenario: he gets a free ticket via his last job that he won at the Christmas party. Worse case scenario: he spends a whole lot of money on a last minute ticket. Worst case scenario he's going to drive to Phoenix for our monster layover. Whichever way it happens, unless something goes wrong, I'll get to see him before I leave. This is important to me... this also makes me giddy. :)

I gotta run! I'm off to hang out on the docks and maybe go sailing! Yay.
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I'm only 40 pages in and already in awe... [18 Aug 2007|12:56pm]
[ mood | contemplative ]

"The heaviest of burdens crushes us, we sink beneath it, it pins us to the ground. But in the love poetry of every age, the woman longs to be weighed down by the man's body. The heaviest of burdens is therefore simultaneously an image of life's most intense fulfilment. The heavier the burden, the closer our lives come to the earth, the more real and truthful they become."


"Looking out over the courtyard at the dirty walls, he realized he had no idea whether it was hysteria or love.

And he was distressed that in a situation where a real man would instantly have known how to act, he was vacillating and therefore depriving the most beautiful moments he had ever experienced (kneeling at her bed and thinking he would not survive her death) of their meaning.

He remained annoyed with himself until he realized that not knowing what he wanted was actually quite natural.

We can never know what to want, because, living only one life, we can neither compare it with our previous lives nor perfect it in our lives to come."

From The Unbearable Lightness of Being

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OMG, like the kids are saying these days. [15 Aug 2007|09:18pm]
[ mood | overwhelmed ]

There are a couple of really important things (really) that I've been meaning to post about but first you're going to have to put up with some random thoughts that are swimming in my mind right now. Or you can skip this post and just move on to the next one.

I quite enjoy the show So You Think You Can Dance. It's one reality show that doesn't spend time on dramatic, contrived interactions between participants but really focuses on the talent that these people have. It's so much fun to see all of the different styles of dance and to see folks with one specialty learn about and excel in so much more. It's fun. I wish I had a set of skills like that.

I have a bunch of bug bites all over my legs. They are itchy and annoying and I don't know how I got them. I haven't spent much time outside, just one evening around dusk while Jeremy and I waited for Jessica to finish an audition. They could be from that, I suppose. As much as I hate to think about what this implies, I changed my sheets.

Things at Beecher's have been less than ideal lately. They weren't ideal before but, as expected, it seems as though the knowledge that I'm on my way out is working against me... bitterness that I'm the one leaving? Who knows. It's frustrating even though I know I shouldn't let it bother me. On the up side, the owner of our company has approached me multiple times to let me know that he wants me back with the company when I get back from Germany. He has told me that I had better not get another job before I talk to him and that he will create a position for me. The biggest problem? He'll be in France when I get back until March or something. The other problem? I don't know if that's what I want. We'll see... it's definitely nice to be wanted. Makes me feel worthwhile and important when there are other forces working in the other direction.

It's hot in my apartment tonight. It's been humid the last few days. Not like I ever have a chance to spend time outside anyway.

Remind me never to have two jobs at once again. Too bad I'm going to be broke when I get back in December.
According to my count-down-er on Dashboard, I have 19 days and 9 hours until I leave. And on to post number 2 with the good stuff.

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Thoughts. [06 Jul 2007|11:10pm]
[ mood | sleepy ]

What do you see that's so beautiful
That it always reflects in your eyes?
The world casts so shadow across your sweet face
You're an angel and I'm gonna cry.
Say you love me 'cause when I wake up dear
You'll just be an angel and I'm gonna cry.

This is my new favorite song! You should all listen to it. And the rest of the album on which you'll find it in fact: How to Grow a Woman from the Ground by Chris Thile and How to Grow a Band. I saw them in concert last night and it was amazing. I loved it. The crowd loved it so much that we cheered them all the way to three encores! Check it out.

I went to the doctor today after an especially sweaty day at work. I'm sure the doctor appreciated that. I liked this doctor, which is good seeing as how I just picked someone random. I also got my first HPV vaccine shot. Woot.

I just vacuumed my apartment. I'm not sure the last time that happened. I also scrubbed the kitchen and bathroom. I would do more if it wasn't so darn late and I wasn't so darn sleep deprived. The 'rents are in town tomorrow night, I thought they'd appreciate a non-disgusting place to stay.

I think I actually have a little bit of a tan... this is unheard of. Stay tuned... it might just be that I'm flushed from the heat.

I will try to post pictures from my trip to New York soon. There are a few good ones. My favorite so far comes from our pre-theater dinner of lo mein and cheap wine in the hotel room that was eaten whilst changing our clothes. It might involve noodles hanging out of my mouth.

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Oktoberfest Training, Day 1 [24 Jun 2007|04:17pm]
[ mood | tired ]

It hasn't rained for days but I noticed a very foreboding cloud when I got off the bus after work. (I've always thought that no word deserves being described as "foreboding" as much as clouds.) Suddenly, as I'm sitting at my desk, there's a huge ruckus outside. The sky has that funny yellow-ish tinge and it's hailing like mad. I see a mother and her two children running down the sidewalk with wimpy papers held over their heads. Then it's not hailing anymore, but dumping buckets of rain. Now, as far as I can tell we're back to typical Seattle mistiness. We don't get storms like that often enough here. It's definitely blustery now... maybe we'll get some thunder. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

This is perfect weather for napping, which is exactly what I plan to do now. I went out last night and partied like I was still in college. Getting home around 4am after a far-past-midnight Chinese food snack for some reason seemed like a good idea, even though I had to wake up at 6am to get to work. Amazingly, I have felt pretty good all day. I'm fairly shocked that the worst I had to deal with was a little shakiness and having to ask the same questions of customers multiple times because my short-term memory wasn't backing me up. I can only imagine that tomorrow will be worse, tired wise. I think this is a pretty good excuse to put off cleaning my apartment for one more night.

I went out last night with Sara, the girl I'm going to Germany with, Caitlin, another friend from work, and a couple of girls they knew. Don't worry, Caitlin and I drove all the way from Right Near Downtown to BFE (aka Sara's House) just to drink a beer while waiting an hour and a half for a cab to take us back Downtown. We decided next time we're meeting on Eastlake.

I met up with friend Andy while in Belltown. I hadn't seen him for a little while and he didn't recognize me at first with my new haircut and no glasses on. That was kinda nice, he said he likes the hair a lot. He's the one who took me in the opposite direction from home for the Chinese food, after we stopped at a friend's apartment and saw the city from his 21st floor balcony. The view was awesome, the food was tasty. Andy kept telling me how much he was sorry that I had to get up so early; I kept telling him that it wasn't his fault I didn't go home earlier. He told me he would bring me a "big coffee" (complete with hand motions) in the morning, just name the time; I told him not to get up early on my account and playfully rolled my eyes. Sure enough, the kid shows up at about 9:30 at the store with a "big coffee" for me, hair all messy and obviously just rolled out of bed and planning on rolling back in. How sweet is that? Good guy.

PS. Now it's sunny. I <3 Seattle.

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Well, hello again. [17 Jun 2007|08:48pm]
[ mood | optimistic ]

Hello again LiveJournal friends. I've been keeping up on your lives all this time, but not sharing any of mine. That's not very generous now is it? I've been neglecting LJ for various reasons... in some areas I haven't had anything to say. In others there's been so much (that's happened so quickly) that I'd barely been able to wrap my head around it, let alone write it down.

But now I have some big news to report, so I figure the announcement might as well be an excuse to catch you all (all three of you!) up a bit.

I'm going to Germany in September! For three months! This is a trip that I've been thinking about in various iterations for a long time now. I've regretted since even before I graduated the fact that I never studied abroad in college. But who needs college to study abroad? A friend named Sara, who I took psychology classes with and now sling cheese with, also studied German and wanted to go over there. We've been plotting for a while now, and reserved our tickets last Friday. We leave early in the morning on Tuesday, September 4 and won't return until December. The plan is to take a language course for four weeks in Munich (www.tandem-muenchen.de), travel for about four weeks to Italy, maybe Malta, perhaps Croatia and various other as-of-yet-undetermined locations, then take another four week language course in Berlin (www.tandem-berlin.de), then cap off the trip with another couple weeks of travel. I am delighted by the fact that the years of German studying I've done might actually amount to something... I might just come out of this being able to speak the darn language. I know I'll come out of it having met some awesome people from all over the world and with some amazing experiences under my belt.

This will be the trip of a life time and I'm proud of myself for making it happen. I can't wait!

I've already started overwhelming myself with the thought of how many things I need to get done before I go... I plan to take the GRE and perhaps even start getting an idea of what I want to do in grad school. I'm getting my wisdom teeth out on August 3. I need to find a doctor, get a physical, figure out how to get a bunch of BC pills all at once, and see if there are any shots I should have (I should get the HPV vaccine). I have to figure out what I'm going to do with my stuff while I'm gone and move out of my apartment! And those are just the first things that come to mind...

At the beginning of June I got a second job to help fund this insanity. I still am slinging cheese at Beecher's (and still less than happy with that) but I am also, as I once put it, the highest paid accounting assistant's assistant in the city. I must say that filing, coding invoices, sorting mail, and calling for copies of invoices is kinda nice after dealing with babysitting staff and corralling customers all day. Especially now that summer has started... I won't lie: I cannot waitto quit Beecher's and take off. I've most definitely been there too long and I most definitely need a change.

On another note, I've been single since sometime around March or so. I broke up with the boy who I, at one point, thought might be The One because he had starting acting in ways that I promised myself I would never put up with from a guy. In the span of a few weeks he turned into a completely different person; he essentially self-destructed in more ways than I care to list. He was a danger to himself, completely disrespectful to everyone and careless with the feelings of his friends, parents and his girlfriend (who I must say, saw him through an awfully large number of hard times throughout the relationship). A little while later, once he was finally convinced to move back to Wyoming to stay with his dad, he was diagnosed Bipolar. This was not a surprise to me and I am glad there has been some progress toward treatment. I have never experienced a breakup like this... it's been confusing, to be honest. There was practically no closure, it felt as though the boy I knew had just completely disappeared and I haven't seen him since. I've dealt surprising well, if I do say so myself, and while I'm not yet recovered from the situation fully, I'm on my way.

I've spent a lot more time with Jessica, which has been awesome. The two of us are headed to New York, in part to see Romeo & Juliet in Central Park (with Lauren Ambrose as Juliet!). We auditioned for a musical together (she got in and I didn't), which I hadn't done since high school. We took a trip with some of her high school friends down to the Oregon Coast over Memorial Day weekend. We got our hair cut and colored (colored for the first time) together at Greenwood Academy and I have a rockin' new haircut that I love (I also have the email address for the sexy and straight stylist that did my hair). She's been helping me keep busy and it's been great getting to know each other better. I've also gotten to know a little better the friends I met through Ian, the engineering crowd as I call them. We get together for happy hour once a week or so. A few of us are heading down to Vegas at the end of July. I've also spent a lot of time alone, and that's ok.

I finally have something, a big event, to look forward to in my life again, and I'm so grateful for it. In my experience, the hardest part not being in school is not having those ready-made milestones to see down the road. But now change is in the air and, somehow, all the emotions that stirs create in me a strange contentedness. For now at least.

Goodnight LiveJournal.

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It's been almost a year and yup, this is all I got! [15 Apr 2007|05:26pm]
[ mood | tired ]

Here is a map of the state I've actually spent time in:

create your own personalized map of the USA

And here is another that shows even the state whose airports I visited, I think:

create your own personalized map of the USA

And of the world:

create your own visited country map

The moral of the story: I've got lots more traveling to do.

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Hello again! [01 Jun 2006|10:38pm]
[ mood | content ]

Once again, I find myself sitting in a computer lab on campus. Just like the old days. Except in the old days I was never drinking a beer. Why was I never drinking a beer?? I guess it's because I was never in the mechanical engineering lab. Or the civil engineering lab. You all thought engineers are huge dorks and/or geeks and/or nerds, right? Well, you're mostly right. However, it turns out there is also a subset that is pretty darn fun to hang out with too. One of them happens to be my boyfriend. He's running on three hours of sleep (with only five the night before) and trying to finish some homework assignment that he's been working on for some ungodly amount of hours. What's a girl with not a responsibility in the world to do to help out? Bring a six pack to the lab. I do what I can. Sometimes one just needs a beer.

Hello again, LiveJournal. Long time no see. I've just not been in the mood, really. It comes and goes with me, just sometimes it goes for longer than others. Let's see what's new...

I've recently decided to participate in the UW graduation ceremony. Oh wait, make that plural. Not only am I going to be at the Psych shindig, but I've also signed myself up for the school-wide, 18.5-hour-long, 28-or-more-speakers, no-personal-recognition, rain-or-shine-but-likely-rain University of Washington Graduation Ceremony. I pick up my cap and gown tomorrow afternoon. We shall ignore the fact that I graduated six months ago. You can't blame me for wanting some closure. Or at least a couple more parties.

Last weekend I spent Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in Chandler, Arizona. That's a suburb of Phoenix, for those of you who don't know. (I didn't until we got there.) Friday night was all about Ian's cousin's wedding, complete with an open bar, great food, and an entire half of Ian's extended family that I'd never met. The next two days consisted of sleeping in, laying by the pool in my bikini, slathering sunscreen on every exposed millimeter of skin, and drinking cocktails. And beer. And whatever else was within reach. It was hard. Ooh, also I beat Ian in mini-golf. The score was 60 to 65. I rule, even when I'm sweating like a pig (or whatever kind of animal sweats).

On the work front, Mejken and I have been kicking ass and taking names. After firing two employees (one brand new, one with almost more tenure than anyone else) for smoking pot at work when they had been told specifically not to again, we realized that we're really done being walked on and pushed around. We're in charge and now we're actually acting like it. Also, two of our employees with the most responsibility (one of which is an all-time fave of mine, sytske) have moved on to jobs at the corporate office. These things, combined with the fact that summer is nearly upon us, means five or six brand new employees in the store. As much as I don't like/feel confident in training, it's empowering to know that Mejken and I will have the store running the way we want it to. For the most part, at least. Hopefully.

Hmmm... what else...
I went "camping" (i.e. I got tricked into climbing a mountain) in April. It turned out great in the end, but there was definitely a point whilst breaking our own trail through four feet of snow in the middle of the night on the side of an actual mountain when I wasn't so sure I'd see the daylight. See Facebook for pictures. Ian and I spent St. Patrick's Day weekend in Vancouver, BC, Canada and witnessed Celtic Fest. The highlight of that trip was definitely meeting a couple of awesome Canadians while bowling on a crazy Canadian bowling lane (only five pins and little balls with no finger holes!) and going on the spend the whole evening with them buying us beer at their favorite swank Vancouver bar.

Um... I think I'm spent. Happy June, everyone! I've found that with spring and impending summer my mood has risen considerably and I'm grateful. Perhaps you'll hear from me again soon.

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Hippos and birds and stuff. [06 Apr 2006|04:11pm]
[ mood | celebratory ]

Happy 25th birthday, big brother Ben!!!!

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A few quick things. [27 Feb 2006|10:02pm]
[ mood | sick ]

I need to go to bed in the next ten minutes. First I would like to rant a bit:

I'm sick. Suddenly, at about 12:30 this afternoon, it hit me. I started feeling that tingly thing in my nose. Now I only have one nostril working and my throat feels funny. I know that when I wake up it'll be ten times worse. Sweet. This is why I need to go to bed in the next ten minutes.

Also, Mejken got an email today from our boss implying that she suddenly needs to care about those of us who have facial piercings and the fact that our employee handbook says that's not allowed. I'm pretty sure it's become a problem because of the f***ing 17-year-old who has her lebret pierced. Obviously a nose piercing is more tasteful than that. But since I'm an authority figure, I have to set a good example. I'm pissed because I haven't had my piercing for long enough to be changing it everyday, so I'm going to have to wear a clear thing for months straight. Or take it out. This is so irritating. Also, I don't want to go to the piercing place and ask them to stick their fingers up my nose while I have a cold but I'm not sure I want to attempt to change it myself at this point. Ugh.

I'm sad that the Olympics are over. (Should that be capitalized or not?) Now what am I going to watch on tv every night? I mean, I still only get the main networks.

In better news: my parents got my diploma today in the mail and I have the bets boyfriend ever.

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[16 Feb 2006|11:46pm]
Does anyone know why all the women competing in Skeleton have a pink patch over one shoulder on their uniform? It's not always on the same shoulder and every country has it. I want to know why.
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Random, poorly articulated thoughts. [16 Feb 2006|10:13pm]
Tonight (or tomorrow... or both...) Seattle might set a weather record for this time of year - coldest night in a decade or something. It's been really clear and pretty out and really cold. The number I saw for tonight's low was 19 degrees. That's really cold for this part of the world. Of course, I had to wear a skirt earlier to show it off (it's new) and to show off my new boots. That's right, I got at Macy's a pair of boots I had admired a few months ago for $100 less than they were before. Love it.

I've been rather emotional today. Out of no where, as usual. Part of it is that I don't get to see Ian as much as I would like... as much as either of us would like. I think it's wearing on both of us a bit. We hang out when we can though, and it's good. Also I've been feeling like I'm not doing anything with myself right now. Work is work. Can it really be that after only two months of work after school I'm already sick of it? Put that way it's kind of depressing. The idea of a job that is always changing and/or in which I have some freedom in my time and subject and type of tasks (e.g. research or maybe private practice) seems to fuel my idea that someday I'd like to go to grad school. Maybe that will happen sooner than I have been thinking. Maybe, maybe not. Part of me is dissatisfied because I feel like I'm not doing anything worthwhile and part of me wishes I could do nothing all the time. I would love to have a part-time job so that I would be doing something and have somewhere to go some days but also so I had more time to do what I want when I want, like in the middle of the day! I think this might be the first winter during which the darkness is getting me down. I feel like I've missed most of the sunlight for the last couple months and I just want more daytime free time. Also, it sucks that Mejken gave me Thursday and Friday off this week instead of Friday and Saturday. Next week too. She knows I would like to have one weekend day off. I've been thinking about work weeks that consist of four 10 hour days and thinking how nice that sounds. Mostly, I'm not sure why I'm emotional... just one of those days, I guess. Tomorrow will be better.

Maybe I'll find somewhere to volunteer or start researching grad schools. I should take a GRE class. I'm worried that I won't do well on that test and I figure a class couldn't hurt.

Last night and today I taught myself to knit (with help from Klutz's Knitting. Of course I'm still learning but I am pretty happy with the practice piece I've been working on and I think the worst part will be keeping the tightness consistent. I'll probably go to a yarn store soon and get some stuff, since the book only came with blue. I imagine I'll only really make scarves, but we'll see.
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Rad. [08 Feb 2006|08:51am]
<td align="center"> Carmen --

A dance involving little to no clothing

'How will you be defined in the dictionary?' at QuizGalaxy.com</td>
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[26 Jan 2006|07:39pm]
i&apos;m in ravenclaw!

be sorted @ nimbo.net
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The name of today's game: random. [25 Jan 2006|05:51pm]
[ mood | content ]

I got an almond steamed milk earlier this afternoon and it was pretty much the best thing ever. I think that if it was caffeinated, I would hardly drink anything else.

Do you think it's kind of morbid to send my parents an email saying I'd like to be an organ donor should they find me in that position? I just saw a commercial. I think I've told them before but I probably should again.

I'm eating leftover Rice-a-Roni and have cheese in the fridge and a vanilla Charleston Chew in the freezer. Life is good. Ooh, plus I bought a new pound of coffee since I used the last of the old stuff this morning. I hope Ian wasn't too disappointed when he woke up and all there was was super old stale stuff.

I've been needing plain black tennis shoes and I found some at Payless for $17.99. The left shoe is just a smidge too small, but hey, they were cheap.

Go Seahawks! I definitely get more excited about sports when something local is going on. Also when I'm around people who are into it. I didn't get to watch last Sunday's game but we listened to it on the radio at work. Hooray for me talking Mejken into giving me the early shift on Feb. 5 so I can watch the Superbowl.

I'm going home Friday! I'm going home Friday! I'm going home Friday! (I'm a bit excited.) I'm excited for my graduation party and to see all the extended fam that will show up. I'm excited for Ian to meet said extended fam. I'm excited for the car ride down with Ian, Jessica and Jeremy. I'm super excited to spend a couple nights in Tillamook with Ian and go to the beach, even if the weather is crap. I'm excited to hang out with the 'rents and the bro for a few days.

Yesterday I spent all day in a FranklinCovey Planning workshop. For what it was, it was pretty cool. Unfortunate that I had to sit in a windowless conference room for the entirety of our one sunny day, but it happens. I now have a great excuse to keep all the lists I like to keep and no excuse to ever be unorganized or forget anything. I also got this cute binder to carry around all the time --> Oooh.

I rode my bike yesterday to the U bookstore to get decorations for the partay. By the time I had spent some money on Husky merch, eaten dinner with a friend, and ridden back home, I felt good. exercise is good. Then Ian showed up unanounced at my apartment and that was good too. :)

Ummm... I think that's it. Life is good.

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BenBenBenBenBen! [25 Jan 2006|08:28am]
[ mood | amused ]

This is for you vanbeast.


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[11 Jan 2006|06:49pm]
[ mood | productive ]

I spent a whole bunch of money at Victoria's Secret today after work and got myself a couple new bras and a new pair of underwear. I'd been needing a black bar and found a comfy and sexy one that I spent more on than I'm usually willing to. The panties and the other bra are less... practical... they were on sale. :) Ooh, plus I bought a new tank top and black jacket thing at Nordstrom's.

Apparently today was the 24th day in a row that it's rained in Seattle. That's a lot. That's rain every single day for almost a month. Hasn't rained this much for 50 years. And it's not supposed to let up any time soon, although they're not sure we'll beat the record of 33 days, or something.

I also got some Liquid Plumr for my tub to get rid of the clog that I figure is mostly hair.

Time to shower, read for a while and possibly head out later.

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[04 Jan 2006|08:00pm]
[ mood | contemplative ]

"Ben remembered that in Italy, he and Rachel had slipped down between rows of apple trees on the plain of the Po, deep into the cool and dark of orchards, and there they had kissed with the sadness of newlyweds who know that their kisses are too poignantly tender and that their good fortune is subject, like all things, to the crush of time, which remorselessly obliterates what is most desired and pervades all that is beautiful."
David Guterson East of the Mountains

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