Updates: not enough hours in the day

Sometimes I don't know how people with real jobs or those little things called children do it. I'm exhausted. And all I did today was really not all that much (though there is that voice in my head that reassures me, yes, you did a lot.).On what felt like my first day off in over a week, my biggest accomplishment today comes down to carpet space. That's right, carpet space. This morning I had little to none, now I have a lot. What that translates to is a lot of cleaning and putting things away … [Read more...]

Smiles Through Europe

I stumbled across the second video below tonight (thank you internets!) and thought it well worth sharing. Then, of course, I thought of the third one below (linked), and then the first. Typically I'm more linear than this, I swear.So, without further adieu, we head to Belgium:Next, to France (though it reminds me just as well of the London underground):And finally to England proper. In case you haven't seen THIS (Susan Boyle on "Britain's Got Talent"), it's a bit of British tele worth a … [Read more...]

Playing in the Light

We had yet another glorious sunset over Missoula last night. Julie and I sat in meditation, each taking peeks out toward the brilliant yellow-purple-blue sky. By the time we made it to an area to photograph it, most of the brilliance had faded (a good lesson in not grasping or trying to capture every beautiful moment in photos). But as the light grew thinner we were treated to a rare (for Missoula) show of lightning on the horizon and an eerie, thin streak of brilliant light.Back at her … [Read more...]

Zazen on the Mountain

Zazen on the MountainThe birds have vanished down the sky.Now the last cloud drains away.We sit together, the mountain and me,until only the mountain remains. - Li Po … [Read more...]

Mid-May Sunsets

SundayMondayTuesdayMy time living with Julie is soon coming to a close, and while I know that my move in with a friend and fellow grad student will do wonders for my thesis work, one of the many (many!) things I'll miss about living out here will be our evening walks and camera-grabbing as the sun nears the horizon each night.The weather this May has been weird, but I suppose that's normal for Montana - if that makes sense. We've been hailed on a couple times (including today), warmed up, then … [Read more...]

A 22 Mile Week

Tuesday: 6.2 milesThursday: 6.4 miSaturday: 7.2 miMonday: 2.4 miTotal: 22.2 milesI was hoping for 25, or perhaps even a full marathon's worth, 26.2, but the beating that my body sustained on Saturday's run cut short those ambitions.In truth I think the trail run, with its at times steep inclines and descents was tougher on the body than either of the two half marathons (13.1 mi) that I've run. That run, Saturday in Helena, taught me some good lessons though.First: know thy course. I had … [Read more...]

Honest Scrap Award

Danny Fisher over at Chaplain Danny has bestowed upon me an "Honest Scrap Award." The award is described as follows:This award is bestowed upon a fellow blogger whose blog content or design is, in the giver’s opinion, brilliant. This award is about bloggers who post from their heart, who oftentimes put their heart on display as they write from the depths of their soul.Just when I thought my ego could grow no larger, Danny comes along and says the nicest things about me (all of which are true and … [Read more...]

Morning fun run

This morning I got up at the ungodly hour of 6:15am and ran for about an hour, thinking, for some reason (bad mapping last night) that I was only going about 3.6 miles round-trip. Turns out I went 6.4! Above is the course I took, a simple, flat, barely meandering run, similar to the first half of the Missoula Marathon (and half-marathon).The run was in preparation for this weekend's Prickly Pear 7.2 mile (12k) trail run (map of that course). At their website we are warned:With 1400 feet in … [Read more...]