Listening To: Hey Yo by The Lumineers
Line Obsession: "Girls like us, when we love, it takes everything we have." - Sarah Addison Allen
Hey daydreamers! How was your Sunday? Any football fans excited to see Peyton run out in his Broncos uniform tonight? As I've said before, I know more about Quidditch than football, but I'll always have a special place in my heart for Peyton Manning. My dad took me to all of Peyton Manning's home games when I was a senior in High School (back when he played for UT). Those are some seriously wonderful memories. So I might watch the game. For a few minutes. Even though I couldn't find a Broncos shirt that I liked.
(I cheer for Tim Tebow too.) (I pretty much cheer for anybody. Except Slytherins.) (#GoRavenclaw!)
I'm back in Tennessee, which is awesome. Equally awesome is this fact:
Today is the day I wore BOOTS for the first time this fall!! Well, ... fall-ish.
Every September, despite the lingering stank-heat, I wear boots (even though it's usually 107 degrees here). The humidity in this city is out of control. I once heard someone describe it as "beefy." (Which very much cracked me up.) And yet. Sometime around the first of September, I defy the beefy heat. I pull on my fall-boots, even though Fall is only happening in my heart. And then, I walk out into my back yard, shake my boot toward the sky - hokey-pokey style - and holler, "Take that, you stupid sun!" (My neighbors love me.) And then I walk around in puddles of sweat for the rest of the day.
But this morning Fall was seriously flirting with me. So I flirted back with my tan boots, black tights, and a floral print dress. Somehow boots always put an extra kick in my step. I practically skipped into the worship service.
Other than digging my boots out of my closet, I've spent the weekend sleeping, reading, and just generally de-jet-lagging. Colorado sure knows how to win a girl's heart. I can't believe the trip is already over. The week zoomed by as fast as the Rockies zoomed by outside the car window.
|This is from last year, when we played in the leaves.|
She looks so contemplative here. :)
We saw big horn sheep, foxes, antelope, and elk. A guy in Denver called me "a beautiful ginger", which I've never been called before. (So nice!) And a park ranger told me I looked like she'd always imagined a fairy would look. (Which was also, admittedly, kinda cool :) We even dipped into Wyoming for a few hours. The trip was bliss. I have much more to write about that experience. It all went by way too fast. I feel like my heart is still in motion, still rolling an endless Rocky Mountain reel even though I'm settled back into Tennessee.
Tennessee is awesome too, of course. I always get the best feeling when the plane dips down through the clouds and I see rolling green hills again.
I was 17 the first time I flew - and that flight was also to Colorado. I've gone back a few times since, but never for this long. This time felt extra-special, probably because I got to experience the state with my brother. He's so stinking fun to adventure with.
(Yoda Moment: Please, please, please ALWAYS be geeky and awkward. Stoicism is so boring and overrated.)
I remember flying home that first time, and dipping through the clouds and seeing East Tennessee from an entirely new perspective. I felt this big whoosh of happiness deep-down in my chest. I still feel that way. I still love to see my dad's smiling face when I walk through the gate. I still love the anticipation of waiting to see if my barge-sized orange bag actually made it all the way home ...
Home is the best, always. And since my family's all in the South right now, this is home. Biscuit has been extra snuggly and vigilant. Even if I just walk to the kitchen to get a drink, she follows me, watching frantically, afraid I'll leave again. She's the cutest. (As I type this, she's resting her fuzzy face on a pillow beside me, just staring up at me. Her guilt trips are very effective.)
This week, I'm working on a new column for Susie Magazine (probably about why I've decided that Edmund is, imho, the bravest Pevensie in Narnia ... but I might have to push that back and jump at another idea instead..). I'm also working on something NEW that's completely rocking my world, while simultaneously making me stress-eat lots of M&M's. So it goes :)
Mostly, I just wanted to pop in on this blue-sky-boot-day Sunday and say hello.
Also, I was wondering if you might do me a favor?
I'm pretty sure that at least a few of you
When I think of people who embody the word JOY, I think of Krishana. There's nothing fake or Pollyanna-Perky about Krishana; she just fully and completely embraces the moment.
She chooses joy.
She's also a total adventure-seeker. She's been all over the world (she recently volunteered at the LONDON OLYMPICS!!) and she's currently serving as a missionary in Europe.
This week, Krishana is facing some exhausting medical tests. (She boldly documented her journey through cancer a few years ago on her blog.) While medical stuff is always scary, Krish is a long way away from her family, which makes facing this unexpected crapola especially tough.
And she's still smiling through the fear and being all courageous and amazing. That's how she rolls. This is an actual quote from her blog (and proof of her awesomeness):
"I know my God is greater than all of this cancer/medical yuck! But I also know that sometimes He has even something greater to do and share and BE in the middle of the yuck. While I dread the yuck, have cried about the yuck and don't understand the yuck, I choose to not allow the yuck to keep me from drawing close to Him, curling up in His lap and allowing Him to hold me right now with all of my questions and tears. I'm safe in His arms!" - Krishana Kraft
So, first, if you'd be up for it, I would love it if you'd pray for Krishana before you click away.
And then, if you're up for some high-fiveage beyond that, would you maybe drop by her blog and let her know that you're praying for her/thinking of her this week/that she's awesome? It would make my year if we could all band together and swarm her with virtual tackle-hugs. Thanks for being so swanky :)
Now! Please, please, please feel free to talk about YOU down in the comments! I'd love to know what's up with you. How's your nearly-fall? Are you reading great books? Are your classes sucking? Heard any good jokes lately? :) I would love to hear what's happening in your world. Here's hoping your Sunday has been blue-sky-boot-wearing-beautiful.