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Quarter-life crisis: There is life after college

College may not have taught me what to do what my life, but at least it gave me the vocabulary to describe the post-college experience as a spinning vortex of existentialist disorientation....

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Fri, 06 Oct 2006 03:49:00 +0000

Thanks to my good friend Suzanne, my attention was called to the fact that there is actually a 59 second window that is accepted after whatever qualifying time you need for Boston. Thus, just so long as I got 3:40:59 or less I would qualify. So you all know what that means....I'M GOING TO BOSTON, BABY!!! Sarah has already registered...I'll be doing that as soon as I get paid (these marathons really add up...). Also, did I mention that we are doing the Seattle Marathon as well? We may be clinically insane, the test results are still coming in. Anyway, I just can't believe that I will be running the Boston Marathon next year. It is, like, THE marathon!

Another Marathon In the Bag

Tue, 03 Oct 2006 15:06:00 +0000

Please excuse the absence...I guess I was just a little too preoccupied with the upcoming Portland Marathon last week to write on my blog. I am happy to say, though, that I had a fantastic race. I finished in 3 hours, 40 minutes....and 11 seconds. Those of you marathon-savvy folks out there may know that I missed qualifying for Boston by just 11 seconds. I was hoping to go to Boston in 2007, but I am actually just extremely happy with my time. It is essentially the same time and thus I met my goal. I can go to Boston another year and leave that capstone accomplishment for the future. I will just do Vancouver again next spring and it will be a lot less of a hassle. I took a full 24 minutes off my time from Vancouver last year ,so I'm very happy with my time and not really that disappointed about missing out on Boston. I had a great race, too. I'm looking forward to running the Seattle half marathon in November and then eventually gearing up for the Vancouver marathon. I would also like

Waiting For the Kaleidoscope to Be Shaken

Sun, 24 Sep 2006 15:23:00 +0000

I feel like there is a lot going on right now. I am on the verge of something, I don't know what. Something is a foot. There is something new in the air. Maybe it's just that "new school year" feeling going on. All I know is something interesting usually happens to me in October. And it's almost that time. I have been feeling really emotional. For instance, I was walking around at the Locks this afternoon and there was a wedding party having their photo shoot. I just stood there sort of transfixed by it for a while. It was this combination of feeling sentimental for the simple human ceremony going on and all the people playing their parts...and what the bride must be thinking...and I also felt like I was an alien from another planet looking on at something I cannot understand or relate to...I felt jealous, too, in a way and also this sort of intense longing for something not concrete at all...and then finally there was this underlying petty angry and bitterness toward everyone there.

Like Wine and Cheese

Sat, 23 Sep 2006 12:37:00 +0000

As I was running this morning with my friend, we started talking about relationships (tends to be an inevitable topic, unfortunately!). She had just broken up with her boyfriend and she felt that she would never find the same connection with anyone, even though there definitely were problems in the relationship. To her the connection was unique and irreplacable. I thought about this a little bit. Although I agreed that she would never have the same exact connection with another person, there was not necessarily anything destined or particularly grand about their connection. Why do people develop strong bonds and connections with other people? I think the answer to that question is similar to one solution to the nature vs. nurture debate in psychology. I think it's true that certain characteristics each person has predispose that person to be attracted and attractive to certain other people. However, that is not enough. You could have a bunch of things in common with a person and yet i

Last Minute Camping Trip

Mon, 18 Sep 2006 16:54:00 +0000

I like the title of this post because it had two distinct meanings which are both appropriate. The first one that most likely comes to mind is the idea that we decided at the last minute to go camping, and this is definitely true. The other meaning is that of the "final small" camping trip, and it is most likely the final small camping trip of the year (and even the final trip of the year, regardless of size). So anyway, now that we've gotten that out of the way...

Discovering What My Job Means To Me

Wed, 13 Sep 2006 15:34:00 +0000

I think I really like my new this for real? Am I really saying this? It seems to be just the right combination of stimulating and challenging, yet fairly laid back at the same time. I have a fair amount of freedom with the job and I am never trapped in an office. I get to really be ME with the job--I get to dress the way I want to, I get to wear my nose piercing, I get to introduce my own creativity to what I am doing and am constantly challenged to come up with new, original solutions to situations. I am constantly having to think, just as I did in good college classes..except this is real and thus even more meaningful! I get to work with people, both the toddlers I am giving therapy to and the other research assistants and supervisors (all of whom are young and easy to get along with). I have spent the last week doing a combination of observing therapy sessions with toddlers and another research assistant and then also spending a lot of time studying autism through reading,

Starting A New “School Year”

Wed, 06 Sep 2006 16:23:00 +0000

I am officially living in Ballard now. The room is almost set up. I LOVE this part. It's the part where you get to decide exactly what kind of environment you will be in for X amount of months. What kind of posters/pictures will people first see when they walk in? What will you see as you lie in bed at night? Can you easily watch DVDs on your computer while lying in bed? What is the general feel that people get when they enter your room? I like to maintain a certain consistancy in my room from year to year. This generally stems from the fact that I have more or less the same STUFF to decorate with. For instance: when I say "Paul Simon/Bob Dylan poster, yellow star lamp, Kauai Coffee poster, chili pepper lights, and light sage green comforter" what do you think of? If you said "Emily's room!" you are correct!!! Of course, most of you have no idea what I am talking about, but those of you who do, DEFINITELY do.

When Is Work Not Work?

Sun, 03 Sep 2006 09:25:00 +0000

I was talking to my friend and marathon-training buddy Sarah last night over beers at the Elysian. She is just starting out in her first year of teaching (kindergarten) and spends every minute of the day that she doesn't spend running prepping her classroom and getting things ready for the school year. She said she goes into work every single day of the week. I was surprised by this, but she explained that even though it is stressful, she doesn't really consider it work. She said she never doesn't want to go into the classroom. To me this is an inspiring and yet baffling state of affairs that I fear I will never acheive. I tend to think of work as a hassle that gets in the way of everything else I want to do. Will I ever find that proverbial job that I love so much that I never work a day in my life? It's not like I've hated all my past jobs, but I have never been PASSIONATE about them. The main things in my life that life are technically work but that I am so into that it doesn't mat

Mind Over Matter?

Thu, 31 Aug 2006 14:39:00 +0000

As a former psychology major, I guess it is fair for me to ask, how much of our lives exists entirely within our own minds, and how much is real? For instance, let's take relationships. Everyone plays games in relationships. Even if you think you don't, you are probably still participating in someone else's game, and we all know it takes two to tango. Well, the game constitutes the flirtation which constitutes the romance which constitutes...the relationship? Even if you argue that one grows beyond this phase and that that is the essence of a true relationship, isn't it still all founded on a game? On people pretending something, creating optical illusions, and razzle-dazzling someone else? In all honesty, I think it's easier to fall in love with the game than it is with an actual person. And, in effect, when you fall in love with the game you do so because you are falling in love with the image of yourself you are creating. Hmmm, I think I've lost even myself.

Thoughts On Having a Break From Work

Wed, 30 Aug 2006 10:10:00 +0000

As you may have gathered, I have not been working since the beginning of June....oh wait, what does that sound like? If you said Summer Vacation, you are correct. I say, if you can still make it happen then, for the love of god, make it happen! I have probably enjoyed this summer break more than any break I had during my years of school because I never thought I would get to have so much time away from work/school again in my life! However, as the time approaches for me to start my new job I am finally getting into the "boredom" phase. Experience this phase is beneficial as well because it allows me to appreciate the value of being busy and productive. Being slightly bored WHILE living alone has it's pros as well because it really allows a person to distill him or herself down and figure out a little bit more about who he or she is. How do I organize my day when I have no one and nothing to worry about besides myself? What do I cook to eat when I have all the time in the world? What t

The Ode to Seattle Continues

Fri, 25 Aug 2006 10:36:00 +0000

What a beautiful day in Green Lake! I feel kind of lazy, though, since I didn't run today. I made myself take the day off since I hadn't taken a day off since last Monday (the 14th) and I'm running for 3 hours tomorrow. It just sucks because today is such a beautiful day for a run and I have nothing better to do. Oh well, I guess I should just enjoy it!

Getting Back Into the Seattle Groove

Tue, 22 Aug 2006 06:51:00 +0000

I'm back in Seattle, with all the trials and tribulations (mainly dealing with traffic/parking) and pure joy (everything else) that comes with living here. I'm housing-sitting right now for my friend Sara from the Ocean Institute who is now living in Seattle to go to the UW for grad school. She and her boyfriend are on a month-long trip to Europe, so I am staying here at their awesome place right near Green Lake and keeping an eye on things/feeing their baby turtles. I'm not really getting paid much, but it is definitely beneficial to me to have a place to live before I move into my apartment in Ballard.

And I’m back!

Wed, 16 Aug 2006 02:54:00 +0000

Well, after a month in Costa Rica with limited internet access, I have finally returned. It was an amazing and unforgettable experience. I saw an active volcano errupt while sitting in a hotspring and drinking a margarita, I argued with a bartender in Spanish, I hitchhiked with locals, I was attacked and bitten by a dog on the beach, I went ziplining, I saw humpback whales, I "communicated" with howler monkeys, I was caught in a thunderstorm, I ate delicious food, I spoke a lot of Spanish, I learned about a new culture, and I basically just had a great time.

Kids and Ducks

Wed, 12 Jul 2006 06:22:00 +0000

I think it's pretty funny how little kids always think that animals, such as ducks, would like to eat things like twigs and dirt.

Costa Rica, here I come! Plus, some other ramblings…

Mon, 10 Jul 2006 16:45:00 +0000

I'm leaving for Costa Rica for a month this Friday. I'm pretty excited because it's going to be like the study abroad experience I never got to have (to some extent, anyway). I'll be taking intensive Spanish through Intercultura and staying with a host family. The best part is that I'll be in a small beach community--the town is called Samara. Anyway, I can't wait! I really hope that I can get MUCH better at spanish. It has always been a goal of mine to become fluent in Spanish, so hopefully this will put me at least a few steps closer. It will be the longest that I've spent away from home and friends with so little communication possible. Email will be limited to internet cafes and I won't be making many calls. I guess it seems weird to me that it has taken so long for me to have an experience like this...I mean, I spent a summer on Kauai by myself (until I met people) and I randomly uprooted myself and moved to California early this year...but this will be a much more isolating expe