I felt the need to write about the idea of death and resurrection naturally following Easter Sunday. I am not a religious person but I understand the magnanimity of this day. I have always been moved by Easter Sunday not solely for the story of Jesus, but because of the idea of redemption. I am a big believer in man’s ability to be redeemed and for reconciliation. These points are even more telling as this past week marked the 15 year anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide.
It has been quite a while since my last post. I have been insanely inundated with work and life, but I still wish that I had been able to find the time to post even the smallest tidbits in the interim. With apologies out of the way, this post will be, of course, fairly long. I want to focus on some recommendations of music and electronics that I have discovered recently as well as a glimpse forward into activities and events I am anticipating.
Yes, painting sucks, but we did it. We managed to repaint the condo in the course of a week and are now paying for it physically. we made a decision at the beginning of the year to redo our place; partly looking to refresh the setting and partly to make it more appealing if we choose to list it.
I said I would write about each of our trips this year and here is the first entry. I am fortunate enough to have my birthday fall on Memorial Day weekend. I am even more fortunate to have great friends to join me on a return trip to California as part of my celebration. Angela and I have gotten good at adding 1-3 PTO days to natural 3-day holiday weekends making for nice multiple 4-7 day vacations without too much effort. This approach allows us to take our standard work vacation allotment and stretch two to three times as far. I recommend this method to everyone.
This week I discovered something beautiful. Not more beautiful than Angela, that is impossible. I found that there are still stories in music that can move me like the cool wind hitting your skin while sitting in a half broken beach chair at sunset with the golden orange sky exploding all around you and love two feet away sighing breaths like smoke clouds composed of moments of relaxation and anxiety that it will soon come to an end.
I can, without any uncertainty, state that 2009 was the best year in my life to date. I can not begin to quantify here the full breath of experiences and activities I had in 2009. From taking 5 plus trips around the US, to holding movie marathons, to achieving athletic successes, to emboldening friendships; I had a year like none other.
Blair Residence in California by Bruce Bolander Architect (reposted by Richard Bakare)