Good morning from Idaho! I flew back from Oklahoma on Monday and I’m in Idaho for exactly one more month until I leave on my next big adventure (!!). My visit with Margie was absolutely amazing. We did a lot of juice drinking, bone broth making, and soup pureeing. Margie has some health issues she’s been dealing with, so I went to go help her out a little bit and spend some quality time with her. We’re trying to get her healthy enough so we can go back to Hawaii, where we belong.
Slowly but surely we will get there!
Last Friday, Margie chopped off all my hair. I knew I wanted to cut my hair before leaving on my next travel, so I just let Margie do it because she used to be a hairdresser. We cut off 10 inches!! We looked on the Locks of Love website and their requirement to donate hair is 10 inches. I thought I might as well donate my hair if I wanted to chop it all off anyway, so Margie put my hair in a ponytail, measured 10 inches, and then went for it.
I have exactly 20 days left of hard work and then I am a free bird! Oh my gosh, I can’t even tell you how excited I am to feel free again. I am very much looking forward to the continuation of unraveling the puzzle that the world has in store for me.
I know I am driving everyone crazy by purposefully omitting information of where I’m going, but it’s because I’ve been doing a lot of research and creating a lot of top secret blog posts of the places I’ll be visiting.
New things coming your way shortly, but for now I have to go to work.
I’m currently en route to Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City??? What’s in Oklahoma City?? Margie’s there. I can’t believe I haven’t even talked about Margie (have I?). She’s an older friend of mine who I met in Texas back in 2014. She’s currently living in Oklahoma because of family matters but she also gets better access to healthcare there. Oklahoma is an interesting place for sure, not going to deny it. I went for a quick visit back in September so I know what I’m talking about at least a little bit.
It’s really hard for me to get bored, so I don’t get it when people say there’s nothing to do in the Midwest. Sure, it’s not the most attractive place in the world and it might lack a lot of variety, but I think that’s the beauty of it. It’s kind of refreshing to spend a little bit of time in the Midwest because not a whole lot of people are trying so damn hard to be different in fake ways. Everyone is so stinkin’ nice and accepting even if they think I’m some stupid west coast hippie.
There’s a lot of Trump supporters in Oklahoma, that’s for sure. I’m honestly exhausted thinking about Trump and his administration and how they plan to take over the world… but at the same time I just want to understand why people continue to support him and his rhetoric. It’s hard for me to imagine what the future is going to be like right now and that’s probably why I feel like I’ve been going so crazy lately.
Mercury retrograde has not killed me yet. We’ve got a few more days left to survive and then we are in the clear! I just checked this morning and we’re all supposed to be normal again on Sunday.
The earth just keeps spinning….
I finally finished Rich’s recommendation letter yesterday. Wow, that was a process! I stressed myself out to the max trying to come up with words for someone that has done so much for me. In the end it was simple, direct, and honest and I am satisfied. I hope he gets the job.
I have a confession to make: I’m a big fat sinner. It’s been 11 degrees at my house and I was freezing, so I used my space heater. I’m dying over here, though! Mom came downstairs and called me out for being a phony wuss who can’t handle a little cold (a little cold!?). I put it back in my closet and I will try not to relapse again…
Work has been very busy and I’ve made a lot of sugah and I plan on using it to travel. I need to get out of here, even if it’s only for a little bit. Trevor (old friend who lives in town) wants to go to China and we found $400 round-trip tickets the other day. I like the idea, but we have not dropped any money. The visa is very expensive and it is holding us back.
Jeffery called me last night and asked if I wanted to grab breakfast at the Cedar Street Bistro downtown. Jeffery, aside from being my coworker, is a die-hard Scorpio. Naturally, I feel like I’m talking to a cosmic alien in 90% of our conversations. Jeffery dives deep into the unknown realms so you better not be afraid to hop on the ride if you want to learn or thing or two from him. I knew the moment I met Jeffery that we were going to be friends. I’m glad it’s working out for us. (more…)
Today Dad and I took a walk in Dover, Idaho. Absolutely gorgeous over there, even in November! Canadian geese lined the shore with their noisy quacks and flailed in all directions when the Heron swooped in. A couple of Mallards sat without an inch of movement and Dad didn’t have anything nice to say about the less attractive female. The emerald feathers of the male really do shine light on the beauty of the masculine in this particular species.
The woods that border the shoreline are filled with Lodgepole Pine (Pinus contorta). Naturally, the walk mainly consisted of a lesson on the Pinus contorta species and its adaptability in nearly any kind of environment. Forester Dad. (more…)
Leigh called and asked where I’ve been. She says she likes it when I update my blog on a more regular basis because it lets her be with me whenever she feels like it. Leigh always calls at just the right time and we always get right back to where we left off.
Surprisingly, Leigh and I haven’t spoken since that flaming cheeto got elected into office. So we chewed the fat for a bit but we didn’t really go into that much detail because it’s honestly exhausting to talk about right now.
Leigh is leaving for New Zealand in January. That’s her dream place and all. I’m happy for her. She told me she’s starting on the south island and traveling north. Leigh also informed me of the job she scored while over there. Did not ask what she was doing. She did not go into further detail. Can safely assume it’s some kind of garden/farm work of sorts.
Leigh’s a full-blown dreamer, like me. It’s why we get along so well. I can rely on her to not judge me for soaring so goddamn high up in the clouds with my dreams and all. We’re one and the same. There’s a whole lotta love there, even if I do sometimes want to perma roll my eyes in the back of my head when she calls us a “karmic connection.”
Today Dad and I went kayaking in the Clarkfork Delta up in Hope, Idaho. That place is beautiful! It looked something like this:According to the weatherman, today was the last sunny day that we’re gonna see for a while and I could not be happier about it. It means I’ll actually start working on my book again.
We were the only ones in the delta. We heard some duck hunters blast their guns, but other than that it was just me and Dad. I didn’t see any ducks fall, in case you were wondering.
Mom knew Dad wouldn’t like the lentil soup I made earlier this morning, so she packed us a lunch. She made us PB&J sandwiches, cheese and crackers, and sliced apples. I made us tea, but Dad packed beer instead.
North Idaho’s beauty continues to amaze me. Coming home is something so new this time around. I feel like a whole new being, ready to explore and enjoy my new adventure in post-grad life. It certainly feels good to reconnect to my roots before I jet off anywhere new.
I’d never explored the delta before. It felt like I was in a jungle. It was swampy and delicious and brilliantly sunny with not a cloud in the sky. Ducks were singing their quack and flying over us all day. We spotted an osprey flying across the water and soaring up high into a Cedar Tree. Osprey stayed there until I was too stinkin’ loud and close for comfort.We ate Mom’s sandwiches on the rocks overlooking the bay and we talked about the good things. Dad drank a Guinness (an interesting choice for an adventure beer) and I sipped my cinnamon and orange tea, which was still burning hot courtesy of my trusty Stanley thermos.
Now I am home. I ate homemade macaroni and cheese for dinner and boy, am I ready for my bed.