Thursday, October 30, 2008

Millcreek Mecca



So I've made the foot of Millcreek canyon my mecca for the rest of 2008 with one of the best and cleanest roommates I've ever had - my brother. Yes we do get the occasional 'are you married or are you brother and sister' question to which we respond yes. We got a lot of furniture from family and friends and it's pretty dang nice too. Maybe I should have just done that in the first place instead of scavenging for free furniture in the alleyways (Naa). I still miss that big gold frame in my old yellow-walled LA apartment. I'll toast to those good memories in my new set of IKEA wine glasses, or I should say pomegranate juice glasses. The best part of where I live now is that Millcreek Canyon is a run away - granted a long run but do-able. I did it today. The fall leaves are absolutely magical and inspiring - and if you know me then you know when I say magical I mean it. I go up there with my running shoes and ipod and just let go of everything and let in the wonders of the moment and being alive. It absolutely invigorates me and in a way fills in for the ocean I left behind. Like most things I know the autumn colors won't last much longer so I'm enjoying every leaf of it while I can. I'm really enjoying work in spite of having to wear nylons, and the people we work with. We started a weekly lunch club and get together to discuss everything from Kierkegaard to Arrested Development. I'd like the lunches to be European style - 2-3 hours - but I guess I'll settle for the American way. We'll just talk faster. We went to our new singles ward this past Sunday. The RS President had us say our ages in the new member meeting (not appreciated) but I feel no shame in who I am and where I'm at - in some ways I'm better than I've ever been - so I said my real age. They "consoled" me by telling me not to worry, there are a few other members older than me. Thanks so much. I guess I can be the old lady in the ward. I do have a rocking chair in my room. My dad didn't want it to go to waste and actually I like it. So even though the average age is about 21 (can barely believe it) I'm sure I'll enjoy it and it helps that the bishopric and ward members are really friendly. I'm still looking at grad school as a possibility. My old professors at the U of U actually remember me or at least that my hair looks different. One even had an old paper of mine in his stack of "A" papers. That made me feel kind of good. I'm also still working on my book and plan to finish by the end of the year. It's one of the endeavors I feel my heart the most in right now and I need that.
I also want to take this opportunity to say how much I love the DI. We've found some great things and it's good to be able to toast bread again. Sometimes I don't know how it happens but I'm feeling very hopeful and can say life is good. Milton said each of us is a ruler of our kingdom. In the last year I've learned more and more to compare less and less and simply do my best to rule this sometimes complicated but fascinating kingdom that is me.
I will miss my favorite month of October but look forward to what lies ahead.

6 comments:

betania said...

Kierkegaard?? Man, I need to get in on that lunch club. I felt my IQ go up 10 points just reading about it. (Although I didn't ever actually understand much that I ever read by him, even with the 'Kierkegaard for Dummies' as my guide...)

Ann & Patrick McVey said...

I love your ending statement. Very insightful, I just hope I can remember that with my mom-brain. (It's real, you can look it up)

cheyney webb said...

Ah, the gold frame from the alley! Now that was a real find.
I think my friend used to live in one of the basement apt's where you are now living. Wish I could run up Millcreek with you!

Renee said...

Nice fall photo! Perhaps that can be the picture you put on the back of your book when you're finished? I think it captures you perfectly...even with that smirk you're trying so hard not to let out!! Glad to hear that you are settling and feeling hopeful! I think I'll take a bit of Milton's advice as well :)

Ruth said...

so glad to hear that the stars are aligning in your life. Vince liked your apartment, and we will keep an eye out for a table and chairs!!

Nancy said...

I think you look great!!! I'm so happy for you. I enjoy reading about your adventures. Thanks for sharing.