He asked if I had anything planned for that night. I consulted my calendar and lied.
“Nothing. What did you have in mind?”
That night a brother and sister shared life. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
My blog didn’t get written that evening, comments weren’t responded to, tweets weren’t sent, and the online conference on my [...]
“It’s crazy how much things have changed.”
I agreed and asked him what’s changed.
He motioned towards the house that’s been part of his family for 75 years. With that one arm motion I was supposed to understand the obvious change that’s taken place.
This is the kid who taught me [...]
I’d already talked to her twice that day. She knew I was having a do nothing day and invited me to do nothing with her family who was also doing nothing.
Except that I was doing something: I was browning more taco meat than I could possibly eat that night.
She suggested pizza, and I [...]
Even in the heels too big for her feet, her pace exceeded mine. Kiwi Jase and I walked down the Antiguan cobblestone behind her for at least a block, giving me plenty of time to take in her teal earrings and her formal skirt as she balanced a napkin-covered plate in one hand and carried [...]
iTickets said the concert was sold out. So I called the church. The receptionist told me the concert was completely sold out and hung up on me.
To say I was mad would be an understatement.
Note: The following is real conversations collected during April 2013.
Katie: Did you bring me Wisconsin cheese?
Mom: No, but we did bring you Wisconsin kitties.
Katie: He only speaks Swahili.
Greg: I don’t speak Swahili.
Katie: I know, you speak Swati but that’s not what the quote is.
Matt: What [...]
“I’m pathetic,” he said before glancing up at me to confirm or deny this proclamation.
It had been a hard conversation. We’d talked about shortcomings and how to fix them but in that moment he didn’t need my critique. He needed my affirmation.
I hope both my words and my face said, “No, you’re not [...]
I was beat. Absolutely beat. Every part of my body hurt.
My sinuses. My head. My arm. My leg. My innards. My brain.
I felt like death. It was exhaustion like I’ve only experienced by driving across the country alone. It was the kind of burnout where the tears just start coming and you can’t explain [...]
We laughed but we didn’t cry. And it was my fault.
Enough came out of my mouth to sound transparent but deep down there was more. More [...]
I still said no.
I was not interested in the World Race. It sounded like fun but I did not want to [...]
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