My wife and I visited her sister at Florida State University last weekend. Beautiful place (even if stupidly humid). Here’s a photo I took with my smartphone of an especially impressive trees on campus — one of many. Click on the image for a bigger view.
In other news, these past few weeks have been the hardest of my life. I don’t know how personal I want to be on this blog just yet, but those who know me understand what I’m talking about. I honestly can’t imagine anything worse. I’m not convinced the worst is behind me, either. I’m confused and I wonder sometimes if I even know what has happened, or what is going on. I wonder whether it will hit me — all of it — when I least expect it. I’m scared of the future for reasons I never thought of before. I’m privy to things that I didn’t know existed, and worry about things I’m not sure I can handle. The days blur together, at least for now, and my goals and aspirations seems to have gotten lost somewhere — I’m sure they’ll look quite different when I find them.
But despite all this, I’m ok. It’s odd, really, that despite so much change and so much loss, many things remain the same — things you don’t notice until they become all you have left. These things are comforting.
Lastly, please believe me when I say we need each other. We need other people more than we need food and shelter. We need love and companionship. We need camaraderie. We need hugs and gifts and family dinners and late nights out with friends. We need someone to see us cry every now and again. We need to hear someone’s secrets and to let them know ours. We need to worry about others and be worried about. We need to get mad sometimes when others aren’t there for us. And we need someone to forgive when we remember that there’s always more to the story.
We need these things. We cannot live without them. They are the stuff of life — glimpses of another world, in a mysterious way, that give us a reason to keep going through even the most horrifying of circumstances. They’ve sure kept me going these past few weeks.
Please believe me. You need these things. Your friends at work, school, and church need these things. Be a giver of these things, and take them as often as you can. Never forget that.
I haven’t written much lately. Actually, I haven’t written at all lately.
That’s because I’ve been busy, and I don’t like throwing junk up on this blog just to say I posted. Believe it not, I put thought into what I write here.
But I must diverge from my normal run of economic/financial/political/whatever-interests-me commentary and give a brief personal update, because I’ve been crazy (though not overwhelmingly) busy.
I started a job last month. I work at a market research firm in Arlington, VA doing B2B survey analysis. I love it so far.
When my wife and I first moved back to the D.C. area last fall, I didn’t plan to be working while taking classes. After the fall semester, though, I decided I just didn’t have enough to do. Frankly, school isn’t all that hard. I had a great undergraduate training in economics at Grove City College that I think gives me a little edge over my classmates. I can’t say I’m at the top of my class, but I definitely don’t need to study as hard as everyone else. I’m learning tons, though–more than I even expected coming in to the program.
On top of all that, I’ve also been working on a website. I’ll reveal the name soon. It’s taken me quite a while to get up and running (is two months a long time?), but it’s definitely going to pay off. I can feel it!
That’s it. I finally feel like I’ve settled into something of a routine at work, so hopefully I’ll have time to read and blog more in the coming weeks. In the meantime, here’s an interesting post from Bryan Caplan that relates, even if rather obtusely, to something I wrote here a while back.
I haven’t written in a while. I’ve been busy. The fall semester is coming to a close and I have two papers due this week and two exams next week.
I’ve also been busy writing for an exciting new startup I mentioned on this blog a while back. It’s no longer in stealth mode, per se, but it’s not quite ready for prime time. I’ll share more news here as it becomes available.
I’m looking forward to the new year. I like new beginnings. I had one last August when my wife and I moved back to Virginia. Things have been exciting since then, but I’ve definitely fallen into a few ruts that keep me from being as productive as I could be. I’m a big fan of new year’s resolutions. I’ll think of one regarding my productivity. I’ve already decided on two others: To work out every weekday morning and to cut out all red meat. I had done both for several months at the beginning of this year, but I let it all fall by the wayside after moving in August. I don’t anticipate any major life changes in 2015, so I’ll have no good excuses if I fall short again.