Thursday, September 30, 2010

Where I've Been

Well. That was a bit longer than I expected. In fact, I'm not sure how to best explain my absence these last two months. Was it due to a whirlwind of travel, friends, and good books? Or perhaps to long runs, longer bike rides, and even longer days at work? Was it the result of a summer heat-induced malaise, or of an unfocused excitement about Fall's arrival?

This picture basically sums up the last two months
I've decided, while pondering my ghostly blog presence, that listing the events, happenstances, and general phenomena of August and September might yield the clearest explanation for my disappearing act. The medievalist in me loves lists and catalogues, so without further ado I give you the Eighty Seven Thousand Six Hundred Minutes of the Last Two Months, measured not only in love, but also in...
  • Six states, two countries, and five cities...
  • Four airplanes, six buses, three airports, four trains, two rental cars, two pairs of running shoes, one pair of hiking boots, one bike, and four hours in standstill traffic on I-80...
  • One backpacking trip, four rustic huts, two volcanos, and one troll-treasure-hiding waterfall...
  • One inadvertent swim with Montauk jellyfish, one lava-warmed Icelandic hot spring frolic, and one consequently dyed-red bikini...
  • One hip surgery, two head colds, and one perpetual sore throat...
  • Three reunions with high school friends, three get-togethers with family members, two reunions with college friends, one reunion with an Oxford friend, and countless serendipitous encounters...
  • Six novels, eight Old Norse manuscripts, one book of essays, and several New Yorker, Sunset, Runner's World, and New York Times issues...
  • One successful identification of a mysterious painting, one graffiti-esque initials-marking in volcanic ash, one game night, and one visit to the Rubin...
  • Eleven rounds of Beersbie, five volleyball games, seven pond circuits in a kayak, and one hand-built wedding platform...
  • Two Lands End runs, one Piermont ride, one Breakneck Ridge/Cold Spring hike, one Golden Gate Park run, two Baker Beach runs, one Presidio/Crissy Field run, and countless runs in Central Park...
  • Ten pounds of kale, three kleinur, one Peets latte, one perfect Gordo's burrito, and 120+ cups of tea...
  • A lot of work, a few sad goodbyes, and several cherished, laughter-filled moments.
Hmmm. No wonder things felt frenetic!