too many projects, too little time

there is not. enough. time. (is it really june 7? REALLY? really now.)

a visual summary of what’s been up with me in the past month:

We went back to New York. I stalked my old seminary (did any of you see me there? I was being shy. I’m sorry) and marveled that it’s been A YEAR since graduating. (not. enough. TIME!) We ate the $26 burger (not as good as expected), ate again the shake shack burgers (perhaps better than remembered?), walked old haunts, shadowed our former lives, reminisced. It felt familiar, comfortable, sweet, easy. The trip eased my fears about our having left New York a year ago: it’s still there, and still waiting for us.


I’ve started taking aerial arts (read: circus arts) classes, a four-week session in May-June, which has elicited interesting comments from everyone in my life from my boyfriend to my boss. Mostly people tend to be worried for my safety, and I can’t say I blame them… I’m not among the most graceful of people. But, in only two weeks, I’m already feeling tremendously stronger, and it’s jump-started new life into my running routine! Ever finding new projects, I’ve sketched out a little running plan for the next few months. We’ll see how that goes… we all know that I haven’t started anything even with worms yet.


I’ve quit coffee! Or, maybe I should say: I’ve started tea! For the past few years, I’ve only been able to drink coffee when laden with sugar, cream–anything to get that golden caffeine into my veins. Now, I’m not saying I won’t refuse a nice creamy cold press or dark mocha latte if offered, but the truth is, I’ve been consuming more cream than I think is healthy for one person. So I’m making my own iced tea, and I’m liking it.

Lastly, perhaps the main reason I’ve been neglecting this fair space more than usual is that I’ve been reading, one of the goals that I’ve set forth for myself. From Lolita to the Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, I’ve been reading a lot and enjoying it immensely. It’s a weird reaction that in reading more, which I’ve been doing in hopes of encouraging myself to write, I’m actually writing quite less. I’ll have to figure out a way to balance those two tensions.

Some more reflections, and a follow-up to some projects, to be posted soon!


3 Comments on “too many projects, too little time”

  1. L. says:

    that’s awesome that you’re doing aerial arts! sexy! =)

    i read lolita and kavalier & clay in the same summer as well! WEIRD. i actually didn’t really like lolita. but k&c is one of my ultimate faves.

    miss you!

  2. ajbbents says:

    Kavalier and Clay is totally one of my favorites as well. Such beautiful and amazing writing.

    Related, but not – if you haven’t read Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenidies yet, put that one close to the top of your list. Same kind of amazing.

    Also, super jealous of the aerial arts thing. Super jealous.

    Glad you had a lovely time in nyc!

  3. Alison says:

    @L: I actually liked Lolita better than K&C–I thought the writing was astounding! Although I did find it a very difficult book to get through. Right now I’ve started “Reading Lolita in Tehran”, which I hope will help uncover some additional interpretations of that book that I haven’t considered….

    @ajb: I *adored* Middlesex; it’s probably in my top 5 favorite books of all time! And, you don’t have to be jealous of the aerial arts, ya know… you can join me!!! The summer is the best time because it’s only four-week sessions. The next one starts on June 29–sign up!!! It’s fun!!!

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