All posts tagged Carissa

  • To Princess Carissa on her most auspicious day

    Because it’s already October 11th in China.

    You’re really too good for words.

    Come back to America soon. We miss you, love you, and your cats are in poor health.

  • Off and running….

    I’m really liking this 2012 thing. Ever since I got back to from Laramie I have been off and running into the New Year, whether self-motivated or otherwise. Here I go, talking about and trying to write about it more interestingly:

    01. I am just beginning work on a new project with my boss that I am wildly excited about. I won’t go into much detail yet because part of me thinks it might be too good to be true, suffice to say that it’s a really worthy cause and that I am honored to be a part of it.

    02. Reading every day is wonderful. What has probably also help my productivity since I’ve gotten back is that Matt and I didn’t have internet for the first week, which lead to me reading all day. I am finally making progress on that book I’ve been trying to read for ages (Dune by Frank Herbert, a Matt recommendation). I know that eventually I’ll get enveloped in mindless activities and my reading will reduce down into only a few brief minutes a night, but I’m savoring it while I can. It makes me want to read all of the books. All of the books can be mine! I re-visited the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die list and was pleasantly surprised by the number of books I’ve read since the last time I looked at it. I’m hoping to take the lead while Carissa’s in China, but darn-it-all I got her a Kindle for Christmas!

    03. On Sunday I went to the Unitarian church with Matt because he had sad it was so amazing. It was like no other church that I’ve been to. It was really interesting there was so many things that I wanted to write down to learn more about later. Since it was the pre-Martin Luther King Jr. Day service, we talked about immigration injustice and complementarity, racial inequality.

    04. I then visited Susan to collect all the very sweet presents the Olezene team had gotten me from China. They were all so thoughtful!

    05. I’m going to watch a karate class at a dojo near my work to see if I should join. I used to do Tae Kwon Do when I was little and really want something to do during the winter times to make me hate myself less. Karate seemed like a good choice considering I couldn’t find any nearby Tae Kwon Do place.

  • Hello, 2012

    So how are you? Did you survive the New Year’s alright? I know I certainly had a great time. Before I start off, a couple of things:

    01. Shucks, I missed the Friday 5 yesterday, but I didn’t have internet. So I don’t feel too bad.

    02. I’m going to really try to take some more time and write well and more creatively instead of just lists. Does that mean lists are going away? Never. My  mind is nothing but filing cabinets of lists.

    03. I just ate a Lindt chocolate that fell on the floor and rolled about 2 feet away, just in case you ever got the impression that I’m classier than I am.

    Me, Kim, Jordan, Jordan, Sarah, and Katie

    Thanks to sneaky scheduled posts, I have actually been in Laramie for the last week because my dear friends Sarah & Katie were back from France and England, respectively, for the holidays. To say that I was happy to see them and that I had a great time doesn’t due it justice. Not by a long shot. These people, and several others, are just so wildly special to me. They are all fun, charming, smart, witty, and kind as you please.

    Since Katie and I were drifters in the city, we were jointly hosted by Sarah’s lovely family and The Bishop-Mount estates while we were there. I couldn’t possibly list all the things we did. In fact, I didn’t even take pictures because I knew I would be soaking up the good company every second. Luckily, there’s this new-fangled thing called “Facebook” that my friends use.

    We had some late-night, back-alley pizza parties. This I think was our first night in Laramie and it was marvelous, simply marvelous. Our giant, boisterous group dominated Front Street.

    Some obnoxious group huddles in the middle of New Year’s Eve parties.

    Music. Specifically ukulele playing. We had four ukulele players and two guitarist and a whole-lot of screaming.

    Seriously, a lot of music-playing. This is Jordan and me practicing “She Don’t Use Jelly.”

    It was great to be myself completely. To be as loud and silly as I want to be with people who don’t even notice. How did I get so lucky? Katie is heading back to England today and Sarah trooped back east to France last Thursday morning. The only thing that was missing was our dear Carissa. But we know she had a great holiday with her mother. I’m very jealous. I can honestly say, Carissa, you were not forgotten. We would periodically lament that you weren’t there and make wishes that you were.

    Obligatory list:

    • 01. Loved my laser-cat and magic eye book from Grant, my secret Santa.
    • 02. Was pleased as a peach to give Chris his gift, a set of pipes and holders. Friendship pipes.
    • 03. Adored giving Tally her gift: a square of carpet with that I rubbed bacon into.
    • 04. Coconut coffee à la Dan. Our deep love of coconut has brought me, Dan, and coffee so close.
    • 05. Way too much lion costume fun.
    • 06. Family portraits
    • 07. Lingering.
    • 08. Just Dance. Hobo version where you just play them on YouTube.
    • 09. A very heartfelt present form Kim, Sarah, and Katie.
    • 10. The Triplets of Belleville. A really crazy animated French film. Carissa, you’d like it.
    • 11. Watching Sarah (and Brendon) play at Open Mic Night.

    Back to the real world.

    All the best,

  • I’m not afraid to look like a dork for my friends

    because I like ’em so much.

    The most beautiful of birthdays, Carissa. You’re in a new place having probably some of the most exciting times you will have in your entire life. I hope you enjoy every moment of it—good or bad. I hope you never change and I hope you transform. You are an amazing person and I hope you see yourself the way we all do.

    And stuff.

    I’m sorry that I know this could be so much better. But I’ll sacrifice myself on the alter of friendship for you:

  • We could be a sit-com

    ME: D-d-d-danger walks behind you…there’s a stranger out to find you…
    [9 hours later]
    JEFF: Creepiest 2:30 am text ever.
    >note: In my head it was a just a cheerful quote from
    The Duck Tales theme song, but retrospectively….

    ME + Sleep deprivation: It’s the needle that put the hay cart over.

    CARISSA: The standing rules of “do what you feel” exclude murder, suicide, and incest.

    ME: YouTube recommended a video of a malfunctioning Roomba for me. I have a problem.
    JARED: Don’t leave me hanging, I wanna see that video too!

    KENNY (about his overnight job): I was in a predicament. I like sunshine. I like to eat actual food. Sunshine is free, but food isn’t.

    [During our two-man dance party]
    ME: Keep it low, let it grow!
    CARISSA: Up high, don’t be shy!

  • We’ll meet in the middle.

    Sarah & Katie wanted to meet us in Fort Collins for dinner on Thursday as a special goodbye before Sarah left. They drove down, and Carissa and I drove up. It was a perfect way to hang out together in a small group.

    01 | We ate at Rasta Pasta a Jamaican influenced Italian restaurant that I recommend, although it’s a bit pricy for the average college student with the average plate around $12-15.  The portions are quite large though. It was yummy and very interesting.

    02 | Although we were stuffed to the brim, we then got Gelato across the street. Very yummy. And you get to have three flavors in a small cup! (I want to say that it was called “Sam’s Gelato,” but I can’t confirm).

    03 | Carissa gave a group of somewhat grimy looking 20-somethings her left over pasta so that they would play us a song (they asked). There was a ukulele, a fiddle, a saw, and guitar. Their song was about how they much prefer sleeping outside and being dirty.

    04 | Window shopped.

    05 | Watched The Help. Sarah was so excited to see this movie after reading the book. It’s not my usually type of movie…but it wasn’t bad.

    06 | Drove home 1 am.

  • And then there was four

    [We all gathered around Sarah’s computer last night as I taught the lovely ladies how to blog. Not pictured: Bob]

    Ok, I was in Laramie all weekend saying goodbye to Sarah (second one from the left) since today she is on a plane to France to study for a year. Did I mention all of my closest friends (but one) are going to be in a different country next year? They are. I kind of know the most amazing people.

    Which leads me to this:

    My friends and I are starting a blog together to write to each other about our exciting lives over the next year (or for however long it ends up being). Sarah and Bob mentioned their intention of starting a blog while they were away and I excitedly waited to be sent the infamous URL. Finally, some of my friends would be getting on the technology train with me (I am usually the only one out of my friends who knows about and does all the trendy new-technology stuff. Maybe I’ll convince them to start tweeting if this blog doesn’t intimidate them).

    But since there were only weeks left before they were leaving and there was no sign of action, I suggested we start a communal blog where we write to each other about our lives and it just happens to also be public. Long story short, I set up this blog for them, invited them, walked them through setting up a wordpress account, how to post (all last night, aka: the night before Sarah was leaving), and huzzah! Here we go! It’s called “I thought you’d like this” and I’ll put it in my blog roll. I have no idea how it will interact with this blog. Maybe I could try to make this some sort of “professional blog,” whatever that means.

    Anyway, I just wanted to express my excitement for this new endeavor and for the very exciting life of my friends. And hey, to be fair, I’ve moved to a new place and am in the process of doing exciting things too :)

  • I’ve got a ticket to ride

    Sorry, still traveling. I made a quick road trip back down to Denver for an interview (!) and spent the night with the too-kind Susan. Alas, we could only stay one night so that I can drive home. I hope to go home either tomorrow or Friday for sure. It’s been an awesome two weeks+! I feel a bit happier and ready for another round of job-applying-for drudgery.

    In the meantime, enjoy this video Evan showed me. I hope you’re a Beatles fan!

  • Don’t go chasing waterfalls

    Thanks to 5280, Carissa and I went on an super fun hike to Hanging Lake in Glenwood Springs, CO. It’s only 1.25 miles, but it’s mostly vertical so I thought it was pretty tough for my pampered, sea-level-breathing lungs. So beautiful! You should go if you’re in the area!

  • More summer fun

    01 | Chasing hot air balloons

    02 | Caffeine Dreams with Savannah, Carissa, & Eric

    03 | Watching Evan work on his latest glitzy piece

    04 | Shakespeare on the Green performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream.


    As you can tell from my horrendous tan lines, I’ve also been exercising outside. I’m in between bikes right now so I had to go jogging yesterday. I am a terrible jogger. But exercising is important, or whatever.

    Just finished:

    Season 1 & 2 of 30 Rock (I love that show)

    Nice Dreams (My first Cheech & Chong movie…thanks HBO!)

    Wayne’s World 1 & 2 ( I should stop hanging out with Evan and his HBO…)

    Charade (movie with Audrey Hepburn)

    White Fang by Jack London (Do you remember the Redwall series? It’s not at all like that)

    Currently Reading:

    Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

    Listening to/Recently acquired:

    Middle Brother, Dawes, Ingrid Michaelson, Mika, Yael Naim, and The Kinks