This isn’t a real post.

Well hello there!

This isn’t a real blog post. There are so many projects and links and books and thoughts I’ve been piling up for this space, and just haven’t had time to put to words. Things are busy. Crazy, can’t-have-a-moments-rest kind of busy.

So here is just a short snapshot of what I’ve been up to, at least until things settle and I can return to my old bloggy self.

My baby brother Jesse Lee is getting married this weekend! I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the early days of Erin and Jesse- we were so stinking cute! And now we’re so big and grown up and I’m just so proud of him for who he has become. I’m excited to share this milestone with the guy who was my very first friend.

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In preparation for the big day, I spent a good part of last weekend at the Davis Homestead, helping set up for what’s going to be a pretty great party. I forget how beautiful and quiet this home can be; it felt really good and strangely nostalgic to work with my parents on the house- reminds me of summers of the past!

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My grandparent’s new dog, Ira! Named after the Ballad of Ira Hayes, of course.

Next week, Kyle and I are embarking on a camping/roadtrip. Last night we sat down to plan our first couple days, and I am so excited! Our general direction is to head toward Boulder, Colorado and visit a good friend there working to finish his PhD. Any and all suggested pit stops are welcome! So far we have the Grand Tetons on our list.

Have a wonderful week. I’ll be back soon.

Erin’s Reading List Week 4

Hey there! So I have set myself a summer reading goal: I’m reading a book a week for 15 weeks. I started 6 weeks (and 7 books!) ago and will go through to the first week of September.

So after reading Stiff, When Everything Changed and Will Grayson Will Grayson, I was ready for something more of a novel. My book club read a Tom Robbins book for our first meeting, and I really enjoyed it, so I decided to have a go at Even Cowgirls Get the Blues.*

This book, for those not in the know, is essentially a coming of age story about a woman with unusually large thumbs, who finds herself realizing her full potential as the world’s best hitchhiker, but then turns her world upside down when she comes across an all-woman ranch in the middle of a crisis.

Sound a little zany? Well that’s just Mr. Robbin’s style. And it got goofier. There’s a whole page about being able to be whoever you want, realized through different sentences on the page being what they want:

This sentence is made of lead (and a sentence of lead gives a reader an entirely different sensation from one made of magnesium). This sentence is made of yak wool. This sentence is made of sunlight and plums. This sentence is made of ice. This sentence is made from the blood of the poet. This sentence was made in Japan. This sentence glows in the dark. This sentence was born with a caul. This sentence has a crush on Norman Mailer. This sentence is a wino and doesn’t care who knows it. Like many italic sentences, this one has Mafia connections. This sentence is a double Cancer with a Pisces rising. This sentence lost its mind searching for the perfect paragraph. This sentence refuses to be diagrammed. This sentence ran off with an adverb clause…

And it goes on and on!

So while I find myself a little overwhelmed with this author, his silly and rambling writing style, and his larger-than-life characters, I really enjoy his writing. His books can be pretty divisive, some people can’t get onboard with the strong narrative approach or the several chapter long tangents.

So, here’s my favorite quote:

“Whatever goes wrong can be used to your advantage, providing it goes wrong enough.”

Happy reading!

*Having just googled this book to get the URL for Amazon, I’ve come across the fact that this book was made into a movie starring Uma Thurman, Keanu Reeves, Angie Dickenson, Pat Morita, John Hurt….and now I need to watch it.

Today the World is my Oyster.

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Hey there and happy mid-week! Man, has this week been busy so far- and now it’s already Wednesday!

On Monday I was given the opportunity to present at an all company meeting, in front of 100+ people. It was absolutely exhilarating! I felt confident and knowledgable, and so excited to share my work with the company. And this coming from the girl who would stay home “sick” rather than give a speech in 4th grade.

It felt good.

Since then, something wonderful has happened. People are saying hi to me in the hallways. They’re striking up conversations at lunch, and inviting me to meetings. It’s like now that they know what I do, they’re ready to engage and be a part of it. So overall, this has been a pretty good week so far.

Erin’s Reading List Week 3

Hey there! I have set myself a summer reading goal: I’m reading a book a week for 15 weeks. I started 5 weeks (and 6 books!) ago and will go through to the first week of September.

So the third book I read for this challenge was Stiff by Mary Roach. This book came in with a bunch of other books I had put on hold from the library, and I was really feeling the pressure to get them all read in time!

This book was at times gross, graphic, and hugely entertaining.

Because this book was about cadavers- how they decay, how they’re disposed of, the various ways they can be useful to scientific and medical advancements.

So it feels kind of wrong to say that this book was hilarious- it had me actually chuckling to myself on the bus! Because the way Mary Roach wrote this was as a layperson, exploring the various professions involved with bodies, and sharing with us her own feelings (and moments of queasiness) as they happen.

One of my favorite moments included her trip to a forensic anthropology lab where corpses are left out in various states of decay for educational purposes. Another was the interesting callbacks to how bodies were treated historically- our modern ways of dealing with death look pretty odd, even in comparison to the sometimes unscrupulous industries of the past!

Anyway, I think I’ll try and read more of Roach’s books, I loved her writing style, and have high hopes for her book “gulp”, about the digestive system.

Happy reading!