Sometimes it’s more difficult to start a post than it is to write the rest of it.Â Why is it that we have so much with starting things and ending things?Â Once we’re into it, we can just glide along, but the wrappers on either side, man they’re tough.
When last we visited these hallowed electrons, I was in Providence, it was morning, and we were leading into a camping trip in Maine.Â Well, the trip to Maine was excellent.Â I really had a great time, wandering around, building campfires, taking the kayak out, and having some really excellent conversations with people.Â I kind of wish I’d been able to bring Freya with me, as since it’s an island, she would have been able to run freely without worrying about her getting into TOO much trouble.Â All told, there were eight of us: Kate, Andrew, Casey, Claire, Erica, Kelly, Mary, and myself.Â Damn good times.
When we got back from Maine, Erica and I broke up.Â This was my decision, and for my own needs and reasons.Â It’s something I’d been giving a LOT of thought about, and decided it wouldn’t make sense to drag it out further, and that it would be best to do it in person.Â It’s not because of anything either of us did wrong, and whoever she dates next is going to be a damned lucky fellow, because she’s fabulous.Â It was just time to end it — I need to be single for a while, to re-center myself and get into a place that works for me.Â I always kind of felt like it was new-agey bullshit when I heard reasons like that, but it’s not, and I’m not sure I can explain why to those who haven’t already gone through it.Â I’m working on salvaging friends out of it, including Erica.Â I came to really care about the people down there, and value them as friends, so I sincerely hope this doesn’t cause any rifts or distancing (or at the very least, none that are insurmountable).
On Saturday, I went to my former roommates’ (Kate and Andy) wedding, which was an absolute blast.Â I took gobs of photos (which I still need to burn to DVD, dangit), and the bride and groom looked fantastic.Â The theme of the wedding was 1920s-30s, and so there were plenty of people dressed out in vintage suits that really made the whole event feel classic.Â There were pleasant conversations happening all around the space, and I think everyone was really charged to have a great time.Â The wedding was at 5, but festivities carried on well into the night, with the band leaving around 11, and people continuing to hang out after that.Â I took off shortly after the band left, and dropped my brother off in Montpelier before heading south to the Upper Valley.Â I didn’t get home until around 1-1:30, at which point I was bushed and went straight to sleep.Â Sunday, I woke up and went back north to Montpelier, to help my brother pack and move his things out of the house, since he’s taken that position down in DC.Â (In case you were wondering why I drove back down rather than simply crash on a couch, I forgot to bring a change of clothes and didn’t want to pack and lug boxes in a dry clean only suit.)
Since then, most of my days have been occupied with getting my affairs in order for disappearing for a while to Squam and Peterborough; paying bills, picking up sundry items, digging items I want to bring out of packed boxes, et cetera.Â Other than that, I’ve been spending time with my parents and hanging out with friends, and in general trying to keep things low key.Â I’m really looking forward to this time alone (that said, if you want to visit for a day or two, as long as you want it low key, I’m willing to share the space).Â It feels really good to have a set direction and plan with all this: WRITE!Â Build some inertia with my writing, and if things start looking positive in that general direction (writing is a fairly broad category), run with it.Â If that doesn’t work out (knock wood), I already have plans on what to try next, most of which involve getting a crap job and studying my ass off in one of several subjects.Â It just feels good to have a direction with all this.
I’ll wrap things up with a quick note that I am selling a plethora of technological gadgetry.Â I’m selling off both monitors (19″ and 22″, prices negotiable), a spare graphics card (X700), my vaio desktop (PCV-770, upgraded), aaaand my PowerMac G5 tower.Â I’m reluctant to let that last one go, but the sad reality is that I would be better served for my purposes in reducing my overall office footprint as much as I can, and I can get equivalent power out of a fully specced 24″ iMac (which I can afford if I sell all the things I listed).Â I also decided this evening to additionally sell my Palm Tungsten T (yes, the original Tungsten), with cradle, for $75.Â If you’re interested, let me know.