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there are things in life when stuff just is so quiet (and maybe a little boring) and you’re thinking when and how are you going to get out of this “slump” and then, BOOM! you have to juggle, plan, (put things off) and work past 5pm, and wake up earlier than usual. wah wah wah em i right? i think i want to write a post about the glorification of busy, not to say that my schedule is incredible out of control, i just think that maybe between my freelance and my new job i may be juggling there abouts a full-time job. but in a lot of cases they say when you are doing what you love, isn’t the “busy” sometimes just life? i really think that i would rather work two (three, or whatever/how many) jobs that i love, than one or none jobs that i hate.
also, jobs really can be so many hats, not just the ones we get paid for or the ones where we work for someone/someplace. i mean, a mom is a job. i feel like in my relationship i have a job, or a role. even in my own apartment, a job is cleaning, laundry, cooking, shopping for the home etc. that is job that i love! but, it does take time, planning, organization, patience, communication, all of the things that are needed in a paid job, no?
they are things i am so happy to be doing, and many of those jobs are, in some way, relaxing. like writing this blog for instance. it is very relaxing and cathartic for me to try and record some of my everyday thoughts and memories.
what about all of you? what are some jobs, what would you consider a job? is there some you love and hate? sometimes at the same time? let’s talk about it!
over here we are getting deep in the mix of wedding stuff. i just updated my wedding to-do list, and it is getting pretty ridiculous. i seriously cannot wait till all of this is over and chris and i are on the road going wherever we want on our “honeymoon”. we are going somewhere, not really sure where, we will just figure it out as we go, but we know we are going north. Maybe Colorado. Maybe New Mexico. Maybe we will go to the coast! Who knows! I just know that i don’t want to plan anymore. i hate all of this prep, marriage planning, pleasing everyone-ness. the plus side is that i just got another job at a non-profit animal rescue organization.
not only is it a job i feel so passionate about (and, i mean, puppy office-mates? gwah!!) but also, the extra money doesn’t hurt ;). all this to say, my schedule is turning a new leaf. i’m excited about the change and about how my time is now wanted and needed by someone else. but, because it is still a part-time position i am happy that i still have time to be flexible with my time and my freelance work as well (a new project may be in the works!).
now, i will leave you this tuesday with a nice little thought about life. i think a lot about this, in this crazy silly stage of my life. to remember that life is always changing, and evolving; that nothing lasts forever, and the hope is that i have to just enjoy it the best I can, and to remember it all.
“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” – Robert Frost
In my defense it does not feel like i have not posted here in nearly a week! But, some big stuff happened this weekend!
my oldest brother got married on Friday! Yay for him! I could not be more happy for him and sara, they have been together for a long time, they will soon be moving to Germany, and now they are married. he is the first of us to get married, and i am not far behind. I can’t wait for their August reception/party/going-away event! August will be a big month for our family, and i’m happy to say it will be full of joyful things!
chris and i celebrated our three year anniversary on friday as well! it won’t always fall on the same date as paul’s wedding anniversary because our “we are going out right now” date is a little fuzzy. but we both agreed that they time when we first “sort of” went out, and kissed was special, and it was on the first friday on June, so we like to keep it organic and say it is the first friday of the month, whatever that date is. All that to say that we went to dinner, wandered around on a walk, had a beer at our favorite spot, and then went to celebrate a friends 30th and going away party with a campfire. Busy night for sure! but it was so fun and so memorable. Whose to say that we will celebrate this night ever again? Seeing as our wedding is coming up soon, so it was fun to have fun with it, potentially for the last time.
we went canoeing and i didn’t run us into (a lot) of banks and trees! Yes, this is a big deal. the last time i was canoeing, well, let’s just keep it at, it was so bad i hadn’t done it in 12+ years.
I got a new job! I now work (along with still doing freelance editing work) for a non-profit organization called SNIPSA. they are a foster based spay/neuter/adoption organization, mainly dealing with dogs. I have loved going to their events, being apart of their Race for the Rescues event, and now i get to work for them! I could not be more grateful! My first day was Monday, and I am about to run out the door to go into the office, but I just couldn’t wait to share! Yay!!
To get mushy again, it is officially less than 2 months from our wedding! double yay! can’t wait for the engagement part to be over, and the marriage part to start!
Also, as a side note, we are actually getting rain, in june, in south texas! Miracle!
Okay, i’m off to get to work! What are some things that happened to you this weekend? Anything exciting on the forefront?
In the spirit of “Throwback Thursday” I decided to share what has been on my mind the last couple of weeks. My trip to Italy in the spring of 2008. I was 19 and went by myself to visit my friend and do some solo exploring around Rome and Florence. It was so wonderful and magical, few words can describe my time there, the short 12 days. I learned a lot about people, culture, lifestyles (mainly that there is more to life than my own backyard) and mostly about myself. I became even more introspective, but also I learned about inner confidence, and I know that it is no coincidence that it was that same year (a month actually) that I decided to uproot and move to San Antonio. So much has happened that has lead me to where I am today, and I know I can thank Italy for that.
I will toast you with my glass of wine tonight Italy, Cheers.
Also, if you haven’t checked it out, or have seen the new stuff that was added, here is the kickstarter that has my bones shaking with excitement! If this gets done, well, let’s just say I cannot wait until the finishing product. Every dollar counts, so consider helping fund this beautiful goal.
This movie is already made, and has been making its way around the film festival circuit. it was directed by my brother, and written by my other brother. and what it took for them to pull it off was blood, sweat, tears, and zero regrets about emptying their bank accounts. now, one year later and they are at it again! this time they tried again, with blood, sweat, tears, but, they found they just couldn’t do it this time. they tried. they were so close. but then, money (of all things) stood in their way. this time, their bank accounts still empty from the last movie, they are asking for help, and putting all of themselves in it. with the help of my brother’s ever so talented fiancé, Natalie, in charge once again of all the props and set design, and art (she made the poster above), they are doing a kickstarter.
i could not be more proud of them all. they really have a “never give up” attitude about life, and this movie. we all want it to get made. i helped adam with the different drafts, they honed and tweaked until it is perfect. the movie is right where they need it to be. and the actors are so excited! Langston Fishburne has been willing to stand-by and fly in when this project is for sure green-lit. the amazing actress that will be playing Luchi has turned down other modeling jobs in order to be in town for when this movie is supposed to start filming. everyone is ready! but, they just need the help of all of us to make this happen! it is such a small request that can give someone such a life changing impact. if i had a car i thought was worth that much to sell, it would be done. and its not just because he is my brother. no, it goes way beyond that. i’ve seen peter grow and mature into a savvy business person. he never takes a deal that he doesn’t think won’t work. And, considering this story (written by my brother Adam Skorupskas) was choosen by Chucky P. himself to be apart of his book. well, how often can you have a turn around of a story into TWO different medias so quickly? all i have to say, is it much be some film.
here is his kickstarter. on principle i don’t usually go around asking for money (neither does peter) but i believe this is a beautiful project, a story worth telling (hell, just making the story would be a good story!) and in a city that is as dear to my heart as my own family. even if you don’t donate, watch the film, see the sights, and listen to his words… did i mention there is a puppy involved?
To go to the kickstarter page click any/most of the links above, or click here.
on thursday night chris and i were talking about getting out of town. we decided camping would be great! but, with a weekend full of social plans we were thinking that it wouldn’t work. then, a brilliant idea happened! we thought, why not go after chris gets off of work on friday, and then just stay the night? i know it was short, but it was amazing! felt like we were gone for more than just 15 hours. i had never been to pedernales falls before, and i can’t believe it is only 1.5 hours from out house! in deciding where we wanted to go, my only statement for it was “i wanna go swimming!” and pedernales did not disappoint. if you are in the hill country in texas, you have to go! would make a great day trip too. i can’t wait to go back!
we got there around 8pm, and did our hike to the primitive camping site, which was about 2+ miles. the sun was setting, the humidity went down a bit, and the place was quiet. it was wonderful. the recharge was just what we needed. no cell phones, tv, nothing. once we got to our tent we opened some beer we brought and played cards, talked about music, books, ideas, and just relaxed while the stars came out. it was so sweet to just, be. but, i won’t kid, the temps were still hot, and we had to spend the whole time in the tent because the mosquitos were insane! And, we had a fear that we may have pitched our tent near some fire ants. couldn’t tell in the dimming light. so, there was that. but, it didn’t matter (and i don’t think they were fire ants, neither of us got bit.
below are some of the pictures i took the next day, when we hiked to the falls after we had done a morning swim. the falls were so amazing! i didn’t think i was in texas. i am still blown away by the nature of texas. always something amazing and special. i’ve lived here five years, and still learning so much about the surrounding parks and wildlife and even the cities. this state is just, wow. very cool indeed.
we rarely do things so spur of the moment. we were giddy on it! and so proud of ourselves. now chris is back in school so we can’t be too reckless, but for the most part the weekends will still be free, so i’m hoping we can still have a little recklessness before and (especially) after the wedding. already thinking of something spontaneous to do this weekend… I know, i just defeated the point. i can’t help it, i’m a planner.