Tag Archives: unexpected

Dreaming of Solo Women

I have been radically rethinking my radical rethinking and my brain is worn out. I am learning so much from you as I plan and process. It is impossible for me to imagine what this ’solitary’ journey would look like without you.
One thing I’ve realized is that I’ve woven in a lot of different things [...]

Fickle Girls

It’s Friday night and I am engaged in my usual pastime -  alone, online, and looking for my dream motorhome.
Getting close to 90 days out from moving into my RV, I am starting to feel the pressure. Nervousness about my house sale has me scaling back my budget.
To my surprise, I find a new listing [...]

Make the bad man stop

I’m up late and up early to prepare for the photography session for my house.
Ann, my agent, is here before the photographer ‘just to see how things look.’ Her quick preview evolves into her sweeping the entire street in front of my house and hauling off bags of leaves. (Not my yard – the street. [...]

Listing Price

I bought my house for $262,00 in June of 2007. (There were multiple bids on the house, so I overbid the asking price of $259,000.)
The original structure was a 630 sq ft one bedroom/one bath home built in 1943.
When I bought my house, someone had already added about 250 sq ft in a big room [...]

A brown turtleneck

I went online to buy this brown turtleneck that was on sale for $25.90.

Then I decided that since I wear these almost everyday, I should order four.
Then I saw this Steve Madden jacket. Man, that would look great over a brown turtleneck.

50% off and marked down to $48.90.
Then I saw these boots. Wow, this is [...]

I’m going driving today

I’ve had to think too much, so now my brain is too tired to write a nice long post.
I am headed to Roman Holiday Motorhomes to test drive the big rig and a Sprinter class C.  I am also going to sit in them for a very long time.
I’ve got all of my adopted family’s [...]

The First Day of School

Nice to meet you

Anthony Hopkins was at the top of the stairs, staring down at me.
Afraid and confused, I glance to the bulletin boards of Swift Hall, home of the graduate program in religious studies at the University of Chicago.
No longer were there posters for upcoming academic conferences or religious studies news, but strange mathematical [...]

These are not lame YouTube Videos

I made the mistake of starting the first video in the series, “Traveling on the Outskirts” the other night.
I ended up watching the entire two seasons in one sitting.
These are not lame travel videos. Jessica and Duncan studied film and their video blog is like a well made mini-reality TV show.
You can watch all of [...]

The upside of having had a 9mm in your mouth

Some people think that having a complete mental breakdown is just terrible. And, yes, I agree, there is a lot that sucks about it. But there is an upside.
After that moment, you don’t worry about the same stupid shit anymore. You don’t care if you drive a piece of shit car or if you publicly [...]

Bob

In 2006, I returned to Austin to work with my beloved academic mentor, Bob Solomon.
In 2007, while changing plans in the Zurich Airport, Bob unexpectedly died.
His life and death had a profound impact on people around the world.
Here is an excerpt of his philosophy (from his cameo appearance in The Waking Life) that many found [...]

Jenny the Roofer

At 2:00 pm. Ruth Ann walks through my front gate, her eyes on the peeling grey paint and overgrown landscaping.
“Jennifer, how are you? Have you finished your PhD?”
Stepping into her hug, I glance self consciously at my neglected yard, “Uh, well, no, I quit.”
I met Ruth Ann while crashing open houses for homes I couldn’t [...]

I’m going to sell my house

I emailed our realtor. I am not sure if I am going crazy or finally freeing myself from a bunch of stuff that does nothing but weigh me down.
This quote, from Emily Fagan’s blog Roads Less Traveled, put me over the edge:
“As I read, and thought, and stared at my stuff around me, I slowly [...]

Grand Canyon kicks my ass, but I’ll be back

I made it to the Grand Canyon! The drive in was beautiful and strange. As I rounded the curvy road and got closer to the North Rim, I drove through acres and acres of burned forest.

It turns out it was a controlled burn intended for the health of the Kaibab forest, but still offers up [...]

Bizarre Hoodoos and oh-my-god-I’m-camping

As previously noted, I wasn’t feeling very confident with regard to camping.  I couldn’t believe that I ever thought this was a good idea.
I arrive at the campground and no one is there. I have no idea what to do. I drive in circles until, finally, I find a camper with a sign that says, [...]

Warning: Road May Not Be Passable

I was scared, again, this morning. Everytime I re-checked my route on Google Maps, it always defaulted to a long detour onto an interstate up north – having me go straight north, straight west, and then straight south down to Escalante, Utah.  The little ’scenic’ route that was much shorter didn’t even show up, and [...]