A Prayer in Spring
by Robert Frost
Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.
Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.
And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.
For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfil.
In the process of signing up for a short story contest (my first one!) and came across some sunny words from Robby F. I keep telling myself winter WILL end….even though it seems so very, very far away.
- Spaghetti with sauce, chicken, parmesan cheese and CAPERS (that’s for you Kim)
- Milk. Does a body good.
I just ate 3.5 OZ of Rich & Creamy Triple Chocolate Fudge Chip frosting.
Please do not alert the authorities!
My very first How About We date went well. I mean, I think it did….?
When I first met up with “peach”, i thought to myself…how short can dates be? But after quite a bit of talking, and our quick assessment that the bar TV AND sound was being tuned to the State of the Union, and a bunch of hipster democrats started taking up the place, and we were both totally clueless on how often Sate of the Unions take place and our overall failure when it comes to understanding politics, I felt as though we started connecting.
After about an hour we decided to move locations- from Circle Bar to Barcade down the street for a friendly game of pool. Upon arrival we noticed there was no pool table, so we settled on going to his apartments game room (YES, he has a game room and YES, I went to his apartment) to play some friendly one on one.
Alas, I found myself in his room, strictly as an observer- checking out his EXTENSIVE shoe collection (seriously- what is it with guys and mounds of shoes still in their boxes??), amazing city views and gold fish (not the cracker).
We really did end up just playing pool, talking and watching the Kardashians. Overall, first How About We date experience was a success- however he did mention two ex-girlfriends. Come, ON! Guys- don’t talk about ex’s on dates. It is the biggest turn off everrrrrr. Seriously.
OH- and he has a friend who owns a mini-pig, whom of which he bought sneakers for and is going to take on walks. For this fact alone, we MUST keep in touch!
Overall HAW rating: 8.5
Perhaps there will be another one ;)
- Raisin Bran
- Cinnamon Bun
Well- there is a first time for everything, right? First love. First Kiss. First time getting wastedddd in your parents basement.
For me- I am about to embark on my first “How About We” Date.
“Peach” contacted me last week- commenting on my date suggestion below:
“How about we… Grab a bite to eat at the Mexican Restaurant next to my apartment, then check out the amazing view from my rooftop while sipping on some wine (you can see the entire city skyline and Statue of Liberty!)
My brother’s response to this date was: “Inviting people up to your roof on the first date! That’s really opening things up to…well, opening everything up!”
My Response: “I have gotten over 50 “intrigues”!” (it’s all about the response rate)
Regardless, Peach did interest me by responding this-
sounds nice, ill trade you this date for a similar date neat my apt and on my rooftop….you can see al 5 bridges from verezano to queensbridge from my spot!…your view sounds beautiful
His pic was kinda cute, so I was like- what the hell. Let’s give this a whirl!
Cut to today at 6:50pm. We make plans to play Skee Ball (my original date proposal- response rate: low) in Williamsburg. He writes letting me know he should be off by 8:30 (his work schedule is very demanding right now). I respond:
SG: Oh nice- getting off at an early time then! Works for me. Um, I will hopefully recognize you- haha
Peach: I’ll be wearing the most obnoxious outfit, for most peoples taste…90% of my life, only way I’ve known how to dress haha….Camo pants and orange beanie.
For good measure I told my officemate that if I am not at my desk by 10:30 tomorrow to alert the authorities. Luckily she already knows what he is wearing….90% of the time. And so do you.
And here it goes…..
Have you read the Happiness Project?
If not, I suggest you do. I am not going to lie- I have not yet finished the entire book, but it did motivate me to put together my own Happiness Project. (Which I did in my car ride home from Alabama to Maryland after Christmas Break- it was the only way to keep me sane).
I would describe the book as basically “do it yourself” therapy. I interpreted it as setting a goal for yourself every month- it can be big or small, but not so big that is is unachievable (although, I did set a slightly unachievable goal this month). I would like to share with you my project of happiness, and perhaps it will motivate you to do the same-
- January- Motivate and job search
- February- Give back to society and care for friends
- March- Organize and budget
- April- Capitalize on the things I exceed in and work on the things that I don’t
- May- Focus on my inner spirit (this is the month I decided not to drink!)
- June- Tie up loose ends and reset goals as necessary
- July- Make plans to visit a place I have never been
- August- Focus on Music
- September- Focus on Love
- November- Slow down and prepare for holidays (something I NEVER seem to do)
- December- Family time
This is all very top line, and my actual project (which is a 3 page word doc) has ways in which these goals/thoughts/resolutions will be achieved.
My month of January has been pretty sucessful. I have updated my resume, made multiple connections, been networking my tail off and have applied to countless jobs. Has it gotten me anywhere….ehhh, lets just say I am still looking for my “big break”, but it is understandable that finding a new job (in a new field) is a rather large goal. It most likely will not happen in just one month- but it does make me feel good to know that I am being proactive and sticking to my project!
Now I am about to go do the following:
- Buy coffee
- Buy bacon
- Buy cinnamon buns
- Eat my face off and watch football
And yes- I understand it is already 1pm, but I just woke up. So this is how it goes…
J-E-T-S. JETS! JETS! JETS! (Front Runner in the house!!)
That is all.
Walking up the stairs this evening, I noticed a lean, tattooed arm opening the door to the apartment next door to mine. This was a surprise, considering all the months I have lived in this building I do not recall any tattooed boys living on my floor- the only people I remember seeing in apartment C1 were 2 adults, approximately 3 kids and a handful of razor scooters. Where did this inked boy come from, and what happened to my normal noisy compadre’s??
As I unlocked my door, I took a side glance look at this new neighbor- a tall, dark rather attractive guy standing there in a ratty T and flannel boxers. He was taking food from the delivery guy who was behind me, following me up the stairs.
I am pretty sure I heard that the total amount of his order was $16. $16? That is a one person meal, right? After my general conclusion of the Park Slope scene, I cannot be too sure if single people actually LIVE in this neighborhood (other than me, of course). Then again, there were literally 3 kids and 2 adults living in that apartment- how big is that place? Could he have a roommate? GF? Wife?
If he truly is a SB (Single Boy) in the slope, then perhaps there will be some potential?
Hum, this could be interesting!
SG Dinner 1/12:
- Grilled chicken and lettuce, with parmesan cheese and capers
- Cheese grits
- Red Wine