Saturday, April 30, 2011

Light Between the Trees

Long, long, long the trail
Through the brooding forest-gloom,
Down the shadowy, lonely vale
Into silence, like a room
Where the light of life has fled,
And the jealous curtains close
Round the passionless repose
Of the silent dead.

Plod, plod, plod away,
Step by step in mouldering moss;
Thick branches bar the day
Over languid streams that cross
Softly, slowly, with a sound
In their aimless creeping
Like a smothered weeping,
Through the enchanted ground.

"Yield, yield, yield thy quest,"
Whispers through the woodland deep;
"Come to me and be at rest;
"I am slumber, I am sleep."
Then the weary feet would fail,
But the never-daunted will
Urges "Forward, forward still!
"Press along the trail!"

Breast, breast, breast the slope!
See, the path is growing steep.
Hark! a little song of hope
When the stream begins to leap.
Though the forest, far and wide,
Still shuts out the bending blue,
We shall finally win through,
Cross the long divide.

On, on, onward tramp!
Will the journey never end?
Over yonder lies the camp;
Welcome waits us there, my friend.
Can we reach it ere the night?
Upward, upward, never fear!
Look, the summit must be near;
See the line of light!

Red, red, red the shine
Of the splendour in the west,
Glowing through the ranks of pine,
Clear along the mountain-crest!
Long, long, long the trail
Out of sorrow's lonely vale;
But at last the traveller sees
Light between the trees!

"Light Between the Trees," ~Henry van Dyke

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Multiple Wins

I generally hate shopping, but tonight's shopping adventure was so full of wins that it was almost enjoyable:

Win #1: I only had to try on one dress before I found what I was looking for. That's right, ladies and gents. The first dress I tried on.

Win #2: After skipping out to my car with my purchases, I was delayed in backing out of my parking space by a Toyota Carola whose driver clearly had a ridiculous amount of trouble getting her car into a parking space. And she wasn't even backing in. She was pulling in straight (or attempting to do so) and having a very hard time of it. Sitting in my car, I indulged in some mild judging before she at last got her car parked and out of my way. As I looked more closely in my rear view to back up, I realized that I knew the woman driving the other car.

Chuckling to myself, I backed up, put the car in drive...... and looked up to realize that my sun shade was still over the wind shield.

Okay, so maybe that one actually counts as a fail. But it's was so amusing that I'm counting it as a win.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Not Too Busy

I'll admit it: I often bemoan the fact that I'm busy, but the truth is that I like it. So don't think I'm complaining when I state that this has probably been the most crammed spring semester I've ever had. I've been very busy indeed....

(I just started to make a list of all of the things I am trying to keep up with this semester, but looking at it made me tired, so I deleted it. Just trust me.)

With all of these things going on, however, there are several things that I never seem to be too busy for.

1. I am never too busy to find new music that I like. My friend Pandora has been very kind to me lately, being responsible not only for introducing me to the fantastically soothing Hang on, Little Tomato but also for sparking my recent Bach obsession:

2. I am not too busy to find time to read.

2011 Reading Challenge

2011 Reading Challenge

Ruthette has

read 39 books toward her goal of 120 books.


3. I am not too busy to kill spiders. We seem to be having an infestation here at the apartment. I have killed them with balled-up tissues, with my flip-flops, with a magazine, and (in one extreme instance), I killed one by jumping up and down on it after fist attempting to smother it with a Snuggie.

4. I haven't been too busy to start planning my next travel adventure. Although I have no plans at this moment to leave the continental U.S., this summer will find me in Virginia, California, Utah, New Mexico, Nevada, South Carolina, Georgia, and maybe (maaaaybe) Pennsylvania. Never fear, I will be posting a general itinerary on the blog as I have in previous years for those of you are interested in keeping up with my where-abouts.

5. I'm not too busy to get some sun. I'm well on my way to my summer Pocahontas-like hue.