"One change always leaves the way open for the introduction of others."

Niccolo Machiavelli

"The greatest of faults, I should say, it is be conscious of none."

Thomas Carlyle

Celebrated spring today.

2014 has been treating me quite well.

We are in the fourth month. I have thus far applied to 6 graduate schools (NMSU, UConn, UTK, OSU, KSU, and ISU), been to Georgia for a poultry exposition, Kansas interviewing for a job that I decided wasn’t for me, and Vermont for a snowmobiling expedition. Next Thursday I will be flying out to Missouri with a bunch of good friends for National Convention, and next month I will be flying out to NMSU to see my top choice school and do a little exploring around my hopefully future city. Somehow through these months and travels, I have managed to maintain my three jobs, schoolwork, research, and relationships, though I left my internship before the semester started because I needed one day off a week. (Note: I rarely get one day off a week even now.)

Exciting plans for the future are happening, and all is well and happy at the bee hive. I will be graduating in a month, though I have a summer class to complete. R and I have a full home with two cats who have become the best of friends, and though we rarely see each other, it is really lovely when we can catch up. The city has finally started warming up, which makes being outside on the farms a lot more pleasant. I may finally be able to put away my coveralls for the summer.

"When you can go the common things of life in an uncommon way you’ll command the attention of the world."

George Washington

"Whether you know it or not, your deep-seated beliefs about your capability and worth affect your ability to change."

Molly Mahar

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Thought as the onset of spring met us with chilly, outstretched arms the other day, I ought to make a little update on goings-on. I sit here on the floor with Dolly Parton on the stereo (speaking of Dolly, this cow was named after her). Not for a particular reason other than falling in love with Jolene the other day. I read that the Bedouin say that when you leave one place behind and travel to another it takes at least four months for your soul to arrive. During that in-between time you live as one incomplete, never quite settled, feeling a little split as if something just isn’t quite right.

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I find myself settled now. That is the only word for it that fits so comfortably. Settled. M and I wandered through the woods and rye fields yesterday. Life is really lovely.

Haven’t been around here lately, but that only means I have been doing some really cool things at school.

it feels good to be making work again.

it feels good to be making work again.

"Never confuse movement with action."

Ernest Hemingway