life update, take 10.

monday

These pictures are from almost two weeks ago. Alex and I had last Monday off, so we took advantage of the day (and the nice weather) to go get brunch at Little Goat in the West Loop, which was really, really good. I hardly ever go to this area (weirdly industrial with a few pricey restaurants here and there) but it was a nice change of pace.

I’ve been meaning to blog about this since last week. I’ve come back to this draft repeatedly to add something to it, then deleting it. Time always seems to slip away from me. I keep putting it off until the next thing I know, it’s mid-April. That, and after what happened in Boston on Monday, everything else seems a little trivial.

But in moments like that, after such a huge disaster, I can’t help but stop everything I’m doing and reflect. I mourn for the lives lost and affected, and wonder how anyone is capable of doing something so devastating. While my faith in humanity is constantly tested when things like this happen (all too often, honestly), these events also bring out the good in people. For some reason, the following quote by Mother Jones stayed in my mind: “Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living.” We can help, we can donate, and we can fight back for those still with us. Boston is a resilient city, and I know that it will survive this awful attack.

I don’t want this post to be a total downer, so here’s some exciting news on my front: I’ll be traveling to Central America (Guatemala and Honduras, to be exact) for work. I’ll be acting as a reporter and translator while helping the broadcast media dept cover some really great projects that Rotary is working on in these two countries. I just booked my tickets and got my immunization shots (my arms are still really sore), so it’s pretty much a done deal. I’m really excited that I get to be part of this field assignment, but since I’ll be gone for two whole weeks, I have to move into Alex’s apartment sooner rather than later. On top of all the projects I have going on at work, I just hope I make it to the end of May. But if I disappear off the face of the Earth again, know that it’s probably because I’m so crazy busy!

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