end of October

Taken from a BP converted into a country consignment store with all the BP accoutrements still intact. Except that there were picnic benches in place of gas pumps.

Autumnal flora.

Blue Ridge panorama number one million.

I loved this picture until my mom said she wanted to write a poem about it.

The best bookstore I’ve ever been to was, strangely enough, in Little Switzerland.

I put this in a cameo frame for Anne for Christmas.

Golden mammals on mammalian hide.

Crabtree meadows.

Our version of posing with those scenic/costumey face cut-outs. Whatever they’re called.

Watching the sun set at the Black Mountains overlook with a shared slice of pumpkinpie.

Two suns.


Brian trying to sculpt Luke Perry’s face (ca. 1990). See later versions of this pumpkin to see how successful it was[n’t].

Natalie Portman and Devendra Banhart.

Brian was a …. Painter.

What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
Graduated, got my dream job, became even more normalboring. Overall a happy & way tame year.

Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I can’t remember whether I made resolutions. As the end of this year has gone, I’ll be into replacement rather than acquisition, maybe be less temperamental, and accept more invitations instead of always opting for the already close friends & predictable outcomes.

What was your biggest failure?
For the most part 2008 was very clearheaded. I think I lost touch with a lot of people, though.

What was the best thing you bought?
Plane tickets & my Diana.

Whose behavior merited celebration?
Anne always. Brian often enough. Adam, Renee, Brandon, Helena, Luke, errybody. So many dependable ones.

Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
I’ve mostly rid my life of potentially appalling & depressing people.

Where did most of your money go?
Towards living ‘n getting by.

What did you get really, really, really excited about?
New job, Brian, new house, Anne always.

What song will always remind you of 2008?
”I luv your girl” – the Dream; “A milli/Stuntin’ Like My Daddy” – Weezy, any Fleet Foxes song, the whole of Carry Me, Ohio; “Stand By Your [Anne],” “In Metal” – Low; “Back in Baby’s Arms.” Cornell Campbell’s, “Queen of the Minstrels.”

What do you wish you’d done more of?
I wish I’d been outside livingrooms & sweet homesteads so I’d have more to show for the Whole Year.

What do you wish you’d done less of?
Worrying, now that all’s said and done. Also, being defensive before restraining myself long enough for that feeling to at least subside a little.

How will you be spending Christmas?
Running into high school assholes, probably. (And some <3lies). The first Christmas in Charlotte and not Ann Arbor D:.

Did you fall in love in 2008?

Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Don’t think so.

What was the best book you read?
“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” by Jean-Dominique Bauby.

What was your greatest musical discovery?
Fleet Foxes; Sun Kil Moon; (Young Jeezy, David Banner, T-Pain).

What did you want and get?
My job; the new house; a Moroccan star; beach & camping trips.

What did you want and not get?
More time elsewhere.

What was your favorite film of this year?
Rosemary’s Baby. The Passenger. No Country for Old Men. Lars and the Real Girl. Into the Wild.

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
23. Pre-Logan court party; a friend feast; a golden Moroccan star; a ginger-chai cheesecake; a family dinner.

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
More new people & casual dating instead of only intensity all the time.

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
Mommy, but in the process of purging and replacing.

What kept you sane?
Progress after frustration.

Who was the best new person you met?
Maybe not in 2008, but Renee.

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.
I am pretty capable. And my most important relationships aren’t always going to be the easiest.


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