Driving through the Great Plains

Waking up ridiculously early to leave Kansas city was necessary in order to make it to Cody, WY by nightfall. We drove through the great plains for what seemed like an eternity and greatly welcomed the change of scenery upon driving through the Badlands National Park.







We also decided to stop by Mt. Rushmore and Devil’s tower along the way. The drive was beautiful; I’ve never seen such a big sky.







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Beginnings of a road trip

We left Bowling Green on Wednesday and drove a bunch of miles or about 8 hours stopping in St. Louis, Missouri for dinner and continuing on until arriving in Kansas City, Missouri. Driving through the Midwest is unimpressive. Luckily, we had podcasts to get us through the stretch.





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A trip to Jackson’s Orchard

After moving out of my house and sending all of my belongings to Portland, I ended up renting out my home in Bloomington. Afterwords, I headed down to Bowling Green to spend a handful of days meeting up with friends and enjoying the outdoors. We went on an unforgettable canoeing trip, and I also got to check out an apple orchard!






Now, I am off to Portland.

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Totally Rad Goodbye Party

Since I’m moving to Portland for work, I decided to have a hipster-themed going-away party before I have to be a grown-up.

We put birds on people.

Put a bird on it.
Lydia directing the chef



Apparently Erkin doesn’t recycle.
Richard’s famous nachos
A setting sun
Wearing the same hat.

It is my last week in Bloomington. I want to eat cupcakes for lunch with you. Holler.



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Accepted offer: Moving to Portland, Oregon!

I have been spending the last couple of weeks in Texas visiting with family and friends. I made a weekend trip to Zavalla, Texas to visit my dear friend Lisa, stuffed my face with Tex-Mex, and continued to reflect on things that are most meaningful and important to me.

After much thought, I accepted an offer at Imtakt. The company makes HPLC columns with pretty cool chemistries and functionalities. I will be working as a bit of a catch-all: technical consulting, marketing, and sales. The company is young, has a handful of employees, but is growing rapidly, and everyone on the team is wonderful to talk with! I could not have found a position better suited for me, I will get to learn a ton and start my career on the trajectory that I’m most enthusiastic about.

Oh, even better, the job is located in the super hip city of Portland, Oregon.

So now I am in the process of packing everything up, finding a place to live, and prepping for a cross country move.

Wish me luck!

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My cousin-sister’s wedding

I’ve been spending the past weekend in Columbus, OH to see my cousin-sister Bhakti tie the knot with her long-time fiancee Jake. The wedding was beautiful and an interesting fusion of culture.




Now it is back to Bloomington!



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Another chance?

Living on a livestock farm was an interesting experience. I learned that I love the outdoors, but that raising animals for meat is just not something that I could do.

That being said, I love beautiful things, I really love the outdoors, and I still have the farming bug in my system. I think farming beauty is what I ought to do.

I happened to stop by at Central Market one weekend and stumbled upon the most delightful looking zinnia and marigold mixed bouquets that happened to be grown at a farm not too far from my parents home. I emailed the farmer requesting a visit and the next week, I was talking to her about cut flowers and gardens.

It was an inspiring trip, and I got lots of neat ideas for things to incorporate in my own flower garden someday!






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What to do

I’ve been an urbanite most of my life and I assumed I preferred the lifestyle despite not having experienced the alternative. Rural life has a particular charm. People are friendly, life is slower paced, people have time for one another. People you don’t even know stop and wave and say hi.

In Houston, when one asks what there is to do, all I can say is ‘go out to eat, or go shopping’. I much prefer to cook with and for friends, and I hate spending money on non-durables. So, in Houston, I stay indoors, and run on a treadmill; running and expending energy and staying in the same place.

Now that I’m looking for jobs, and checking out cost of living calculators, I’m experiencing severe sticker shock. There are a ton of jobs in New England, but I’m already dreading the snow. Now that I’m in the south, I can’t tell you how much the sunny weather has improved my disposition. I have never been happier and I’ve never lived more simply. Lots of jobs exist in California, but I’d have to sell a kidney to afford to live there. And I hate driving. I don’t want a car. In fact, the more I think about it, I don’t want anything. I just want community. Friends, family, neighbors… the things I can’t buy are things I long for more than anything. I kind of want to sell everything and live on a commune. Honestly, living an Amish-type existence seems appealing (minus the uber protestant beliefs and aversion/hypocritical approach to technology)

So then, how much I get compensated is not as important as the lives I touch because, if you say that getting the money is the most important thing, you will spend your life completely wasting your time. You’ll be doing things you don’t like doing in order to go on living, that is to go on doing things you don’t like doing, which is stupid. Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way.

But it’s absolutely stupid to spend your time doing things you don’t like, in order to go on spending things you don’t like, doing things you don’t like and to teach our children to follow in the same track. We’re bringing up children and educating them to live the same sort of lives we are living. In order that they may justify themselves and find satisfaction in life by bringing up their children to bring up their children to do the same thing. It is a dirty cycle.

So now, I’m asking myself what do I truly want to do. And that is a hard thing for me to do because I like doing an awful lot and I’m decent at doing many things. I wish there was a career called ‘catch-all’ that would encompass the teacher, baker, potter, farmer, tailor, chemist, engineer, inventor, gardener. Oh wait, I forgot, it is called a person.



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No Big Deal.

Yesterday morning I was in a mood to bake and happened to find some blueberry preserves so I decided to make scones!

Made from scratch scones ready for baking
Scones are ready to eat!

In the afternoon, I decided to help herd the cows and milk them for the day.

The cows anxiously await milking time
Brayden teaching me how to milk the cows… No Big Deal.

I am really happy here.

The Apple farm.
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