Sunday, August 4, 2013
"[Student who shall not be named] is TOTALLY heartthrob material when it comes to middle aged women. Right, Anna?" So asks one of my seventeen year old students on this last field course.
Right as rain on both counts.
Turns out a good human is an attractive human to women in their middle years. Turns out I am one of those women. Despite the enduring acne, thirty six makes it kind of official-- I am no longer on the side lines of middle age, but a player on the field.
Not a problem. Just realizing I need to adjust my self image to keep up with the times.
As per usual, my birthday was spent in the mountains. This time it fell amidst thunder, lightning and hail-- simply the best when you're warm and dry in a tent with hot drink in hand.
Coming out of the mountains, I was greeted by messages from my expanding family...
This is the family I was born into. Since my parents have been divorced for awhile now, it means a lot to me to see these four together like this. I am not sure why they're all orange in these shots, but they are. And I still love them so much.
This photo was waiting for me as well:
I got to see this man FOUR times in the field. Say what?! I know. FOUR TIMES! It was a birthday miracle. And at home? A clean house filled with hidden notes (all of which I think I found in the first hour). Evan knows me well. The thought of sharing the rest of my life with this guy leaves me overwhelmed with gratitude, joy, you name it-- if it's good, it's true.
But wait, there's more! The text and voice messages. If I knew how to post them I would, just so you could hear Pearle and Livia singing if nothing else.
So, thirty six? Well worth the grey hairs so far.
Posted by anna gast at 9:47 AM
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Set lofty goals.
You can achieve anything you set out to do.
We learn from everything we do. There are no mistakes.
Real question: What is up with Bob Ross' hair and is it magic?
Posted by anna gast at 10:20 AM
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
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Saturday, April 13, 2013
These sisters are twelve and seven years old respectively. Respectfully, "Hot damn." Their harmony hits the ear just right:
Older, but maybe not wiser, and equally stunning. This is what infidelity looks like before the main character in Take This Waltz leaves her happy marriage and then regrets that decision:
In a drugged up haze of antihistamines, I've been watching a lot of movies lately. My favorite? A french film called Rust and Bone. It continually took me to the edge of my comfort zone and then offered redemption. Desire from a different angle:
It's the weekend and I'm counting days until Evan's brief return home on Monday. Snow melt is dripping off the eaves, wind is snatching at the screen door, my feet are cool inside wool socks, and Life After Life arrived yesterday via interlibrary loan. I'm on page eighteen. Arguably the best line so far? "Lottie was a reserved woman. Some might have said narcoleptic." Promising.
Posted by anna gast at 3:08 PM
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Wandering the canyons of Southern Utah last month, I kept on thinking about what life had been like for humans in that area before the modern era.
We visited pictographs that were at least 2,000 years old and caves that had seen consistant human habitation for 8,000 years. Crazy numbers.
What captured my imagination most of all was the idea of a world with so few humans and one where humans shared the very landscape I was exploring with animals like cave bears and lions, woolly mammoth, giant sloths, camels and aurochs.
A world where on average hunters and gatherers needed to work an estimated two hours a day to make ends meet. A world in which humans could draw on thousands of years of history to show them how to live life tailored to their context. A world very different from our own.
Posted by anna gast at 4:01 PM