Trying my best to stay present in the midst of all the madness.

Back from Pennsylvania -> an overall magical experience// couple of days!

In D.C. now. Currently crashing with Kelsey and Alex and preparing to spend a day applying for Visas and hanging out in Georgetown with Abby and Mom.

I leave for India tomorrow and I feel my world is still sort of spinning!

[Photo: Polaroid from the other weekend in pretty, cold Boone//Grace Farson]

What my weekend looked like




It looked like this:

Bright. Happy. Full of smiles.

And sounded a good deal like this:

Magical. Sigur Ros in concert = unreal. There were tears. There was laughter. And there was a lot of existentialist thinking.

“Let us love the country of here below. It is real . . .” – Simone Weil

[Photos: D.C. + Annapolis with the people who make this life easy to love//Grace Farson]

Running away




Running away is what I am most comfortable with in all of life. . . So, tonight I’m running to the city I tend to runaway to the most . . .


Some of these pretty faces and I are jumping in Ora’s car and driving into the night after this . . . I’m more than excited to see Maria in Annapolis, hang out with Tom [*the last time we saw each other we were sitting in a tiny airport in Indonesia], dance to Sigur Ros, and sit in a hot tub on a roof with Kelsey + Alex.

+ More thoughts on running . . . this article and this:

“People sometimes sneer at those who run every day, claiming they’ll go to any length to live longer. But don’t think that’s the reason most people run. Most runners run not because they want to live longer, but because they want to live life to the fullest. If you’re going to while away the years, it’s far better to live them with clear goals and fully alive then in a fog, and I believe running helps you to do that. Exerting yourself to the fullest within your individual limits: that’s the essence of running, and a metaphor for life — and for me, for writing as whole. I believe many runners would agree” – Haruki Murakami

+ Other recent D.C. trips remembered here and here.

[Photos: Colder winter days full of light in the capitol//Grace Farson]

What my weekend looked like







On Friday, Amirah, Sam, Emily and I decided it would be a good idea to take a spontaneous road trip to cloudy D.C. for the weekend. We stayed with Kelsey + Alex, hung out with Noam, we made good good food, we forgot it was January and went swimming on a roof, we walked until we were sore all over, we went to museums, drank coffee in Georgetown, and made new friends//new memories.

“The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be.” – Marcel Pagnol

[Photos: D.C. January 2013//Grace Farson]