Life on a tightrope

“Life should be lived on the edge of life. You have to exercise rebellion: to refuse to tape yourself to rules, to refuse your own success, to refuse to repeat yourself, to see every day, every year, every idea as a true challenge – and then you are going to live your life on a tightrope.” Philippe Petit

In 1974 Philippe Petit strung a wire between the Twin Towers and walked across it.

That’s right. He walked. On a wire. With no safety net. Between the Twin Towers. The mere idea of it makes me shiver with terror– I can’t even imagine someone wanting to actually do it! But he saw it as his destiny. He worked and planned and convinced people to help him until his dream came true.

Man on Wire is a documentary of his story. They go through from the spark of inspiration that made Philippe want to do this to the end, and it is a beautiful, beautiful story. He was so determined to walk that wire, no matter the cost… and he really had no clear reason for doing it. He just wanted to do something fun, adventurous,and beautiful. Watching his story unfold as he and his co-conspirators tell the tale is an intense viewing experience. You know he doesn’t fall since he’s clearly telling the story himself, but there’s still the breathless anticipation of what will happen once he’s up there.

For me, the most powerful moments were when his friend broke down and couldn’t continue talking. Thinking back on that day was so powerful for him, even this many years later.

If you want a thrilling documentary to watch, watch this one. I can promise you that it won’t be a waste of your time.

Now What?

Well, I’m done with school. It’s been quite an experience, and I have mixed feelings about it being over. I’m glad to have more time, and to (hopefully) be getting out into the field, but I’m also apprehensive about finally being done with school. I’ve been in school my entire life; without it I feel a little lost.

Despite my mixed feeling about being done, I do feel incredibly proud of myself. I worked incredibly hard this year. I feel like I really EARNED this degree.

So…. now what? I’m job hunting, and hopefully something will come up soon. In the meantime I’m still subbing at the preschool where my mother works. I adore working with the kids. I’m so lucky to have some kind of paying job, even if it isn’t in a library!

I also have tons and tons of fun things that I’ve been saving for after school. There are so many movies, art projects, books, webcomics…. Here’s a short list:

MS Paint Adventures: Homestuck

Homestuck is an awesome, awesome webcomic about the end of the world, imps, trolls, and awesomeness. I’ll probably post a review of it once I’m all caught up reading. In the meantime, you might want to start reading too: http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6

Fallout 3

I’ve started playing Fallout 3 a few times, but I’ve never had time to really get into the game. I’m very much looking forward to kiling some super mutants and exploring the destroyed DC area.

Artemis Fowl

One of the things I am most excited to do now that school is done is read, read, and read some more. I want to spend hours just curled up in bed with a good book. I have a nice stack all ready! I just started the 4th Artemis Fowl and so far it is wonderful.

Bookbinding

I LOVE bookbinding, and I can’t wait to finally have the time to practice! I’m still not great at getting this neat and straight, and I want to experiment with different kinds of materials and bindings. This is a book I made for my sister Rachael for her birthday. It’s bound in maps since she travels so often, and although you can’t see it from this picture, I also made a pocket in the back of it.

 

So, those are some of the things that will occupy me as I wait for a job. I’m so glad to have plenty to do—I have no fears of getting bored!

 

 

Little House

Oh Little House, you have taken over my life. I’ve been spending most of the semester reading, researching, and thinking about The Long Winter, my favorite Little House book.

Luckily, I haven’t gotten sick of them yet! Oh no, quite the opposite, I’m quite content to spend hours thinking about the Ingalls family and their troubles! It makes me much more grateful for the secure comforts of my modern house and family! I don’t have to worry about freezing to death or having to grind my own wheat all day every day for bread.

I do want to churn my own butter though.

Anyway, the first of my two Little House projects is… done? I feel like it can’t really be done, but I have other things to work on and I think it’s time to call it! So here’s the link if you’re interested!

http://courseweb.lis.illinois.edu/~stamm1/Laura/homepage

PS: The Interest page is my favorite!

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree!

Today was a really good day.

Every year we go to Sheerlund Forests and cut down our own tree. It’s always been one of my favorite Christmas traditions and I love that even now that we’re all older we still keep it up! Even if we’re not as enthusiastic as we were as children, it’s still nice to hike out and get the tree, then relax with some of the amazing cookies and hot chocolate that Sheerlund provides!

This year my dad ended up not being able to come, which could have ruined the whole tradition.

But luckily…

… I have an awesome boyfriend who will come out in the freezing cold to chop down a tree for me and my family.

We all had a really good time, as you can see.

Merry Christmas everyone!

A brief calm….

I have a few moments of quiet right now amid these crazy days. I have 9 days left until my final assignment in graduate school is due, and as you can imagine things have been rather nuts. Between scrambling to get things done for class, being sick, job hunting, and scrambling to start getting things done for Christmas, my life hasn’t had too many quiet moments!

Expect some more posts in the future, but for now here are some of my favorite pictures from Thanksgiving.