While you’re out there, I’ll be in here

Here are all the things I’ll be doing this weekend while everyone else is getting hammered in a crowded, shitty bar in face paint that is flaking off or wearing a costume five other people are also wearing.

 

  • Not waking up hungover.

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  • Yoga and maybe more yoga.

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  • Watching Will & Grace on Hulu. I’m on the last season.

  • Watching the new season of Stranger Things.

  • Reading a good book.

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  • Maybe I’ll watch Hocus Pocus. That movie’s rad.

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  • And basically not leaving my apartment except during daylight hours. Maybe.

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Happy weekend before Halloween. Be safe out there!

 

 

I’m currently leaking ink

I got a tattooooooo!

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This is what it looks like when I spend an irresponsible amount of money, but hey, when you’ve been fantasizing about something for years, it might be time to pull the trigger.

A few years ago, I went to Portland when Harrison and I were going through a tough time and were unsure if we were going to stay together. One of us needed to remove ourselves from the situation. I was in Portland alone for a couple days and then a friend met me there. It rained so much. It poured every day that I was there. I came armed with my umbrella and carrying a broken spirit. As much as I love Denver, Portland was there when I needed it. I found my independence again in those days that I was alone navigating a new city in the rain. In the past, I’ve used rain as a metaphor for feelings. You can’t ignore them. You might be able to shield yourself a bit with the help of a good friend or an everyday distraction. In a downpour, an umbrella might help, but you will get wet no matter how much you try to avoid it. Feel your feelings; feel the rain.

I still love Portland, and this year, Harrison and I were able to enjoy the city together.

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If you’re in the Denver area and looking for some excellent tattoo artists, check out Certified Customs. You can also check them out on Instagram.

 

 

 

 

Shit I like that you should like, too. (#3)

 

The Hamilton Soundtrack

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It’s the 4th of July, so this seems appropriate. Unless you never leave your house, never speak to other human beings, never turn on your television, and never use social media, you’ve probably at least heard about Hamilton. I’m already a bit of a nerd for musical theater as it is, but this is truly next level. There’s a reason Lin-Manuel Miranda has received all kinds of awards for this.

I never liked History in school. It was mostly memorization for me. I memorized names and dates, and that was that. For the most part, I couldn’t personalize it. I never had a teacher who taught in a way that made me feel otherwise. I’m not faulting them for that; it’s a hard thing to do.

When I listen to the music and the lyrics, our history is tangible. We are a country of immigrants, and it is immigrants like Hamilton who built this country. We would be nothing without immigrants. One of the mistakes we make is putting these people on a pedestal like they are more than human. They were men who drank, smoked, cheated on their wives, and made a lot of mistakes while doing some really amazing things.

Imperfect humans built this country, and the imperfect humans will continue to improve it.

You can listen to the Hamilton Soundtrack on Spotify.

Have a happy and safe 4th of July!