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Adopting in Ashburn

What began in France moved to Washington, DC and then the suburbs. Let the adventures in Ashburn continue.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

It is I, Don Quixote

If you couldn't guess, I saw Man of La Mancha today. It was out at the Middleton Wayside Theater. It was "just" a regional theater, but the show rivaled performances I've seen at WolfTrap and other off-Broadway style places.

The most incredible parts were the lead actor and the set design. Without both, the play was bound to fail - but they managed it so seamlessly ... I was in awe. There was also a brilliantly staged scene with Quixote and his squire riding horses ... the people dressed as horses moving in perfect rhythm ... all these ellipses mean I don't have the words to describe the awesomeness.

I went out - WAY out, past Front Royal - to see the show with Derek and his family. Afterwards, we went out to dinner at the Wayside Inn, which was built in 1742. They say Washington himself drank out of the well in the tavern (I'm guessing it used to be outside). The history there was better than the food, but the company was really fun.

Derek and I have known each other for ages, and it is always so wonderful to see him. So, getting to spend a whole afternoon seeing him, talking about anything and everything, and having a musical thrown in, that's my kind of Sunday.

Speaking of Sunday, I did feel a little bad about crashing my hermit-like plans and leaving town. I didn't sing with my choir. I found out that services at my local church are at 8:30, not 9 a.m. - don't worry, I stayed and read through the liturgy of the word portion. But, that being considered, I think I got God's message today.

It started with the gospel readings, and the quote, "Little girl, arise." It seemed like I shouldn't be hiding out if Jesus was asking me to "arise". Then Derek and I were chatting the whole way out and it's always nice to discover that circumstances seem to come together through divine intervention. I've been hiding out - from myself and others - for a couple of days now. Nothing serious, just preferring time alone to time shared. The trip not only got me out of the house, it got me listening to some pretty inspiring messages.

The theme of Man of La Mancha, seemed, to me, to be that even if you don't think you have enough courage for yourself, if you can inspire it in others, than you've achieved your goal. I've been struggling with courage. Courage to face myself and decide what path I want to take in life. Courage to find happiness in solitude - knowing that I may be alone for a long time yet. Courage to look for the good things in situations that are inopportunistically bad. Courage to be better than I am for and to others.

So, I'm taking a page from Cervantes. I will be Don Quixote (though I sadly lack horses, I am currently accepting applications for a squire!). I'll take the bits of life that are good and exemplify those through my own life (okay, I'm going to try). I will (continue to) face the mirrors of reality, but I will not let them afflict me. I will give others courage and strength, I will help my neighbors putting their interests high on my priority list. And, through this, I hope - like Cervantes - to find the strength to walk out the door towards the Inquisition.

There is a difference between being dragged into a situation and walking in yourself.

I plan to be walking.

If you're a windmill, you'd better get out of the way.

Love always, ~Heather

P.S. - If you haven't seen the show or heard the music, not all of that will make sense. Sorry about that.

P.P.S. - today's quote really makes it: "Things do not happen. Things are made to happen." ~JFK

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Overdue

My posting here is so long overdue I should be charged a library fine. I mean, what is the point of you - my absolutely faithful readers - checking in or subscribing if all I ever do is apologize for not writing? So here is a brief synopsis, which should be followed over the next couple of days with photoblog and regular posts.

Life is, in general, proceeding at a rate of one day at a time. I spend most of my time working and the rest of it either curled up with a book or doing something with friends. I re-read the entire Harry Potter series over the past month or so in preparation for the movie coming out. So excited about that.

I had a chance to go home this past weekend to spend Father's Day with my dad and help out with my mom, who recently had minor back surgery. All in all, a great visit. We went to the pool one afternoon, had fabulous dinner both nights (broccoli rabe and Italian sausage night one followed by pork loin with red russets the way only Mom can make them the next). I made Dad custard with blackberries in it - light (yet filling), refreshing, sweet, and portion controlled (they cooked in little glass bowls). Perfect little diabetic or dieting treat.

I plan on doing a LOT more cooking this summer. I got off track with cooking when I got off track with regular grocery store visits, but I plan on remedying that soon. I used to go after church each Sunday, but between not hanging out with my choir after church and dating someone (weekend free time becomes rather precious), I started just stopping in to grab what I needed after volleyball on Wednesdays. I'm going to get myself back on a much more regular schedule - using coupons and all.

Volleyball went okay-well this season. The girls team is great - looking forward to playoffs (I think we've won every game so far). The co-ed team magically managed to lose every single game. It really was a confluence of games getting timed out and never having the same people from week to week, horrible calls from the referees, and the general nature of the REEdiculous rules in this league. It reminded me why I stopped playing with them last year. So I'm stopping, again.

But, my night out will not be lost, as I intend to pick up a course at the local community college. I figure a little intellectual stimulation never hurt anyone, and if I take modern dance it'll be exercise; piano would be something musical that I love and really want to be better at; or Spanish, because I should probably learn enough to be able to eavesdrop properly on the metro. (Just kidding.)

Speaking of the metro - wow. I know accidents happen, but it's pretty shocking nonetheless. Please pray for the souls of those who were lost in the crash, the injured who endured it, and all the others who are effected by this great tragedy.

In happier news, my garden is awesome! Flourishing with lots of veggies and soon to be fruits. We've even got some root vegetables that look like they're going to be great. SO excited for fresh and free (to me now) produce.

OKay, that's enough. Please accept my appetizer of a posting and know that it is just a matter of time before I start bombarding you with things to read again.

Love always, ~Heather

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Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Off the Reading List

While you patiently wait for me to do photo blogs for all the exciting stuff I've been up to lately, here are some interesting reads I've been keeping tabs open for so I'd remember to share them with you.

As a mid-twenty-something, this post on being over 25 had some interesting points. I feel like I've made it past lots of these milestones, except maybe the asking for a place to stay when I visit cities where I know people. :)

I'm pretty careful about what I write here; under the excellent advice of my super tech-savvy best friend. But this post made me want to use my First Amendment rights a bit more than I do.

I'm a bit sad I didn't get my license updated sooner considering I'll now have to look even gloomier than before in my photo.

An exchange student friend of mine, Seiko, once made me a long chain of origami swans (based on a book I loved). If those were cool, these are feats of paper artistry.

Hope you enjoy and as I've already got the pictures on my desktop, they should be appearing here soon.

Love always,

~Heather

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