1. I spent last weekend in Michigan for my brother’s college graduation. My brother is the youngest person on that side of the family, which means after 12 years of high school and college graduations among my siblings, me, and my cousins (2006, 2008, 2009 (x2), 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 (x2), 2017, 2018), I’ve heard Pomp and Circumstance for the last time for awhile.
My family spent plenty of time over the weekend reminiscing about all the other graduations, of which I proudly claim the title of Most Memorable (my college graduation was supposed to be outside, but as soon as we started processing into the stadium, it started to storm, causing all sorts of chaos. We ended up graduating in the basketball arena instead.). It was a bit jarring to realize that whole debacle went down six years ago. It both does and doesn’t feel like I’ve been out of college for six years. The past six years have gone by much faster than the four years of college did, which I’m sure contributes to that feeling. I suppose that’s adulthood for you–the whole days-are-long-years-are-short thing. Although the days never feel that long when I need or want them to feel long… (I’m looking at you, Saturdays and Sundays).
2. My grandma has had incredible success in the bird department this spring, so I went to her house while I was home to see who I could find. Boy, did I have a bunch of luck! She’s had a Baltimore Oriole couple for two weeks now, which likely means they’re nesting in the area. She has a special feeder designed especially for orioles (it’s orange and comes with little trays for grape jelly, which they love), and both the male and female came by for lunch while I was there.
^^ That’s the male, enjoying the grape jelly.
^^ And that’s the female, surveying the yard from the roof in the rain.
Since I knew she had orioles, that’s all I really hoped/expected to see. Imagine my delight, then, when a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak stopped by for some seeds!
I also saw so many birds when I went for my run Saturday morning. I did 11 miles through forests, wetlands, fields, and neighborhoods (well, along the side of the roads that run through forests, wetlands, fields, and neighborhoods), and it was incredible to see the variety among the three different types of environments. The wetlands, for example, were teeming with Red-winged Blackbirds, but in the neighborhoods, there wasn’t a Red-winged Blackbird to be seen. Instead, there were Mourning Doves and American Robins all over the place. It really caught my attention because I didn’t have to cover much ground to go from one environment to the other–turning a corner could take me away from the wetlands to a neighborhood, for example–but the contrast was still there. My big find on the run, though, was a Red-headed Woodpecker. I’ve only seen those a handful of times ever, so that was a definite highlight for me.
3. I have a loved one who developed some health issues earlier this year, and man, if I thought I got anxious about my own health, it is nothing compared to how I feel when the health of someone I care about is involved. I thought I started to see the light at the end of the tunnel this week, but it turns out that the light I saw was coming from a skylight dug into the roof of the tunnel, if you will, and the tunnel itself is much longer, and, in fact, not even the tunnel I thought I was in in the first place (incidental findings that reveal a completely different issue than the original one will do that). And, of course, the new tunnel is either absolutely terrible or absolutely nothing at all: no middle ground. I’ve been a mess all week and don’t see any light at the end of that tunnel until who knows when. It hasn’t been the most fun week of my life, to say the least, and I’d appreciate whatever spare good vibes/thoughts/prayers you have, not just for me but for everyone involved in this whole situation.