Tabula Rasa

– 365 Days to Make Something Beautiful –

Closing Message and Pictures From My Favorite Moments of 2013 [Day Final]

I wish I could say that I actually kept up with this blog and made 365 posts.

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But life got in the way.

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The very thing that this blog was created to document was the reason for its demise.

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I learned a lot from this blog.

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Life is precious.

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Every second of every day should be savored like a fine wine.

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Unfortunately, this precious elixir doesn’t allow itself to be enjoyed.

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Instead, we find ourselves on a drunken rampage taking every moment for granted.

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Every day dwindles by.

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Drop.

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By Drop.

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A lot has happened this year.

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But it doesn’t feel like it.

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Days felt like hours.

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Hours felt like minutes.

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Minutes felt like seconds.

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And seconds just didn’t exist.

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We try to hold on to the people we love and the things that bring us joy.

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But eventually we deteriorate.

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Just like the seconds.

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Our “precious” things don’t matter if we aren’t there to enjoy them.

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They don’t exist either.

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We try to keep ourselves numb to this fact.

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But eventually we are forced to accept it.

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Death.

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With death comes rebirth.

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And the cycle continues.

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We once again try to hold on to anything we can find.

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Hoping that we will find the person or thing that will ground us.

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And put an end to these breathless seconds.

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But we can’t.

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This is the human struggle.

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We are unable to breathe.

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We are crushed by the weight of every life we’ve ever lived.

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And we do it over and over again hoping that each time will be different.

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But it will always be the same.

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Until we find truth.

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A truth that we will never know.

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So here is to a New Year.

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We can try and convince ourselves that happiness will come to us.

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But in the end.

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Only The things we’ve done.

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And the people we’ve touched.

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Will Matter.

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Take a breath for every breathless second.

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And make something beautiful.

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“A city worth creating for 
Each little winner’s loss 
All the people said: 
You’d be better off to go 
And do what you want 
Than say you did what you could 
So now you gotta go 
Get out there on the move 

This is why we’ll start again 
And this is how we’ll get there 
So follow 
And when you think you want to look back 
To see if I’m coming too 
Just remember this story’s twist: 
You’d prefer to risk it.”

                                                                        -Tabula Rasa By: Forget Cassettes. 

 

 

 

November 9 – November 26 (Day 313 – Day 330)

I hate to do this, but my blog has gotten so far behind that I just have to. There’s no way that I could catch everyone up on what’s been going on without A. Sending everyone a ton of notifications. B. Giving myself an aneurysm while trying to think all the way back to what I did. C. Wasting an entire day updating two weeks worth of blogging. D. Boring you to death by talking about all of the projects and things that I’ve been doing without any real excitement. Well… Some of the things I’m doing are exciting. Just not the work part. So here’s how I’m going to catch you up:

I finished up my trip to visit Casey by going to the zoo. It was a lot of fun and there were plenty of really cool things to look at. We fully took in just about everything the zoo had to offer and even managed to have some spare time afterwards to prepare a pizza and do some tarot card readings.

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After forcing ourselves to part from one another the next morning, I started on my 5 hour drive back home. I got stuck in a bit of traffic and the drive was rather boring. (especially without the anticipation of seeing Casey) But all in all, it wasn’t that bad. It actually didn’t even really feel like it was that long of a drive. I got home and finished up some homework and that was pretty much it.

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For the next couple of weeks, I did the usual stuff. You know, school, work, school, maybe some sleep in there somewhere. It really didn’t feel like there was any sleep in there…. I ended up going on another Limnology boat trip and it was really great despite it being horrifically freezing on the boat. My Limnology class also went on a field trip to a storm water conference where I made a lot of great contacts and will hopefully have an internship or two brewing. I’m pretty excited about that. 

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I’ve also started working on a project with another student on campus concerning Colony Collapse Disorder with bees. It’s a really exciting project and has a lot of importance to… well… pretty much everyone. Even if you hate bees, this is a big deal. Google it. Furthermore, I saw The Hunger Games: Catching fire. It was fantastic! Kind of stressful though. It also kind of just made me hate all things government. But that’s a bit too heavy for this blog post. Maybe we’ll talk about that some other time. Probably not though. I also started my own bug pin collection. All of the bugs I’ve collected so far have been dead when I found them. This might lower the quality of my pins, but I don’t like to kill things. I got very fortunate though and found this BEAUTIFUL Monarch Butterfly already dead on the ground. I decided to not let him go to waste as you can see below.

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Now I’m on Thanksgiving break and even though I’d like to take this time to relax and spend time with my family, I’m going to be very busy at the grocery store as this is the busiest time of year for us. And if I’m not working there, then I’m going to be working on the countless number of final projects I have all leading up to finals week, which actually starts the week we get back from school. As you can see, I shouldn’t have let the blog get this far behind, BUT I have some pretty darn good excuses. Now that this is updated, it’s back to the old grind for me! Look forward to some more exciting updates very soon. I hope to actually get back to keeping up with this blog and not let my busy life get in the way. Thanks for understanding, guys!

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Novemeber 8 (Day 312)

To start the day off, Casey and I made a trip to the grocery store to make the most amazingly delicious breakfast I’ve ever had the pleasure of shoving down my throat as I excitedly anticipated our next activity: HIKING! We went to a state park and rummaged through the woods looking for any and all interesting things we could find. We found some weird thorny plants that were covered in Daddy Long Leg spiders, Green fungus that was eating a tree, lots of moss, a really dorky shirt that probably belong to someone that was swimming but Casy took it as a souvenir, waterfalls, grasshoppers, random spiders, and even a long jawed orb weaver that tried to attack Casey’s face. I’ve never met someone who is so fun to explore the woods with. We make a great team, Casey and I. Both of us are fascinated and excited by everything that we come across and sharing in that feeling of pure joy and bewilderment with someone feels even better than the happiness that Nature can bring me alone.

After hiking we went to a really cool coffee shop that had robot butlers and dogs and we even managed to slip in some thrifting. We had Checker’s for dinner and called it a night. What a fantastic day. It really sucks that my little get together with her only includes one more full day. Being far apart is going to be far more difficult than I previously thought.

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November 7 (Day 311)

Today is the day. I finally leave for that trip I’ve been so excited about for so long. After barely being able to contain my excitement and attend class I left immediately following the end of my Sustainable energy class. It was an extremely long drive. It was, for the most part pretty uneventful though. Just lots of trees and blue skies. Once night hit around 5:30, things got a little hairy though. I ended up getting stuck in Birmingham traffic during rush hour and sat on a 2 mile stretch of highway for a good 2 hours. About 2 gas stops and 3 pee stops later (Home depot has great bathrooms and candy/ soda selection by the way) I finally made it to Casey’s apartment. We celebrated by playing a really not so fun Pokemon boardgame and going to Waffle House, which was indeed a lot of fun. I can’t wait to go on more adventures with her this weekend. My time with her is so limited and precious, I just don’t want to waste any of it.

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November 6 (day 310)

Sorry for falling so far behind with my blog entries lately. I’m going to try and get the blog as up to date as possible without being overbearing with posts. Life has just been so busy. I’ll try to write as much for each day as I can though. So, for today, I didn’t really do much other than the usual classes and working. I was just extremely excited to leave for my trip on tomorrow. Less than 24 hours and I get to see Casey!

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November 5 (Day 309)

I was supposed to get a lot of things done today. I only accomplished about half of my chores. I did however get some really good barbecue, do all of my laundry, do a little bit of homework, and started packing for this Thursday when I leave. It’s a little early to be packing, but I’m so excited to leave that I just couldn’t help it. I also really love packing. It’s weird. Figuring out exactly what I’m going to need and putting just the right number of socks in my overnight bag is thrilling in a really strange way. I also found the most adorable jumping spider ever today in some gravel. He’s so cute! I love jumping spiders now. I held this little guy in my hand for a bit, but he jumped out before I managed to nab a picture of him in it. I did, however, manage to snap an okay shot of him on the ground. For reference of scale, each of those pebbles is about the size of a penny or nickel.

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November 4 (Day 308)

Back to the same old routine. Class, homework, work, sleep. However, today was a bit nicer than that as I ended up skyping Casey again before heading off to bed. I’m driving 5 hours to see her for the weekend later this week, but we’re having a hard time waiting that long. That’s what video cameras are for. And they’re also for making goofy faces with sculpey eraser mustaches apparently.

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November 3 (Day 307)

Today wasn’t that bad. I slept in sort of late and enjoyed some cookies that my mom baked. I then set off on my way back to school so I could change and get ready for work, which is how I ended my night. 

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November 2 (Day 306)

I decided to head home for the day just to relax and work on a bit of homework. I ended up videochatting with Casey basically all night. Even through the 1 hour time change. It was really great though. Maybe her being so far away won’t be that hard after all. Here’s a friend I made during my stay at home for the day. He actually really liked my hand once he came to the conclusion that I wasn’t going to hurt him. He sort of just sprawled out and soaked up the warmth. I really like animals and Nature.

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November 1 (Day 305)

Wow! November already? Where has time gone? Today was a pretty fantastic day. I aced my bio test after studying all afternoon/ night and made a 103! Thanks for helping me study, Casey! After the test I went into the lab and finished up the last of our tests for my limnology project. Now that the phosphate and nitrate tests are through, the only thing I have left to do is key a out a few more bits of algae that I was unable to identify the first go around. We’re so close to being done! I spend the rest of the night with my dad and his boss as we went to go see “The Midnight Riders” an Allman Brothers cover band. It’s not really my kind of music, but I mainly just wanted to go to spend some time with my dad. It was a great way to end the night.

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