the devil just can't get around me.

But if the silence takes you, then I hope it takes me, too.

In light the harrowing and frustrating news that George Zimmerman can kill a child with no consequence, I offer two funny stories for you, as opposed to the "rage blackout" political rant I want to write. I'm angry because I'm weak and it's all I have, but I'm trying to not become to embittered. I'm white, I have that luxury.


Here we go:


Me: The fuck? You almost hit me in the face. I'm driving, man. Was that a new tick?
Lilli: Sorry, not sorry.
Me: Tourette’s problems.
Lilli: My life.
Me: Then, more-so, low-spectrum autistic problems.
Lilli: That was so funny. I hate you for it

2. One of the cutest things happened to me today. At the gym I work at we host a lot of camps and this week is a soccer camp - Thor's working there, the kids are too loud and run around and are so, so adorable, it's a good time.

Typically, I open the pool and hold open the gate for the soccer camp. Today, I was busy and had another girl I work with do it. I'm rushing back to help and all I hear is one of the little one's grumbling, "Where's the pretty one? We want the pretty one."

One of counselor's leans down, "Merrida's coming, don't worry."

For the first time in my life, I was the "pretty one". It was a five year-old's assertion, but I'm putting it as a firm tally in my section. Finally, on the board.

Kids love me, I look like a cartoon character and I'm nearly eye-level with them. I got to help the little one's put on the their wristbands. They call me "Miss Kiri".

Since my last update, the following has gone down:

- I lost my graduate funding.
- I've graduated college.
- Seen the National live.
- Visited one of my best friends in Richmond and got a sunburn.
- Re-vamped my life plan.
- Ran about fifty miles.
- Applied to over one hundred jobs.
- Ate a lot ice cream.
the devil just can't get around me.

I always thought there’d be more time

Quick grad school update: I heard from ODU and I got in! Yay! I just have five more to hear back from. Nerve-wracking shit, ya'll.

snagged from laurelcrowned


- Name: Kiri
- Eye Color: Blue/grey
- Hair Style/Color: Auburn. Straight-up ginger, have been my whole live.
- Height: 5'1", I'm pocket-sized. Everyone else looks like a grown-up and I look like a fifth grader.
- Clothing style: Jeans, flats, and comfy sweater.
- Best physical feature: I got nothing.

- Your fears: Being my mother, losing people that I love, succumbing to my own lack of self-worth, tornadoes, clowns, and the federal government.
- Your guilty pleasure: I really, really love shitty reality shows. From Project Runway, to Real Housewives, to Moonshiners - I love my stories.
- Ambitions for the future: Small house, babies, with a job I don't hate in a place with a lot of trees.

- Your first thoughts waking up:
"If I move my left leg off the bed, will I wake up Moosh?"
- What you think about most: Coursework, family, my own anxieties, money, and, uh, penises.
- What you think about before bed: Major stresses. Takes me awhile to fall asleep.
- You think your best quality is: I have been told that I am an A+ listener and caretaker.

- Single or group dates: Uh, single?
- To be loved or respected: Shouldn’t those two things coincide? They should coincide.
- Beauty or brains: Are we talking physically beauty, or you know, actual beauty. Because if so, then beauty. If just physical beauty, then brains.
- Dogs or cats: Cats, forever.

- Lie: Yes.
- Believe in yourself: Depends.
- Want someone: His name is Ethan and I want him for my birthday.

- Been on stage: Yeah, my dad had me play a couple of minor roles in Beckett plays when I was a kid.
- Done drugs: Smoked pot once, didn't like it. I'd probably like it more now.
- Changed who you were to fit in: Not really, peer pressure has never really effected me all that much.

- Favorite color:
Pink and yellow.
- Favorite animal: Cats, giraffes, elephants, wolves, and pelicans.
- Favorite movie: Good Will Hunting and Toy Story.
- Favorite game: I don't like games.

- Day your next birthday will be: October 16th
- How old will you be: 23
- Age you lost your virginity: N/A
- Does age matter: In terms of...?

- Best personality:
I would like someone who gentle and smart, but strong and capable; who could talk about books, but could also kick some ass. Someone who likes Ben Howard and a good cuddle.
- Best eye color: Hazel.
- Best hair color: Brunettes.
- Best thing to do with a partner: I'm a big fan of spooning.

- I love my sisters. And Moosh.
- I hide from everyone.
- I miss my grandmother.
- I wish I could get it together.

the devil just can't get around me.

May the lord hold you in his hands and never close his fist too tight.

The main reason I have been a little M.I.A of late is my grandpa had mini-stroke about two weeks ago. He is fine now. He was in the hospital for a few days and then in rehabilitation for a less than a week. He’s gotten his strength back and he looks really good. It was just time consuming, because I was out there every day with him. But, he is doing great. His gait is strong and he’s getting up and down the stairs just fine. He was a little weepy today, but that is par for the course, given the season.

So, for a quick update:

I just finished this years’ round of Pen/O. Henry Prize Stories, which were all really fucking good. Check Shepard’s “Boys Town” and Wilson’s “A Birth in the Woods”.

I am just laying around, waiting to hear from grad schools. I got into West Chester (which was my safety), but I haven't heard from anywhere else.

Ughhhhhhhhh. I am so ready for this semester to be over. I finally knocked out my 20 page rhetoric paper. I actually turned it in a few days before it was due (Huzzah!).Next semester I am taking Experience of Poetry, Culture of Hinduism and Buddhism, British Cinema and James Joyce. I have an awkward hour around noon on MWF, when I am not working and I don’t have class or work, that I was thinking of taking a Grant Writing course (either auditing or pass/fail), but of course, none are being offered at that time. Balls.
I’m ready for the main sporting events to go away for awhile, so I am not constantly dealing with people yelling at me for not letting them through without IDs, even though I am just doing my job.