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I slept, and dreamed that life was Beauty;
I woke, and found that life was Duty.
Was thy dream then a shadowy lie?
Toil on, sad heart, courageously,
And thou shalt find thy dream to be
A noonday light and truth to thee.

-- Ellen Sturgis Hooper (1816-1841)
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we are in oregon now.

we left boston on tuesday but we got stranded in jfk for 20 hours -- we slept on the floor in shifts, the poor cats mewing and mewing. counting the 4 hour delay leaving boston, we spent a total of 36 hours either in the airport or in airplanes. if we had instead gone home, we wouldn't have been able to get to oregon until friday; plus we'd already given the landlord the keys and cleaned up, so we were mostly homeless.

the only compensation to all this was watching a terrific lightning storm as we flew over iowa at 36,000 feet. balls and strikes and lines of lightning lighting up a cloudmass from the inside, over and over again for as long as i could keep it in sight. i also saw the sun un-set in the west when we took off from jfk.

last night i was so delirious when we finally got to my parents' house that i went to take a shower and just laughed and laughed when the water hit my head.
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last thursday was our fifth anniversary. we did not get the chance to celebrate -- only a little dinner, since there is not yet a light at the end of the tunnel of exams and research papers.

11 days until i fly to oregon for a week of apartment-hunting and interviews. we are packing up all of our books to send ahead and put into storage. i am looking at bungalows & dreaming about backyards and real porches, little parks and portland cafes.
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today i drove through a hailstorm to get my wedding dress altered.

33 days until my last paper is due.
56 days until commencement.
68 days until we move to oregon.
115 days until we get married.


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