Why not try it all if you only remember it once?

shortly before my steak breakfast

Yes, I know it’s been ages since I wrote anything of substance on this blog.  On one hand, I think it may be better that way ultimately, but on the other, y’all keep checking back here because you want to know what’s going on in my life.  Recently, now that I’m back in Atlanta, I’ve been working on improving my life in the future.  What does that mean?  A lot, actually, but generally I’m trying to force myself out of the comfort zone, both mentally and geographically, so that everything will be easier later.  A few measures I’ve taken recently:

  • New haircut, new mentality.  Trite, but true.
  • Setting a date for the GRE so that I am forced to study.  It’s good to have a plan.
  • Essays, essays, essays…in Portuguese.
  • More essays (in English).
  • Accepting the fact that I’ll be in Atlanta at least until Allison’s wedding in October, so I may as well be meeting new people and going new places instead of treating it like a death sentence.  I read something in passing the other day, where some lady was talking about how her last two weeks in her old city before she moved were the best two weeks she had in that city because she was going out, making plans with people instead of staying home, and seeing sights she’d meant to get to eventually.  So that’s what I’m doing, and it’s working out well.
  • Making inroads into the lusophone community here, since it is sizable and I need to keep improving my language skills.
  • More blind dates.  Ohhh yeah.  Or ohhhhh no, depending.
  • Getting rid of half my belongings.
  • Leaving West ATL more frequently.  Yesterday I went to the exotic land of Emory, for example.
  • Running.  Yeah.  What?  Me?  I know.  It’s nuts, but it feels good(ish) despite the shin splints, and it’s a good way to process things if you’re otherwise sitting and stewing about a problem.
  • Making a concerted effort to read an array of publications about contemporary happenings.  Cue The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Utne Reader, BBC Brasil, &c.
So that’s about it.  I just went to the Waffle House for breakfast and had a steak and coffee, so I’m feeling good.

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