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Where have the past 2 weeks gone? Last thing I remember, it was Thanksgiving. I haven’t been able to post to my blog or read any of my fabulous new internet friends’ blogs. I don’t even remember the last time I saw my flesh-and-blood friends in person. Well, from close enough to actually talk to them. I saw one of them across the basketball court tonight, while I watched the Duke women upset Rutgers, which was both nerve-wracking and fantastic.

I’m really exhausted, and I can’t talk much about what’s going on in my personal life, and at work, I’ve been buried under two massive projects. Well, today I pushed one of them off my desk completely, and got the other to a point where it isn’t monopolizing me for 8 straight hours at a time. (Or actually, 9 straight hours because I haven’t been able to take a lunch most days either.)

I don’t want this to turn into a piss-and-moan blog, so when I don’t have anything nice to say, I just don’t say it at all. But now I’m back, hopefully. Well, at least until it’s time to go on the big road trip! 🙂

So, tonight I was sitting in the drive-thru at Arby’s, because after the basketball game I was really craving curly fries. Right next to Arby’s is this Christmas tree lot that is run by recovering substance abusers. They have these cords with lights running from the edges of the lot and then up to a central point, and it kind of looks like the underside of a circus big top. And suddenly, I was remembering my years in Austin, and the lights at Zilker Park.

For those of you not acquainted with what is probably the coolest city in America, Austin has these HUGE lighted towers scattered about the city and they’re called Moon Towers. (The light is so big, bright, and high up, it’s easily mistaken for the moon. They were featured prominently in Dazed and Confused as well.) There’s one in Zilker Park, and every year about this time, it is decorated with strands of lights that span from the top to the ground, turning it into a big tree made only of lights. There are lots of other cool displays throughout the park, but the big tree is my favorite. The last time I went, there were these little girls, who put their arms out and spun in circles, staring up at the lights.* I wanted so badly to do it, too, but for once I was worried about how that would look. (That’s WAY rare for me.)

Another one of my favorite parts about the Zilker Park lights is that the first people who get to see the lights are the runners participating in the 5k that goes through them. I did that my second year in Austin, and it was incredibly fun. I also still wear my t-shirt from that race–it’s still one of my favorite race shirts.

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*This also reminds me of when I was a little kid. We lived in a house that had been added onto multiple times, and the carport had been closed in to make a really big room–which became my parents’ bedroom. It had lots of floor space, so I would go in there with my boom box, put on the “Who’s That Girl” soundtrack featuring Madonna, and spin and spin and spin. I could do that for hours. Now it seems totally crazy, and I wonder why my parents let me do it. I mean, I seriously did this for hours a day every day. Bizarre.