The Runaway Muse

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A personal blog

These hands

I have always been intrigued by human hands.  To me, a hand is a thing of beauty, designed to reach out, to touch, to discover.  Hands can give, and they can receive.  They can caress, and they can deal out pain.  They can be empty, or they can be full.  The human hand is a thing of expression.

Hands make fascinating subjects.  My obsession with them began when I joined Flickr, a photo sharing website.  As I was introduced to the world of photography, my eyes were opened and I realized just how much expression could be conveyed through one’s hands.

I can always tell a lot about a person by their hands.  The way they hold them at their side, the way they fidget with them, the way the use them to make a point when speaking.  There is something about the curvature of every unique hand, the way a person carries it, that gives me a glimpse into that person’s inner being…if only for a second or two.

When I see an outstretched hand, my soul is filled with a sort of yearning which only occurs when I want something very badly, and that something is out of reach.  I feel a certain level of connection with the person outstretching the hand, who—if I guess correctly—has felt that same sort of longing.

What will your hands say today?

*** Disclaimer: None of the pictures in this post were taken by me.  Click them to be taken to their respective sources. ***

Filed under: Everyday Ramblings, Photography

When the cat’s away…well, you know.

It’s two minutes past eleven and if I weren’t so dead set on updating this thing, I would be in bed.  Note to self: sugar rushes eventually come crashing down to punish you in the end.  Always.

My brothers and dad are in Colorado for the next week and a half, and today marked the third full day of male-free fun in my household.  We spent the afternoon after church lounging around at the beach and enjoying the 90-degree weather.  I packed my trusty army-green messenger bag with a paperback novel, my journal, a blank card for my dad, my camera, my ipod, and a full bottle of water.  Once we got to the beach, I walked all the way to the end of the stone pier and sat with my back against a wall and my face to the wind, listening to my music and writing down some thoughts that had been on my heart for awhile.  It was glorious.

Here are some (unedited) photos from our lark:

My youngest sisters.  Are they adorable, or are they adorable??

That’s me on the left, and my gorgeous sister on the right.

Yes, that is a duck.  At the beach.  That’s just how awesome Chicago is.

When my eyes start to sting and the computer screen starts dancing, I know it’s time to go to bed.  G’night, folks.

Filed under: Everyday Ramblings, Photography

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you…

…The new love of my life!  He’s all MINE.  Buaha.

Filed under: Photography

Summer rain and runner’s cramp

I like to run.

For me, running is not just a way to stay fit, but a way to cleanse my mind and get rid of negative energy.  It’s a way to escape the stuffiness of my house and make lethargy bite the dust.  It’s a way to get a closer look at my surroundings.

Most importantly, it’s a way to think about God.

This year has been my best year for running.  I went from barely being able to run a mile to being able to run six miles in thirty minutes.  It’s definitely a start towards my goal of reaching ten miles someday.

I was doing really well, and then…the dreaded week of finals arrived.  Who had time to run?  Certainly not me.  Knowing that my studies should be my utmost priority, I pushed running to the back of my mind and proceeded to fry my brain on a daily basis as I feverishly worked to get past finals.

Finals came and went.  Summer break began.  All was right with the world.

Time to get back to running, I told myself.  But I wouldn’t do anything.  Being the lazy bum that I am, I persistently avoided the exercise, coming up with excuses such as “it’s too hot today” or “I biked yesterday, so I don’t need to run” or “I’ll run just as soon as I finish writing this blog entry”.

To make a long story short, two whole weeks went by, and I still hadn’t run.  The longer I procrastinated, the easier it got to just sit at home stewing in my juices.  Finally, enough was enough.  Today I finally roused myself enough to don my gray sneakers and get outta there.

It rained.

Not to be deterred by the weather, I ran anyway.  And let me tell you that running in the rain is officially ten times better than regular running!  The air was fresh and cool, there were no pesky insects to fly into my mouth, and the earth smelled of God’s sweet beauty.  Besides, the raindrops on my skin felt marvelous.

After two weeks without running, I still managed to follow my normal route.  Perhaps not the best idea, since I was cramping up halfway.  Next time I’ll be sure to pace myself.

I guess the moral of this little ramble is not to let the freedom of summer bog you down and turn you into a couch potato.   If you don’t consider yourself a runner, there are a gajillion other ways to stay active!  One of my personal favorites is walking with friends.  Just thirty minutes a day can make a world of difference in the way you feel.  Lethargy bugging you down?  Get outside!

One last note: my camera arrived yesterday!  Everything is fine and dandy, but I can’t upload pictures until I purchase a cheap card reader.  So stay tuned, folks!

Filed under: Everyday Ramblings

If you give my sister a post-it note…

This is what she does with it.

Should I consider this an ill omen for my future?

Filed under: Humor

I really want to shoot something.

…With a camera, that is.  Yuk, yuk, yuk.

Right now I am super excited, because I am getting a camera!  My aunt offered to sell it to me in November and, thanks to all the wonderful folks who gave me money for graduation, now I can finally afford it.  It’s a Canon 20d and I gave it a test run when I stayed at my aunt’s house for Thanksgiving.  This is one of the photos I shot that day.

When this camera arrives in the mail, I am going to take all the care in the world with it.  It is an unfortunate reality that all my previous cameras have suffered tragic fates, such as sand in the lenses or a broken film loader or I-don’t-know-what-else.  What can I say?  I’m a reckless photographer.

In the future, however, I should probably not leave my camera lying around in the sand when shooting at the beach.  Oops.

Today I played around with my WordPress theme, or tried to.  There’s not much one can play around with unless one upgrades to premium, and that means expenses.  Looks like custom CSS is out the window.

Filed under: Everyday Ramblings

Goodbye, senior year.

It’s been a challenging year.

Last August, I went from being a lifelong homeschooler to enrolling in a private school a week before it opened its doors, all in the blink of an eye.  Believe me, it wasn’t my first choice.  If it were up to me, I’d have finished my education at home.  After all, why undergo all that stress getting used to a new system when only one year remained until high school graduation?

If there’s one thing I’ve discovered, it’s that God’s plans often differ vastly from my own.  After one meeting with the principal, I was convicted that I needed to go to the private school.

So I went.

What has followed since that fateful meeting has taught me many things about academics, people, and God.  During a year full of personal crises, my school has been a rock and anchor in my life, providing me with the confidence and life skills I need to take with me to college this fall.

Today, on June 5, 2010, I received my high school diploma along with the 12 other seniors in my class.  To tell you the truth, I was disassociating quite a bit during the actual ceremony—only now am I coming to realize what a big deal it was.  I am stepping out of the familiar and into something strange and exciting.  And I feel so terribly blessed, I can hardly contain it.

God sure knew what he was doing.

Filed under: Everyday Ramblings

Forever is a very long time.

It also signifies how long I will be finished with high school after taking just two more finals this morning.

Finished. With. High school.  How weird is that?

If I can just get through this week’s craziness, I shall be perfectly content to stay in my room under the covers with the lights off sleeping like a bug in a rug for the rest of my existence.  Or all summer, anyway.

Filed under: Everyday Ramblings

Still getting used to this blogging…endeavor…thing.

How is that darn introductory post still hanging around?  I meant to update by now, really I did.  But after I posted for the first time and stood back to admire my handiwork, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to let it stay up for another day or two.  Or three.  Or five.

Today marks the beginning of the dreaded finals week at my school.  Patience shall be strained beyond its limits.  Spirits shall be crushed.  Tears shall be shed.  Blood shall be spilt…!

Okay, so no blood.  Hopefully not, anyway.

Today I took the Economics and Consumer Ed finals.  Tomorrow is Biology.  Aren’t I lucky?  I get to spend all night studying the names of different rat bones and what makes a plant a gymnosperm and whether or not we will have to answer essay questions.

I. Graduate. Saturday.  Somebody pinch me, please.  I’m not sure I’m ready yet.

Filed under: Everyday Ramblings

About the girl


Christina. 18. College student. Lover of words, sublime images, fat books and skinny jeans. Dislikes melting snow, the color pink, and procrastination.

This blog is an outlet for my jumbled thoughts. Thank you for stopping by.

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