Posts Tagged ‘travel’

The almost-fight you got pulled into on the street
The olives and hot peppers and garlic on Archie’s pizza
The bar with the dog and all the words inside
The T-shirt and the snacks
The Saturday eggs and coffee
The cats outside the window
The chocolate factory surprise
The stores with the trinkets
The grocery investigations
The plant place and your new cacti
The pie making collaboration
The sushi and movie theater bar with your friends
The lazy Sunday
The Bowie art exhibit
The Sweetgreen stop
The chocolate pretzel milkshake
The return to lazy Sunday
The introduction to Ellen Ripley
The chef’s table awe and travel planning
The ride to the bus station
The Russian rapper Timati
The holding and kissing and grabbing and patting, the laughing, the alignment, the dancing:

I love all the things that you gave me.

(February 2018)


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you have been living here for quite some time though i just met you. my kitchen was somehow cleaner after breakfast than it has been for the past 7 months. me sitting on the couch with my legs in your lap or you in bed with your head under my chin has been happening since september 23rd, but i just didn’t know it was you. the countdown of (5) falling apart and (4) unpacking boxes and (3) losing my job and (2) bending over the sink with sobs and (1) reassembly has all been in service of this: the familiar car drumming, a thigh grab, 1-3 sips of your coffee, positive reinforcement for saying the weirdest things i can think of, enneagram 1 meeting enneagram 5, a taurus and a virgo contact-improvising all throughout the city.

i started drinking more water
we shared the really good wine with the cool knife on the label
you had a talk with me for keeping expired milk in my fridge
i fell asleep with my face on your back and then drooled on you while we watched the olympics

some things are hard, like grieving and growing, and some things, like buying a bus ticket to new york and finding your eyes from across the room, are the easiest i’ve ever done.

(February 2018)

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There is something in the air,
pressurized so we can breathe it,
that puts a knot in my chest every time I inhale
39,000 feet above the sea

There is something about the propeller vibrations
that mimic the muscles in
my legs and back

I am flying home.
I should be flying home to you –

I brought you a volcanic rock from a beach where
the road ends and some handmade soap
and a peppermint chocolate bar –

I’ll probably eat the chocolate
when I’m sad and put the soap
in the bathroom to use up as fast
as I can and set the rock on the windowsill
next to the crazy basil plant

There’s something about
the emergency exit row
that reminds me of the last time we flew
when I slept with my head on your soft shoulder

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I started lifting heavy weights; I began a real skincare routine; I planted a garden; I learned how to make candles and sourdough bread; I spoke real lines in a play; I bounced on an Olympic-style trampoline; I roasted my first artichokes and braised my first short ribs and baked my first sweet potato brownies; I gave the best man speech in my brother’s wedding; I traveled to St. Louis and Michigan and Maine and New Orleans and Philadelphia and the Outer Banks and Spain and Morocco; I took off my clothes in front of strangers at Spa World; I hiked all over Maryland and Virginia; I started being deliberate about saving money; And, if everything goes well, I might have a big, exciting announcement to share in the next few weeks.

Overall, not bad for my 30th year of life.

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There was only one toilet, and there were two of us. We tried to dance around it, and we tried to be strong. In the end, we had no chance: someone was going to have to shit in the tub.

I cried after my 6th bout of diarrhea, and he kept making jokes after he puked out everything in his stomach. Really good jokes with impeccable timing.

He sleeps on the twin bed pushed next to mine now, not even snoring a little. I eat a packaged croissant quietly and slowly. I have never loved him more.

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Get fancy cocktails at the bar I like
Figure out what the heck brunch is all about in DC
Go to the Blues game at the Verizon Center on November 17
Have our own Thanksgiving feast
Exchange Christmas presents
Finally spend New Year’s Eve in the same place, kiss at midnight
Explore the east coast, one trip per month
Visit friends and family in NYC
Take more pictures
Head west
Find African black wood trees
Start a band
Go out dancing
Keep our book club going
See The Hunger Games in theaters
Plan a birthday trip
Move back to St. Louis
Open a yoga studio
Open a coffee shop
Open whatever sort of place we feel like opening at the moment
Get married
Watch more episodes of Dexter and Parks and Recreation and The Walking Dead on Netflix
Pretend not to know each other at a bar and see who can seduce the other first
Go camping, hiking, canoeing
Pick-our-own fruit
Stay at the cabin in Colorado
Try the other Indian lunch buffet near work
Rescue a pit bull pup
Keep adding to the list

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Bakery in the North End – powdered sugar

The other elevator in the hotel – honeydew melon

The man in the aisle seat in my row on the plane – herbal shampoo, an organic grocery store

The man in the middle seat in my row on the plane – sweat

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