Jennifer Pickrell

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Chris Cornell

Fridays are usually reserved for Fresh Air thoughts, but in a cruel turn of events, I was actually outside, enjoying fresh air, when I heard about Chris Cornell yesterday, so that title didn’t seem appropriate today.

I wish I had the words to post a lovely tribute, like some of the others I’ve seen, but I’m copying my hastily written Facebook words from yesterday morning, because they pretty much sum up my feelings:

Chris Cornell…what can I say? I was obsessed with Soundgarden when I was a teen. First CD I ever bought. Cornell solo was the first non-local concert I went to. I watched ‘Singles’ in the theater bc I knew he had a bit part. I even watched that awful Great Expectations adaptation from the 90s bc CC had a song on the soundtrack. I’m saddened to hear of his passing. And if the suicide rumors are true, I’m even sadder because he, like many people I love and have loved, struggled with the demons of addiction and depression. Today I’m gonna scream along to the music a little louder.

 


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Fresh Air Friday #4

Long story short: I ran into someone who knew my older brother and she mentioned I’d gone to school with her sister, so I dug out my yearbooks.

Down the rabbit hole I went.

It’s been awhile since I graduated (*cough* 20 years *cough*) and although I don’t remember most of the specific moments people mentioned when they signed the pages, I can remember the fun we had.

Or the drama – one long passage has the line, “I’m really glad we’re friends again.”

It’s been awhile since I’ve thought about high school, but every few years when I dig out a yearbook or a journal, the memories come rushing back. Luckily, time has dulled all the uncertainty, anger, heartache and insecurity, and I’m left with sentimentality. It’s a nice feeling.

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Me, during senior year, in my perpetual daydreamy state. I am wearing my dad’s old button-up shirt and cardigan because I apparently thought it was the 70s.

Origin of Fresh Air Friday.


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Fresh Air Friday #2

This week, I was amused by my youngest cat who thinks he’s a person:

I'm a person! 

He sometimes uses the coffee table or wall to brace himself so he can stretch up completely on his back legs to “stand.” In this pic he’s staring out the sliding glass door onto the back deck at two bear cubs.

I could do without bears in the yard, but this little one can stay:

Peter Rabbit

Origin of Fresh Air Friday.


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Fresh Air Friday #1

I’m trying something new because:

1. (more minor) I’d like to blog more.

2. Life can be pretty damn stressful and I’m a worrier so I need to take a step back and get some fresh air.

My idea is to have a brief post every Friday (or every other, no worries if I miss one) with something that made me happy over the course of the week. Maybe it’s an awesome place I visited or a song I heard or a cat pic…yeah, it’ll probably be a lot of cat pics.

This week, I’m cheating a bit and posting for Jan/Feb/March.

JANUARY: I became an aunt again! My nephew looks EXACTLY like my brother, including the hairline, although I don’t think my bro appreciated me pointing out that last part 😀

FEBRUARY: I met up with two old friends I hadn’t seen in months. It was the first time I’d been to that particular tea/coffee shop since I moved and it was weird to drive there because it was walkable from my old apartment. More than once I’d practically sprinted those blocks home afterward because I was so jacked up on caffeine.

One of those friends I’ve known since elementary school and the other since high school and I love being able to laugh and chat, no matter how long it’s been since we last got together.

MARCH: Well, there was FINALLY getting my security deposit back. That was a hard-fought victory.

And then there’s all this beauty:

I keep having to pinch myself because I can’t believe that’s my backyard now.

 

 


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Happy Spring 2017

I started with the best of intentions about blogging regularly in 2017…

It’s been a rollercoaster few months. There’s obviously the daily WTF moments every time I look at the news. And in my personal life, I’ve been worrying about a sick loved one, among a few other stressful things.

In good news, after nearly three months of fighting and threatening legal action, my husband and I FINALLY got our security deposit back! What made the situation even more irritating is that our former landlord is a lawyer. He either didn’t care he was breaking local/state laws or he thought we were too dumb to realize. Whatever the case, I’m glad to finally close that chapter of my life.

Random cat photo, just because:

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There’s a story behind that toy. It belongs to my parent’s cat who inexplicably became terrified of it. I tested it out with my boys and they are clearly fine with it. I thought when I returned it to the rightful owner she’d at least sniff it out of curiosity because it had new scents, but nope, she’s not having it. 

In writing news, I’ve been working a lot on EMMA and I love the story she’s shaping up to be. To sum it up in three words: family/loyalty/addiction

In reading, I finished The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and WOW. I adored Starr and her family and their close-knit but complicated relationship.   

This book is about so many important topics: race, class, power, identity, community, loyalty, grief, guilt, anger, the difference between a real apology and saying, “I’m sorry you’re upset [by the effed up things I said].”

My ramblings can’t do this book justice, so just go read it.

It’s spring now and I’m looking forward to more outdoor time. Hope everyone is well!