Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Autumn is leaving...

As I bunkered down in my cozy bed last Saturday morning, I heard some rustling and banging noises outside. When I finally roused myself and opened the door to step outside, I stopped and gasped. They were gone. It was gone. Someone had come and swept away my golden blanket of leaves. I looked up at the beautiful maple tree overhanging my yard and saw that it only had a few more leaves to contribute, certainly not enough to cover my yard and path again. I paused for a moment of silence to recognize the passing of fall. I hadn't realized how attached I gotten to the moments of getting home from school late at night, coming through the gate and crunching on the golden trail so thick I couldn't see the sidewalk path anymore with nothing but the stillness and the moonlight. I wish they could've stayed, even if they'll be buried by snow in a few weeks.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

I want... be kissed often and by someone who knows how.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Have I told you how lucky I am?

that I got to hike up to and see the sun dawn over this place...

And had this guy walk through our campsite...

And I got to see this place in all its heat and glory...

All with this amazing girl...

Because I did. I got to travel around the world with my best friend and it was amazing and thrilling and painful and heart-achingly good and alive. And I'm pretty sure that I'm the luckiest girl in the world.
And now, I am in the equally wonderful land of maple syrup and Ben & Jerry's. And I've started medical school, which is also amazing and painful but in a different way.
And I want to remember that I'm the luckiest girl in the world. So I plan to use this blog to highlight all the little beauties, soul-succulent moments, bone-shaking art and heart-quivering love that I see in my life, so that I can keep my wandering soul traveling while confined within the rather stringent requirements that are entailed in becoming a doctor, because 'life is precious and every moment is holy'.

Monday, February 23, 2009


For the next, oh, 5 months, I will only be posting here. Check it out.

Mrs. UVM

No, they don't have a pageant at the University of Vermont medical school, but I will be attending there in the fall and I feel like I have a new junior high crush and I want to scribble "Mrs. Krista UVM" over all of my notebooks!

Like a new crush, I've kept it to myself for a while (sorry Kathleen!)...grinning to myself whenever I think of its innovative curriculum or strength in primary care or beautiful location in Burlington. Eee!

But now that UVM told me they like me too and we're officially going out (i.e. I sent in a deposit), I want to shout it from a mountaintop! Only I don't have a mountaintop! I have a blog, and so, there you go. I am actually going to be a 2013. And you should come visit me and meet my significant other.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

I am not a brunette

And to reiterate that fact, it took me three tries to even spell brunette! Recap: Reiterate-first try, Brunette-third try.

So here's the deal, my hair has been blissfully platinum for 2 1/2 years now. Platinum and I got along swimmingly. I didn't even mind having to touch up my roots every 4-6 weeks, which is saying something considering I can only manage to bathe myself once a week and only do my laundry with the same frequency as dyeing my roots (yes I have 4-6 weeks worth of underwear).

However, as I am unleashing myself upon the (mainly third) world in a couple of weeks (more on that here), I decided to tone down my beacon of hair. Actually, it never really occurred to me (blonde dreadlocks? yes please) but after about the 10th person said, "you're dyeing your hair first, right?" in a tone that insinuated I was strapping a live bomb to myself, I conceded. Not something I normally do, I know, but then I also realized that after 6 weeks, I would have two-tone dreadlocks (i.e. no thanks).

So, my wonderful aspiring-hairdresser-if-investment-banking-doesn't-work-out sister Jenna came home on Monday and we debated the merits of "toasted medium brown" and "rich dark brown" in the aisle of CVS. I went dark, for the heck of it, wanting to see what it looked like and assuming it would fade. Um, so now I have dark brown hair.

Exhibit A: "Princess Hair"

Let's flash back to the summer of 2006 when I first went platinum. Having never drastically colored my hair, I remember the existential crisis that created. It's just hair, I know, and as the boy has reminded me, your hair doesn't define you. True, but it is also true that it is attached to your head in kind of a prominent position. I remember feeling dayglow. And the irrational need to wear lots of black (I'm usually more of a hot pink kind of girl) to combat the unbearable lightness of my hair and to make myself seem more serious/dignified than a Texas beauty queen, which was the hairdresser's fear. That's not what I was going for. I was hoping to look more like some mythical sage woman with pre-maturely white hair. Not Pamela Anderson or a stripper, as in "I really love your hair color! I've always wanted stripper blonde hair!" (true story). Now, however, I will get no more compliments that I have "princess hair" (from a 3-year-old) or "look like a mermaid" (from a drunk guy at the bar) or look like Storm from X-Men (my dad).

Now I am brunette. (burnette, fingers don't like typing it)

Exhibit B: Burrnnettee
(p.s. Sorry for the scary self-taken photo, but I think it's probably an accurate representation of my feelings towards my new hair.)

The great thing about my hair being platinum is, as per my description earlier, I am not so much of a maintenance girl. My hair is slightly curly, but more just chaotic, and platinum worked for that. All those crazy tendrils and tons of frizz? They were practically translucent and just faded into thin air! Now, however, every neglected piece of rebellious hair is cut in relief and is starkly, painfully visible. The ends of my hair which haven't been trimmed for over a year no longer make me look like a wild mermaid, they just look like washed-up seaweed. I feel the need to wear more make up (usually far from a daily occurrence) so that my face can counterbalance the weight of my hair. Or as the conversation with my mom went, "Are you going to put on some lipstick or something?" "Why?" "Well, you look kind of pale." "I'll go put on some bronzer." I think it looks like a wig, a bad wig or like that Britney Spears video where she changes hair color like 5 times and you realize why she stays blonde. Some people are just supposed to be blonde.

Maybe it'll look better in dreadlocks??

Sunday, February 1, 2009

For the love...

It's February.

In honor of love month,
check out this heart-flittering
homage to
the looks, kisses, and magical moments of love.

Le Love

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


"May God bless us with discomfort at easy answers, half-truths and superficial relationships so that we may live from deep within our hearts.

May God bless us with anger at injustice, oppression and exploitation of God's creations so that we may work for justice, freedom and peace.

May God bless us with tears to shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger and war, so that we may reach out our hands to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy.

And may God bless us with just enough foolishness to believe that we can make a difference in the world, so that we can do what others claim cannot be done: to bring justice and kindness to all our children and neighbors."*

*Stolen from this wonderful woman: