a vegan couple: eating; running; living–minimally.

And Around the Bend…:When Things (Continually) Become Real

This past week we got to visit the birthing floor of The UVM Medical Center, seeing rooms, the NICU, and the post-pardum rooms…and that is when another level of “real” started to sink in. Just when I think “Wow, this is really going to freakin’ happen!” and I think that I have truly felt the future impinging on me—like the future is an actual thing out there around some bend in the road but the bend is way out there, further away. It is just when this occurs that something new happens, some new experience explodes into existence and surpasses everything prior—it could be unexpected like when you’re watching a movie or tv show and start getting choked up about the on screen relationship; or it could be wholly expected, like when you visit the birthing rooms and see where you son or daughter is going to arrive into the world.


It is these instances, these moments when life, mortality, love, connection become so incredibly clear, so seemingly tangible and yet so fleetingly indescribable. They drift through my mind, float into my very being and yet I am incapable of actually recounting them. I feel like I am cresting and descending wave after wave, only to see one huge wave in the distance that will inevitably give way to another and another. That is the blessing and the curse of the human experience: we are continually inundated with “the new” and we must adapt, change, become more than we are now in order to move forward. Who will I become? What will I do? Where will we go? and around the bend……is me; only different; changed, but hopefully better because I will have experienced an irrevocably monumental future that is, everyday, coming closer.

Patagonia Review: Lightweight Synchilla Snap-T Pullover & Tech Belt


As I stood at the register purchasing a Medium sized Patagonia Lightweight Synchilla Snap-T Pullover I commented to the cashier that I was terrible at purchasing clothes: I always seem to get the sizing wrong, only discovering this once I get home. I was back the next day exchanging it for a Small. I am a tiny guy (5’11″ and 157 lbs.) with a long torso and the Medium was like a sleeping bag. The Small fits nicely: relaxed in the arms, lands just at my butt, not too tight when buttoned up. The sleeves and the hem have spandex to keep them tight to the body and the cold out.

This is a great fleece for hanging around the house or heading out in cooler weather >30˚ and/or without any significant wind. It doesn’t have pockets nor a hood, though you can buy one that does. You can’t really layer over this unless you have a baggier coat, but I can get my Outdoor Research Ferrosi Jacket on to help keep out the wind. I really love this fleece, and it has quickly become a really great piece of clothing for relaxing in cooler/cold weather.



Belts are a tough thing with me. I always seems to be in between sizes, so most traditional belts that have eyelets are either a bit too big or a bit too small. You don’t have to worry about that with the Friction Belt. The nylon webbing holds fast along the aluminum buckle and does not loosen. I have a pair of painting paints that are at least a size too big for me, but with this belt I was able to keep them up and on all day long without the belt loosening at all. It was incredible. I wear this belt too work all the time and have yet to have an issue. One of the best purchases I’ve made in a long time.

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