Day’s Verse:
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe.”
John 6:35-36

RingingHiking with Dad and Colleen yesterday at St. Edward’s State Park, we began discussing mud. The mud we encountered there, though abundant and deep, slid off our GoreTexed boots; Colleen analyzed it as primarily leaf detritus mixed with water and a little bit of dirt, whereas serious mud involves pure dirt or clay, such as the stuff we encountered on our Bridal Veil Falls hike. We did encounter some lovely clayey mud, but it mostly rinsed off our boots in the more watery mud, which has formed thanks to the fact it has rained every single day since Ian and I got here. This St. Edward’s hike was all part of my trying to say Farewell, Washington. This afternoon, as part of that, we are going to the Spaghetti Factory with my and Ian’s family for a Farewell dinner. Ian and I have sorted and boxed most of our remaining possessions, then re-sorted what we bring now and what we will return for after graduation. Tomorrow we ship six or seven Xerox boxes full to Worcester, leaving only the largest, bulkiest, or heaviest items at home (a large cushy chair, a desk, a shelving unit, a coffee table). All this packing and boxing makes it nigh impossible to ignore the fact that Ian and I will become official Massholes this summer. I only hope we fail to drive like them.

On a totally different note, the picture for today made it to 48th most interesting of the day on Flickr yesterday. It got very high ratings in one group, but when I submitted it to DeleteMe–the harshest of the Flickr groups–it received 10 DeleteMe comments in a row, and only one SaveMe at all. I feel rather bummed about that. Then again, I expected nothing great when I dropped my wedding ring into a glass of sparkling water and pointed my camera into the glass. DeleteMe is not for the thin-skinned, and in all honesty, most of the comments said something concise and slightly encouraging like Almost. Then again, Almost alive still isn’t breathing.

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