|Spoiler Alert: THIS IS OUR NEW PUPPY!|
I will start by addressing the 800 pound gorilla in the room. Mr. Gorilla, what is your zip code again? Haha, I am sure you missed that type of subtle irony. It would have been even better if I didn't translate the question from his Gorilla language. Proper meaning in Gorilla is all about the spin you put on the poop when you throw it. That is also how the House of Representatives communicates.
|My guess is that his poop packs a punch, as his diet consists solely of carrots.|
Two paragraphs in, and there have already been references to poop and politics. It's like I never stopped blogging for FOUR FREAKING MONTHS. Man, that is a fail. It all started when I was given legal council (or is it counsel? cou$il if they work at a big firm?) to have the blog go dormant while I was being considered for some honors positions within government agencies. In one of those interviews, I used the phrase "seeing the sausage get made." TWICE. I did not get that job. So yeah, probably not the blog's fault on that one.
|Building the suspense...|
I signed with inov-8! Inov-8 is an amazing running shoe company that is starting to take over trail running in the U.S., and I am so honored to represent them. I want you guys to know that, unlike all of those other sponsored athletes, I'll always be honest about inov-8 products. I mean, we all know that a pair of Trail Roc 245s will make you irresistable to the gender/species of your choosing, but initial lab reports are only strongly suggestive of a causal connection between wearing Road-X 233s and spontaneously gaining the powers of every superhero in the Justice League. The hold-up in on Aquaman's whole "being able to talk to fish" thing. Inov-8 generally only supports the cool, non-schizophrenic superpowers.
|Mardi-Gras cat gave me permission to celebrate!|
Seriously though, inov-8 is an incredible company, and I am lucky as hell. The shoes are also very popular among the Crossfit crowd, so to be the best spokesman I can be, I am practicing communicating by typing in all caps for short periods of time. RAWR KETTLEBALL FUNNY PULL-UP.
Anyway, we are targeting some big races this summer, so I'll keep everyone updated! I owe so much to you guys and your support over the years, thank you :)
|Yes we can!|
In even more cool news, Megan and I are now puppy owners! A month ago, we were driving west to Hanging Rock State Park for a weekend of exploring. In the last little town on the road, a big cardboard sign was being put up on Main Street. “FREE PUPS -->”, it said (how that sign didn’t have an exclamation point, I’ll never know). Neither of us had ever owned a dog, but that sign was too amazing to resist. So we made the turn, and 7 puppies were unattended in the back of a pick-up truck. We waited for 15 minutes, the whole time falling deeper in love with the puppy that came over and licked Megan’s hand. Finally, a man shows up and says, “Yeah, they are beautiful animals…we just had a few too many pups on the farm.” That day, we were given the gift of an awesome puppy. That night, we were given the gift of an awe-inspiring amount of poop on the carpet.
|Trail running poop intermission.|
Addie the Adventure Puppy is really great, and I have learned a lot from her. For example, did you know that puppies from farms can poop entire strands of angel hair pasta? Wait...you're telling me that wasn't pasta?
//Addie eats vomit
///"It's the circlllllle, the circle of bile"
Finally, I am incredibly fortunate to have an amazing job for next year. After taking the bar exam this summer, I will start the Public Interest Fellowship at the Environmental Law Institute in DC. It is my dream job out of school, and I hope to make as much of a difference as I can in ELI's world-changing mission. Duke Magazine must have had a particularly slow news cycle, because they wrote an amazing, humbling profile that has even more updates:
I promise to never, ever have a blog be this self-centered ever again. Like, ever. Those of you that are Taylor Swift fans will know that it is almost impossible not to bust out in song after saying that last line. Those of you that are not Taylor Swift fans....haha, we all know that people like that don't exist outside of remote outposts in Siberia. And a massive, freak asteroid almost just hit those people. So basically I am saying that everyone should listen to Taylor Swift because she writes really great music, and can control the cosmos.
|The river of time continues to flow. That should probably be a T-Swift lyric.|
You guys are so amazing! Thanks for helping me appreciate the sausage as it gets made. Or something like that.