All over again.
It's day 27 of a 28 day cross country adventure I embarked on this summer. I'm 6 hours and one international border away from home. And I've been wondering, "How do I mark this space?" What it's held and meant? How I've changed and how I've stayed the same? This is the list that found it's way through my pen while I drank beer near a dock off of Lake Ontario tonight.
Items I've lost:
- 1 SVSU t-shirt I like to sleep in
- 1 bottle of ibuprofen
- 1 screw to my sunglasses
Number of times I got lost: 1 time in the North Carolina mountains. So, so lost. Oh, and 1 time when my phone died in Canada. #followyourheartPocahontas
Number of awkward tanlines I developed:
- 1 sock line on my right calf
- 2 smudgey fades down the sides of my abdomen
- 1 scar shaped dark spot on my right knee
- 3 different shirt and suit lines on my back... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
- 2 bathing suit lines on my chest
- an ombre of whiteness moving up my legs #trendylikethat
Number of times I almost died: Twice. Once in Tennessee with a scruffy man named Leeroy. And once in upstate New York with a twitchy driver.
My favorite Ivy League school: Princeton. Harvard, you know why you lost.
Bodies of water I sat by/wrote by:
- Shelby Farms Lake
- Ball River Falls
- Lake Lure
- the Atlantic
- Chesapeake Bay
- Lake Ontario
Drivers who suck most: Ontario, as a region you are way too passive aggressive--just stop with the brake lights. To the SUV who noticed that yes, I did cruise through that yellow on Bloor Street, I did not yet understand the ways of your people. My bad. Thank you for being honest about your emotions with your horn.
Number of times Starbucks spelled "Katy" correctly: 3 out of 9. Toronto, you didn't even have to ask. #winner
Most troubling thought I faced this trip: What if God sacrifices your good for the greater good?
Most wild thought I faced this trip: What if God sacrifices your concept of good for your freedom?
Food I ate most: All of the goat cheese.
Number of times I was swindled on the New Jersey turnpike: 😐
Number of times I didn't stay where I planned: Twice. Once in Tennessee with a scruffy man named Leroy. And once at Yale when The Great Flood left me stranded on the New Jersey turnpike. Not bitter.
Number of times I was in standstill traffic on a bridge over a large body of water and managed not to have a panic attack: All the times, which was 5, aka A LOT.
Number of books read/audibled: 4.
Number of times I fell into jellyfish infested waters: 4.
Number of times I was stung by a jellyfish: 0. #invincible
Number of movies I saw while away: 1. Wonder Woman. Duh.
Number of times I yelled out expletives on the road: Once. Okay maybe 5 times. But only once at someone. I'm looking at you, Washington, D.C. minivan.
City with the highest number of good looking men: Baltimore. I, obviously, played it very calm and collected and never tripped, puffed my cheeks up with embarrassed air, or got caught staring. Never.
Ratio of running clothes packed to runs taken: 6 to 1. 😬
Road trip food of choice: Taco Bell forever.
Most out there question I asked this trip: What is the role of Christian ethicists in society?
Do you want to live in a commune?
City that surprised me most: Toronto.
City that felt most homey: Asheville.
City that healed me most: Memphis.
- I love my job again.
- I am worthy of steady love.
- I don't have to be responsible.
Biggest accomplishment: Made some headway on my new book project. It's about love and everyday resurrection.
Most surprising conversation theme throughout this trip: Women are often under-appreciated, abused or silenced. And we fight on. #cheerstothesisterhood
Number of animals I roomed with:
- 2 lizards
- 1 cat
- 4 dogs
Best named animal I lived with: Charlie Brown (lizard)
Bravest moment: Getting on the road to nowhere and ending up in Asheville.
Biggest regret: Can't think of any.
Ready to come home: oh yes.
To those of you who found me on the road, I don't know that words express my gratitude. Erin, Maggie, Mercy, Libby, McKenna--you and your loved ones filled my heart with such joy this last month. I will treasure the conversations I shared with each of you. Thank you for your fierce love and overflowing hospitality.