maggie is here and i haven't forgotten the blog world. this has been a great summer. i am not going to grad school (but taking a few classes). i am not working (but looking for work). mostly i am just hanging out and enjoying my life. i have been making a gratitude list every day, focusing on the simple things. yesterday morning,there were birds in the alley behind our building playing in a spilled bag of cheese popcorn. i came back in the afternoon and they were still there eating and playing. here is my rendition of the event.