elbow & chin

Hi there, internets! Thanks for stopping by.

What is this clean and shiny page, you ask? While this is the first post of a brand-spanking-new blog, I am not a new blogger. In fact, you might have navigated over here from my announcement at just megan., my old home on the world wide web. I’ve felt for a while that I needed to make a transition from that url to a new one, and I’ve had this new blog on the back burner for about a year. It’s been waiting for me here, tugging at the corner of my mind, and today it made it clear: the only way to get anything done is to just start doing it.


It’s actually a little ironic; I’ve named this place after a passage from Dr. Seuss’s Oh The Places You’ll Go!, where the main character is stuck and indecisive. You’re familiar with the story, right? If you aren’t, get on that STAT. The text is a google away and the book is available at basically all the stores, especially around graduation time. It’s my favorite!


The passage that inspired this new blog goes like this:

You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.
Some windows are lighted. But mostly they’re darked.
A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin!
Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose? How much can you win?

And IF you go in, should you turn left or right…
or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite?
Or go around back and sneak in from behind?
Simple it’s not, I’m afraid you will find,
for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.

You can get so confused
that you’ll start in to race
down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place…


In this transitional time between graduate school and living in my old bedroom at home to career jobs and independence and major life steps, there could hardly be a more adept description of my current situation in life. This mind-maker-upper has always had trouble making up (her) mind, and anyone will tell you I’m not doing any better now. Sometimes I can’t even order for myself at restaurants I get so overwhelmed, so Drew picks something for me.


Appropriately, this post has been a long time coming because I couldn’t decide what I wanted to use this blog to write about. I still don’t really know. Maybe it will be weirdish wild space where I grind out post after unrelated post. Perhaps I’ll turn left and decide I really should have turned right-and-three-quarters, and I’ll switch directions entirely. I could post several times per week, or I could stay away for days and days at a time. I could write about food, or plain old life, or photography, or interviewing for jobs, or relationships, or communication, or faith, or travel, or… the possibilities are dizzying.


In any case, I will do my best to be consistent and authentic. I can’t promise that there won’t be any flippancy or sarcasm, because I’m not me without them, but I will tread here with your precious time in mind. As I figure out who I am and what I’m writing about, I’ll let you know, and the face of the blog will change. While I don’t want to sprain both my elbow and chin, I’m entering a place where it’s possible. Will you join me for the journey?

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