Get Busy Living

February 23, 2004

Get busy living, or get busy dying. Wasn’t that a line from a movie or something? I don’t remember where I heard it, but I’m finding that it’s true.

I’ve been doing so much lately, and though it probably doesn’t seem like a lot to an outside observer, for me it is monumental. I’m paying bills off. I’m working out. I’m formulating plans for moving, for doing, for traveling, for everything.

Someone asked me last week where this burst of energy has come from – why am I so busy? And I said I was getting my affairs in order, which makes it sound like I’m about to die, but that’s not it. I’m about to live. As cheesy as it sounds, it is the absolute truth. It’s goddamn time I got off my ass and lived my life.

Other stuff: my dad used to work at this power plant in Colorado, back when it used to provide nuclear power to a large portion of the state. When the plant was decommissioned we moved to Virginia, where we’ve been ever since.

A pair of bald eagles have built their nest in a cottonwood tree near the facility, and they’ve installed a camera so that people can watch the nesting. I mean the power plant people put the camera in – I don’t think the eagles put the camera in. One of my dad’s old friends sent us the link and I’ve had it running all day, checking in with the female every few minutes or so. She’s laid one egg and has been hanging out at the eyrie all day so I think she may be laying another one today sometime. I find it absolutely fascinating: Ft. St Vrain Eagle Cam.

There are also links to a camera at a great horned owl nest at another facility in Boulder, and that owl looks just like my cat in the face – my family was right. The owls haven’t laid any eggs yet. A third facility has a place where peregrine falcons nest, but so far the eagles are my favorite.

That’s all I have today.

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  • 1. Gumphood  |  January 11, 2005 at 11:32 pm

    Bursts of Energy rule…where are you traveling too! Also pace yourself. It will last longer!

  • 2. Craig  |  January 11, 2005 at 11:32 pm

    “Get busy living, or get busy dying”, from The Shawshank Redemption (one of the best movies ever!), but it's not as funny as “sorry your Mom blew up Ricky” from Better off dead.

  • 3. mike  |  January 11, 2005 at 11:32 pm

    this post really makes me want to accomplish things. right after i take a nap…

  • 4. lorie  |  January 11, 2005 at 11:32 pm

    yes! the shawshank redemption! i can't believe i didn't remember that…it's one of my favorite movies.

  • 5. jessie  |  January 11, 2005 at 11:32 pm

    Lorie, you must check this out (you will LOVE it)! The National Zoo in DC has several streaming video cameras. I particularly enjoy watching the pandas.

  • 6. Hugo  |  January 11, 2005 at 11:32 pm

    Where would we be without those bursts? Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy sister.

  • 7. ~A  |  January 11, 2005 at 11:32 pm

    …as soon as you're born, you're dying.

    -Iron Maiden

    rock on, Lorie.

  • 8. Ginny  |  January 11, 2005 at 11:32 pm

    Wasn't there also something to that effect in Hamlet… that the gravedigger said he went to work the day Hamlet was born?

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