Last week, I went to the desert for my friend, Melissa's, wedding. Her last name is Tran, too, and we've know each other since we were five years old. No, we aren't related, although you wouldn't be the first or last to ask, and I'm sure if we went far enough back into our genealogies we would probably be related somehow. She and her partner are artists, which means that everyone invited to this very small, intimate wedding was either a very hip artist type, or the decidedly normal childhood friend type. I'd like to think I fall into the latter category, but when we were out shopping, I asked Melissa's sister, Amy, if an Aztec-ish (Mexican? Tribal? some form of culturally appropriated pattern) tote was "too hip" for my style. She laughed in my face and then asked if I was serious. Yes, I was serious! Oh, well. I guess it's true what they say about knowing thyself--none of us really do.
Anyway, the whole trip I kept making offhand jokes about how the world was ending, usually through environmental disaster. I didn't even know I was doing it (know thyself! Again, I clearly don't), until on the last day, Amy remarked that I was OBSESSED with global warming. I proceeded to show her a map of Louisiana's actual coastline, and then made a joke about the earth submerging us parasitic human beings under water, like purging the flu virus with lots of liquids! Ha ha! Joke's on us. The whole reason I bring this up is because we visited Joshua Tree National Park and it was sublime, except that apparently Joshua Trees will go extinct in our lifetime probably because of increasingly sparse rain in that area of the country. And to think, I didn't even know this park existed until a few weeks ago. How could I not know? How foolish of me.
In other news, I've been driving everywhere in this town I live in that is maybe a 10 mile radius. So maybe that makes me a hypocrite, but it's the only way I can encourage myself to go to power yoga. I also threw away an entire bunch of asparagus and a bag of green beans because I forgot I had it.