Category Archives: Inspirational Shit

Wash the Winter Blues Away

I’ve heard rumors that there are people who enjoy winter weather, but personally I am skeptical that these people exist.  I think there should be some kind of law passed that says you have to leave your holiday lights on through the entire month of January, just for my own sanity.  After a month of gloomy January weather, I’m ready for some serious sunshine.  So when I found out late last Friday that it was going to be sunny and in the mid 50s – 60s on the Oregon coast, I began contemplating.  Combine that with the fact that not only did Alex and I have a rare entire weekend off together, but there was also a special running at our new favorite hotel on the beach (complete with ocean view and fireplace), and I knew that the cosmos must have aligned.  I went home and informed Alex of our new weekend plans.

Just under two hours away from our destination, I dusted off my sunglasses and prepared to enjoy the scenic drive to the coast.  I don’t even think I knew how much I needed this getaway until we arrived and felt the stress and doldrums wash away.  

For the next 24 hours it was all wave watching….

beach combing…

sunset watching…

bird feeding…

brunch eating…

tide pool exploring…

and lots of basking in the glorious sunshine!


Welcome the New Year!

“And now we welcome the New Year, full of things that have never been.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

This holiday season I reflected on the past year which was in many ways just plain craptastic for me and too many of my friends and family.  So I’m ringing in this New Year with emphatic joy and hope (not to get all “Chicken Soupy” on you).  Farewell 2009 – we will not miss you!  Bring on 2010!  I’ve even eaten my good luck beans, although I’m not sure who thought that was a good idea after a night of ridiculous alcohol consumption.  Anyway, here’s to brand new things (good things), exciting adventures and a new blog I’m not entirely sure what to do with – hooray!

I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions, I mean I believe that people do make them and they therefore do exist, but I don’t personally believe in making them.  I’ve broken too many, then inevitably beaten myself up far more than necessary.  I do believe in setting intentions, and this year I intend to hope.  I also intend to get my shit together and do more writing and creating, hence the blog.

Happy New Year!!


We had an unexpected snow day today and I didn’t realize how childishly happy it would make me, but my heart jumped just a little tiny bit when I saw my first flakes out the window.  It wasn’t what I had planned for my afternoon, but I was soon resigned to staying in and watching the “snow event” as the weatherman said.

A good snow is rare here in the valley, and being fortunate enough to stay home in it, made it perfect.   All the childhood glee over snow returned and it didn’t have to be a hassle – I could put off chores until tomorrow and just watch little hopeflakes fall from the sky.

I am thinking about the new year, the fresh start, the hope and these snowflakes today were like magic I could catch on my tongue.