Friday Hodgepodge

This week I’ve been a bit introspective (and at times also quite sad). I could blame the gray (or February in general), but I also like to think that I usually feel this way when I’m in the midst of a shift–on the cusp of some sort of emotional/spiritual growth.

Some really fun things happened this week, too, like many quality catch-ups over tea, beer and bahn mi, and Tuesday I attended a spontaneous dinner party during which we looked up our astrological rising moon signs over delicious plates of elk stir-fry (so very Pacific NW, non:)?). It was great fun. I’ve been seeing a good deal of theater these past weeks (which is great!), and I’ve been easing my way back into physical activeness (canal runs, a beach bike ride and many hours logged on the yoga mat in my favorite yellow studio).

Recently, I’ve been:

*Listening to this (LOVE)

*and watching precious bluegrass talents like these guys:

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*Contemplating doing this (next Friday–could be a good way to kick off my birthday weekend!)

*Getting back into watching great docs like this one:

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*Indulging (still, oops):

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*Trying hard to believe this:

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Any great finds on your end as of late?

HAPPY happy weekend, friends.

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Gratitude

Aussie photographer Hailey Bartholomew started this amazing gratitude project a few years back, and I can’t wait to see her upcoming documentary about it called 365Grateful. In case this speaks to you too, here’s a wee peak:

My trip home, by the numbers

22: Pounds of our bird

5: Movies watched–2 new releases at the cinema, 1 fab IMAX at Natural History, 1 Christmastime classic (The Holiday…love it all over again each and every time), 1 blast-from-the-past in archaic VHS form (City Slickers! Be kind, please rewind!)

4: Museums and memorials visited, highlights being the awesome Black List exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery, the super-hidden, very wee, Secret Service museum on H Street (who knew?) and the awesome new MLK Jr. Memorial on the edge of the Tidal Basin

10: Rating (out of 10) I’d give the brisket at American Ice Company. (Thanks, Pat, for reserving us that table too!)

0: Times I opened my laptop, which I left here in Seattle. It felt great!

3: Alfresco walks–one with dad on Thanksgiving day, two with the entire fam around nearby Burke Lake

21: Age of my cousin David, who accompanied the older cousins out to the bar for the first time:)

19: Place settings at our slightly hectic yet delicious and fun Thanksgiving feast

Umpteen: mugs of tea and peanut butter-kiss cookies consumed, hugs from Elliott, giggles from Gracie, fried dishes and beer pints ordered at Stoney’s during a fun friends reunion, times Abby and Anna sweetly (and thankfully, gently) tugged on my earrings, identical puzzle pieces of blue sky Erik and KL somehow managed to fit together, times the new Decemberists album repeated in my mom’s car:), immeasurable tally of the times I felt grateful during the past two weeks for the amazing family and friends I am so blessed to have and love and already miss.

It was a lot of togetherness in close quarters, but overall we all did pretty well, I think, and it was a really lovely trip home. The friend-family balance is new to me and admittedly a bit tough. But I’ll get it down, eventually…

I was quite sad to leave yesterday, but I’m also excited for December here in the Pacific NW. Last night I arrived to a festive, fully-decked downtown Seattle. Back at the house after a longggg day of travel, the Christmas tree precariously perched atop the Space Needle twinkled at us through the family room windows. Happy December, friends!

(Hazy Georgetown, taken from the Kennedy Center terrace at the Sheer Madness intermission)

If we’re being honest here

I started today feeling optimistic and invigorated. Now I’m feeling frustrated, stuck, dejected. Over it. My patience is waning. Womp wah.

Phew. Now that that’s out there…

Moving on.

The movie Saturday was amazing, by the way. Emotionally wrecking, but fantastically done. Amazing. (Thanks, M, for the tip!!) Like Crazy. Go see it.

 

See you soon, home! I am SO looking forward to it.

Gray Saturday solution

Sometimes this is JUST what the doctor ordered.

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What’s on your weekend agenda?

Doc rec!

Documentary, that is. If you love docs as much as I do, I’ve got a great one for you.

“Exporting Raymond”…..check it out! Pretty funny and undoubtedly fascinating. Ah, the old familiar ‘lost in translation’ bit. Russia’s been up there on my travel list for awhile now, and this film only made me more antsy to book my next international ticket ASAP. But I’ve got some domestic stuff to figure out first…

Hope the weekends were good, y’all.