Background noise

Do you ever notice how, when you’re already feeling a bit anxious, the world seems to be suddenly filled with aggravating noises? (For example, early this morning, loud hammer pounding outside my window; yesterday at the library in the midst of a stressful work-related email exchange, a man near me making too-loud, unpleasant guttural noises in conjunction with a woman sobbing and screeching into her phone about having all her possessions taken away and her being in the midst of a nervous breakdown.) I realize that I have control over how much I tune into or tune out of these exterior distractions. Herein lies the challenge…

So this morning, I’m attempting to fill my space with the Pandora Christmas station along with Brandi’s song “The Story,” which I can’t get out of my head after seeing her perform alongside the Seattle Symphony in a holiday-decked Benaroya Hall Sunday evening.

A few scenes from my weekend.

Friday night was a fun one. In the same Ballard bar, packed with some old friends and some new, I saw this:

And then this (gotta love poignant bathroom stall graffiti):

Some blue skies and SUN allowed for some nice runs, bike rides and wanders:

The holidays are coming! My hood has gone festive, and I think she looks lovely:)

Have a wonderful day, friends, filled with pleasant background noises.