Things I’m Digging Right Now

*Any of Jimmy Fallon’s absurdly hilarious Thank You notes (*and, well, just anything of Jimmy’s—full stop, especially when he cracks himself up, which is pretty much always):

*First Aid Kit’s contribution to the WILD soundtrack:

*The fact that my most favorite performer ever—Langhorne Slim—is coming BACK to Seattle (& to my favorite venue here, AND just a few days before my birthday!)

*Breaking out of routine/comfort zones. For example, last night—on a random Thursday eve— I got to drive a snowmobile through the dark and serene woods of Eastern Washington! A bit scary at first, but overall….just so darn cool. What a (chilly) rush!

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*Rising with the sun for mountain views like THESE. Seriously, that light!! Today’s snow walk was brief, but I won’t soon forget it: traipsing across the magical, crunchy white stuff in a peaceful, still world, just beginning to stir. What a gift.

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Sandwich Road Trip Anyone?

The mini + pobre, little stray dog. (Note the "tumbleweed" picked up en route, ha!)

The mini + pobre, little stray dog. (Note the “tumbleweed” picked up en route, ha!)

I am a lover of sandwiches and a lover of road trips. So. Who wants to eat their way across America with me? (Admittedly, some of these sandwiches look a little too meat-crazy for yours truly, but….I’d give it a whirl.)

Recently, I have a dream of getting sent on some sort of project where I have to travel the width of our vast, amazing, quirky country, exploring all the nooks and crannies  along the way. I love road trips,  I love interviewing local characters, and I love little towns with one blinking stop light, one laundromat and one local pub where everybody knows your name. I think that, because this is so far from the reality of the suburban upbringing I experienced, I am just fascinated by life in these remote, unpopulated pockets of our country.

So, I’ve decided I really want an assignment that gives me the excuse to do this—to hit the road and to interview folks I meet along the path. I want to learn their stories; I want to share their tales.

I’m talking This American Life, StoryCorps, documentary research or random projects like this that I’ve recently randomly stumbled upon and become so captivated by. (Or maybe I could/should create a project on my own? Hmmmm. If anyone with an assignment catches wind of this post, feel free to send it my way:))

Here are some preview pics from my recent mini-roadtrip east to Leavenworth and Walla Walla, WA.

This is a mighty diverse country we’ve got, y’all, and there’s still so much more of it I want to explore.

Snowing through the pass

Snowing through the pass

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Some no-nonsense Walla Walla Mexican, thanks to a tip from a local

X-Country Trip Day 3, Morning cont.: Cascade Mountains, WA

I am more awake now, and this scenery is simply stunning (even more so than these pictures capture!). Welcome to Washington!

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Sick of scenery shots yet? Here’s yours truly (sleep n’ shower, please!) 🙂

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