Link Love

Found a new blogger whose writing style I dig. This bit on transitions resonated a lot. (I feel a lot of change in the air as of late, and it’s contributing to some awfully toss-and-turny nights. This time of year is always a melange of nostalgia and potential-tinged excitement, I find.)

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Call it hippie-dippie if you will, but I increasingly love this astrology stuff.

Brene’s the wisest of ’em all. (And I’m so bummed I somehow missed the boat to hear her speak here at Town Hall in a couple weeks!)

Adorable. (I love clever people.)

I wish this wasn’t so darn relatable about our/my 21st-century over-connectedness.

With any kind of luck, I’ll be seeing a new fave Nathaniel Ratecliff this weekend!

Hope the weeks are off to a great start. Happy September manana (rabbit, rabbit!).

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Intrinsic Parts/ (Extra)ordinary

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Isn’t it funny how sometimes glimpses of euphoria sneak in during those moments of the seemingly ‘normal’ and ‘mundane’? Often they slide their way onto the scene when you very least expect them, when there’s not much of anything particularly remarkable going on around you, or so it seems…

I had one of those moments today, as I paused in a cafe, my bag getting repeatedly caught in the cotton “spider web” that outlined the window in which I sat. I had just finished a lovely espresso visit with a wonderful, newish friend (that had organically grown into a coffee/chat/hangout session with more friends), afterwards kicking my way through piles of golden leaves on the long, sunny walk into Ballard. Once there, I’d run some errands, gotten lost in the bustle, picked up a concert ticket at a friendly record shop (beating the system by not paying extra fees, wahoo!), bumped into two friends I hadn’t seen in AGES and finally landed myself at this delicious, casual eatery.

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Here I feasted on a tasty sandwich stuffed with oozing pepper jack, crisped turkey and chipotle-mayo-with-a-kick. I truly savored the flavors, the sounds overhead (Reel Big Fish, ahhh the memories), the sights out the pane (a flurry of activity—the breaking down of the weekly famers market). For those few moments, I was completely present, completely there.

And it was ordinary—and extraordinary—all at once.

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La luz!

In between these kinda-cool-kinda-eerie-getting-old-now bouts of fog (I live in a cloud, apparently!), we’ve had glimpses of amazing, amazing LIGHT:

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How’s fall goin’ out yer way?

Falling into a new season

This year, I really resisted the transition away from such a glorious summer. Thankfully, though, I finally came around. I’m now fully embracing the new season and all the goodies it brings in tow. I had a super nice time in sunny, palm-treed San Diego last week (pics to come!), but man would I miss these gorgeous colors of cozy autumn.

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Scenes of September

So far, September has been so-so. I mean, it’s been alright really, just nothing too notable—but I suppose after SUCH a stellar August, there was nowhere to land but a bit lower down. It’ll pick up again soon, I’m sure and, in the interim, I recognize that the downtime is important, too. Autumn is in the air around these parts. Everyone and everything seems to be in transition, perhaps somewhat reluctantly.

Still, though, there’ve been really good things. Here’s how parts of it have looked (in opposite chronological order, so think present—>past):

I’ve been sick (AKA now). And hibernating.

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I stopped by a Greek fest. Opa

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I heard awesome music (Mikey & Matty)

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….and even more awesome music (in a “round” that also featured a poet and two visual artists). Man, there’s just so much amazing talent in this world, isn’t there?

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I was feeling very out of sorts, so I went to the water.

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It helped. It always does.

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I received out-of-the-blue gifts from a few thoughtful friends. 

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I soaked up that fleeting brightness with a vengeance.

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I dreamt of one day owning one of these. (Actually, just a small sailboat will do for me, thanks.)

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…at a boat show with my fellow Pisces.

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I didn’t quite know what to do with myself on 9/11. So stopping by this little peace lady seemed an appropriate thing to do.

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The weather was really stunning (before it went really crap).

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I played office worker bee for the day. I do not miss the commute. But it was nice to be out amongst the hustle & bustle.

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Monday Mix

Seattle has been putting on a good show as of late. I’m reveling in it.

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Recent scenes like these have been making me really happy–my cousin’s son bounding off to the first day of school and my parents helping my grandpa celebrate his 85th birthday!

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There is something very hopeful lingering in the crisp fall air that’s already started to blow in. Although I’m not quite ready to let go of summer, I’m feeling optimistic about the new season ahead. Happy Monday, friends!

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Wee Pangs

I’m battling some homesickness (my first true bout) over here today, missing all my DC people and wishing I could join many of them in a big old rowdy reunion tonight. I’ll be alright, and I’m still grateful for and excited about what I have here, but man, I miss ’em.

I hope you all have wonderful weekends.

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“Always go with the choice that scares you the most, because that’s the one that is going to require the most from you.”~Caroline Myss

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