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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:

Nectar Bluegrass

*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:


*Indulging (still, oops):


*Trying hard to believe this:


Any great finds on your end as of late?

HAPPY happy weekend, friends.

Celebrating happenin’ hoods and happy birthdays

Things I enjoy about my new ‘hood so far:

~At certain times of the day, the neighborhood air hangs heavy with the aroma of baking brownies (it’s really the Theo Chocolate Factory just around the bend).

~It’s full of kooky characters, many of whom give the place a friendly (if zany) “peanut gallery”-type feel. (Today, near home, I received several compliments on my sundress, one from a man wearing a tie-dye tee who was blowing bubbles out the open window of his fancy-schmancy car that had a license plate that read “LEGGS”…you couldn’t script some of this stuff.)

~Sometimes I’m forced to pause and stretch mid-run until the boat passes through, the drawbridge goes back down, and the mad rush of drivers, joggers and cyclists get the signal to carry on.

~I’m starting to know some of the locals, like the 7-11 owner and his family, who make pleasant small talk every time I pop in (I can finally access my DC bank account on a regular basis, wahoo!)

~The sidewalks and trails seem to be full of Mr. Moms pushing their wee ones in strollers at all hours of the day.

~An outdoor cinema, a dog pub, an open-air music venue, a (savory) pie shop, so much Thai.

~New sights (mountains! hills on all sides!), smells, tastes, sounds, perspective.

**Today I wish my amazing mom, who is just simply the best (there’s really no other way to put it), a wonderful, wonderful birthday (and, more importantly, a happy return to her own bed after an evil tick sent her to a very scary, sick place and a very uncomfortable hospital room for several nights:(). I am beyond grateful she’s on the mend. Friends, especially those of you on the east coast, watch out for those nasty ticks, and give your family members a huge hug today if you’re lucky enough to be near!**