Friday, October 28, 2011

The Sickness

That shaggy-haired fellow in the green shirt? HE'S COMING HOME FROM INDIA TODAY! The genius behind this video? One talented mofo by the name of Kyle Duba.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Oh, Thank GOD!

Amy is moving in.

With her, come joys like this:

Life is good.

And better for having Rathke in it

A Kanye, Adele and Jay-Z teaming up kind of happy.

That's seriously happy.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Mortal Instruments

I know your streets, sweet city,
I know the demons and angels that flock
and roost
in your boughs like birds.

I know you, river, as if you flowed through my heart.

I am your warrior daughter.

There are letters made of your body

as a fountain is made of water.
There are languages
of which you are the blueprint
and as we speak them
the city rises.

by Elka Cloke

Thank you, Erin, for introducing me to my latest stay-up-till-all-hours-of-the-night-reading addiction. What can I say? I have a soft spot for the young adult fantasy genre. Apt that I am talking about a series called TMI, eh?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Playing With Food

At least by now it's clear I am on a perspective kick (binge... call it what you will). Why stop now??

Continuing in that vein, I love this series of Lilliputan scenes Christopher Boffoli created...

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

"Orphans Preferred"

I am waiting for a letter from San Francisco to arrive at our doorstep and am reminded that mail --even overnight mail-- takes an old school amount of time to get here. Lander, and maybe Wyoming in general, is decidedly nonconformist when it comes to modern day postal service norms.

In an effort to put things into context for me, my mom sent me this old advertisement for the Pony Express that claims they could courier a letter from Missouri to the coast in ten days or less. THAT'S AMAZING and about the pace mail travels here to this day. See?! Perspective changes everything.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Exploration Vs. Exploitation

I hear tell it's Columbus Day. Which begs the question-- How do you look at the man, the myth, and the legend? There are so many different perspectives to choose from...

Exhibit A:

Exhibit B:

I love how history often tells us more about the historian than the subject of the story.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Not Giving An Ounce Of Fuck

Bukowski said, "There's a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out, but I'm too tough for him. I say, 'Stay in there. I'm not going to let anybody see you.' There's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out, but I'm too clever. I only let him out at night sometimes when everybody's asleep. I say, 'I know that you're there, so don't be sad.' Then I put him back, but he's singing a little in there. I haven't quite let him die and we sleep together like that with our secret pact and it's nice enough to make a man weep. But I don't weep, do you?"

I do.

Nin said, "The day comes when the risk to remain tight in a bud is greater than the risk it takes to bloom."

All of which would be greatly helped (the risk taking and the suffering alike) by adopting the following attitude when it comes to fear...

Saturday, October 8, 2011

A Newly Frugal Gal Struggles With Opulent Thoughts

Ingredients in the room of my childhood dreams...

Hand-painted wallpaper scenes of exotic locales.

A weathered old four-poster bed.

Sheets embroidered with Mongol poppies, birds of paradise and such.

A gilt sunburst. Of course.

Two of these wing chairs covered in a rich burgundy, aubergine or royal purple.

A trunk full of dress up clothes and other assorted treasures.

And adventure luggage, if only for trips down the hall or out into the yard.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

It Takes A Village

This is what my heart feels like right now-- all multicolored, delicate and aflutter.

Big mistakes require big help and I made and received both recently. I am truly grateful for that. Holy hell, though! The knowledge that I am so loved by so many so well despite my faults leaves me profoundly humbled.

I hope to prove worthy of my family's support, forgiveness and esteem. Learning to extend those same gifts to myself when I stumble is also on the to-do list.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Creative Juices

You couldn't squeeze even a little creativity out of me right now-- I'm struggling just to keep my eyes open!

These two men, however, are awash in the stuff.

And thank god for that.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Negotiating The Friendly Skies

The world of airline reservations quickly becomes a byzantine nightmare (in my humble opinion) if any changes need to be made to an existing ticket. Hence the depths of my gratitude to Becky Detimore at Inspired Journeys for guiding me through the darkness and out into the light with grace, good humor and mad expertise! She not only weathers, but DOMINATES Indian call centers, inane rules and inconsistent regulations. It's downright awe-inspiring!