a year of learning to be patient

i made the mistake earlier this year of praying & asking God to give me patience.

i say “mistake” because He has given me ample opportunities to learn the joys of patience in forms relating to my health.

no, i’m not dying (not yet, anyway), but the ailments that i am up against do not have quick recovery times for full healing.

there has been joy in hearing the, “you won’t need surgery…” but discouragement in the follow-up, “…but this will take time to heal.”


life’s a journey, isn’t it?

on my journey, i’ve tried to surround myself with a few friends who i can have a completely transparent relationship with – no holds barred, so to speak where we can be completely open and honest with each other about our thoughts, fears, hopes, and dreams.  i’ve also invested time in seeing a counselor for what i like to affectionately call “mental alignments”.

these two things (close friendships, counseling) stand out to me as two of the biggest things that help me to move on, to face another day – knowing that I AM NOT ALONE has been one of my greatest encouragements as well as the thing i tend to forget the most, but you know what?

i will get there.  (physical healing, peace of mind)

…and you will, too.

traveling mercies,



travels, trips for 2015

my travel schedule is already filling up quite nicely for 2015 and i’m looking forward to each trip for different reasons.  it’s nice to get away from home for a few days; to experience different parts of the world you’ve never seen, to broaden your horizons, to reconnect with old friends & make new ones along the way.

on the docket for 2015:

port townsend, wa – long weekend getaway mother’s day weekend – nothing flashy by way of long distances from home, but it involves a few ferry rides (!!!), staying in a tiny house, and wandering around state parks & small coastal towns.  sounds like a great weekend to me.

spokane, wa – family member’s wedding mid-july – okay, so this doesn’t count as a vacation seeing as how it’s my hometown & all, but i’m going & i’m looking forward to it.  reconnecting with family & friends is always time well spent if you ask me.

chicago, il / milwaukee, wi – scratching off three major league baseball stadiums with my dad! – i’ve long had a bucket list item to see a baseball game at every mlb park.  so far, i’ve seen a game at five of the thirty stadiums.  after this midsummer trip, i will be able to scratch three more parks off of that list: miller park, u.s. cellular, and the timeless wrigley field.  to say that i cannot wait is an understatement.

new mexico – i’ve had many people ask me, “why?” when i tell them that lovely & i will be taking a trip to the land of enchantment this fall – my first reply?  “why not?”  i mean, seriously?  it looks amazing.  i’m drawn to the stillness and slower pace of life it must certainly must offer as compared to the busy northwest city i currently call “home”.  sure, i’ll see a breaking bad site or two, but for the most part, the trip will be about getting out on the open road and seeing where it takes us.  sounds pretty magical to me.

for now, it’s a matter of saving up my spending money so i can properly enjoy my time in each one of these locations.

where are you going this year? (big or small, it doesn’t matter)  would you be interested in a postcard exchange?

traveling mercies,

A Few Things You (probably) Didn’t Know About Me

Happy Monday, Friends!

A friend of mine posted this on her blog, and I thought I would do the same thing.  Perhaps you’ll learn something about me that you did not know before.  If you already knew everything, kudos to you!

Four names people call me, other than my real name:

  • Cowboy
  • Haji
  • Jake
  • Bro

Four jobs I have had:

  • Attraction Attendant
  • Official Target Team Member Morale Leader (no, really)
  • Library Circulation Clerk
  • E-Commerce Marketing Associate

Four movies I’ve watched more than once:

  • Casablanca
  • Ben Hur (there’s a story with this one – I’ll have to blog about it sometime)
  • Robin Hood Prince of Thieves
  • All eight of the Harry Potter films

Four books I’d recommend:

  • Shantaram, Gregory David Roberts
  • Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, Anne Lamott
  • Letters to a Young Poet, Rainer Maria Rilke
  • Acedia & Me: A Marriage, Monks, and a Writer’s Life, Kathleen Norris

Four places I have lived:

  • Spokane, WA
  • Three Hills, Alberta, Canada
  • Ballincolig, County Cork, Ireland
  • Various towns along the Oregon Coast

Four places I have been:

  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Grand Canyon
  • Dodger Stadium
  • Emerald Pool, Dominica

Four places I’d rather be right now:

  • At home with my cat
  • Curled up with a good book
  • At a brewery with a good friend or two
  • Somewhere on the open road

Four things I don’t eat:

  • Seafood
  • Pineapple (allergic)
  • Those pink frosting sugar cookies
  • Eggplant

Four of my favorite foods:

  • Chicken Vindaloo
  • Steak
  • Chicken Fettuccine
  • Ice Cream

Four TV shows that I watch:

(Caveat: I do not have television service at home; as such, everything I watch is old episodes online)

  • Criminal Minds
  • Frasier
  • Amazing Race
  • Dexter / Breaking Bad (RIP)

Four things I am looking forward to this year (2015):

  • Going to Chicago/Milwaukee/Green Bay with my dad (July-August)
  • Cleaning out my living space of clutter, simplifying
  • Going on road trips with my Lovely
  • Trying as many new beers as I possibly can

Four things I’m always saying:

  • “Yeah yeah”
  • Anything in regards to a beer I tried / want to try
  • “Yuuuuuuuuup”
  • “You know what sounds good? Ice cream.”

Traveling mercies,

thoughts, trips, baseball, & artwork

i’m amazed that i haven’t been ’round these parts since may of last year.  it’s not that i haven’t wanted to write, it’s just that i get overwhelmed about what to write that i end up not writing at all.

am i alone in this?

a few days ago, my dad & i booked tickets to fly to milwaukee, wi this summer to scratch off a few more mlb stadiums off of my list: miller park (milwaukee, wi) & chicago’s wrigley field & u.s. cellular field.

wrigley field, chicago, il Joe Robbins/Getty Images

wrigley field, chicago, il
Joe Robbins/Getty Images

seeing a game at every stadium in the majors has long been a dream of mine, & i can think of no better person to share that experience with than my dad.  after this trip, i will have been to a game at eight of the thirty stadiums – a solid start.

i’m hoping that perhaps my dad & i can make this an annual tradition where we visit a different city, take in it’s sights & sounds, and take in a few games at the home park.

while in chicago, i fully intend to eat copious amounts of deep-dish pizza, try the local beers, and of course, visit the art institute of chicago (two of my top-five favorite pieces of art of all time are located within it’s walls – how could i not go?!?)

i’m overwhelmed by the thought of everything i *could* be doing, but won’t get the opportunity to do.  i realize that i’ll drive myself crazy thinking like that, so instead i’m trying to focus on the many awesome things i will get to do, and if i decide i love the experience, make plans to experience more of it at a later time (that’s an entire blog entry for another date – lots to consider there, no doubt!).

do you have any suggestions for must-sees or must-dos while we’re in the chicago/milwaukee/green bay area?  i welcome your thoughts.

traveling mercies,