Glorious Deliciousness for the Senses

this afternoon i made an intentional decision to disconnect from the busyness of life if only for a few minutes.

i walked to the downtown library branch to pick up a dvd that i had put in a request for – it’s about a five minute walk one way, give or take.

grabbing my jacket, i intentionally left my phone at my desk.

rather than browsing twitter, checking friends’ facebook statuses, or reading some random article about something, i intentionally made the decision to soak up my surroundings – to look at the sky, the soak up the buildings, and take in all of the sounds afforded to me by working in a major city.

it was gloriously delicious for my senses.


i saw this recently on postsecret and it made me smile (particularly because i know many co-workers who can relate to this).

Blue Ribbon











go well, friends.

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,

a second chance (or: what a tree taught me about life)

i got into a conversation with my therapist today about how i’ve often struggled with comparing myself to other people.

i struggle with my perception of how friends have it all together, how life is (in a nutshell) perfect for them.

i see friends’ marriages and partnerships with their significant other blossom and flourish and i wish beyond all wishes that mine would do the same.

note: marriage is damn hard. don’t believe anyone who tells you otherwise, princess.

a young jack pine. image from wikipedia

a young jack pine. image from wikipedia

i then told my therapist about a couple of friends that i have that seemed to have the perfect marriage.

i won’t go into details here in order to protect them, but let’s just say their relationship was far from perfect.  when i heard about the major life-changing things they had to deal with as a couple, i was surprised: if anyone had this whole relationship thing figured out, surely it would’ve been these two.  however, despite the challenges they’ve met along the way, they are a stronger couple because of them.

my therapist then told me about the jack pine – it’s a tree that is native to canada east of the rocky mountains.  the fascinating things about these trees is that their cones that contain their seeds only open in heat – when a fire occurs.  for the tree to reproduce in a natural environment, the original tree has to die in a forest fire so the cones can open up and reseed the burnt ground.

i couldn’t help but think about this in real life: sometimes, to be given a second chance, to start anew, we have to experience the fires that life brings our way.  the possibility for rebirth is there, we’ve just got to be willing to go through life’s storms to get there.

going through life fires has a way of refining us, of making us stronger.  sure, we may get knocked down, but we can rise again.

traveling mercies,