Saturday, February 27, 2010

Sands of Time

This is incredibly beautiful and mesmerizing.

Kseniya Simonova is a Ukrainian artist who creates sand drawings in front of audiences. Here she is performing on Ukraine’s Got Talent:

Here, she recounts Germany conquering Ukraine in the second world war. She brings calm, then conflict. A couple on a bench become a woman’s face; a peaceful walkway becomes a conflagration; a weeping widow morphs into an obelisk for an unknown soldier. Simonova looks like some vengeful Old Testament deity as she destroys then recreates her scenes – with deft strokes, sprinkles and sweeps she keeps the narrative going. She moves the judges to tears as she subtitles the final scene “you are always near”.
Thanks for sharing this with us, Pops.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Good News!!!

February is the month that all of the year-end recognition and financial decisions are made at my work.

Last year it was grim times. No recognition, no raise, no promotions due to the failing economy.

So I've been holding my breath for the entire month/year to see how things would pan out.

Drumroll please......

Bonus: YES!!
Raise: YES!!
Promo: NO (but there is light at the end of the tunnel now)

Here is me on the phone telling Jason the good news.

The toughest part about this process is that all we, as underlings, know is that decisions will be made by March 1 but we don't know exactly when the verdict will drickle down from the "powers that be." So it's a very stressful time. Then one day (today), I get the dreaded, "Sarah can you come into my office for a minute?" which around here is the kiss-of-death phrase.

But not today!!!!!

It was GOOD news today!!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Thirty Two and Fat Tuesday

Hello glorious, beautiful, exciting day!!

Today is Fat Tuesday and my 32nd birthday! This hasn't happened since my 21st birthday, which was pretty cool timing. I wonder if it will be every 11 years from now on like 43, 54, and so on...?

We have spontaneously planned a great day. Meaning, we didn't make any plans until yesterday and now it's in full effect.

Jason's out right now taking care of phase 1: breakfast and mimosas

Then, we are going to head out even West-er and spend the afternoon at the beach. Or maybe I should say the "ocean." It's not like the Gulf of Mexico where you can spend your February birthday in a bathing suit in the sun on the beach (which I have fond birthday memories of also). Oh birthday at the beach, I love you. Sunny or raining or cloudy and cold, your almighty power recharges me!

First stop, get galoshes so we can stomp around in that big ole puddle otherwise known as the Pacific Ocean. Such a powerful ocean. It's funny how oceans have their own personality. The Gulf is calm and meek while the Pacific is loud and pounding but comforting at the same time.

Then afternoon at Mo's right on the beach. I hope they are having a Fat Tuesday party. That would be awesome to hang out with the locals!

Well, the breakfast and mimosas just walked in the door, so I'm off!

Doin the "I'm a Lucky Lady Dance" the whole way!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Mr. Martha Stewart

Mr. Martha Stewart, originally uploaded by JaSar Creative.

I love this guy!

I'm a lucky girl!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

The circles under her eyes were the purple of bad meat

It has been a terrible week for me at work. This corporate world that I'm part of has my head spinning.

If my career path is like a tightrope, then the distance to the next platform just got longer, the width of the rope became narrower, and the prize at the end is practically invisible.

I'm tired.

And I never signed up for the circus.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Today for lunch...

...I had a long walk by the river


a beautiful view.

Friday, February 05, 2010

A Discussion About Desire

Leaving the Tibetan Buddhist lamasery, trekking down from the tips of the Himalayan Mountains, Kudra and Alobar discussed desire.

"I have been considering," said Kudra, a tad out of breath,"what you said about desire."

"Ah," said Alobar. "And now you agree that the devotee's desire to be without desire is the most insidious desire of all."

"Not exactly, Alobar. Look at it this way. The word desire suggests that there is something we do not have. If we have everything already, then there can be no desire, for there is nothing left to want. I think that what the Buddha may have been trying to tell us is that we have it all, each of us, all the time; therefore, desire is simply unnecessary." She stopped to catch her breath. "To eliminate the agitation and disappointment of desire, we need but awaken to the fact the we have everything we want and need right now."

Kudra and Alobar travel on for days, by foot, seeking the ancient caves of the Bandaloop doctors. Through physical setbacks and extremely poor weather conditions, with Alobar literally carrying Kudra, they make it to the caves. On the fourth day, they awoke and the discussion on desire continued.
Concluding his account of how he had swept her up and run with her, Alobar ventured the opinion that they had survived because he reached a point where he did not take his desire to live seriously. "My desire was no less than before, you understand, but I no longer identified with the desire. Perhaps that is why desire causes men calamity. By identifying with our desires and taking them too seriously, we not only increase our susceptibility to disappointment, we actually create a climate inhospitable to the free and easy fulfillment of those desires."

~Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume