Sunday, January 30, 2011

Biscuits Pour Chiens

Found these all natural dog treats at WinCo for $2.25 a box -- SCORE!

I absolutely love the art work on this box!


Really, who can resist a hobo dog with a hat and bandanna stick!?! Too cute!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Interesting Juxtaposition

Not sure Great Clips is getting their "ad dollars" worth here. 

Maybe they should include a free haircut with the payment for spinning the sign all day. just saying.


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

You've Got the Love

Another song/video by the woman that seems to be singing straight from my soul these days -- Florence + The Machine.




 
You've Got the Love
 
Sometimes I feel like throwing my hands up in the air
I know I can count on you
Sometimes I feel like saying "Lord I just don't care"
But you've got the love I need To see me through

Sometimes it seems that the going is just too rough
And things go wrong no matter what I do
Now and then it seems that life is just too much
But you've got the love I need to see me through

When food is gone you are my daily meal
When friends are gone I know my savior's love is real
You Know it's real

You got the love
You got the love
You got the love
You got the love
You got the love
You got the love

Time after time I think "Oh Lord what's the use?"
Time after time I think it's just no good
Sooner or later in life, the things you love you lose
But you got the love I need to see me through

You got the love
You got the love
You got the love
You got the love
You got the love
You got the love

You got the love
You got the love
You got the love
You got the love
You got the love
You got the love

Sometimes I feel like throwing my hands up in the air
I know I can count on you
Sometimes I feel like saying "Lord I just don't care"
But you've got the love I need to see me through
Thanks for all of your love and support and for being there for me when it all seems like too much. You'll never know how much your love means to me.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

While I was sleeping...

Jason put together something beautiful over at http://www.thedigitalfallout.blogspot.com/ last night.


Working quietly behind the scenes you could pass by one of us on the street and not even notice. It is a silent revolution from inside out and ground up. We go undercover, not concerned who takes the credit, but simply that the work gets done. Many of us have normal jobs and seemingly normal lives, but behind the storefront is where the deeper work gets done. It is a silent revolution.
check it out.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Hey, you're okay. You'll be fine. Just breathe.

I just found this website, zefrank.com. It's got some really cool mashups, songs, and animated videos.

This song called "Chillout" is pretty awesome. Click here to see how it was created. Very cool.



Chorus:
"Hey, you're okay. You'll be fine. Just breathe."

The Stumpy Movie is so sweet and wonderful. I've definitely felt like a Stumpy before.


stumpy_version1 from ze frank on Vimeo.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

So Darkness I Became

Another favorite by Florence and the Machine.


Cosmic Love

A falling star fell from your heart and landed in my eyes
I screamed aloud, as it tore through them, and now it's left me blind

The stars, the moon, they have all been blown out
You left me in the dark
No dawn, no day, I'm always in this twilight
In the shadow of your heart

And in the dark, I can hear your heartbeat
I tried to find the sound
But then, it stopped, and I was in the darkness,
So darkness I became

The stars, the moon, they have all been blown out
You left me in the dark
No dawn, no day, I'm always in this twilight
In the shadow of your heart

I took the stars from my eyes, and then I made a map
And knew that somehow I could find my way back
Then I heard your heart beating, you were in the darkness too
So I stayed in the darkness with you

The stars, the moon, they have all been blown out
You left me in the dark
No dawn, no day, I'm always in this twilight
In the shadow of your heart

The stars, the moon, they have all been blown out
You left me in the dark
No dawn, no day, I'm always in this twilight
In the shadow of your heart 


(Sun rising through the dark clouds this morning) 

It's been dark here for so long, but it feels like we are starting to pull out of it now.




Monday, January 10, 2011

2011 BCS National Championship: Auburn vs. Oregon -- Post edit -- Auburn Wins!!

First things first...

WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!!!

My alma mater (Auburn) versus my newly adopted home team (Oregon) are going to duke it out tonight for the national championship!!

This is really a dream come true. Although I will always bleed orange and blue, I have to admit that I'll be happy if either team wins.


It should be an interesting match up. According to the talk around town, it's been quite awhile since the Ducks got very far in the championships. It's funny to watch the news here because the Oregon fans are having to make up fight songs and chants. They aren't very creative either - for example one goes like this - "I love being a Duck - I love being  a Duck..."(and repeat gratuitously).

Now at Auburn, I remember during freshman orientation we had a mini pep rally where they taught us all of the chants like Boda Getta and made us learn the fight song:

War...Eagle, fly down the field, Ever to conquer, never to yield.
War...Eagle fearless and true. Fight on, you orange and blue.
Go! Go! Go!
On to victory, strike up the band,
Give 'em hell, give 'em hell.
Stand up and yell, Hey! War...Eagle, win for Auburn,
Power of Dixie Land!

At the time it seemed a little obsessive but now I think it's awesome that I was (and always will be) a part of such strong tradition and deep roots.

In addition to the songs and chants, I always loved the tradition of rolling Toomer's Corner when Auburn won the game. It was such a rush to run wildly from the stadium (with 80,000+ others) through campus, raiding all buildings of TP and participating in the wonderment that is rolling your own campus. It's definitely not the greenest tradition, but it's totally worth it.

Hopefully this is what Toomer's Corner will look like this evening.


Note: Watch out for industrial sized TP rolls - they hurt coming down!

Oh yeah, BTW, Auburn's quarterback, Cam Newton, won the Heisman trophy this year. Soooo...yeah that might help things on the Auburn side a little ;-)

GO TIGERS!


WAR DAMN EAGLE!!

Post-edit: Auburn beats Oregon 22-19 with a field goal in the last two seconds of the 4th quarter!!!

BEST.GAME.EVER.

Watch live stream of Toomer's Corner being rolled here:
http://www.livestream.com/cityofauburntoomerscorner

Friday, January 07, 2011

Northwest Proverb: The Grass is Always Greener in the Winter


I spend a lot of time staring out the window these days.

It's my favorite pastime. It's like meditating.

Everyday observing from the same seat in my office -- looking out over the same parts of the neighborhood and the same front yard.

The other day, I was staring at the neighbor's manicured golf-course-putting-green-style yard and thought to myself how strange it was that his yard looks better in the winter than in summer.

All summer, the grass bakes and fries and burns down to a brittle dust.

But in the winter, the grass is green and lush.

So the other day I thought to myself, "you know, the grass is always greener in the winter."

I thought it was funny. Like a Northwest proverb combining two traditional ideas--

"The grass is always greener on the other side" and
"There is no sun without shadow, and it is essential to know the night."  (Albert Camus)

It's like this:
In the winter, I can't wait for summer. To feel the sun and the warmth and watch life budding in the garden. 
But the rub is that the grass will be brown and dead during the summer. And since we don't water the yard for aesthetics, brown it stays until the rains come again in the winter.

Then like clockwork, the rains come and the grass is green and lush again, but it's cold, dark and damp.

I guess what I'm trying to say with my proverb is this: 
Seasons change and with that change comes an envy of seasons past. However, knowing and accepting the rub of each season allows appreciation of both.

Phewww. That idea was harder to hammer out on cyberpaper than I thought it would be.

I'm going to stare out the window with the animals now and dream of a warm summer and dead grass.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Introducing: Derville

Well, the cat's outta the bag! Literally!

Jason and I decided we could use a little something to liven things up around here so we adopted a rescue kitty a few weeks ago. I've never had a cat so this is all new territory to me. However, Jason grew up with tons of animals of all kinds (especially kitties) so this is old hat for him.

It took a few days for everyone to acclimate to the new living arrangements, but with a few adjustments here and there, we are doing great now.

He's the sweetest little guy ever! His name is Derville. Peek-a-boo!


He is a beautiful short-haired white tabby -- and his markings are so unique! Like he's wearing a Mardi Gras mask and a designer cape!


He was so tiny! He's decided that he only wants to eat what Clancy eats, so he's been shredding through the senior adult dog food like crazy and growing by the minute!

We rescued Derville from OFOSA. They said they found him curled up on a truck tire, hiding from the cold and rain. Awww don't worry, you have a home now!



Derville and Clancy became best friends really quick!! They have a lot in common!

They both LOVE naptime!


And looking out the window! Aren't you both so cute sharing the view!


Welcome to the family, Derville!

You're going to fit right in -- after all, you started playing the fart game on the first day!

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Goodbye 2010


Goodbye 2010.

Can't say I'll miss you much.

High hopes for 2011.