Thursday, March 31, 2011

Art of the Title

Silver screen titles through the ages. It's cool to see how they have evolved, yet stayed much the same. Very nostalgic. Enjoy!



A Brief History of Title Design from Ian Albinson on Vimeo.

(From the always-entertaining http://www.zefrank.com.)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Radiohead -- Street Spirit (Fade out)

I love, L.O.V.E., LoVe, lOvE Radiohead.

I really love this video -- the black and white, light and dark,  fast and slow, fade in and fade out.

I also think it has something to do with my nostalgia for Airstream trailers. I was living in my own little aluminum love can when Jason and I started seeing each other. People get real close, real quick when there is only 1/8" of aluminum separating you from the person using the pisser. If you can handle that, you know it's love...or at least we did.

I love the person jumping at the 3:52 mark.


"Street Spirit (Fade Out)"
Rows of houses, all bearing down on me
I can feel their blue hands touching me
All these things into position
All these things we'll one day swallow whole
And fade out again and fade out

This machine will, will not communicate
These thoughts and the strain I am under
Be a world child, form a circle
Before we all go under
And fade out again and fade out again

Cracked eggs, dead birds
Scream as they fight for life
I can feel death, can see its beady eyes
All these things into position
All these things we'll one day swallow whole
And fade out again and fade out again

Immerse your soul in love
IMMERSE YOUR SOUL IN LOVE

PS. It hasn't stopped raining in about a year here so that's why so many posts are on videos and books. Hopefully more exterior posts coming soon -- hell, we were putting in the garden this time last year and now it's just a huge mud puddle!

Please send sun if you have extra!

Monday, March 28, 2011

AWOLNATION -- "Sail"

Been lovin the song "Sail" by AWOLNATION for awhile now and thought I would share it here.

This video is creepy as hell, but the song is rockin.

Update: AWOLNATION’s debut album, Megalithic Symphony is available for download today and hits the stores tomorrow, March 29.



SAIL!

This is how I show my love.
I made it in my mind because
I blame it on my ADD baby.

This is how an angel dies
Blame it on my own sick pride
Blame it on my ADD baby

SAIL!

SAIL!

Maybe I should cry for help
Maybe I should kill myself
Blame it on my ADD baby

Maybe I'm a different breed
Maybe I'm not listening
So blame it on my ADD baby

SAIL!

SAIL!

Lalalalala Lalalalalaoooo
Lalalalala Lalalalalaoooo

SAIL!

SAIL!

SAIL!

Friday, March 25, 2011

The beauty that surrounds me

This week has been full of  love and beautiful things!

First, my kind, beautiful, wonderful, generous mother was in town and we had an amazing visit!

It felt so good to hug my mommy -- it'd been over a year -- that's WAY too long to go without a momma hug!

We took these pictures at 6am before mom and I headed to the airport. (Please ignore the bedhead and jammies :-)




Of course, she said she'd gladly take the train, but I wanted to drive her to the airport. I wasn't ready to let her go -- I wanted those extra 45 minutes with her. Traffic was light and it only took 30 minutes. Deep down I wish the freeway would have been backed up and then we would have had more time together. 

However, I am so very thankful for the time that Jason and I did get to spend with her while she was here.  Every time she visits we all learn something new about each other. It's like meeting your parent all over again, except this time they are not only a parent, but a person too!

Speaking of beautiful mothers, we have an iris bed in our front porch planter that we populated with bulbs from Jason's mother's garden in Texas. A few years ago, she painstakingly packed up all kinds of bulbs from her garden and mailed them to us. There were irises, canna, and bird of paradise.



We love our little iris garden and the beautiful memories of the beautiful mother that are stored away deep in those bulbs. I have plans to get a stone statue (something angelic) to replace the mushroom guy and make it a little memorial garden for Momma D. (Side note: these are definitely special irises and it's obvious that they were grown with tons of love because they stay green all winter and get 3 times as tall as the native Oregonian irises that our neighbors have!)

The irises do the best here, but the cannas defy all odds. They come up and bloom toward the end of the year -- I've never see cannas in other yards here. I think we have the only ones in the Northwest and they grow on love and magic!

Other beautiful things around me:

The first flowers of the year: hyacinths and tulips


Open tulip



Dew drops on hyacinth leaves


Clancy Pooh and Derville Too


Hope there's a little beauty surrounding you today!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Goin' back to Cali

I went back to Los Angeles for work this week. I hadn't been back since we left over 2 years ago.

Thankfully, it was a very short trip. I flew into LAX  Sunday night and back to PDX Monday night after conducting an all-day software training.

It was exhausting. LA is exhausting. But I managed the entire trip without having an LA-induced meltdown!Granted, I couldn't eat a fucking thing the whole time I was there because of anxiety and general disgust with my surroundings, but I did manage to stay calm and keep breathing the whole time.

I was looking forward to the weather though. I thought the sun would feel good, but I forgot that LA has a 'dirty' sun which makes me want to crawl under a nice, cool, mossy rock.

Here's some pictures from my less-than-36-hours-in-LA trip.

Depart PDX


Arrive LAX


Sunrise in the Garment and Fashion District



Typical LA price-gouging ($33 for breakfast!)



Suited up and ready for action!



Early morning walk to the office.


777 Building on 7th and Figueroa --my old office building and where I spent the entire day -- 19th floor.


Financial District (7th and Fig)

The new LA LIVE! Ritz Carlton...with a giant Bud Light advert on the side and a helipad on top. *Classy*

This Ritz Carlton just punctuates the point so clearly (even looks like a giant exclamation point), that it's all about money in LA.

I love living in the Pacific Northwest...even when I almost puke on the plane because the take offs and landings are so rough due to tumultuous weather. (Yes, I am that person that uses the barf bag on planes. I didn't this time because I popped a Dramamine as soon as I started that just-about-to-puke-mouth-watering thing and staved it off. Sounds like every family vacation we ever took, right Mom?)

I'm so happy to be back in Portland with my hubby, my sweet animals, the snails, the moss and the rain!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Meet Bertie



Last night Jason and I completed our Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Clinic. It was an 8 week long journey that has changed our lives forever. I could talk about the benefits of this experience all day, for days on end, but the main take-away is:  I FEEL GOOD.

I feel good and it's been a long time since I've felt good.

I like feeling good.

And I want to stay feeling good and keep mindfulness, meditation and yoga in my life forever! Jason and I are already signing up for special clinics like Yoga for Gardening, along with weekly yoga classes for the next term.

Mom will be in town next week and I'm going to take her to a gentle yoga class at the studio. I'm so excited to share this new element of my life with her!

A few months ago, I didn't even recognize myself. My name was Sarah but my heart body and mind was not Sarah. I was no longer a recognizable version of myself.

But now, by incorporating these newly learned practices for dealing with anxiety, anger, grief, depression, isolation, etc, I have found a new version of myself. A recognizable version with echoes of the old Sarah and visions of the new Sarah. Jason and I call this version Bertie.

As Bertie, I can DEAL with things now. I have confidence and courage now. I am in control. I am not my pain. I am not my grief. I am not my disappointment. I'm Bertie -- a force to be reckoned with!

My situation hasn't changed, but I have.

Monday, March 07, 2011

Redemption Song



"Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery; none but ourselves can free our minds."

Redemption Song - Bob Marley




Thursday, March 03, 2011

More Jitterbug Perfume Quotes

I just can't stop myself. It all seems so poignant.


"The highest function of love is that it makes the loved one a unique and irreplaceable being."






"Our individuality is all, all, that we have. There are those who barter it for security, those who repress it for what they believe is the betterment of the whole society, but blessed in the twinkle of the morning star is the one who nurtures it and rides it, in grace and love and wit, from peculiar station to peculiar station along life's bittersweet route."



I'm so thankful for the wild winds, the twinkle of the morning star and all the peculiar stations that led me to where I am today.

What a wild ride it's been...I can't even imagine where this little leaf will end up.