Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Little Broken Hearts

Norah Jones has a new album, Little Broken Hearts, coming out May 1 and I can't wait! I've been listening to the album on NPR's First Listen, check it out here. I've listened to it so many times in the last week that I'm starting to memorize the songs and wake up singing them. I particularly like the song "Miriam." It's a creepy, vengeful little number. The whole album seems a little darker than the others. I like this side of Norah.

I liked her first two albums, immensely, but fell off after that. They seemed too forced or POP or something. The songs on this new album come from the heart and feel like they massage my soul. 

I can't stop listening to it! I'm hooked and can't wait to have my very own CD!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Skyview of Seattle

I went to Seattle last Thursday to conduct a training session for work. Seems like I've been hopping around on teeny tiny commuter planes a lot this year. Although flying is not my favorite thing in the world, the aerial photos make it all worth it.

It was actually a pretty clear morning (about 8am) as we circled the city before landing at SEA/TAC. Here's the view from my window seat:

Cascade Range in the background

Mt. Rainer?

Look at all the water! No wonder real estate in Seattle is SO expensive!

First glimpse of downtown Seattle -- I'm headed to Fifth St. (Five up from the water)

No wonder so many people have to take ferries to get to work! It looks like a flood plain!

I bet it's a helluva drive through that mountain pass to central Washington!

Approaching downtown

Circling the city

Space Needle! (Just had it's 50th anniversary this week, btw)

I spent the day in the building with the white top in front of the really tall pointy one.

Looking out to the bay


We'll see where work takes me next, but you can bet I'll have the window seat...and my camera!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Six Years!

Happy 6th Anniversary, sweetheart!

This photo strip pretty much sums us all up: 
trying to look as normal as possible, leaning on each other, loving each other, and being giant goofballs! 

I love you so much! 
And I am so grateful that I get to spend the rest of my life with you!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Newport Beach, Oregon

Jason and I went on a little road trip to Newport, Oregon yesterday to pre-celebrate our 6th anniversary, which is this weekend. We had a nice drive over to the coast but it was much longer than our normal trip to Cannon Beach. We're thinking this might be a better place to stay the night, although it's a pretty sleepy town so there isn't much to do. I dunno. Cannon Beach is still my favorite Oregon beach so far.

Here are some of my favorite pictures and also a photo album with all 300+ pictures that we took.

Driving to Newport

Oregon Coast Aquarium

On the pier in downtown Newport

Driving back to Portland:

Photo Album:

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Time stress and the practice of non-doing

I'm still reading Full Catastrophe Living by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and I'm at the part where he talks about time and time stress. He discusses "non-doing" as a practice to relieve time stress. I find it very interesting that  we have the ability to create a state of timelessness just by slowing down our minds. Jason and I scratched the surface on this in the MBSR class, but it's really hard to do. (I guess that's why it's called a practice.)

Here's a few excerpts about the practice of "non-doing":

Non-doing means letting go of everything. Above all, it means seeing and letting go of your thoughts as they come and go. It means letting yourself be. If you feel trapped in time, non-doing is a way that you can step out of all the time on your hands by stepping into timelessness. In doing so you also step out, at least momentarily, from your isolation and your unhappiness and from your desire to be engaged, busy, a part of things, doing something meaningful. By connecting with yourself outside the flow of time, you are already doing the most meaningful thing you could possibly do, namely coming to peace within your own mind, coming into contact with you own wholeness, reconnecting with yourself.

As we have seen, in practicing meditation you are basically stepping out of the flow of time and residing in stillness, in an eternal present. That doesn't mean that every moment you practice will be a moment of timelessness. That depends on the degree of concentration and calmness that you bring to each moment But just making the commitment to practice non-doing, to let go of striving, to be non-judgmental, slows down that time for you and slowing down time itself, for giving yourself time for just being, you are strengthening your ability to operate out of your being, in the present, during the rest of your day, when the pace of the outer and inner worlds may be much more relentless. That is why it is so important to organize your life around preserving some time each day for just being.

Simplifying our lives in even little ways can make a big difference. If you fill up all your time, you won't have any. And you probably won't even be aware of why you don't. Simplifying may mean prioritizing the things that you have to and want to do and, at the same time, consciously choosing to give certain things up. It may mean learning to say no sometimes, even to things you want to do or to people you care about and want to help so that you are protecting and preserving some space for silence, for non-doing.

But only in time can the moment in the rose-garden
The moment in the arbour where the rain beat,
The moment in the draughty church at smokefall
Be remembered; involved with past and future.
Only through time is time conquered.
---T.S. Eliot, "Burnt Norton," Four Quartets

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Would you like sauce with that?

The place we order Chinese food from, reuses the boxes from their kitchen to deliver the food. Derville LOVES getting new boxes! Lately, he's been pretty fond of the Hollandaise sauce.

He's precious (for a little maniac)!