Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!!

My man knows what I likes....

Special Flowers!!!!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Hey Jupiter

We've always loved Tori Amos but have been on a huge Tori kick lately. We checked out every one of her albums from the library and have them on constant rotation. She's an amazing musician. She calls her songs "her girls" and says she sets her play list each night based on which of the "girls" speaks to her -- which ones have something to say on that particular night.

Jason and I have seen her in concert and she is mesmerizing. She has a spiritual experience right there on stage and you just sort of travel with her through her tones and sounds. And the way she plays her pianos and keyboards -- like none other. A Mozart of our time.

Her story is pretty amazing - child music prodigy, daughter of a preacher, rape survivor, mother, and overall inspiration to many many people throughout the world.

I've fallen down a YouTube video hole so here's a few I'm diggin.

This song "Hey Jupiter" is one of my favorites and this video is amazing. She really does seem to leave her body towards the end.

Favorite lyrics:

Hey Jupiter
Nothings been the same
So are you gay
Are you blue
Thought we both could use a friend
To run to

Here's an interview with Tori Amos and Rosie Odonnell. She talks about her daughter and it's amazing.

Friday, October 26, 2012

A new 'do for Crash-a-doo

Crash got his first professional grooming today. We prepared for the worst (he can be a stubborn little stinker sometimes) but they said he was a trooper and looks great! Thanks to Betty's Grooming in Cornelius! They worked some serious magic on this guy!



We can tell he feels better with all the dreadlocks cut off!

Happy Weekend!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Walking for a good cause

Last Sunday, we participated in the Run Like Hell! Portland 5k race. Jason, Krissy, Debbie and I walked the 5k and talked and laughed the whole way.

It was a pretty interesting experience because we had to be at Pioneer Square (downtown) at 8:30am dressed in costume. We took the MAX so we got a few weird looks but luckily this is Portland and we like to keep it weird so not really a big deal but kind of an interesting freak show to be part of.

This was definitely a different sort of freak show -- the kind where highly athletic and motivated freaks get up balls-ass-early (in the rain), dress up in spandex (SO much spandex!) superhero costumes, run a race and then drink beer and chow on chili and Dave's Killer Bread.

It was a really cool experience to walk on the main roads of Portland, through the city, by the waterfront,  under bridges and over railroad tracks. Jason and I think we could definitely jog a 5k so we're looking forward to Brews and Bridges in April!

Here's pictures from before, during and after the race:

It was a great day and I can't wait to do more of these events!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Me and My Arrow

For a very special lady. Thinking about you.

"Me and My Arrow" by Harry Nilsson from The Point!

Me and my Arrow
Straighter than narrow
Where ever we go
Everyone knows
It's me and my Arrow

Me and my Arrow
Taking the high road
Where ever we go
Everyone knows
It's me and my Arrow

And in the morning when I wake up
She may be gone
I don't know
And if we make up just to break up
I'll carry on
Oh yes I will

Me and my Arrow
Straighter than narrow
Where ever we go
Everyone knows
It's me and my Arrow

Me and my Arrow
Me and my Arrow
Me and my Arrow
Me and my Arrow
Me and my Arrow

Me and my Arrow
Straighter than narrow
Where ever we go
Everyone knows
It's me and my Arrow

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Pick Out Your Cloud

"Your Cloud" by Tori Amos

Such a beautiful song.

Favorite lyrics:

Will this Horizontal Line
when asked
know how to find
Where you end
where I begin

Where the river cross
crosses the lake
Where the words
Jump off my pen
and into your pages

Do you think just like that
You can divide
You as yours
Me as mine
to before we were Us

if the rain
Has to separate from Itself
does it say "pick out your cloud?"
pick out your cloud

If there is a Horizontal Line
that runs from the MAP
off your body
straight through the Land
shooting up
right through my heart

Will this Horizontal Line
when asked
know how to find
Where you end
where I begin

How Light can play
and form a Ring of Rain
that can change bows into arrows

Who we were
isn't lost Before
we were Us

in his own Blue
always knew this

if the rain
Has to separate from Itself
does it say
pick out your cloud

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Run Like Hell!

Not too bad for my first time running in over 6 months!

My legs are pretty much like jello but I did yoga before and after and I'll do it again at bedtime so hopefully I'll be able to walk tomorrow! Ha! My legs always give out before my lungs or heart - I barely get winded but totally turn into Gumby.

I'm getting back into the swing of running because Jason and I are planning to run/jog/walk in the Run Like Hell! Portland race on October 21! Eeek! So I figured I'd better get one of those run gadgets hooked up to my CrapBerry so I know what my stats are. Very Important Stuff. Just kidding. Honestly, I just needed to find a route that was long enough and time isn't always an accurate measurement of distance.

This event supports the ALS Association. ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) is a fatal disease with no cure and little treatment options. My Aunt Sara died from ALS 4 years ago in November - it was very difficult for everyone and any support that I can give, I will.

I'm also looking forward to this event because we get to dress up in costume and run around downtown! I have no idea what we will be, but I'm pretty sure it won't be serious runners (or maybe we DO dress up like serious runners with all the gear and plugs and gels and spoof the real runners - ha!). The theme is super hero... so we'll see where that goes!

Here's a description of the race from the website:

Run Like Hell is a Halloween-themed race that sees participants dress out in full costume for a run through Portland’s urban parks and along its waterfront areas along the Willamette River. Run Like Hell has become a Portland Fall tradition, come see why!

Last year, more than 5,000 runners and walkers crossed the finish line in all three races at the Fall running of Portland's Run Like Hell Half Marathon, 10K & 5K. Most were dressed in Zombie costume as part of the theme.

If you would like to see some photos from past years click here.
The theme for the 2012 Run Like Hell is Super Heroes! Dress as your favorite super hero or make up your own! Capes, tights and bright colors are encouraged. Get to work on your costumes with your friends, we are!

We'll let you know how it goes!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Crash Report

We've had Crash for about 4 months and I just realized I haven't post nearly enough pictures of this guy!

Crash has brought so much joy and entertainment to our little family -- I can't even express it! He makes everyone he meets happy.  Derville loves Crash too and can't stand to be away from him. Even Mom said she recently saw a commercial with a little white dog and involuntarily hollered out "I miss Crash!!"

So here's a few pictures of Crash and of course Derville. (They get jealous if one gets more photo opps than the other. Seriously.) You'll see that they don't do a lot but sleep and play -- exactly how the lives of our furry friends should be!

The End

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Why do you want to kill Big Bird?

--begin political rant--

I don't usually get political here (or anywhere but my own home or talking with my Grams) but this has to be said:

Of all the nonsense that went on last night during the presidential debate, I was floored when Mitt Romney said that he would end our borrowing money from China by cutting PBS completely and specifically pointed to Big Bird and the nice old guy mediating the debate (Jim Lehrer who works for PBS).

Who goes after Big Bird? I mean, really, why? Or old  men for that matter!

There are so many more legitimate political arguments out there like:

Fight terrorist -- makes perfect sense!
Cut spending -- sure!
Reduce taxes -- I'm all about it!
Health Care -- more free stuff please!
KILL BIG BIRD -- what the fuck, Mitt?

I think this really demonstrates where this guy's head is -- Muppet killing. We CANNOT let this become the way of our nation. It's almost less frightening to talk about wars in the Middle East than to talk about a world in which PBS doesn't exist. Come on, think about it. You're running for president, the economy is fucked, the middle class is drowning, health care is a huge issue, we are waging meaningless wars, but the only plan to fix all this that you can share with us is "Let's get rid of PBS. That'll show the Chinese we don't need their money!"

Totally asinine.

So, I usually don't say things like this -- but here goes!


--end political rant--

Monday, October 01, 2012

Nia - Don't Stop Dancing!

I love Nia.

I wish I could dance in a group like this everyday.

I have a major desire to take the White Belt training.

I really want a pair of the signature mini skirt and flare-leg pants to dance in.

Reality: I'll order a video and do it in my pajamas at home until my wishes, wants and desires can be actualized. And that will be just fine.

Every journey has to begin somewhere.

Check out the new Nia Technique informative video, "Nia - Don't Stop Dancing!".

Nia Founder and Co-Creator, Debbie Rosas, provides insights into Nia as a practice, the history and the Nia White Belt as the beginning of a somatic journey to body literacy. The video features "Don't Stop Dancing", a song from one of our new routines available later this year. You will also see beautiful footage of NiaWear in action and some of the gorgeous artwork from our NiaSounds titles.