Thursday, January 31, 2013

Cat Punch!



This is pretty much how Derville wakes us up in the morning. Cat punches from 5am till we get out of bed. Every. Single. Day.

At least we haven't had to set the alarm clock since we got him.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Bridge to Brews

All signed up and ready to go!

I just registered Jason and I for the Bridge to Brews run/walk in April! I'm really excited!

We had a great time participating in the Run Like Hell event  back in October so we thought we'd give it another runnygo!

The course starts and finishes at the Widmer Bros Brewery - crossing over the Fremont Bridge and the Broadway Bridge. Check out the map (8k is in blue).


Jason and I made a "resolution" at the beginning of the year to give up booze for at least 60 days - we are on day 28. That means we have not had ANY alcohol since New Year's Eve. No alcohol for the entire year of 2013! Now that we are doing this race, we are thinking about extending the 60 days until the end of this race. It'll be tough, but man, that would be the best tasting beer EVER. We're gonna do at least 60 days, but we'll see if we can extend it.

Not drinking has been easier than I thought and we're losing weight and saving money so the benefits are definitely there!

All Dogs Go to Heaven

Another precious pup lost to cancer.

Pup pals reunited on the other side.

Old friends losing old dogs. Three in three months.

We'll all meet in the ether eventually.

Miss you Dread - ole Dready boy - the sweetest tough guy I ever knew.

Circa 2003 -- Friday January 25th 2013







Friday, January 25, 2013

Guess what? So are you

For my Momma. I love you!

I’m amazing; I’m incredible
I’m a miracle, a dream come true
I’m marvelous; I’m beautiful
Guess what?
So are you.


"I'm Amazing" by Keb' Mo



Brother,
I need to talk to you
This might sound strange
And you’ll probably think I’m crazy and I’ve lost my mind,
Well, okay

I’m amazing; I’m incredible
I’m a miracle, a dream come true
I’m marvelous; I’m beautiful
Guess what?
So are you.

People,
It’s becoming clear
I can feel it down in my soul.
I know that I am you and you are me.
Uh-oh.
And I’m grateful for the simple things
That we take for granted every day
Listen,
I can walk I can talk, I can use my mind.
Okay.

I’m amazing; I’m incredible
I’m a miracle, a dream come true
I’m marvelous; I’m beautiful
Guess what?
So are you.

That don’t mean we’re better
than anyone or anything
It’s a call to come together
and accept responsibility
And be amazing, incredible
You’re a miracle, a dream come true
And I’m marvelous; I’m beautiful
Guess what?
So are you.

Monday, January 21, 2013

One Friend

 
Recently, my mom introduced us to the smooth, easy listening music of Keb Mo. All his songs are great, but there is a song called "One Friend" and it makes me cry almost every time I hear it.

This song hits me hard because sometimes I find myself feeling a little pitiful because I have such a small social circle here. For some reason, it's just been harder this time around to make friends. So, I find myself telling Jason, "I don't have any friends, just you." When I heard this song for the first time, I felt so ignorant and ungrateful for saying such a thing.  I'm the luckiest person in the world if I only have one friend, and even luckier if that one friend is my husband.

All I need is one friend
To get me through the day
One friend
That never goes away
Only one friend
To understand
And never let me down


Then, taking the concept of "one friend" beyond Jason and thinking about the love of my animals - they are definitely my friends. Family - we may not talk too often but I know my mom and dad are my friends and never let me down -- they are two of the best friends I could ever ask for. I look to my "one friend" in Portland, Krissy, and realize that her mom Debbie is my friend, her pal Elena Scissorhands is my friend. And before you know it, I realize I have more than one friend. And for that, I'm so thankful.

Thank you Keb Mo for helping me see the beauty and love that surrounds me even when I'm too self-involved to recognize it.




People come and people go
They take and they give
Build you up just to let you down
That's just the way it is

All I need is one friend
To get me through the day
One friend
That never goes away
Only one friend
To understand
And never let me down

I've been in love
I've been in pain
I'm a sinner
And a saint
No matter where I am
Or what I do
It's you I appreciate

All I need is one friend
To get me through the day
One friend
That never goes away
Only one friend
To understand
And never let me down

Can't nobody love you
More than you love yourself
And as long as I've got my one good friend
I don't need nobody else

Just my one friend
To get me through the day
One friend
That never goes away
Only one friend
To understand
And never let me down

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Let's Talk Cholesterol


Okay, we all know that too much of the wrong kind of cholesterol is bad for our health. Got it.

But, have you really looked at where cholesterol comes from, what is does to you and how much is okay?

The other day, a guy at Jason's work was about to throw out a pamphlet written by the Harvard Medical School called "Understanding Cholesterol." Jason, the hunter-gather reader he is, grabbed the brochure and brought home some seriously eye-opening information.

For example, did you know that the yolk of ONE EGG is equal to one whole day's recommended amount of cholesterol? I'll get into this a little later.

First, the basics -

Cholesterol hardens the arteries and causes angina, heart attacks, strokes, peripheral artery disease and many other health issues.

Two types of cholesterol:
  • Low-density lipoproteins (LDL) -- carries cholesterol into the wall of your arteries, where it can build up and block blood flow. Also called "bad cholesterol."
  • High-density lipoproteins (HDL) -- snatches cholesterol away from the artery wall, then carries it to the liver where it is then dumped into the intestines and passed out of your body. Also called "good cholesterol."


Total Daily Cholesterol (in mg) -- healthy goals for adults:




Ways to reduce cholesterol:
Reduce intake of saturated fats
Reduce consumption of trans fats
Manage your weight
Eat lots of fish (especially fatty fish like trout)
Limit simple sugars and rapidly absorbed carbs in your diet
Limit dietary cholesterol

Okay, the last one is what grabbed my attention. In the brochure, they use an egg as an example of a high "bad" cholesterol food. The yolk of a single egg contains about 200 mg of cholesterol! Now look back at the chart above and see that  200mg or more is considered borderline high/high for one day!

That means after you eat your two eggs in the morning, you've already DOUBLED what your daily intake of cholesterol should be. I find this astonishing. And disgusting.

Also, did you know that cholesterol is found ONLY in animal products? It really makes me think about what is in meat and dairy that is so bad for us. Also, now that Jason and I are about 90% vegetarian and the other 10% is fish or dairy (a little pork sausage in the stew on occasion), I can really tell the difference in how my body processes this awful animal by-product - not well, that's how! I can honestly say that eating a steak or even a hamburger right now would cause some serious gastric situations! It literally feels like I'm processing a dead animal through my bowels. It's fucking disgusting. My skin stinks, my farts could peel paint, and my guts wretch.

Back to the egg. I can't get over it. 200 mg in one egg yolk! Let's think about this compared to other foods we think are "bad" or high in cholesterol. The worst thing in my refrigerator right now is Aidells Cajun Style Andouille sausage. I compared the cholesterol in the sausages to an egg. And guess what I discovered?

I CAN EAT THE WHOLE PACKAGE OF SAUSAGES AND STILL NOT EQUAL THE CHOLESTEROL OF ONE EGG YOLK!!!

This is SICK to me. I've spent many days since I discovered this, thinking, "What the fuck is in that egg?!!?!?"

I think I've figured it out. It came to me during meditation. I'm convinced it is the fact that an egg yolk has all the properties (DNA, etc.) to potentially create an entire animal. A whole chicken lies in that yolk. When do we ever eat a whole animal at one time, or even worse, in one bite? I'm talking tail to snout (or beak to chicken feet in the case of the egg).  Most likely never.

So, now when I look at an egg, all I can think of is how sick it would be to eat an entire chicken from top to bottom. Guts, beak, feathers, feet -- the whole thing!

Lucky for me, I've never really liked eggs so it's very easy for me to walk away and never have one again - which is my plan. I've got two in the fridge now and those might be the last two I ever buy.

All this gets me thinking, what else is out there that I knew was bad, but didn't know HOW bad?

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

New Music - Alabama Shakes - Hold On

"Do you play guitar?" asks the woman at the counter. Looking at his right hand and the long fingernails he uses instead of a guitar pick, he says with a smile, "I try."

According to Jason, this interaction happens to him about once a week. Most of the time it evokes a conversation about music and often leads to interesting recommendations. Last Friday, this conversation led to the Alabama Shakes.

Alabama Shakes is a new band out of Athens, Alabama. To me, this is a very interesting fact. Most bands in the southeast that are "making it" come out of Athens, Georgia -- which has a notorious music scene. Athens, Alabama does not. I truly love an underdog story and this group doesn't disappoint.

I swear the lead singer is Janis Joplin reincarnated. The lady that recommended this band to Jason said she thought Janis had been circling the universe all these years waiting for the perfect vessel to inhabit and she finally found it.

Here's "Hold On" by Alabama Shakes from their 2012 debut album Boys and Girls (which recently received Grammy nominations for Best New Artist, Best Rock Performance, and Best Packaging).

When the world ain't treating you good, you got to hold on
When everybody lookin at you funny, you got to hold on

You got to hold on...



Alabama Shakes - Hold On from ATO Records on Vimeo.

Bless my heart
Bless my soul
Didn't think I'd make it to 22yrs old
There must be someone up above
sayin' "Come on Brittany, you got to come on up."

You got to hold on...
Yeah you got to hold on...

So, bless my heart and bless yours too
I don't know where I'm gonna go, don't what what I'm gonna do
Well, must be somebody up above
sayin' "Come on Brittany, You got to get back up!"

You got to hold on...
Yeah you got to hold on...

YEAH! YOU GOT TO WAIT!
YEAH! YOU GOT TO WAIT!
BUT, I DON'T WANNA WAIT!
NO I DON'T WANNA WAIT...

So, bless my heart
Bless my mind
I got so much I wanna do, I ain't got much time
So, must be somebody up above saying "Come on baby girl! You got to get back up!!"

You got to hold on...
Yeah you got to hold on...

YEAH! YOU GOT TO WAIT!
YEAH! YOU GOT TO WAIT!
WELL, I DON'T WANNA WAIT!
NO, I DON'T WANNA WAIT!

You got to hold on...

When the world ain't treating you good, you got to hold on
When everybody lookin at you funny, you got to hold on

You got to hold on...

Friday, January 04, 2013

Yin and Yang

Here's a special little moment I was gifted with on Christmas Day.


These guys have never bonded quite like this. They sleep on the bed near each other, but this was the first time I saw them sleeping on the same cushion like yin and yang.

Crash is using Derville's tail like a chin rest -- and Derville loves it!!

Hallelujah

There are so many good covers of this song, but I think the man who wrote it, sings it best.

Thanks for the spiritual uplifting today, Mr. Cohen. The organ accompaniment in this version is beautiful.

Baby I have been here before
I know this room, I've walked this floor
I used to live alone before I knew you.
I've seen your flag on the marble arch
Love is not a victory march
It's a cold and it's a very lonely Hallelujah

"Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen



I've heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don't really care for music, do you?
It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty in the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you to a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Maybe there’s a God above
But all I’ve ever learned from love
Was how to shoot at someone who outdrew you
It’s not a cry you hear at night
It’s not some pilgrim who has claimed to see the light
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Baby I have been here before
I know this room, I've walked this floor
I used to live alone before I knew you.
I've seen your flag on the marble arch
Love is not a victory march
It's a cold and it's a very lonely Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

There was a time when you let me know
What's really going on below
But now you never show it to me, do you?
And remember when I moved in you
The holy dove was moving too
And every single breath we drew was Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

I did my best, it wasn't much
I couldn't feel, so I tried to touch
I've told the truth, I didn't come to fool you
And even though it all went wrong
I'll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah


Wednesday, January 02, 2013

True Love Travels on a Gravel Road


You might know the Elvis version of this song, but the Highwaymen's is my favorite.

Now love is a stranger and hearts fill with danger,
On smooth streets paved with gold.
True love travels on a gravel road


TRUE LOVE TRAVELS ON A GRAVEL ROAD
Written by: Dallas Frazier and A. L. "Doodle" Owens
Performed by: The Highwaymen (Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson)



[Kristofferson:]
How many girls choose cotton dress worlds,
When they could have satins and lace?
Stand by her man through good times and bad,
An' still keep a smile on her face?

[Nelson:]
And how many hearts could face the winters we've known,
And still not turn cold.

[All 4:]
True love travels on a gravel road.

[Nelson:]
Love is a stranger and hearts are in danger
On smooth streets paved with gold.

[All 4:]
True love travels on a gravel road.

[Cash:]
Down through the years,
We've had hard times and tears.
But it only makes our love grow.
And we'll stay together no matter how hard the wind blows.

[Jennings:]
Not once have I've seen your blue eyes fill with envy,
Or stray from the warmth that they hold.

[All 4:]
True love travels on a gravel road.

[Jennings:]
Now love is a stranger and hearts fill with danger,
On smooth streets paved with gold.

[All 4:]
True love travels on a gravel road.

[Alternate Cash & all 4:]
True love travels on a gravel road.
True love travels on a gravel road.
True love travels on a gravel road.
True love travels on a gravel road.
True love travels on a gravel road.
True love travels on a gravel road.
True love travels on a gravel road.