Thursday, September 26, 2013

L.A. for the Day

I went to L.A. for lunch and came home. It was one of those days.

5am - PDX

8:30 am - LAX
(This corridor makes me want to vomit every time!)

9:15 am 777 Tower Downtown L.A.

9:20 am - I miss these beautiful marble walls (but not the cubicles!)

Noon - Lunch meeting at CHAYA

2:30 pm - Leaving the office

3 pm - (death) cab ride to LAX (the palm trees seem so calculated yet random)

8 pm - HOME

Long day...but kisses all around when I got home. Love my guys.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Caught in the Act

Caught in the act of what? I'm not really sure.

But they both look guilty as hell! :-)

Monday, September 23, 2013


 The Autumnal Equinox was this weekend - meaning the dark days are here. We had a pretty bad wind storm that brought in Fall and blasted our garden. It's like mother nature sounded the gong and the light was gone. 

The blackberry bushes grew too tall and couldn't support themselves so they fell over and flattened everything. The garden was getting bare and not doing much anymore anyway. Time to pull it up, I guess. What a mess.

I feel a lot like those flattened blackberry bushes. Growing stronger and going about my business - trying to find happiness in small places, but then strong winds and rain come through and flatten me.  What a mess.

Maybe it's just the weather. Maybe it's three plus years of trying to start a family with no success. Maybe it's that I only have one real friend in the world and he's my husband. Maybe I wish I could talk about these things with someone who cares. Maybe I just wish it felt like someone other than Jason cares. I feel like I put everything on him and one day it will be more than he can handle and he'll become the flattened blackberry bush and then I'll have no one. Maybe I wish my family was more like other families and acknowledged that we are at least joined by blood and will forever be part of each others' lives - even if we don't like each other. Maybe I wish I had a support system. Maybe I'm glad that we haven't been able to have a baby because I don't know how we would do it all alone. Maybe I just want a baby and don't care about how we'd make it work. Maybe we're destined to only have furbabies. Maybe my job is smothering me and things need to change. Maybe a new job would be worse. Maybe I just need to feel in control of one little thing in my life. Maybe I just want to throw away my phone and shut down my email so that I can trick myself into believing that no one calls or emails because they can't, not because they don't want to. Maybe I'm just feeling bad today and it'll be sunny tomorrow and everything will be better.

Or maybe it's just Fall and that's what we do - fall.

Saturday, September 21, 2013



 It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Mango Bunny

Derville's contribution to the cat internet cuteness.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Cascade Locks, OR - it's lovely!

The weather was absolutely lovely last Sunday so Jason and I took advantage and did a little exploring! Along with every beautiful day in September, comes the feeling that it might be the last one FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES. Just kidding, but when the rains come, there is usually no stopping it.

We went further into the Columbia River Gorge than we have before. Headed east to check out a festival of PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) hikers. This is the last point on the trail before heading over the Bridge of the Gods into Washington. They were all long gone by the time we got there but it was a GORGEous day. (I've been wondering if the word gorgeous has to do with the beauty of a gorge - I love words!)

Bridge of the Gods and the locks

We had a beer at the Locks Cafe and enjoyed the view.

Then we hid under some trees on the point and enjoyed the view.

We also stopped at the Bonneville Dam and checked out the visitor center and the fish ladder. It was super cool to watch the fish ladder at the underwater viewing area.

We took a ton of great pictures so I just posted my favorites here and then there is a slideshow below of the rest of the pictures.

Here's the link in case the slideshow doesn't work.

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Meet me in NoHo - we can be hobos

I'm coming atchya from 10k feet this evening - on a flight heading from LAX to PDX. Isn't technology cool?

I had a meeting in Los Angeles today so I flew in yesterday afternoon and stayed in my old stomping grounds - NoHo (North Hollywood) with the intentions of hopefully meeting up with my good ole friends Lisa and Bennett. Until I was actually in Burbank, it didn't look like the NoHo meet up was going to happen so I just resigned to staying within easy access distance to my pals and hope the timing would work out.

And it did!

My flight landed in Burbank at 2:47pm yesterday and as I was de-boarding the plane, Lisa texted "I just got off work at Warner Bros in Burbank." I replied, "I just landed in Burbank!" So she headed over to the airport and scooped me up - couldn't have planned it better!

We went straight to In and Out.

Then we went to my hotel and talked and waited to hear from BT. He thought he'd be able to come over and play too, but had some chores to finish first. Eventually, he reached an impasse so I ordered him to hang it up for the evening and come see his pals in NoHo. He heeded the order and we scooped him up at the train station less than an hour later. Again, couldn't have planned it better!

My NoHo hobo pals - Lisa and Bennett

Here we are hanging out at the hotel - just loving being around each other and hearing stories straight from the mouth and not through a digital filter. It was exactly what I needed - to see friends, have mutually stimulating conversation, and praise each other for just being amazing individuals and making this far in our crazy lives. (An Aussie at the bar actually said we were the first "normal" people she had met in LA. Boy, was she wrong - normal this group is not!)

Here we are loving and hugging and smiling.

It had been three years since I laid eyes on BT and almost 5 since I last saw Lisa. That's too many! Presents were exchanged for presence. It was beautiful (JB, you got a pretty cool gift from BT that's winging it's way to you right now!)

Somethings never change and Lisa's hair is one of those things! It started in braids and a Survivor bandanna (swiped from a set I'm sure) and then she released it from lockdown and as the night got later, Lisa's hair got bigger and bigger and bigger. It was fascinating!

We took BT to the train around 10:30pm and Lisa and I stayed up talking until 2am. if she didn't have a 5am call time and I didn't have to catch a cab at 8am, we would have talked all night. It wouldn't have been the first time and for the love of GAWD I hope it's not the last.

It's funny how just when I think I don't have a friend in the world except Jason, these two crazy cats pop up and create a unique and loving moment in time for all of us and for that I'm so very thankful.