[15] honor thy internets...

Day 15:  Something or someone you couldn’t live without, because you’ve tried living without it.

My guess would be the internets.  Can’t say I’ve tried going without it, but when our servers are down at the office I have no clue how to get anything done.  I literally sit at my desk and think wow, people used to type memos...print them...and then {hand} deliver to an actual inbox that sat on a person's desk. Whoa!

It’s how I communicate, get news, shop, bank…need I continue?


[14] the thing about heroes...

Day 14:  A hero that has let you down.

I don’t have heroes.  There are people that I admire, but I really don’t put anyone on a pedestal.  I guess that probably came from growing up in church.  In my mind pastors were on a pedestal, until I realized a few of them didn’t belong within 1,000-feet of that pedestal.  Pastors are human...I am human. We all make mistakes.

Instead my admiration goes to the people that made a difference and paved the way for the future generations.  It’s the Alice Paul’s and Billy Jean King’s of the world.  Or those take something mundane and spin it into something that has never been seen like the Z-boys or Salvador Dali.   Or those incredibly creative minds that envision the world in a completely odd and fascinating way like Roald Dahl or Tim Burton. 


[13] the songs without the dance...

Day 13:  A band or artist that has gotten you through some tough days.

I have very specific songs.  A few years ago it was Frou Frou’s – Let Go.  I would get in my car and just drive with that song playing on repeat.  And most recently The Beatles – Let It Be.  Sense a theme?

The only difference between the two is that Let It Be seems to find me.  When I pray and seek direction, I'll hear it in the car on a random radio station I rarely listen -or- the soundtrack to a movie -or- most recently I flipped to the Kennedy Center Honors for Paul McCartney right as (shut-up) Mavis Staple started singing.  Correction: I believe what she did is called 'sangin'.

A little Beatles trivia: This song came from a dream that Paul McCartney had around the time the Beatles were about to break up.  In the dream, his mother {Mary} who died when he was a teenager came to him and said, "let it be."

With everything that went on around the holidays, I needed that reminder. I believe we all get to a place where we stress and mull and think and over think and rethink.  Then we reach the edge of the cliff, and it's fall 834.7 feet or slow down and find another way across.  And usually it's the long walk back down the mountain that we find the answers.  Damn those mountains.


The one where the week disappears...

Today was the first day I managed to get out of the house
...in F-O-U-R days!
It's still icy in some spots, but I managed.

F-O-U-R days ago this was a welcome sight...
By the next morning, the bowl was covered.  Eight inches of snow bliss.

Until this started to happen...
Eight inches of uh-oh!

After day-1 the fun was gone.  The snow had compacted into ice.
And my clumsy self was stuck inside for fear of obtaining a stair-shaped bruise.
And that is when the nature photography begun.

Red Stuff

Action Shots

 And funny stuff...

And finally today there was a BLUE sky!

And sun!
We can finally get out of our neighborhood.
After nearly a week, life returns to normal tomorrow.
I may be a little bit sad.