BestThings: Thursday Edition

Friday.  I woke up excited today because tomorrow I'm leaving on another road trip.  So there will be some travel blogging coming up too.  I'll be heading to Idaho for the 4th and then on to Montana next week to see my Dad.  I am so happy to be getting on the road again! But first, pesky things like packing and laundry.  I intend to be up very early tomorrow so I can get the bulk of my journey done before it gets ridiculously hot.  Wait...it's been ridiculously hot already. 

Friends. I spent a good amount of time talking to my best friend yesterday morning.  I'm going to visit her in Idaho.  As we were talking, we came up with a new plan for part of time in Idaho.  We are going up to the Stanley area to camp out for a few days before I head on to Montana.  Her boyfriend works up there on a road crew so we will get to spend some time together in the camper.  AND we are going to visit a ghost town!  Super-excited and I see some photo opportunities coming up.  Time to get out my Road Atlas and figure out the route from there to Missoula.  

Routines.  It took me all morning, but I did morning pages, blogged and did my morning yoga routine.  Sometimes it's just like that.  I spent some time talking to my brother too, down in Oakland.  As a result of getting up late and doodling all morning, I did not get logged in to Lyft until early afternoon. 

Lyft. I picked up a few passengers in the afternoon, then decided to come home and take a break.  I do not always like driving in the heat of the afternoon.  It works better if I drive in the morning, then login and drive around 6pm to 9 or 10.  And that's what I did yesterday.  I took more than a few people down to NW.  So busy!  I decided I like picking up on the East side and doing most of my work over there.  I do not enjoy driving downtown much.  And good God!  Pedestrians are so dumb sometimes.  Luckily no mishaps.  When I'm driving, I gear down mentally and chill out, concerned only with getting my passenger(s) safely to where I am taking them.  I had come home and was just about to logout when I got a ride request from around the corner.  So, I took my last guy down to NW Portland.  He was super-nice, a great ride to end the night with.  Earlier I had picked up several youngsters who were clearly high and guess where I ended up taking them?  Not Taco Bell, but close.  Stella Taco on Alberta.  I got in the car to take my next ride and thought, "Whoa!"  If I could smell the weed, I'm certain my next passenger could.  Always an adventure.  We had a very long conversation the whole ride with one of the girls who was having a very hard time figuring out how the billing for Lyft worked.  Finally I think they got it sorted out.  Lord!  

Sunset.  There is nothing more beautiful than driving across the Broadway bridge while the sun is setting.  It was incredibly beautiful last night.  I only wished I could have stopped and captured the image on film.  The sun framed behind the Fremont bridge is something to behold indeed. And at that time, the world is lit with the golden light of the fading sun.  I wished I could stop on the bridge and absorb the view.  Maybe tonight I'll figure out where I can park and walk out and snap some photos.  I am blessed to live in an incredibly beautiful city, and sunset is one of my favorite times to drive.  It always feels like magic, the time between times.  And I fell asleep to the light of the nearly full moon.  So much beauty awaits you if you simply pause to take it in.



BestThings: Monday Edition

I messed up yesterday on my title.  Yesterday should have been "BestThings: Sunday Edition".  Kind of like the Sunday paper.  Today is ACTUALLY the Monday edition, because it is all the best things that happened on Monday, yesterday.

I Lyfted! I drove for Lyft yesterday for the first time.  Driving time was 3 hours and 53 minutes, I gave 7 rides and pulled in just over $100.  Not bad for 4 hours of work.  I know without a doubt my decision to go with Lyft as my only job is the right one.  All the pressure from having to be dependent on someone else dictating my time evaporated.  I got up, did morning pages and yoga, tended my money garden.  I drove for a few hours, came home and took a break for a few hours, then went back out in the road.  Making my own schedule is AWESOME.

The House of Reptiles.  And, I learned something really interesting.  There is a place called the "House of Reptiles" out in Tigard.  It includes a "venomous snake" museum.  A couple I gave a ride to that were here from Roseburg specifically went to check that out.  Who knew?  People are definitely keeping this area weird.  The location was in a strip mall.  Go figure.

Lunch.  Oh, you thought this was about lunch yesterday.  Nah.  I made lunch plans to see a very dear friend of mine today (Tuesday) who is in town from Denver.  I am super-excited to see her AND we are going to one of my favorite places in town, Jade Teahouse & Patisserie in Sellwood.  Yum!!! 

Dinner.  I ended up meeting friends for dinner at Cha Cha Cha in Sellwood before going to Open Mic.  I'll get to that in a minute.  I've been spending a lot of time at Cha Cha Cha.  For whatever reason, I love Mexican food in the heat.  And, sitting out on the patio is super-fun.  

Open Mic. Most every Monday night my very good friends host an open mic at Corkscrew Wine Bar in Sellwood.  Yes, I know.  A lot of my time is spent eating and drinking while socializing.  This open mic is an amazing community of gifted artists, mainly poets and musicians, who often come every Monday night to share their talents.  Even I will get up and read poetry sometimes, and have been known to perform a song.  It gives me a shot of inspiration every time I go.  And some great friendships have come out of this. My friends Chris and Jen built an amazing community of performers.

So there you have it.  My BestThings from yesterday.  Oh!  One more thing.  One of my Facebook friends posted this on my wall "

I blame u for this.  you're adventurous spirit consumed me. 

Made me realize I need to live life.. happy.

Adore u n miss u.

If I can inspire even one person to live life happy, on their terms, I feel like my job is done.