BestThings: Wednesday Edition

What to do when you can't sleep?  Walk down to the public dock, enjoy the cool breeze off the river and hope you don't fall in.  Because honestly, there's no one there to save me if I do. Luckily, that did not happen.  So here I am writing about the "best things" from today.

Morning. Where do I start?  I spent the morning at home, meditated, did yoga, wrote morning pages, took a long walk, found a house I love, watched the hot construction workers replacing some deck beams next door.  Objectifying?  Absolutely.  Nothing wrong with a healthy appreciation for some toned men with their shirts off.  It was a HOT one today.  

Afternoon.  Uber can't seem to get their act together.  I had the "opportunity" to give my "Partner Support Specialist", Patrick, a Lyft ride this afternoon so he could get me the $500 bonus because the "system" was having technical difficulties.  I think he just wanted an excuse to see me again.  I am pretty awesome....and yes, I am feeling a little sassy tonight.  I gave a few other Lyft rides here and there while enjoying the A/C in the basement at my actual home.  

Evening.  Tonight I had the great pleasure of having dinner with John & Lois (and Tony), dear friends whom (who?)  I love a lot.  Lois made Chicken Parmagiana, pasta, salad and a delicious chocolate zucchini cake.  We talked about family and travel, shared cocktails and coffee and got caught up on life.  I promised it would not be another 5 or 6 or 10 years until we saw each other again.  There seems to be a lot of that going around.  Reconnecting with people.  And it's good, all good.  The moon tonight is so beautiful, it puts me in a very romantic mood.  Now...if I only had someone to share it with....

Sometimes I feel like I have all this love to give.  Well, not sometimes, all the time.  I'm not always very good about getting it out there, I'm definitely better with words than I am talking half the time.  I don't know, I've felt something shift in the last few weeks or so, maybe even the last month.  And I'm talking personally now.  Maybe I'm not ready to "settle down", and maybe I don't have to be.  But I think I am ready for the greatest adventure in my  Not just any love, but a true love.  I am a master at being alone...Malcolm Gladwell says it takes 10,000 hours to master something.  I've got being alone down, maybe a little bit too much.  And I'm probably going to look at this tomorrow and think "why in the hell did I write that?" but hey, it is my blog.  I have learned there is something freeing about being completely honest and vulnerable about what you want.  So that's it.  I'm publicly telling the world and Universe at large that I am open.  Open to love and open to romance.  Who doesn't want the adventure of a great love story?  I most definitely do.  

BestThings: Sunday Edition

2 years ago I took my birthday off from work.  I decided I would spend the day as if I lived a freelance life and could design my own schedule, dreaming of the day when I would be free from working a 40-hour a week cubicle job.  And now here I am.  Working for Lyft, designing my own schedule and traveling around.  I am maybe the happiest I have ever been.  

My birthday.  It was such a good day yesterday.  I received copious amounts of birthday wishes, and got to spend the day with my Dad hanging out.  I brought lunch from Wendy's over to his place and he introduced me to this series called "Penny Dreadful" on Showtime.  It was raining, so not much of a sight-seing day.  He napped and I continued to watch the show and took a little nap myself.  We ended the night with a delicious birthday dinner of steak covered in Alaskan crab and Bearnaise sauce, with huckleberry ice cream for dessert at The Depot in Missoula.  I can't even tell you how long it's been since I've been with my Dad on my birthday.  And that itself is a best thing.  

Montana.  I realized Montana was a wound, for me, that needed to be lanced.  And sure enough, driving up through the Bitterroot Valley did that for me.  Friday night it all came tumbling out.  Closing out that circle was one of the best things about this trip, and probably one of the reasons I needed to do it.  Sometimes you have to go back and then you can go forward.  

Memories. It is good to be with Dad and talk about Mom.  He remembers and knows things that I don't, and so instead of it being a source of pain for us, it can now transform into a source of joy.  I know that is what Mom wants anyway.  My heart still twinges a little bit when I think about her and this place.  But I'm not afraid of it anymore.  And now we've made some new memories, with no need to always revisit the old.

Today Dad and I might go to a baseball game later, if the weather cooperates.  We might go to a ghost town or we might go antiquing.  Or, maybe we'll just watch the rest of "Penny Dreadful".   I don't know, but whatever we do will be good enough.  For now, I'm savoring this time with Dad.

BestThings: Wednesday Edition

Yay!  Today we are off to the Stanley, Idaho area for a few days and the Sawtooth Mountains.  I am super-excited about this as I have never been.  I am salivating at all the amazing photo opportunities I will have.  But first, yesterday.

Jump Creek. Chris and I got up relatively early and decided to head over to Jump Creek to check out the falls.  She had never been and obviously neither had I.  The morning was already very warm.  It took maybe about 15-20 minutes to drive back into the hills, after we loaded up in the truck.  Very easy little 1/4 to 1/2 mile hike through a narrow canyon, next to the creek bed back to the falls.  It was awesome!!  A perfect swimming hole.  I could not resist and so I waded in and swam out to the falls fully clothed, shoes socks and all.  It was so cool. I'm so glad we ventured over there.

Jump Creek Canyon.

Jump Creek Canyon.

Jump Creek Falls.

Jump Creek Falls.

Starbucks.  I am nowhere near any kind of store, let alone a Starbucks.  So, on the way to Chris' mom's house, we stopped in at Fred Meyer to pick up some things and I got an iced grande non-fat caramel macchiato.  Delicious.  And, since I have not been having Starbucks every day, it was a real treat.  The funny thing is I don't mind being away from towns.  I kind of like it.  I don't care if I can't have a Starbucks every day, or go shopping.  I feel like there is so much more to see and do than that.  

Birthday Dinner.  Chris and I went and met her mom and step-dad at their home, and then we went out to dinner at Gino's, an Italian restaurant in Boise.  The service was exceptional, and the food was very good.  It was her birthday yesterday, and then my birthday is on Saturday and her sister-in-law's birthday is on Friday.  It was good conversation and a great time to just be with them.  

Barn Cats and Cowboy.  Chris and I were tired all day so we called it an early night.  We went outside when we got back to her house and I went out and played around with Cowboy.  I tried to convince Chris to get on him bareback, but she just would not do it.  Oh well.  Chris has three barn cats that stay outside.  Bristol, Rascal and Baby Girl.  They killed a few more mice, so that was kind of interesting.  I finally got to see all of them.  They wouldn't let me pet them, but that's okay.  I can see why sometimes people prefer the company of animals.  There is something very soothing about them.  

Rascal, one of the barn cats.

Rascal, one of the barn cats.

I love being here.  This morning we are getting ready to go on our journey, so more adventures await.  Can't wait to see what happens today! 

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.