In The Thick Of It

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Who has the time for anything?

Since moving and starting a new job I feel like when I’m not working all I can do is move my body and rest my brain. Great for my butt – not so great for my mind.

Full disclosure – I am not a Dali fan (maybe it’s the headache of how many fakes there are out there). That being said, this melting clock – I get it now.

So how do we deal? Be present. Ugh. Just be present. I’m working on it. Those delicious little moments you find can last forever if you stay with them. Remembering to do that though is the tricky part. My mind is trained to leap forward and plan the upcoming hour for maximum efficiency. The problem with that being I miss out on those wonderful in-between parts of the day that are actually the most joyful.

I will say this – Seattle certainly encourages being present. It’s so beautiful here. It’s hard not to stop and take a breath when you realize a huge mountain is looming in the distance or a breeze brings the briny sound air to your morning walk. I am working on treasuring those moments and holding them with me through my days.

Le sigh. The work never ends, does it?

Below are some neat things – mostly art – that are keeping me present.

When to close your eyes. 

This is fascinating – I certainly believe how I eat contributes to my state of mind. 

Just finished this book – a deeply moving story of how life can change in an instant.

Sufjan Stevens newest album Carrie and Lowell is a work of art. 

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Grown Up Stuff

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Obsessing over Ilya Bolotowsky’s work right now. It is unusually serious work – maybe my taste is finally catching up to my age.

Back from a work trip! Loving being home! Having your own place to live is AMAZING. I danced around the kitchen to Nina Simone all weekend with joy!

This post about what every 30-year-old’s closet needs is hilarious! 

Social Media. Sigh. I get why this app “makes sense” but I’m afraid it only brings out the nasty in people (and not in a good way…).

McDonald’s is officially Scrooge. On the plus side, GO SEATTLE!

I watched Singing In The Rain on the plane ride home. Sigh. I wish I could tap… actually, I just wish Gene Kelly was on hand to tap for me whenever I needed a pick-me-up.

It’s Da Freakin Weekend!

Ahhh! The sun was out in Seattle today and I swear I could feel myself dancing for joy at a molecular level! We spent the day out & about – mostly obsessing over Gas Works Park. Hands down coolest park eva.

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Loving this Seattle band I stumbled across – BRONCHO.

This should be magical, but in the real world is just frightening: Multicolored Snow in Russia? No Worries, Officials Say. 

The trailer for the new Judd Apatow movie really brings me back to my early days in NY.

More SNL goodness. 

Now and Then remake? Yes please!

Wherever You Go, There You Are

I am in Seattle.

I got a good job and I moved to Seattle.

It’s weird. It’s good – but it’s weird.

I miss New York. All the little things that made it my home have disappeared (that sounds pretty dramatic – my pooch & my man came with me) and it’s got me a little grey. That’s the thing about Seattle – you don’t get the blues, or even the mean reds, but you definitely get the greys.

Don’t get me wrong – I’m glad I made the move. Life is easier outside of New York… but life is a little less technicolor as well.

More to come on a Brooklynite’s plunge into Northwestern living. On a bright note – some internet gems:

NPR’s favorite teachers

Fat Cat Classical Paintings (hehe)

Saved By The Bell Reunion!