Sunday, April 29, 2012

Half Saddle

#1 - The cashier at the coop today was really intentional with his eye contact.

#2 - It was more eye contact than I am used to in that situation, but I held it.

#3 - I wrote a friend a few days ago saying I was thinking of her and asking how she was doing.  She said most things "pretty much suck" and proceeded to tell me about them, at the end saying, "you asked."  I will take candor for a superficial answer any day.

#4 - Half Saddle in restorative yoga (I just want to be grateful for the restorative yoga class, but that is not specific enough,) so I'm adding a pose that is a great stretch for the knee and quadricep.

#5 - My friend gave me a bunch of shampoo she doesn't like.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Marriage and Booker

#1 - I door knocked with Minnesotans United for All Families again today. A woman who said strongly she would vote, "Yes!" (meaning wanting our constitution to state that marriage is only between one man and one woman) was willing to talk to me about it. After listening to her I said I just wanted to tell her quick why I was out there. I didn't want people to feel they needed to move to another state or country to be accepted for who they are.
"Oh of course not!" She agreed.

It began with a yes vote, but ended in an opening.

#2 - In the office they had a list of the 10 countries where same sex marriage is legal. Do you want to guess what those countries might be? (I will post them at the end of the blog post in case. Give it a try.)

#3 - The man I practiced our script with (in his 20's) who said he was door knocking because his Dad came out when he was in 5th grade and he wants his Dad to be able to get married.

#4 - Taking the bus that got me there 15 minutes late instead of 30 minutes early, I felt a little guilty doing it, but it prevented my morning from feeling rushed and worked out just fine.

#5 - There was an Onion article about my favorite mayor, Cory Booker of Newark, rescuing his neighbor from a fire. I looked it up and yep, it's true.

Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain and Sweden

Friday, April 13, 2012

Where Ugly Lives

#1 - Being offered two tickets to Farvi conducts Rachmaninoff at orchestra hall.

#2 - I'm home a little bit sick today. I always feel bad cancelling things I've committed to because I'm sick and it makes me wonder how people can handle it that have a lot more influential lives than I do. Like what if I had a big concert that a bunch people had bought tickets to, or I was in government and had an important meeting with a foreign official or I was in the Olympics and my big event was that day. Anyway, I'm glad that though it can be disappointing to not do something I planned to, the impact of my sickness is pretty small.

#3 - The understanding I received (as opposed to pressure to work anyway) when I told let them know I was sick. I was told something like "feel better before the weekend."

#4 - Having R.W. Knudsen Morning Blend juice on hand. (One of my favorite, especially when I am sick.)

#5 - "The first time I was ever called ugly, I was thirteen. It was a rich friend of my brother Carlton's, over to shoot guns in the field.

'Why you crying, girl?' Constantine asked me in the kitchen.

I told her what the boy had called me, tears streaming down my face.

'Well? Is you?'

I blinked, paused my crying,'Is I what?'

'Now you look here Eugenia'...'Ugly live up on the inside. Ugly be a hurtful, mean person. Is you one of them peoples?' (73)"

The Help
Kathryn Stockett

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Beauty from the Internet

Today's gratitudes are all going to relate to things I've come across on the internet.

#1 - Starting with Brene Brown's video I recommended a few posts back. I rewatched it last night because I wanted to write down some quotes. I went back today to decide which are good enough to end up in the front or back covers of my journal. Here is what I am selecting:

"Vulnerability is our most accurate measurement of courage."
Brene Brown

"Shame drives two big tapes: never good enough and, if you can talk it out of that one, who do you think you are?"
Brene Brown

"Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change. "
Brene Brown

#2 - How Plastic Bottles Can Light Up the Darkness

First time I've been excited about a plastic bottle!

#3 - When I needed a laugh today I went to the video on the AV page on Bushwalla's website. It made me laugh when I first watched it yesterday, and it had the same effect today.

#4 - “..They pointed the Hubble space telescope into a part of the sky that seemed utterly empty, a patch devoid of any planets, stars or galaxies…This was a somewhat risky move by the scientists, after all, observing time on this telescope is in very high demand and some questioned whether it would be wasted trying to look at nothing…Nevertheless, they opened the telescope and…when the telescope was finally closed and the images were processed, the light from over 3000 galaxies had covered the detector producing one of the most profound and humbling images in all of human history. Every single spot, smear and dot was an entire galaxy and each one containing, hundreds of billions of stars…” from Hubble Ultra Deep Field 3D

#5 - Another reassuring reminder that there is a whole lot going on in NOTHING.