Friday, April 23, 2010

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Even when I'm really not in the mood, this project is forcing me to think about the beautiful things in the world.

This was the view on the way out to dinner tonight.


Monday, April 19, 2010

Monday morning and back to reality.  Nothing like the airport early in the morning to remind me that the work week is here.

It's Albuquerque this week.  I'm not gonna lie, after the amazing weekend, I had a really hard time getting my head in the game today.

That's why margaritas were invented.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

And today was...well...perfect.

I completely see why this isn't a place to venture to in the summer - it would be overwhelmed with people. It's just too beautiful. We definitely nailed the timing for this trip.

The hike out of the area was breathtaking.  On top of having 6 bald eagles escort us halfway down the coast, we got to see some of the petroglyphs at wedding rocks.

We stopped for lunch at what felt like our own private beach.

Like I said...perfect.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Day 2 of the first backpacking adventure together...

The weather gods did not smile so brightly on us today, but I think even that may have been a blessing.  The loop that we chose was short enough that we weren't pressured into covering a ton of miles.  As the rain came down today, we just relaxed in the tent.  It was a day spent playing games, chatting and napping.  We didn't even leave the tent to cook.

When the rain let up in the evening, we went for a delightful stroll down the coast.  On our way back, this fella was hanging out in our campsite.

For the first time in months, I truly feel rested and alive.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Beautiful weather today as we started our first outing on the Ozette Loop.  It's so funny how easy it is for me to forget how good it feels to be outside.   The second I get on a trail, I feel like I need to reevaluate my life and all my priorities so that I can spend more time on balance and focusing on things like this.

The gods definitely smiled on us today.  

The walk in was wonderful, the sunset was phenomenal, the coast was perfect.  Re-charging my spirit is so essential.  How can I not be thankful for this?

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Today, I am thankful that my job allows me to have a mobile office.  I can work from hotel rooms, which means I can head out to the peninsula and start my weekend just the very second work is done.  After flying home from Denver today, I scooped up Brian and we made the trek out to Sequim.  They ferry we took from Edmonds over-shot the ramp just a wee bit and caused some delay.

What a fabulous reminder that I'm not the only one that makes mistakes.  And how lucky am I that most of my mistakes aren't nearly as public as this?

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

There is something about eating at a restaurant that has a dog station out front and an actual fresh veggie plate featured on the menu that makes me feel like a better person.

It also makes me feel a little closer to home.

I miss Seattle.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

I was pretty proud of myself this morning.  I've been living such a gluttonous, hedonist lifestyle for quite a while because of all the travel - late nights with a lot of food...I woke up early this morning and went for a run along the Cherry Creek Trail right by the hotel.

How long has it been since I've been running?  I don't even want to think about it.  I must have been 14 shades of purple by the time I got back, but it was so worth it.  I got to watch the sunrise on the Rockies, watch a flock of geese play in the water and got a few minutes to center myself before starting the day.



(And both of these shots were courtesy of the view from my hotel room)

Monday, April 12, 2010

It's Monday.  It's a blitz week, so I'm off to another city - this time it's Denver.  Russ is hosting the group of us and tonight he took us to a restaurant called The Fort.

I guess I don't know if I'm really "thankful" for the experience, but sometimes, it's just dang cool to go to restaurants that are like this.  There's nothing quite like an eclectic menu that pushes me to try new things. Besides, the ambiance was cool and the sunset view was spectacular.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Part of the first backpacking adventure that Brian and I are trying together is figuring out the food situation.   He's used to the pre-made freeze-dried meals, but he's up for making real food :).  There's some serious planning that goes into this, though.  After finding recipes that look appetizing, we still have to figure out how to bring the ingredients, how much fuel to bring and how to cook them.

This evening was spent setting the stove up on the patio and testing a few new recipes.  Um...yum.  I feel like a kid setting up blanket forts in the living room.  Who knew this could be so much fun?

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Friday, April 9, 2010

I've been having this problem recently with my refrigerator.

It seems like no matter what I do, there is never any food in there.  That really sucks on Friday home-office days.

I set out today to conquer this problem.  I went to the grocery store and spent close to $150.  This was the result:

I don't get it.  That's why I say it's a problem with the refrigerator.

I'm choosing to be thankful that at least I have beer :)

Thursday, April 8, 2010

That's my bed...

Hands down, other than my front door, the most glorious sight at the end of the day on Thursdays.

The irony of the fact that I can't sleep well in hotel beds has not escaped me.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Clever marketing makes me smile.

It also makes me want a dog.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

One of the cool things about the travel is the combination of (hopefully) great restaurants and (hopefully) great company.

Tonight, I lucked out and got both. I think sometimes the stars align and somehow I got an evening that included a great restaurant with a beautiful view, killer food, yummy wine and delightful conversation.

I really needed it.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Life is just a series of choices.  Hopefully, I make the right ones.

I'm choosing not to be irritated with all the travel these days.

Instead, I'm going to be thankful that in my travels, I get to see the cool local details like this sculpture I came across in Portland....

Sunday, April 4, 2010

I'm completely brain-dead these days.  I'd love to say that my weekends at home are jam-packed with fun and exciting adventures, but I just don't have the energy for that.

So, here's what I'm thankful for today: My cinematic compulsions that have filled my home with hundreds of movies to keep me company when I just can't bring myself to do much else.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

The snow came down this week in the mountains.  It used to be that this information was completely irrelevant in my life.  This is the type of thing that I pay attention to now.

I don't ski.  I doubt I ever will, but skiing is a way of life for Brian.
And even though it means that I will lose him to the mountains for significant chunks of time, I'm really thankful that he has passions in his life.  I enjoy seeing anyone get excited about the important things in their lives, but it's especially wonderful to see someone I love so happy.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Thursday, April 1, 2010

I carry the world's biggest briefcase.  People I work with point this out quite often.  Sometimes, I get a little embarrassed about it.  I tried for a while to travel with a smaller one, but it just doesn't work.  Although I don't always fly around with these things, on a daily basis, when I'm not jet-setting, my briefcase holds everything I could possibly need (including my projector, markers, masking tape and 25 feet of ethernet cord).

Here is the method to my madness:  Because my briefcase is so dang big, I get to carry things like a 10-foot long power strip.  When I'm stuck in an airport for a flight that has been delayed twice already along with hundreds of irate, frustrated travelers, the fact that I can supply power to 5 other people and bring a smile to their faces with my preparedness makes me think that maybe size really isn't everything.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Have I mentioned that I'm a food snob?

I went to a great restaurant tonight.  The ambiance was fabulous.  I loved the wine list.  But I kid you not, this was the menu...

I love that I understand that "corn fed beef" is completely unnatural and while relatively unavoidable (I love our society) is enough to make my stomach turn.

At least they had free-range chicken.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Busy days, going non-stop, keeping my mind focussed on as many projects as I possibly can all at the same time...Trying to balance personalities, keep everyone on task, all the while reminding these people they're supposed to be having a good time with all of this

And then, while stretching my neck,  I accidentally look up and I am reminded of the beauty and calm that is all around.

Perspective rocks.

Monday, March 29, 2010

I love books.  They're kind of a way of life for me.  I am lucky enough to have finally found a man that finds that endearing as opposed to annoying.  What's more, he actually enjoys reading and it's something now that we've started sharing.   This is the third book we're reading together, and by "together", I mean we read it out loud to each other.

It's fabulous.  I never thought reading out loud could be so wonderful.  There's something immensely comforting about  being in a hotel room hundred of miles from home and having a scheduled phone call with my honey specifically so we can read.

I've realized that phone calls shouldn't always be about reliving the intricacies of our time apart.  Sometimes it's just about continuing our time together...