If anyone has any stories, favourite places, or lives in Pennsylvania, please share them with me. I’ve thought and thought about this place for so long that I need to take a trip there. I especially want to see the mountains, nature, learn the history and also to see Terrain. Seasons wouldn’t be so bad, either.
The Great Glacier, Selkirk Mountains, BC, about 1890, originally uploaded by Musée McCord Museum.
About 1992 I stood in this same spot with not really any more tools; I had ice picker shoes and a backpack but my guide and I were pretty basic which was good. Had I had to have had all the “proper” ice climbing/walking gear, I most likely would have missed out on doing something amazing because at 18, I had no desire (or money) to get into something that was really just a passing fancy (I can’t imagine what I’d do with ice picks now!).
I’ve been thinking a lot about gear since the Danes Just Bike post. I’ve done a lot of activities in my life, some mundane, some extraordinary, but the reason why I was able to do so many things was because I simply wanted to do them. I didn’t stop to think if I was a biker, a hiker, a climber, a flier, a dancer, a traveler and I didn’t stock up at a store to outfit myself accordingly. I simply did.
In most of the countries I’ve lived, this idea is pretty normal. I don’t really know many people who bike (except for racers) who have a biking outfit – it’s generally just regular clothes. There’s very few activities that you doll up different for, including day hikes and light sports. Granted, when I hiked through New Zealand or did the West Coast Trail, I had fantastic hiking boots, backpack and lightweight camping gear but I was even then, pretty basic (and had the most amazing time!).
A few months ago I was hiking in Malibu with my dog and came across two women who, frankly, just made fun of me for what I was wearing: A dress, a sweater, and normal shoes. But I failed to see what was so wrong with that because I hadn’t intended to hike that day but, once I saw the spot, wanted to go out into it. My shoes are comfortable and slightly orthopedic in nature (offering more support than most sneakers), my linen dress was light and breathable as was my sweater. There wasn’t mud, there wasn’t rocks to climb, so why was it strange for me to be out there dressed like that? Why should I have rushed home, changed into shorts, a t-shirt, and hiking boots just to do a mile out in the open?
Sometimes I feel that living here, life is often put into separate compartments; you have your work persona, your home persona, work clothes, home clothes, out at night clothes, day makeup, night makeup, bike clothes, your dreams, your reality, your secret loves, what you really do and so forth. I sometimes feel like this sets us up to feel disconnected and to miss out on a lot of things because we don’t have the right gear, right outfit, right whatever.
But what if we realised we had the capabilities to do everything right now – would we?
How I went so long without seeing it, I’ll never know. Loved. It.
Simply City one
Although I’m still in-love with my bike, this one looks really good.
World’s smallest postal service.
Wouldn’t it be interesting to get one of these in the post?
White Chocolate Gratin
Plant Reference Book
Yet another great idea from Making it Lovely.
Prep for the Quake
I’m participating. I was in the Seattle Earthquake a few years ago and my building, across from the Starbucks that tumbled, went dark and all our manufacturing equipment, ladders, and desks fell whilst the floors went up and down. Scary and I had no idea what to do. Living so close to a major fault line now in LA, I’m changing that.
I’ve written here before on my Etsy Finds and also on Pet the Pretty Things (where I actually highlight some of the things I’ve bought). Like so many I’ve found that it’s a great resource for finding almost anything I need; it’s been my first and last search stop for numerous things. When I needed a bit of art, the perfect photo turned up. When I need a key chain, I discovered a great one and bought two. A shelf for the entrance way, a bag for dog business, all there.
My current favourite items are listed above and you can find my favourite sellers here. Just click an image and you’ll be directed right to the artist’s shop. And if you have any fav’s, let me know.
P.S.: I hope to get some prints up in my Etsy store by the end of the month in time for the Holidays.
The art is lost because sips were taken. I wasn’t as patient drinking as they were in making.
It’s no secret that Urth Caffe is one of my favourite places to go. If you come to stay with me, I will take you there and not feel the slightest guilt at turning you into a Spanish Latte addict. But one of the reasons why I love going there is in the details and the lesson within.
Generally, Urth is one busy cafe no matter which location you go to. I find myself more often than not in the Santa Monica one but the one on Melrose is fast becoming a second home. People always coming in and out, lines always forming but moving fast, tables filled with people and lively chatter.
But no matter how busy they are behind the counter, no matter how many people barked at them, no matter the craziness that ensues, the baristas always take the time to make art.
Every hot drink gets a design and which design depends on which drink. They make turkeys, hearts, leafs and a few others I can’t recall. They have to pour the drink into the cup just so, then they take a stick and create art. Even if it’s in a to go cup in which a lid will cover it all up, they take the time. Even if they have 100 orders to fill in 5 minutes, they take the time. No short cuts, no huffing, no auto-pilot. They literally pay attention to each pour and stroke of the stick.
Although I’ve watched them make drinks dozens and dozens of times, and although my guests who see it for the first time always ooh and ahh over the intricate details in their Japanese Tea Latte, I hadn’t ever really appreciate the effort it takes to make each task count, over and over again, no matter how busy or how often you do it. It’s far easier to go on auto-pilot with the every day than to appreciate.
But it’s so much more beautiful, happier and I think interesting, if you can.