August 31, 2012

The older I get, the more I like this song.

"We made a vow
we'd always be friends.
How could we know that promises end."

August 30, 2012

Quick Random Thoughs for Aug 30

1.  Ben says my Indian Name is "Paddles With Boo-Boo".

2.  Worked up a ukulele version of "Someone To Watch Over Me" only to find that it's a common song for people to work up ukulele versions... there are a bunch on youtube.  I think the Great American Songbook and the uke just go well together.

3.  In addition to the uke, I am trying to learn Nuke:

4.  When I am particularly un-kind or grumpy I watch this and remind myself I can behave better:

5.  So, to be more precise, yes, sometimes I get wrapped up in my own problems and forget that everybody has problems to deal with - everybody.   I'm not so bad about this as I was years ago, thanks to some help I got (and get) along the way, but still.   If I have no room in my heart for anything but my own troubles, then I have nothing to give anybody else.   So I try to do better.  Last year was pretty darn... awful.  But we made it through, as a family.

Vote Yes For Forever Wild!

August 29, 2012


Last blog post this morning.   I had to repost the link, it's an amazing article!

Quick Random Thoughts for August 29

1.  I got worked in Callahan's on the Olympic section of the Ocoee last Saturday, and subsequently got three stitches in my knee.  And my knee hurts.  It effing hurts.  I was one good roll away from all of this pain and cost.

2.  I'm just grumpy about it this morning.   It gets better every day.

3.  Faith in the future, out of the now.  Miss you John.  Glad your killer didn't get parole.

4.  So Ben has a bum left foot.  I have a bum left knee.  Andy has a bum left ankle.  Is this a pattern?  I hope not!

5.  I need to be around children more.  I never wanted to have kids.   But I like kids.   I'd be a great evil stepmother.  I'd make them go into the woods and drop breadcrumbs to find their way back.  Just kidding! Instead I'd force them to go kayaking and camping instead of to the mall.  Poor things.  And they'd have to take piano lessons too.

6.  Donna told me about seeing a sign for something called, "Straight Outta Brompton".

7.  Email me already.


Wednesday Song

I'm not a big Yoko fan, but this is one of the best songs she has ever sung.

Great Kayak Instructional Video Online

Genes - Advanced WW & Steep Creekin' White Water Kayaking Instructional from Gene17 - Simon Westgarth on Vimeo.

This is one of my favorite instructional DVD's and the entire thing is online in low rez.   Enjoy!

Wear Yellow On Friday

August 16, 2012

I would LOVE to do this creek

Or something similar, in the SE instead of Germany, and just as narrow and cool

August 15, 2012

August 10, 2012

Quick Random Thoughts For August 10

1.  Summer goes by way too fast.

2.  Always think of nesting compositions.

3.  black and white kitties are Best.

4.  Three of my friends in my little ski group have now sustained knee injuries, and two of them have required surgery.   Am pondering the wisdom of my latest hobby.  But damn it is so fun.

5.  Gauley.

6.  Would be nice to get back to Whitesides Mtn. for some rappelling and climbing.  It's 650 feet and breathtaking.  By 'breathtaking' I mean both in 2000' ft. panoramic views and in how out of breath I am when I've climbed back up.  BTW the video I linked has clicks on the soundtrack from my friend's camera's autofocus freaking out.

The Leslie

Team Jib Realming at The Leslie from Dave Matthews on Vimeo.

August 7, 2012