Archive for December, 2010


Reverb Day 4

I totally missed the weekend entries but I plan on catching up! Definitely not aiming for 750 words, in fact I’ll be using some more photos.  So back to day 4!

December 4 – Wonder. How did you cultivate a sense of wonder in your life this year? (Author: Jeffrey Davis)

 

Chasing marshmallow stealing ponies

Traveling to another time and universe

Believing anything can happen, especially on our wedding day

 

Witnessing the love around us in all of the weddings this year (hover your mouse over the image for names)

Fun contests with friends

Fake mustaches and celebrity impersonations

Always, the wonder-filled warehouses of PEX parties

The playgrounds of Playa Del Fuego and PEX Summer Festival

 

The wonder of new life… Cat who became a mama in 2010, and Meesh and Athina who may have 2010 or 2011 births!

 

I am missing about half my photos from the year, fell behind with that whole wedding thing. My goal is to catch up for new years and do my annual slide show wrap up!

 

And I think the most wonderous thing of all, having someone to call husband 😀

Reverb Day 3

December 3 – Moment. Pick one moment during which you felt most alive this year. Describe it in vivid detail (texture, smells, voices, noises, colors). (Author: Ali Edwards)

I’ll pass on doing the wedding cop out a second time 😛  I thought about this for a while today, and what it really came down to was a very long series of moments, an evening and a good part of the next day.

We were on our honeymoon, which we rented an RV and drove to Virginia Beach and several places in between.  We came up from Virginia into Maryland, and our destination was Assateague Island.  The island is known for the wild ponies roaming around, but it was also where the first Playa Del Fuego (the Burning Man regional) was held!

As we were approaching Maryland, it was later than we planned and there was a little stress as we struggled in the dark to find out where we had to be and what time we had to arrive by to check in.  Luckily we were safely in our spot for the night before the office closed, and managed to buy firewood from the campground office we accidentally thought was ours.

Armed with s’mores supplies, our first task was to start a campfire.  Easier said than done.  After burning every spare piece of cardboard or paper we could spare as kindling, the damp wood still wasn’t cooperating with us!  I don’t know how long we were there, poking as the smoke went in our eyes, prodding and wishing for the warmth of a large blazing fire.  Eventually there was enough embers and small flames to roast a few gooey marshmallows, but it wasn’t the heat source we had hoped for.  (The wonderful campfire smell stayed with us for a few days, in fact my hoodie may still smell slightly of Assateague…)

All through this process we heard the ponies in the distance, whinnying, probably up to some pony late night action if you know what I mean! *wink wink nudge nudge*

You are warned when you enter the park that the ponies will roam EVERYWHERE, right through campsites, and you shouldn’t leave food outside unattended.  This left me sitting by the weak fire, anxiously turning around at every noise, expecting and hoping to see a pony wandering up to us.  Most of the time the noise was the wind blowing the plastic bag with food in it.  This was the start of the Great Pony Hunt of 2010.

When we had a few official s’mores and gave up on the fire, we started packing up to go inside the RV.  As I shined my flashlight to look for all the items to take, I couldn’t find the bag of marshmallows.  I simultaneously had two thoughts.

1)  My husband took the marshmallows already.

2) A pony snuck up and stole the bag of marshamallows.

Now I assure you, I am of sound mind (mostly), and EVEN as the second thought occurred to me, knowing how unlikely that was… that thought THRILLED me!

It’s true, there’s something about ponies that turns most of us into 5 year old girls.

So then my imagination ran wild with images of the pony stealing a bag of marshmallows, and I vowed to find one with marshmallow breath the next day.  Well what really happened was my husband DID take them inside already, but the mental image still gives me giggles!

The next morning we packed up the RV, and hit the three short trails on the island in search of ponies.  You know, the ponies that are EVERYWHERE.

We looked and looked and looked.  No ponies on the first trail. Just a lot of mosquitoes biting us, we forgot to put on bug spray as the campsite was blessedly free of them.  I started whining like my inner 5 year old would.

No ponies on the second trail.  We asked people we passed if they saw any – they said the ponies were all over the parking lot just a few minutes ago!  Other than running into some deer (oh what false hope!!!), we return to an empty parking lot, except for some piles of manure.

Finally we are on the third trail, walking on boardwalk through the marshes.  And THERE ARE PONIES! Two of them were feeding along the marshes edge.  I took a zillion and two photos.  It was us, and them.  I imagined they were a pony couple, in love with each other as we are.  It was magical, I finally found my ponies, and could leave Assateague Island a happy 5 year old.

As we were ready to leave, we went to the RV dumping station to empty our wastewater tanks.  And what do we find when we get to the dumping station?

I left my new husband to deal with emptying the tanks on his own as I ran ahead to talk to the ponies and take photos.  They didn’t go anywhere, and when he was done he came over as well, but again. Patience of a 5 year old, people!  Here he is with some ponies looking to him for food (in the photo above, some people were feeding them – a huge no-no, for the ponies safety as well as the humans.)

And this is the image that brings me the most joy, and will be framed on my wall… my wonderful, mysterious, mischievous, marshmallow-breath ponies!

My husband also bought me the only stuffed animal pony they had in the gift shop, he’s brown with a white nose.  Guess what I named him?  Yup. Marshmallow.

Reverb day 2

December 2 Writing.
What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it?
(Author: Leo Babauta)

Well, this prompt seems to assume that all the participants are writers. I may blog but I don’t consider myself a writer per se. And poking around the reverb site revealed I am supposed to write 750 words.  The main page doesn’t say that, in fact it includes tweeting and photography as alternatives to blogging.  OK so stop explaining away to pad to 750 words (screw that :P)  I will modify the question (the FAQs encourage that if you don’t like a topic) so what do I do each day that does NOT contribute to creativity?

Ha. The big answer there would be work.  Sure sometimes there’s a little creativity involved in solving problems, but that’s not the creativity I meant 😛  (It’s my blog and my rules!)  I mean creativity by CREATING – writing, photography, etc.  The only way work contributes to that is with a paycheck, which keeps me alive and able to spend money on camera equipment, and to take trips that fuel my creativity.  OK so in a roundabout, haftadoit kinda way it does contribute….

What else.  I suppose TV is a big creativity sucker, although there are a few shows that really get my imagination going and THOSE do contribute – say, Dr. Who – even if only for creative daydreams and conversations about time and parallel universes.

I know the point is to try to eliminate a habit or task that doesn’t serve us.  But I’m not sure what that would be for me.  Heck, I’d love to eliminate cleaning from my life, but yes, it is easier to be creative when there’s more space to work in!  Maybe just viewing all these things that seem unrelated in a new light, and how they do contribute to my creativity is something in itself…..

I’m not making it to 750 words today, and I’m ok with that!

Oh! I added SocialVibe to my sidebar on the right.  It is a simple plug in provided by WordPress, and people can spend a few minutes being advertised to in exchange for supporting a cause.  (There’s lots of great ones, I may rotate them out, but started with Ovarian Cancer Research as that is what my grandmother passed away from.)

Now, I tried it and I admit – this sucks much more than the click a day type ones!  I had to watch video clips, I had to upload a picture (I just threw some clip art in there, it didn’t say what the image would be used for), and I didn’t get the “bonus” because I refused to register my email and info with them.  I don’t care for the hoops they may jump through, but it is less than 5 minutes.  And it is for a good cause.  I suppose I’ll see if anyone actually uses it, if not I may remove it later and try to support charity through blogging in other ways.  But I won’t hold anything against you if you are as annoyed with the process as I am!

Reverb 10

Another blogging project which I may or may not abandon somewhere in the middle of the holiday crazies.  But I needed something to prompt me to actually post here, so I will!  Join me for Reverb 10, daily prompts for the month of December focused on reflecting on 2010 and manifesting for 2011!

December 1 One Word.
Encapsulate the year 2010 in one word. Explain why you’re choosing that word. Now, imagine it’s one year from today, what would you like the word to be that captures 2011 for you?

It may be an obvious cop out, but I have to say Marriage.  So much of the year was focused on planning and enjoying our wedding festivities and honeymoon, which do not a marriage make, but the transition into a marriage is a significant one.  The year flew by and I know much of the focus was on preparing for that one day, but by the time we said our vows, we already felt married!

It was a transition that started over two years ago when we had our “playa wedding”, and both felt in our hearts that there was much more truth to that spiritual (but not legal) act.  This year was about bringing that part of us and our lives out in the open, legally and officially recognized by our friends, families, and community.  It was a blast! And yet, I am SOOOO glad it’s over! 😀  While I would love to relive the wedding day itself in slow-mo over and over again so I don’t miss a single moment, it was an intense year.  I have relished the return to the mundane and the comfort of being husband and wife, even on nights we are apart.

Yup – there have been some already and there will be more – Random is working a few hours away and spending several nights a week out there!  I cried about it for two days – of course it happened during PMS – but the marriage is a comfort that we are more permanent than any job, and we’ll get through anything together.  (And then I think of couples who are separated for months while serving in the military, and that just stops my complaining right then and there. For a few hours anyway.)

For 2011?  Oh there are so many I could see…. but I am focusing on making one word happen in 2011 – Adventure!  Grand Adventure! if I’d be allowed to have two words…  Some of you may know what I’m talking about, and I’m sure we’ll do a Big Announcement type thing, but I don’t feel right doing that here without discussing it first with Random.  Maybe on New Years Day or something 😛  I think our wedding blog will be transitioning to the Grand Adventure blog, but first we have thank you notes and holiday shopping and baking cookies and getting the tree up.  So y’all will just have to wait! 😀

 

Won’t you join me on Reverb10?

And because every post is better with photos, just like every bar is better with theme nights…

Corset night/Birthday celebration at the bar with some great gals!