“Breathe enough to accept the air unfiltered, I don’t care what season it is, experience the ability to live with consequences you may never understand; caution can be the worst poison.” —Rakishi cir. 1952
Well almost, with the exception that I have a confession: I am super cautious. Taking risks is last on my list. I’m calculated and almost everything is planned to the last detail. I dislike making mistakes, being misunderstood, or having surprises thrown into my daily routine. A little stiff, eh? I read the quote above a few days ago and was reminded to slow down and breathe. Making mistakes isn’t an evil —how else should you learn?
Bottom line: I am my worst critic and chances are you may relate.
Not always, but caution can be the worst poison. Most of the time if we threw caution to the wind we may just embrace life a bit more and live.
So, it snowed yesterday —it was the weirdest weather ever. Sunday was beautiful and 70 degrees! I was wearing short sleeves and the prettiest spring dress. Next day, a blizzard hit us. Okay, so maybe not a blizzard, but it was very cold and windy!
What do you do when odd weather blows through? Fly a kite of course! Which, I discovered I’m not very good at…
I did it! I finally got a tattoo. I’ve been thinking about it for years…and now I want more, ha! I’m so thankful I could share this experience with a group of friends. Amanda and Crystal are sisters so they got sister tattoos (Wicked lyrics!) and I’m so happy I could join them. I’m not especially fond of needles, so having a big group to laugh and chatter was perfect! For any local friends reading this we went to Tattoo Archive on 4th street and they were fantastic! I will definitely go there again. Okay, so I made this video —but I can’t take all the credit, Stephen helped me clean it up this morning. Hope you enjoy watching it!
I’ve always loved this quote from Charles Dickens; he explains the edge of spring so well.
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”
— Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
Spring —I’m looking forward to meeting her. The sun will shine brighter and daylight will last longer. More walks, spontaneous bicycle adventures, and picnics in the park on 4th street. Our local farmers market will open again and baseball season is around the corner. Oh, and peonies at Trader Joe’s. Le sigh, spring brings some pretty happy things, but until then Old Man Winter is still knocking on my door. Which is actually great, so I can’t complain. I have a few Red Autumn projects + a secret project in the hopper and I need all the time I can get to work; sunshine distractions would not be helpful!
…but it’s Saturday and I’m going take a break from work and check a little something off of my list of things to do: get a tattoo!
A few weeks ago Stephen and I traveled to Houston, Texas and on our way back we stayed in New Orleans for the night —but let’s talk about Texas for a moment. Texas is huge. I had no idea how big this state is. All my life I’ve heard that Texas is home to large spiders and intense heat, so I decided I probably wouldn’t like Texas. I didn’t see any spiders (believe me, I looked), and well it’s February so it wasn’t hot. I told Stephen that I really wanted to meet a real cowboy. I saw cowboys riding horses (which was awesome), but I don’t think I met one… however I was called m’am and I almost screamed with excitement. I love southern charm. We were only there for a few hours, but enjoyed Texas so much we want to visit again.
New Orleans is like a never ending party; we loved it. We had the chance to stay one night and for most of the next day we enjoyed the city. We ate lunch at The Bourbon House (it was delicious!) and then walked around for a bit. Visiting again is a must.
After all our adventures, it was nice to come back home. Especially to see Molly again! Somehow I’ve quickly turned into that crazy dog lady who can’t go anywhere without her dog… yeah, that’s me.