Archives for May 2014

May 9, 2014

Oh Hello Sunshine!

A few days ago, we were lucky enough to get some bright sunshine, higher temperatures and slight breezes. It was the perfect pre-summer day. (Which is amusing because now it’s cold, rainy and overcast – typical Washington weather) I was also lucky enough to have had the day off, so when a friend called me and asked me to hang out, I immediately said yes and suggested that we get some bubble tea and take a walk along the water’s edge. And while we were out and about, I grabbed a few snapshots.

Tell me this isn't a GORGEOUS view.

I live for days like this. Don’t get me wrong. I absolutely LOVE living in Washington but in the end, I’m a California girl at heart. I live for the sunshine and for the heat. I grew up in a desert and while I hate the 100+ temps, I feel right at home at 80-85 and adore days like this one. The wind blowing through my hair, the sun beating down on my skin and bringing color to my cheeks, the blue skies above, the sound of the water lapping at the shore. Perfection. I can’t even imagine living so far away from water as I did for so many years. I’ve always felt an affinity to water and Washington has truly ruined me for living away from it. Not that I’m complaining.

Making faces with Blondie!

And here we are. Just two dorks, soaking up the sun and making silly faces into the camera. Our bubble tea was delicious. If you’ve never had bubble tea, you’re missing out. It’s a creamy smoothie made of either fruit flavored teas or milk teas and containing large black tapioca pearls at the bottom. I actually despise tea. But in this form, I will happily consume it. You can get it in pretty much any flavor. I actually got a combination of apple and melon and it was FANTASTIC. If you’re a texture person, you may have a hard time handling the pearls. They are very chewy and I love them.

Obligatory bridge photo

And because I’m strange and have a bizarre obsession with bridges, here is the obligatory bridge shot. This was actually my first time at this particular park. It was also the first time I had dipped my toes into a Washington body of water and I have been here for two years now. But I can tell you one thing. It certainly won’t be the last time I do that!

May 6, 2014

Tuneage Tuesday #6

I absolutely love music. I can’t go through a day easily without it. Even at work (at least with my early shifts) I’ll have one of three music apps on my phone playing before the store opens. While working on a blog or even writing in my journal, I have to listen to one of my several playlists on itunes (playlists are the best things ever) or on 8tracks. Because of my love of music, I plan on sharing one song a week here on my blog. Either something I’ve always loved or a new song I’ve recently discovered.

Such Great Heights – The Postal Service
“They won’t see us waving from such great
Heights, ‘come down now,’ they’ll say
But everything looks perfect from far away,”

I’ve been in love with The Postal Service (an American electropop band) since I first discovered them in 2004. I had been watching the movie Wicker Park when I heard their cover of the great Phil Collins song, Against All Odds. I instantly fell in love and googled them as soon as I got home. After that, I was hooked. The Postal Service is unique in that it’s what is called a “superband” made up of Ben Gibbard from Death Cab for Cutie, Jimmy Tamborello from Dntel & Headset and Jenny Lewis from Rilo Kiley. The group is now defunct, but that doesn’t change how awesome their music is. They are a great band to listen to while going for a walk along the beach/river/stream or to have playing in the background while cooking or talking with friends.

What songs/bands have you been listening to? Feel free to comment with some of your favorites or the ones you just discovered and can’t seem to stop playing.

May 5, 2014

23 Ways To Make Someone Smile

I’m a huge believer in celebrating the small things in ones own life. But a small act of kindness that happened to me the other day, made me think about how one small act from a stranger can change your entire day. Now, that wasn’t the first time I’d had that thought, and I do what I can to try and pass that kindness forward. But I’m now actively trying to make sure that I do at least one act of kindness a day to help someone else out. In a world full of negativity and unhappiness, it’s one thing that I have full control over. So I sat down and created a small list of things that I could do to help me with my goal. This is by no means a complete list and I would love to hear from you if you have any ideas to add to it! :)

23 Ways To Make Someone Smile

01) Leave post-it notes with positive messages and quotes for others to find. (I’ve been slipping them into my library books when I return them!)

02) Have some extra change? Drop some into an expired (or about to expire) parking meter.

03) Compliment someone on anything. Are they wearing nail polish? Is their shirt a great color? Do they have pretty eyes or are they smiling? Takes two seconds.

04) Surprise someone with a spontaneous declaration of just how much you love/appreciate them.

05) Buying a quick coffee or breakfast sandwich? Surprise someone by paying for the person behind you as well.

06) Ask someone how they are/how their day is, and actually listen to the answer.

07) Hold the door open for someone.

08) Wave a random and friendly hello to people.

09) Call someone you haven’t talked to in awhile, just to say hello and to them you were thinking of them.

10) Send a handwritten note/card/letter to friends and family. makes a welcome change from the common everyday junk mail and bills AND the art of a written letter should NOT become a lost art.

11) Offer to run an errand for a busy friend or neighbor or offer to watch their kids while they run their errands.

12) Bake some cookies/loaf cakes/muffins and drop them off to a neighbor/friend/family member or even to your local police/fire departments.

13) Ask someone for their favorite recipe. Even if they say no, it’ll make them feel good that you like their recipe enough to ask.

14) Ask someone for their advice/opinion because you value their thoughts.

15) Leave a mix cd for someone to find. It’s fun, you get to be creative and who doesn’t like good music?!

16) Bring someone a flower/candle.

17) Make your significant other (or even your kids!) breakfast in bed. Spend the extra time cuddling/talking/planning. No phones/tablets allowed.

18) See someone frowning or just plain emotionless? Try a quick, silly (and clean) joke. Even a bad joke should at least get a smile for the effort.

19) Is someone in your life expecting a baby? Or is there a child learning how to read? Donate some clothes or books to help them out!

20) The next time you go out to eat, tell their manager what a great job your waiter/server did. And also write a quick “thank you for the great service” on the receipt.

21) Ask someone who is struggling with overloaded bags, if you can lend a hand.

22) Share your lunch/snack with someone who doesn’t have one that day. Aside from being nice, it could even be the start of a new friendship.

23) Just SMILE.

So what random act of kindness made my day? Well, a few days ago I was attempting to catch my bus home after a long day at work and was still on the opposite side of the street, waiting for the light to turn. The bus driver did something I’ve never seen a driver do before: he took his time and waited for me. This may not seem like anything major. But if he had just left to keep to his time schedule, I would have had to wait over an hour for the next bus or would have had to walk two miles. I don’t mind walking, but after having already walked two hours that morning and having worked a 9 hour shift, constantly on my feet from 4am to 1pm, I would not have relished that walk home. I was so grateful to him.