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I make a lot of excuses for everything. I know this. I’ve always known this. I’m actually a lot of talk and no action, contrary to what y’all think.

These ideas have been brought to my attention recently. On a deeper level. Don’t ask. Just go with it.

I woke up this morning with the uncomfortable feeling, like, yeah, get off your duff and actually do something. You ARE all talk and no action. I’ve been bitching for years about things I REALLY want to do and have I done them?

NO, because I am the QUEEN OF EXCUSES. Look at my past relations and jobs and extracurricular activities – why I can’t/don’t/shouldn’t get out of it, change it, do it.

F that.

I sat down with breakfast and a scrap piece of paper and a pen and scrawled across the top:

What makes me feel alive?

Answers:

(Speaking of, at this moment, a Florence and the Machines song just came on KEXP. It’s not the song that reminds me of my trip to Australia in 2011, but this band had a song that came out around that time that was totally the theme of that trip. And that trip made me feeling so fucking alive.)

Answers:

Running

hiking/skiing uphill

dogs

good home cooked food

my favorite people

sunshine

busy work

helping people

cleaning/organizing

creating things with my hands

music

traveling and exploring

gardening

……

NOW, this list is all fine and good but HOW or WHAT am I going to do about each one.

Next to each item, I started writing out ideas:

Running – sign up for a trail run once a month. it costs money but whatever. Sign up early enough, it’s not as expensive. Every time I got off a trail run in 2014, it was the best feeling ever. Better than climbing, hiking, biking, swimming, whatever other sport i’ve tried.

hiking/skiing uphill – it’s winter, so it’s snow season, so I need to get my knee brace fitted which I’m doing next friday. YAY! Then I can cross country ski this year!

dogs – Don called me out last night on every excuse for not having a dog, as I’ve been moaning for years that I’ve wanted one. I essentially live in the equivalent of a big apartment (big indoor space, no fenced yard). Start researching good types of dogs for me – one who enjoys exercise and being worked but also knows how to chill.

good home cooked food – CHECK. ALL THE TIME.

my favorite people – who in my life makes me feel happy and real and myself. mentors and people i respect and look up to.

sunshine – continue to take 3,000 IUs of Vitamin D, go to the tanning beds or just fucking move.

busy work – i’m trying hard at work to do this while we’re in a slow season, as most my people are at their computers doing reports and data crunching, so field season is slow. time to plan long-term projects?

helping people – mountain rescue allows for this, but not enough. my job allows for this, but not enough. my career counseling last year shed light on working in a non-traditional teaching environment. Both my job and mountain rescue allow plenty of opportunities to do this. I need to sit down with a calendar and resources and do some research on how to incorporate this.

cleaning/organizing – i’m really good at this, no matter what it is. it just comes as required.

creating things with my hands – woodworking is the first thing that comes to mind. I just signed up for a free online four-day creative class. I would like to sit down and go through it, but see, I’m not creating an action plan here to make sure I follow through with it. I guess a bigger priority is the pile of fabric in my living room for two sets of pajama pants, three quilts, a dress and lots of mending …

music – most of the time, KEXP. Also, I have a ukelele and a guitar in my living room. In their cases. Someone told me to buy music stands so they’ll sit out and I’ll pick them up more. I need to buy two music stands. Cheap.

traveling and exploring – this takes planning. I see on Facebook (yes, the Facebook syndrome) all the trips and ideas and think, man, I need to plan some trips. Yes, I know I just went to Ireland (which was amazing) but wanderlust is getting to me again. I WILL BLOCK OUT THAT LAST WEEK OF MARCH FOR MY WEEKLONG ROAD TRIP FROM CALIFORNIA TO WASHINGTON DAMNIT. I’VE BEEN WANTING TO DO THAT TRIP FOR SIX YEARS NOW.

Gardening – that pink binder on the table? the one you keep meaning to organize by month so you know what to do for each plant, as well as layout where each plant is in your gardens? that needs to be done. again though where’s the action plan to make sure it gets done?

(Irony? KEXP is now playing ALIVE by Empire of the Sun)

it feels good to get all this out, but it also means planning and budgeting. that’s where i get blocked. when do i have time to sit down and plan and budget? that’s my problem.

the other question – in a year, after i do all these things, will i finally be happy? i constantly feel like there is something else there, something else that i need to satisfy me, because apparently my charmed life right now (i’m not going to lie, i know i have it good, on paper, my life looks fantastic) isn’t enough.

there you go.

No one ever said i didn’t wear my heart on my sleeve.

 

 

 

 

 

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11:11 a.m. Oct. 25, 2011

That title above. It’s a weird statement. I was just checking my Twitter feed, which I’ve pretty much neglected this summer and fall due to just being barely having enough time to check Facebook (well, obsessively trolling the FB for pictures of my new nephew anyway).

So I checked in on Twitter, where most of my climbing/outdoor friends live. I clicked through to a few blogs I’ve missed reading and skimmed over articles about friends climbing this, biking that, hiking this, offering various philosophies on the outdoor lifestyle and mindset. It took me back to 2009 and 2010 when I was reading them consistently and embracing it all.

Then I thought: “Wow. I feel like I don’t get out anymore.” Read the rest of this entry »

Here is a video/picture montage of my trip to Australia in April 2011 with Rebekah and Jan! Enjoy!!

6:14 p.m. Adelaide Tuesday 3/22/11

I have no idea how much time i have left on my hostel internet card here but i’m going ot try and give this a go for a 15 minutes post.

After 20  hours of travel and a day that   wa taken away due to crossing the international date line (i’m assuming) i’m in the southwest corner of Australia, in the town of Glenelg, a small beach down just SW of Adelaide, the major town in South Australia. It’s very much a beach town, neighborhood. The weather thwarted our  beach plans, so yesterday was walkning along boardwalks and neighborhoods in Glenelg, then buying food and cooking an amazing meal of shrimp sauteed in butter and garlice, plus salad and bread with cheese, and amazing Australian wine. I bought Tim Tams and they are pretty goo d- c hocolate covered biscuits.

Today, March 22, we went into Adelaide via the tram ( i SO love public transit  outside the  US) and walked around a large enclosed market area, not unlike Pike Place Market. Rather, I ATE my way t horugh the market… first coffe and a Lambington (cake covered in chocolate and coconut) and then a Spinach/Feta parcel, then a nectarine, then an afternoon Australian tea while Reba and I walked around downtown Adelaide even more. Tonight – marlin and tuna, with salad, bread and vegetables cooked in cheese and creme friche. Totally stoked about it.

it’s a pretty sleepy town here, Glenelg/ The hostel is chill, an 1800s buliding covereted in to  a hostel. Tomorrow, Reba And i fly up to Ayers Rock for three days of hiking  in The Outback , then back to Adelaide to meet Jan again  for a day before we head northeast to Barossa Valley for two days of wi ne tasting.

OK, may or may not be 15 minutes, bu ti’m posting before i get kicked off … until later…

After wasting 600 words of my brain drafting a negative post recently about how mentally and physically crappy I felt about 2010 and how I’m clueless about 2011, I decided to check Twitter for a second and my friend Katie posted this article from Nerd Fitness:

http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2011/01/03/how-to-not-suck-at-goal-setting/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+NerdFitnessBlog+(Nerd+Fitness+Blog)

Well, that was just a kick to my pity-party, Negative-Nelly ass. Kinda like when @RedHeadedWriting bitch slaps the world and tells everyone to stop whining and F’ off and go do something with themselves.

I scratched my head and that stupid foggy cloud over my head lifted. Then I started thinking about the goals of 2011 and the future. It’s all part of the way my head works when it comes to something big: panic, fret, get upset, complain then buckle down and be productive. Read the rest of this entry »

I’m quite excited to post my first gear reviews here – one for a favorite piece and one for a brand new piece!

Favorite Piece: The Freshette

It’s about time for me to write about this little piece of equipment that goes on every trip.

Uncharacteristically for me, and for climbing gear, it’s very girly and pink. It was odd to use at first, but it’s become my 11th Essential. And I tell just about anyone about it who will listen. Read the rest of this entry »

The amount of climbing competes with the amount of laughing that took place the weekend of April 1-4. But it doesn’t matter which was more – both were awesome, felt good and created a whole new set of memories associated with social media, climbing and camping (Hmmm, an odd combination, yes?).

Rock Climbers a.k.a. Cliff Dancers

Because of the success of the November 2009 Joshua Tree Tweetup, several folks from the same trip organized a similar outing at Red Rocks Canyon, just west of Las Vegas, Nevada for Easter Weekend 2010. While we didn’t have as big of a turnout, it was so fun to see those who did, as well as new faces who missed out last time and those who have gotten into the loop of our climbing tweetups since then. Read the rest of this entry »

I’ve been wanting to do this little recap lately, to reflect a little on the past, but mainly to make myself accountable for the future. I’ll admit, I’m stealing this idea from the various blogs that I read.

Pursuits for 2010:

Wear more dresses

Fight cravings for coffee (which i don’t really like much in the first place) and reach for tea instead

Hit up some PNW classics – Mt. Adams, Mt. Constance, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Si, Seven Lakes Basin, Royal Basin

Raise $4,000 and climb Mt. Rainier

Climb more with the ladies

Climbing solid 10bs in the gym by June, maybe even lead in the gym too!

Build up confidence about sport leading outside

Be comfortable with doing 50 mile bike rides

Really stand up when I’m not happy about a situation

Try to be more patient with my family

Visit sister in Italy

Get as much house stuff done before the weather turns nice, then ignore all house things until winter

Accomplishments 2000-2009, (in some relative chronological order):

Graduated college

Spent a month in Europe post-college

First post college jobs: worked at a TV station as a writer, did my first ever waitressing gig and freelanced for a magazine, all during the same 6-month period

Packed my car with 99.9% of my belongings and drove 3,000 miles from Cincinnati to Seattle for first real job as a reporter and real life

Learned about life in small town community; learned that no matter the size, community is community, with all its bitches and pleasantries

Thought I moved out here to be an artsy writing brooding type; found out that I’m more of an outdoors, outgoing, adventure,  photography type

Moved from being a journalist to what I probably should have done initially – public relations (and still trying to figure out that one.).

Loved stories about Indians and their cultures as a kid; now find myself adoringly working for them as an adult

Gotten considerably more bitter over time

Managed to tweak back, tweak shoulder, tweak knees, tear a miniscule wrist ligament and tweak shoulder again. Getting old is a bitch.

Tried hard to not have the heart trampled on; probably suffering some because I haven’t let it happen enough

Never in a million years thought i’d do this: Buy a house on my own

Never in a million years thought i’d do this: Become a landlord

Never in a million years thought i’d do this: Become my own DIY plumber, electrician and general fixer-upper

Learned how to mountaineer, rock climb, road bike, mountain bike and practice yoga

Completed a few sprint triathlons

Learned to SCUBA, went to Hawaii

Learned girls-only trips around the world are fantastic

First close family member passes away – grandfather

Got back in touch with family values and morals

I may live 3,000 miles away or farther from immediate family, but you can never escape them

I’m not back yet. Give me a second. Hold on. HOLD ON, I said. Don’t talk to me right now.

(eyes closed. rock formations ahead. belaying at the top of Double Dip with 360 degree view of Joshua Tree National Park. Then down to campfire, s’mores and snuggly feeling of new friends.)

*sigh*

OKAY. Now I’m back to civilization. Just relishing in the last lingering moments of the Joshua Tree Tweetup. It’s Sunday, Nov. 15, at 7:19 p.m. now – 24 hours ago, I was sitting in Crossroads Cafe in Joshua Tree with Jeremy, Nina, Darren, George and Randy, recapping the day, the week and drooling over the very tasty Crossroads food and a Dead Guy Ale.

Not really sure how to write this post. I’m still reeling in the post-first-date-feeling – the glorious uplifting cozy warm happy zone where you don’t want to let go of what happened the previous 24 hours – or previous four days in this case. Read the rest of this entry »

The TriBeKah Adventurers took on NYC Sept 25-27 for Beth and Rebekah’s 30th Birthdays. Highlights from the trip, powering through from 6 a.m. Friday morning to 5 p.m. Sunday evening:

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