Tuesday, November 27, 2012

and then i woke up peacefully

so I have found my new wake up song

 thanks to regina.

this is a sad song about a friend of regina's who has passed away

but it is a beautiful song, too

and it reminds you to wake up and live your life while you are
alive and healthy

sometimes i need to hear that

and what better time than the very first thing in the morning
(and in song)?

Sunday, November 18, 2012

into nature we went

On Friday, Pallavi and I decided that we both needed to escape our busy lives for a few hours and 'get into nature'.  She left the mountain of reading and assignments ahead of her, and I left the many, many things on my to do list that were just not getting crossed off (how does that keep happening?!).  We met at a parking lot in the middle of the city and then I drove us out to a conservation area on the outskirts of town.  We didn't come across a soul until the very end of our hike.  It was wonderfully quiet.  We bought a small bag of sunflower seeds at the beginning and fed the chickadees along the trail.  Let me tell you, it is a terrifying experience.  You'd think a person who loves hiking and camping would love feeding birds too, but that is not the case for me.  not at all.  It wasn't exactly a relaxing afternoon, to say the least...it was more thrilling, like a two hour roller coaster ride.  You see, these were very bold chickadees who expected to be fed by people every few seconds, but my gosh, I was not prepared for that.  They dive bombed our hands and tried to peck at my iphone, when all i wanted to do was catch a picture of Pallavi with a bird on her head.

So, bird feeding is maybe the most terrorizing nature related experience I've had, and I doubt I'll ever be able to not scream and cover my eyes when they land on me, but all in all, we had a great time enjoying the outdoors and taking a break from what we had to do.  All of our work was still waiting for us when we got back, but suddenly it didn't seem quite as intimidating as that moment when you notice thirty chickadees eying you from the pine bows above your head.