• A bunch of things have inspired me and lifted my spirit this past week, so I wanted to share:

    An awesome A Softer World ... this one's pretty great too (remember to read the hover text!)

    An awesome photo/paste-up by Basco5 (don't look if you're scared of barfing)

    An awesome video by Oren Lavie (just watch it, it's amazing)

    Ridiculously awesome beatboxing and flute-beatboxing (c/o @adrian_ng)

    More random goodness:

  • Courtyard in middle of St. Paul's

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    The weekend started off pleasantly, with dinner with a friend (from university) who's down here visiting for a week and a half.  We went out to Central on Denman, which I always forget is actually a pretty great place.  Not to mention, they were playing awesome music: MIA, old Erykah Badu, and local boys, DNA6 (whose cd I bought when I saw them play the Capers fair last year, and it's become one of my favorites, and turns out that they're friends of my boss, small world).  Great evening catching up.

  • veins

    Last week I was asked if I felt I was being myself wholeheartedly.

    I had to answer no, because I am often filled with doubt and hesitation, but this is something that goes against the sort of person I want to be.  I want to live wholeheartedly, to take chances, to have faith in people, and in my future.  But how does wholeheartedness manifest in real-life practical terms?

    whole·heart·ed, adjective, 1836

    1. completely and sincerely devoted, determined, or enthusiastic
    2. marked by complete earnest commitment, free from all reserve or hesitation

    [Merriam-Webster]

  • (Written yesterday) I'm somewhere over western Alberta right now, on my way back home after spending a week in Washington DC for my second Drupalcon.  Just finished listening to DaveO's latest Postcards from Gravelley Beach, and an episode of White Coat, Black Art, and am onto some Radio 3 now.  Steve M. and (the other) Boris from 80Elements (who we share office space with) are on my flight too - we parted ways with Steve K and Katherine in Toronto, as they had a slightly later flight out than us.  It's fun traveling with people.  It's actually really fun traveling with people who are acquaintances, it only takes a few days for an acquaintance to turn into a new friend.

    The conference itself was really great.  Different than last year, when I knew fewer people, and when everything seemed a lot more intense.  Intense because it was more new, but also because I was more of a stress case then.  This year I felt a lot more relaxed.

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  • Ouchie

    As Travis detailed, February has indeed been a cruel month for many - it delivered me one final (I hope) blow yesterday (not for the squeamish: the damage - yes I know I'm being a wuss about it, but it still hurts like a mofo a day later!), but in a few hours it'll officially be done and gone.  That's not to say there weren't any high points, it was a bit of a roller coaster ride.  In any case, now that it's done, it feels as if it flew by and I'm already starting to carefully block the low points out of my memory. ;-)

  • Just really wanted to post my two favourite photos from Whistler a couple weeks ago before I forget for good.  So many cute dogs around town, I was in heaven.  (Whistler Public Library in background.)

    So many awesome dogs

  • Or at least that's the idea, to find balance and ride the wave rather than fight the current.

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    The next five weeks are going to be intense, so I am focusing on strength, calm, and perseverance to get through it.  My boss is going to be away for a month, and there is a lot going on at work.  I have been entrusted with keeping the ship afloat while he's gone, which is a big responsibility.  Then the same day he gets back, I head out to DrupalCon.

  • Friday, December 19th - lovely dusting of snow, viewed through the window of AB headquarters.  Finished off and had a great evening with friends, then spent Saturday and Sunday running around prepping to leave for LA, where I was heading to spend Christmas with my cousins.

    A nice dusting of snow

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