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I am sad today.

Most times when I feel sad, I try and do something that will cheer me up.  Get out, go for a bike ride, phone someone I love, buy a new book, eat some chocolate... you know, standard things.  But I have done a lot already this weekend, in fact the most I have in about a month and a half, and I don't feel like doing much more. So instead I'm just going to feel how I feel and read my book and maybe some Dwell magazine, and look at my pretty dahlias, and eat raspberry cake, and be okay with these things not cheering me up.

 Not to worry!  Read up and you won't have to ask yourself any longer... Vancouver Car Free Day + Main St. Market at Blim = Awesome Sunday!

Oh, and if that wasn't enough, remember how much fun World Naked Bike Ride was last year?   Saturday it returns!

Fun times!

Go go synchronicity!

But before we get to that...the West End and Kits farmers markets start this weekend! (Trout Lake's been on for a couple weeks already) Details on the www.eatlocal.org site.

New Nuba

Some of you have met my my mean green cruising machine (which really needs a name - suggestions?)  But tonight I got reacquainted with my first bike love:

they call her red

Before the red bike, I had a super cheapo heavy bike that I got at Canadian tire when I was about 12 years old.  I had my parents ship this bike to me on Greyhound a while after I moved off of Burnaby Mountain down into North Burnaby for the second time (sometime around 2002 I believe), thinking I could ride it around the 'hood a bit.  I hadn't fully realized what a prairie bike it was - it weighed a ton and was only good on super flat roads.

You know life ain't half bad when...

it's this nice out today

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I went to LA last weekend to visit my cousins (this being the rescheduled trip from Christmas). The timing was actually perfect - one of my cousins just had his first kid a few weeks prior, and another is going to be moving to Oregon in a couple months (which is actually great, cause it's closer to me!)  I had such a nice visit with them, and just felt really happy and relaxed there.  Better than I'd felt in a long time. (Photos from LA)

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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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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