I have a dilemma. I had the urge to paint something again (or I was just trying to find anything to do BUT study for my A.R.E.) so I did and this is it...

My dilemma is this: I intended on painting the tree's root system reaching into the ground, but once I got to this point, I kind of like it this way. Brandon's vote is to let it be. You can't see it very well, but the tree has some red leaves in the branches, so the root system might add a new meaning if it seems like the roots are pulling the color/energy/life/fire from the ground. I need opinions before I decide whether or not to continue the painting...or to let it be. :)



Our conversation in bed last night:

*Chica yawns*

B: Do cows yawn?
D: No.

B: Do horses yawn?
D: No.


D: Maybe it's a primate thing.


B: Chica's not a primate.


D: Maybe it's a mammal thing.


B: COWS are mammals.



Photo + Quote of the week

I've been a horrible blogger and a horrible picture taker, so I don't have much to post :( Life is good though and I'm looking forward to Spring. Until the weather is warm enough to do our outdoor stuff, I'm content staying inside and reading and playing my djeme :) I really need to start branching out and read some other authors, but I have to say that once you start reading Tom Robbins, he is addicting. He is a word magician and he never ceases to open my mind to a new level of thinking. Here is a taste of Robbins...and a taste of djembe...

"If you need to visualize the soul, think of it as a cross between a wolf howl, a photon, and a dribble of dark molasses. But what it really is, as near as I can tell, is a packet of information. It's a program, a piece of hyperspatial software designed explicitly to interface with the Mystery. Not a mystery, mind you, the Mystery. The one that can never be solved.

To one degree or another, everybody is connected to the Mystery, and everybody secretly yearns to expand the connection. That requires expanding the soul. These things can enlarge the soul: laughter, danger, imagination, meditation, wild nature, passion, compassion, psychedelics, beauty, iconoclasm, and driving around in the rain with the top down. These things can diminish it: fear, bitterness, blandness, trendiness, egotism, violence, corruption, ignorance, grasping, shining, and eating ketchup on cottage cheese.Data in our psychic program is often nonlinear, nonhierarchical, archaic, alive, and teeming with paradox. Simply booting up is a challenge, if not for no other reason than that most of us find acknowledging the unknowable and monitoring its intrusions upon the familiar and mundane more than a little embarrassing.

But say you've inflated your soul to the size of a beach ball and it's soaking into the Mystery like wine into a mattress. What have you accomplished? Well, long term, you may have prepared yourself for a successful metamorphosis, an almost inconceivable transformation to be precipitated by your death or by some great worldwide eschatological whoopjamboreehoo. You may have. No one can say for sure.More immediately, by waxing soulful you will have granted yourself the possibility of ecstatic participation in what the ancients considered a divinely animated universe. And on a day to day basis, folks, it doesn't get any better than that."

_Tom Robbins


A Non-Valentine's Day Post

Valentine's Day is a little...well...cheesy, so we don't really celebrate it. So, this is me not making a cheesy post on Valentine's Day.

I always feel like Brandon and I have become the closest we possibly can and that we are the best of friends/lovers/companions in the world. Then, I am reminded that love grows stronger everyday when I wake up and realize that I love him that much more :) Happy UnValentine's Day!

I love this quote from Winnie the Pooh. It really captures the meaning of true friendship.

"Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind.
'Pooh?' he whispered.
'Yes, Piglet?'
'Nothing,' said Piglet, taking Pooh's hand.
'I just wanted to be sure of you.'"
— A.A. Milne

Photo: Honeymoon June 2004