Abstract (April 2018)

People are fascinating.

In general, human beings are amazing and wonderful, curious and passionate and emotional and heroic and dramatic and kind and rude and creative and strange.  I love them. I love the things that make them all so weird and unique.  I love learning about people, too.  About their background, their heartbreak, their achievements, their family issues, all of it.  This is part of why I like to travel.  There’s nothing like visiting a new place and observing the people who exist there, speaking with them and learning about who they are and the things that have happened in their lives, the beliefs and experiences that have shaped their lives and perceptions.

I have this theory that every time I meet someone new, they give me a piece of them, and in exchange I give them a piece of me.  If you subscribe to the idea that we are all energy, or vibration, (and I do), then you have to believe that you leave a piece of yourself everywhere you go and with every person you touch.  Every person I met in New Orleans, especially those I had interactions with, is a part of me now, and I am a part of them.

Isn’t that romantic?  I am absolutely taken with this idea.

Think about it.  Think about the people who you have met in your life who have signed their names on your soul.  The woman who took care of you when your parents were away. The guy who taught you how to cook a new dish.  The rock star who introduced you to Jeff Buckley totally by accident on a rainy day.  That enchanting girl who had the raddest hair cut EVER, who inspired your own brave makeover.  The author who changed the way you thought about something, forever.  ALL of these people (and so many more) are inside you.  If you believe that, anyway. (And I do.)

I had an English teacher in 8th grade who wrote down every phrase sung by Billy Joel in the song “We Didn’t Start the Fire”.  (If you know the song, you know there are a lot of them.) He put them into groups by decade, each decade on a different color index card, and had us learn about these events in groups.  I don’t remember everything about this assignment, or how I did on it, but I remember his creativity and passion.  I admired it.  I took a bit of it with me.

There was a man I called Uncle as a child, who I believe was Italian and I believe was actually married to my Great Aunt for a time, but I can’t be sure about either of those things.  He had a big nose and a warm smile, and I don’t know if he was from New York or Chicago, but I do know he could cook like nobody’s business.  I remember that I loved going to his house because he fed us extraordinary food (especially compared to normal kids’ fare like mac and cheese) – eggplant Parmesan and tortellini and red sauce that was his own recipe.  I admired his open heart and generosity, and though he died when I was very young, I still carry a part of him with me.

Another person worked at the front desk of a small hotel in England.  She was witty and fun, and didn’t talk to me and my brother like we were children, but rather like we were cohorts.  We tried to be pen-pals for a while but I’m sure I got distracted and unfortunately, I lost her.  Part of her, though, I still have, and I remember her fondly whenever I think of my first trip overseas. It was also in that hotel that I saw BBC News and Absolutely Fabulous for the first time, which is just a random thing I remember enjoying as an 8 year old in a foreign country.

I could go on for ages about the people I’ve met who have taken up residence in my heart and forever impacted me for the better. I wonder all the time if anyone else does this, or feels this?

 

Hear Ye, Hear Ye

Grub –   Maybe because it’s Summer Time, and maybe because I live in Georgia where if the humidity doesn’t bother you the heat and humidity combination will make you question everything you thought you knew about the melting point of human flesh, I am super into ice cream this week.  Two favorites are Ben & Jerry’s Urban Bourbon (delightfully indulgent) and Halo Top’s Mint Chip (light and guilt-free).  The Halo Top could use more chips, but I just add some Ghirardelli baking chips and I’m good to go.

Straight Outta Pandora – artist I’m super into is BORNS.  I heard the song “Dug My Heart” and it was all she wrote.  Check it out here.   Their music has a very… mystical quality to it.  It’s 80s but it’s also modern.  “American Money” is mesmerizing.  Another band on my list this week is Young the Giant.  Listen to “Something to Believe In” and get back to me with opinions and suggestions.

Globetrotting –  Found a great deal for flights to Rome, Italy.  I think it was posted by Conde Nast Traveler magazine, but don’t quote me on that.  Trying to get my bro and sister-in-law on board.  I’d love to be there this winter!  We’ve been to the Colosseum once before but unfortunately Gladiator hadn’t come out yet, so I’ve not had the opportunity to stand inside it and scream, “Are you not entertained?”  So.  Life goals.

Body – My focus right now is on sleep, rest, self-care, and hydration.  I notice a real difference in myself when I drink lots of water and when I get lots of quality sleep.  On the fitness end, I’m spending tons of time outside, touching nature and breathing fresh air.  Highly recommend this to all my fitfam/gymrat friends.

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Callaway Gardens, Robin’s Lake Beach. @emmettsmommy86 on IG

Heart and Soul – Psychometry has been on my mind this week.  The following is from Wikipedia:

(from Greek: ψυχή, psukhē, “spirit, soul” and μέτρον, metron, “measure”), also known as token-object reading, or psychoscopy, is a form of extrasensory perception characterized by the claimed ability to make relevant associations from an object of unknown history by making physical contact with that object.

I don’t know if I believe a person could pick up an antique and discern things about its previous owners, but I do wholeheartedly believe that all things are energy.  (Notice I didn’t say all things “have” energy.)  Living things like people, plants, and animals as well as non-living things are all made of energy.  Some people call this vibration.  I refer to raising vibration a lot, because I believe positive things in life vibrate at a higher level than negative things, so the goal is to always raise or keep high vibration, so that you’re always energetically on the same wavelength (so to speak) with those things that are most desirable for you.  For more information on attracting, check out Agnes Vivarelli on YouTube.  Her videos are about vibration, manifestation, and radiating love.

What Dreams May Come – The only dream I had this week was a nightmare, so I’m not going to post about it.  Hope to have a better dream story next week.

Photographing – Trail runs, nature, animals, moving away from selfies and people photos.  Also, painted rocks, both hidden and found.  Haven’t heard of the rock-painting phenomenon?  Get Involved in Your Community!

 

Big and Small Screen – I have only seen a couple episodes of Criminal Minds this week, but they were good ones.  The relationship between Derek and Penelope is everything. I watch this, totally enjoying their back-and-forth dialogue, and half-hoping for a hookup.  Also watching SDCC footage here and there.  Love the new Justice League trailer, especially Jason Momoa as Aquaman (you can follow him on Instagram ) and Ezra Miller (also on Instagram) as Flash, who my son is most exicted about.  Momoa has been my main guy for a while, I’m so excited to see a spirit like his succeeding in Hollywood.  Miller is a talented actor and I’m curious to see where he’ll go.  Flash also seems to have all the funny lines, but maybe that’s just the trailer.  Oh, and you can see the Justice League trailer from ComicCon 2017 right over here.

Between the Pages – This week I read Shakespeare’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor” for the first time.  A self-professed Shakespeare lover/buff/geek, I am ashamed that I haven’t read everything he’s written.  I’m not into the comedies as much and the language (and therefore the humor) can be difficult for me to digest, but I got through it.  I also went to SparkNotes.com and read the synopsis.  It’s a helpful website as it also gives context, informing the reader of what was going on in England at that time.

Tech – My only news here is that I finally played Pokemon GO.  It was underwhelming, but thankfully I didn’t walk off any cliffs.

Encounter 

Dark

Light

Pain

Delight

A stolen glance.

“Take a chance.”

I can’t – 

Circumstance.