Saturday, January 28, 2012

Day 69 (Or: Some Advice)

69 down, 931 to go.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Day 68 (Or: A Lost Art)

HehehahhahahaaaaahahahahhHHHHHAAAAAAAAA! heeeHEEE!

That, if you can't ascertain for yourself, is a maniacal laugh, uttered while ringing my hands with joy, head thrown back and grinning like a mad woman.

I've got a bit of an obsession.  Okay, maybe I have several of them.  Maybe.  More than several.  But I digress (possibly because I'm obsessed with my obsessions)!  And I need to explain this Thing.

It's a hoot, really.

There's this t.v. show, you see.  It's called "Lost."  You may have heard of it.  It ran for a few seasons and then it ended.  ANDILOVEITSOMUCHICAN'TSTANDIT!

If "Lost" were a man, I'd marry him.  If he'd have me.  He'd probably be in a psychiatric ward, but I'd still marry him.  And I would have a constant, endless, remarkable and intriguing inspiration for the weirdest One Thousand Days ever.  That would be awesome.

I won't bother trying to describe "Lost."  There are already so many lovely reviews of the show, it's characters, it's quirks.  Google it.  And besides, you could probably fill an encyclopedia trying to explain it all...

Again, my obsession has diverted me from my aim, which is to inform you that you can now die a happy person, because THERE IS a god, and She in her infinite wisdom, has seen fit to direct some genius to come up with this:


So, today's Thing, (truly a good thing, considering the alternative) is that I will NOT read through each and every one of the 7,252 articles in the Lostpedia.  I will only read the one about the Polar Bears.  For now.  Tomorrow I'll read the rest of them.


68 down, 932 to go.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Day 67 (Or: The Windblown Look)

A couple of thoughts.

One:  Aviator helmet. With goggles.  And possibly a jaunty scarf.  This is how one should address wind gusts of 40-50 miles per hour as one is doing Day 66 Things (walking to work).

Two:  Shoes are important.  Especially shoes that don't slip around while you're walking doing Day 66 Things.

Three:  Friends who live halfway between home and productivity place (work), are simply fabulous.  Especially when it's windy, and there's tea to be drunk.

Day 67 of One Thousand Days, I scheme for further preparation for the walking endeavor (better shoes, weather accommodation, etc).  And recognize that if I'm going to bike, or take a bus (what a hoot!), I'll need to do some likewise preparation toward the facilitation of those activities as well.

67 Down, 933 to Go.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Day 66 (or: Walk and Live)

Ha HA!  Today's Thing is huge.  Really huge.

I began a new job.  A job that's promising to be incredible in a million big and small ways, but ONE of those millions of ways is the opportunity to live what I do.  When you live what you do, or do what you live, in effect, you're blurring the lines between the drudgery of work and the joy of life.  In reality, we should all be so in love with our "work" that there isn't any drudgery, and we live a life that is full of productivity (otherwise known as "work"), ease, beauty, joy, laughter, love, family, and chocolate.

I do carry on, don't I?  blahblahblah.  All this, to describe that I'm beginning, today, Day 66 of One Thousand Days, to change the way I commute to one of my many productivity places (otherwise known as "work").

You see, I've been engaged to provide organizational services to the remarkable and lovely Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, which luckily, although nationally renowned and functioning in a national and world-wide forum, is based in the lovely town of Port Townsend, WA.  Lucky me.  That's where I happen to be based as well!

A mission statement, and vision, for the WALC Institute, looks something like this:

"The WALC Institute is an educational, non-profit organization working to create healthy, connected communities that support active living and that advance opportunities for all people through walkable streets, livable cities and better built environments.
The Institute inspires, teaches, connects and supports communities in their efforts to improve health and well-being through better built environments."
"Walking" Artist:  Nicola Villa
So.  I'm doing a thing, which I've been wanting to do for a while, but haven't had the proper fire-under-my-rear to do begin.  Namely:  walking.  Because my new Productivity Place is a nice little Bic lighter and lighter fluid, and I'm JUST the briquette to ignite and flame on with my walking self.  
I won't even bother mentioning the health benefits of walking.  So obvious.  Or the environmental benefits of walking.  Because you're a smarty, and you already know, don't you?  And we don't want this post to carry on for the next 3 pages.  'Nough said.

Except this:  I will walk the 1.5 miles to work, and at about mile .75, I will stop, knock on a best friends door, and drink some tea before proceeding on with the other .75 miles of my journey.  Next week, I may BIKE!  And you just never know, maybe I'll even get on a city bus (wouldn't THAT be a hoot?).

66 down, 934 to go.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Day 65 (Or: Revolution!)

Stumbled across this today:  Not in the StumbleUpon sort of way, in the it appeared in my Facebook "news" in several different forms:

Similarly, I stumbled across this (again, in the accidental visitation, sort of a way, not in the SU sort of a way):  

I'm inspired.  Have been for a while.  I want chickens and bees and a garden full of food - fruits, vegetables and herbs.  This is the year!  I'm doing it!  Day 66 of One Thousand Days, I lay out the yard plan to accommodate (almost) all of these lovely things - more research on bees in my urban area is needed before I commit to a herd of yellow and black fuzzies.  

The Dervaes family is an incredible inspiration for such remarkable works.  I've seen them on YouTube:

...and in a myriad of wonderful magazine and blog articles.  Take a minute to check out their website and blogs:

And, if you care to, add The Urban Farm to your reading list, and start drawing up plans for your summer bounty!  

66 down, 934 to go.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Day 64: (Or: See What You Want To See)

Two neat things:

Thing one:  iGoogle.  Seriously.  Insert your feeds, your favorite sites, cool gadgets for getting things done, inspiration, calendars, email links (if you can't find or make a gadget HERE, chances are, someone's made one and put it on the interwebs, just Google "my-favorite-thing iGoogle Gadget"), and NEVER AGAIN suffer the indignity of stupid news.  Or, at least minimize the stupid news.  Relief!

Here's what my iGoogle home page looks like - or part of it, anyway:

And thing number two:  A Good Book:

Maira Kalman.  If you've never seen her work...well...I'm sure you have.  Even if you didn't know what you were looking at.  Charming illustration, charming story-work, charm.  And one of her latest endeavors is a collaboration with Michael Pollan, of Food Rules fame.  And their collaboration, a second edition of Food Rules, RULES.

Find it, preferably, at your local and independent bookstore.  Or, because I love libraries, your local library. Either way, find it, read it, enjoy it, and live it.  Day 64 of One Thousand Days, I did.

64 Down, 936 to go.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Day 63 (Or: On Snow and Love)

The Eskimos had fifty-two names for snow because it was important to them: there ought to be as many for love. Margaret Atwood

Day 63 of One Thousand Days I continue to ruminate on Love. And I'm still a bit cold. If you hadn't heard, we were visited by Snowmageddon over here in the Pacific Northwest.

63 down, 937 to go.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Day 62 (Or: Standing On The Side Of Love)

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day began 30 days of the National Standing on the Side Of Love month.

Take a moment, visit Standing On The Side Of Love, and join in.

Click on over and join the movement.

I did.  And do.

62 down, 938 to go.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Day 61 (or: Faith, Hope and Love)

...And the greatest of these, is LOVE. Or charity, depending on your version of the Bible (let me be clear, here.  I am NOT a bible thumper, nor will I ever be one, but knowing what the great books have to say about the world we live in is, in my humble opinion, important).

Love.  Charity.  Same, same. it?

Definition matters, I suppose, so what of this charity thing - which in my mind, has a very different connotation than love.

The Urban Dictionary, defines charity -erm- well, would you look at that! That's not at ALL what I thought it would be.

1.Charity573 up172 down
the coolest chick you could ever meet. Beautiful, brilliant, peaceful, down to earth, and wicked sweet. also the greatest and most loyal friend you could ever have.....

And it goes a remarkably ridiculous way.  Pffft!

On to the next definition?  Dare we?   Google Dictionary says thus:


  1. The voluntary giving of help, typically money, to those in need.
  2. Help or money given in this way.
alms - mercy - beneficence - benevolence - philanthropy

This definition, is closer to containing those negative connotations I have about Charity as a word.  Frankly, neither of these is very satisfying, nor do they actually mean anything close to love.  Money?  Hot girls?  Um.  Weird.


Merriam Webster, oh lovely and stalwart definer of words, defines Charity a little more to my satisfaction:

Definition of CHARITY

: benevolent goodwill toward or love of humanity
a : generosity and helpfulness especially toward the needy or suffering; also : aid given to those in needb : an institution engaged in relief of the poorc : public provision for the relief of the needy
a : a gift for public benevolent purposesb : an institution (as a hospital) founded by such a gift
: lenient judgment of others

Today, day 61 of One Thousand Days, I love the generosity of spirit which allows the open sharing of information on the interwebs, so that I can discuss (not at length) the merits of Love and Charity.

61 down, 939 to go.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Day 60 (or: The Sunday Hiker: Welcome Guest Blogger Cara Leckenby) of One Thousand Days

The Sunday Hiker: Welcome Guest Blogger Cara Leckenby of One Thousand Days

Clever. Remember this? It was clever, clever, clever. And I thought I'd re-post it as a tribute I can do that, right?

60 down (I know, this one's questionable, but I'm counting it anyway!), 940 to go.
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