Music:"There's gotta be a better way" - Little Big Man
10 random things about me:
I talk in my sleep
I'm obsessive compulsive
I've climbed many mountains & would like to climb more, but live where there are no mountains.
I love swimming in the rapids of a river
From age 21 to 32 I never had my natural hair color, and I can't recall all the colors I've had, but they include: hot pink, bright blue, lavender, blonde, black, dark chocolate brown, white, orange, brown with forest green stripes, red white & blue with extensions, tulip pink, burgundy, navy blue, light brown with white & purple stripes, lightish ash with hot pink stripes, blonde with black stripes, er... oh, bright purple, um, dandelion neon-yellow, hm, oh, I did blue purple & white stripes, ok.. that's 'nuf of that. Like I said: can't recall them all! But, I'm all natural now, and I like that too (its so soft now!)
I love gardening
I love lying in the grass to relax
I have two punk-rock princess daughters who are super smart & sweet & funny: they really do stuff to crack me up, then they get giggle fits too: it is awesome.
I have a Bachelor's degree from Evergreen State College (which is a great school, by the way- not mainstream at all, no grades, you get reviews from all your professors & yourself, you loose credits instead of getting graded down, and most terms you take one class per term: it's like graduate work - intense and very effective way to learn; and they really promote self-designed coursework, and internships for school credit- I did an internship at an art gallery & travelled to Peru to study ruins & teach in the schools there, for some of my credits).
I was a vegetarian for 10 years (age 15 to 25)
9 things I want to do before I die:
publish a book, maybe a children's book, maybe a photography book. I haven't decided
raise my kids to be successful & happy adults who can carry on well on their own
climb more mountains, maybe do photography for National Geographic Magazine, speaking of mountains... (*grin*)
become a Master Gardener
plant a ton of trees & plants and/or pay $ so Arbor Day Foundation & other environmental groups can plant trees and rebuild parks, national parks, strip mining areas, etc, wherever...
help to protect our natural resources, improve our recycling habits, reduce our use of chemicals on the planet (yes: everywhere, in farming, production, clothing, energy production, etc)
get involved in an animal rehabilitation program (like save the wolves, raptor centers, etc)
help build (and strengthen) communities, especially local communities but also internet/other communities
teach peace & love, learning, patience, humor & adaptation, awareness of self and others, & sharing
8 ways to win my heart/affection/respect:
loyalty, especially to family & friends
personally putting in hard work, especially towards things you believe in
patience with children and intelligent, honest engagement; sharing their thoughts, ideas, understanding their needs
intelligent thoughtful conversation, on topics meaningful to you
having fun with life
authentic engagement with the present, & embracing life's simplest, quiet moments
7 things I'm afraid of:
street drugs/illegally made narcotics/etc
these bugs: scorpions, ticks & centipedes
failing my family (yes, any or all of them)
having my lungs fail/ dying of asthma
6 things I believe in:
science & the constant evolution of science, but also the infinity of existence & the unreachable infinity of all knowledge as well
protecting the earth's life and ecosystems
energy & it's complex multi-layered forms
5 places I have lived:
Minnesota for 12 years
Washington state for 4.5 years
Oregon for 14 years
Arizona for 2.5 years
Peru for a few months, and London, England for a couple months which if we say .5 years.. then we get to the right age. heh.
4 of my favorite items in my bedroom:
lots of windows & sunlight
good books to read
fuzzy soft blankets
3 things I do everyday:
play with our kids, and maybe work on teaching them something *wink*
go outside and spend some quiet time embracing life & nature
2 things I'm trying not to do now:
be too aggressive, untactful, or hurtful with any of my words
1 person I want to see right now
I would love to hang out with Sierra/aka Travis (an old friend of mine who lives in Oregon) since I live with Angelo, Aurora & Athena, and have had frequent visits with family and continue to plan these gatherings, but I have no plans of when I will next get to visit with Sierra. I love our candid conversations and full on engagement with life & art - like when we up and took a 2 week road trip w/two other friends, me being the only driver of the 4/camping the whole way.. or how we can do collages & journaling together and just talk about humanity, community, and the little stuff with deep meaning and honest engagement.
Peace out to my little bro',too: you know I would love to see you & I'm hoping there's a way in the afterlife, little bro. I love you.
Well,that was intense to write! *grin* Hope you who decided to read this found it as inspiring or thought-provoking as I found all the one's I read to be (thanks to combustafarian for posting this & to all of those in his friends list (soul rebels) who posted such amazing, thoughtful, meaningful and inspiring ideas in their personal versions of this meme.