Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A few happy thoughts...


First. Two songs by a band called Kila. Which I've had a very difficult time tracking down online. No videos to add of them today. Although, if the links below don't work, you should be able to google either the songs (artist first, song second) and the first option should be to play the song on ilike.com.

But, you should be able to listen to the first here. It is a song called Ní Liom Féin.

And the second...well, the second I can't seem to find. Hey professional bloggers out there! Can I upload music to make it available to listeners without violating copyright? Or in other words, without making it downloadable (I don't think that's a word...)? Anyway, it is a song called An Tiománaí, and you should be able to find it online too. Same thing. Just google it. It's wonderful. Both of those songs are too happy to be anything other than wonderful. I particularly like singing along to the second one.

Second. I watched this movie on Netflix a few days ago. A friend recommended it to me, knowing my Celtiphile tendencies. It is called "The Secret of Kells" and it is a little animated film sort of about the Book of Kells and the images in the book, mixed in with a bunch of the history of the book and a good dose of folk lore to go along with it.

Here's a preview for the film.

(The Secret of Kells - Promotional Trailer)

And a song from the film.

(Aisling's Song - The Secret of Kells)

It isn't necessarily anything extraordinary, but on a day when you need a few extra happy thoughts, or something beautiful, it is nice to have things like these.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Here, and there, and everywhere! Thoughts on a wonderful day. :)

Happy Veterans Day!

As many of you know, today is also my birthday, or rather, my 'Asian' birthday as my dear friend Kirsten can explain in picture format here. Another year has passed in a whirlwind, bringing in good things and spitting out bad things. And I have to admit, this has been a pretty dang good year for me. I've made more progress in the last twelve months as an individual and as a part of this world than I thought I possibly could. And it feels pretty good. I feel like I know where I'm going and I've been able to leave unnecessary baggage behind me ( I like to travel light ;) ) while picking up a new perspective and a new direction. Woohoo!

Rather than going into the details of all of those things, let me instead describe some of the highlights of today. Although much of the snow from a day or two ago has melted away, today was very wintery and bleak. But also beautiful in that sense. After breakfast we went for a brisk walk, layered up to stay warm.

Before I go on, I feel I should mention that this was my first experience in a community that celebrates my birthday (and Veterans Day) by taking the day off from school! How extraordinary and marvelous! No school means no work for me! Could it be possible? Yes, in fact it could.

We traveled to Omak today for lunch, visiting the Breadline Cafe (which I've mentioned in an earlier post) and I finally got to try their Tirimisu Crepe which ended up being just as delicious as I suspected it might be. I hadn't previously had much favorable exposure to coffee flavored ice cream, but what I had today was perfectly scrumptious!

We ran a few other errands but ended our travels once more at home, topping off the evening with a light supper of cheese, crackers, and apples, and a delicious chocolate cake.

It may not sound like it, but I've had more than my fair share of food and fun today. And it has been perfectly wonderful. Not to mention the beautiful flowers sent from my dear boy in Utah, or the cards and other miscellaneous objects hinted to arrive in the subsequent future (most people (including myself) forget that the United States Post Office takes a break on my birthday!).

To my many well-wishers, thank you. Thank you for your well wishes. And for your joy and energy. It has been most appreciated!

And now, I'm going to share a few favorite songs with the lot of you, a little bit of who I am on day that I claim a little piece of as being mine.

This song I also owe mostly to Kirsten. I'd heard it before, but she played it on multiple occasions when we were roomies, allowing my to recognize the song and the fact that I loved it. The music video is very...disturbing.

(MGMT - Kids)

This is just an awesome song period. The video can be found at here, but you can find the song below.

(Ain't Nothing Wrong With That (Video))

And the last one for now, is a song which I heard on a bus in the Bahamas. I had no idea what it was, but I liked it. So I scribbled down as many lyrics as I could catch and then looked it up later online.

(Dido - Everything To Lose)

And that's enough for now! Happy day. :)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Snowflakes That Stay On Your Nose and Eyelashes

Enjoying the snow. Kyle took this picture.

Today was my first day of snow this season. And it was quite lovely. I took a short nap late in the morning and when I came out to eat lunch, it was snowing! And there was a roaring fire in the stove, crackling and popping merrily.

Off driving through the snow I enjoyed the little diamond flecks as they raced by my window, hurrying in another direction, flying to join their companions to coat the ground in a thin layer of clean white fluff. It occurred to me while I was driving that I didn't have a window scraper in my car (yet) which could possibly lead to some small trouble leaving work later.

At work we took some of the children outside for a little bit and while they ran around in the falling snow we threw snow balls at the beams of the structure we were standing under (I hit it on my second shot, and then repetively in the same spot the next several times...yeah, I'm kind of a good shot... :) ) until our hands grew too cold, at which point we hustled everyone back inside.

On my way home a little later, in the evening after it was dark, the snow was still glistening past me, and as the song below played on the radio, I laughed at the Christmasy thoughts that floated in my mind. Which is odd for me, because I usually try to push those thoughts away until at least past Thanksgiving. But this time around, I just enjoyed the wonderful ambiance of the snow and of the beauty of winter.

(Frank Sinatra - I've got you under my skin)

I love winter.

And did I mention why I love winter?

Because of hot chocolate, roaring fires, warm coats, long scarves, fitted gloves, tall boots, steaming muffins, fresh cinnamon rolls, glowing candles, elegant hats, snowball fights, hot tea, gooey cookies, delicious soup, white landscapes, brisk walks, abundant holidays, gleaming icicles, outdoor ice skating rinks, melting snowflakes on eyelashes (I know...makes you think of a certain song from a certain musical...), cross country skiing (and downhill skiing), thick blankets, baggy hoodies, fuzzy socks...what isn't there to love? If you're cold (which it is likely you will be) there are a million ways to warm up and a million things to enjoy while you're warming up.