Wednesday, January 10, 2018

2018: A New Dawn

I love watching the first sunrise of the New Year. Not that the sun on January 1 is anything particularly special, celebrating New Year on January 1st isn't an ancient tradition. Some cultures counted the start of the year in March, others held it on either December 21st or 22nd - the vernal equinox, still others use a lunar calendar!

No matter what date the new year falls on, I still like to watch the sun rise for the beginning of the new year as a way to refresh myself and be mindful that every day is an opportunity, every day happens only once, and you only get so many.

On whatever day your new year falls on I hope it is one full of great experiences, positive challenges, and wondrous adventures!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Ani DiFranco - in the flesh

Anyone who knows me can tell you I'm a big Ani fan. Not, tattoo her logo on your leg fan, but I'm pretty close and friends with those that do. Her words helped me when I needed it growing up and now they are a soft lyrical reminder of what passed before and cycles back anew.

A huge highlight of my winter was getting to see her in person, and she did not disappoint. From the choice of opening band, Madam Gandhi, to closing song - I was so happy just to be present.

Thank you Ani!


Tuesday, December 26, 2017

The Calm Before the Lights - Woodland Park Zoo WIldLights

One of my favorite parts of working at the zoo is the calmness before WildLights opens to the public. It is so interesting to see the lights sparkle and shine against the quiet night sky. Once the doors open the area gets flooded with the sounds of laughter, lovers murmuring cute nothings, little ones clamoring for cocoa or the fresh doughnuts or to make s'mores, and parents and grandparents directing poses and stops for photos. It gets loud. Of course, I am happy for that loudness - for the people enjoying themselves and for the zoo. I also like this secret moment- before the crowds gather, when it feels like the lights shine just for me.

If you'd like to see a similar sight, come to WildLights and be there first before everyone else arrives. I'd suggest bringing an extra battery charger, comfy shoes, a thermos of your favorite winter beverage, and a friend.

You can get your tickets HERE!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Corgi Walk 2017

Had a lovely time at the Christmas corgiwalk around Greenlake! Over 100 cute pups in colorful holiday outfits brought smiles to all as we paraded around the path. Pics to share below: 

Group picture!

Leader of the pack!

Part of the pack - surrounded on all sides by sweater-dogs. Pye wouldn't like a sweater so I made her, and myself, matching scarves (and bun covers for me!) so we could be festive but not uncomfortable. 

This is Pye, another cardigan corgi, and an Australian cattle dog/corgi mix. 

Pyewacket meets some playful little elves

Happy Holidays!!