Beverly Hills, 90210

These days there is a small handful of things that keep me on Facebook. The fact that my friends are pretty funny is one of those things. This one, from a high school classmate, gave me a much needed laugh in the middle of a stressful week. 

"When you're watching 90210 and you realize you're now older than Jim and Cindy Walsh."

photo from IMDB

photo from IMDB

My guess is that if you went to college in the late 80/early 90s...you'll laugh, too. 

A few things I liked this week...

A collection of things that caught my eye, got me thinking, or made me smile. These are the kinds of people that make me want to keep hanging out on the Internet for awhile longer. 


“The medicine for my suffering I had within me from the very beginning but I did not take it. My ailment came from within myself, but I did not observe it until this moment. Now I see I will never find the light unless, like a candle, I am my own fuel.” -Bruce Lee

Did you see the piece about Shannon Lee on CBS a couple of weeks back? She's the daughter of Bruce Lee (yes, that Bruce Lee). During the interview, she shared that quote and it struck me, so much so that I stopped what I was doing (being late getting out the door to work) to write it down and remember it. It certainly sounds like something you'd hear an Ashtangi say. I've never watched Bruce Lee movies, but now I'm thinking I might enjoy them. 


"I looked up at him and said, “I’m tired. I didn’t sleep well last night. I know today is going to suck. I don’t feel like I can catch a break.”

He looked at me, walked over slowly, stood behind me, put his hands on my shoulders, and said, “Suit up. They can’t kill you and they can’t eat you. We’ll get through it.”

We've all had days where we need someone like Len, and days when maybe we are a Len to someone else. This story about work, tough times, and good people caught my attention. 


I met this artist at Autodesk University back in November and have been following his Instagram ever since. I don't think I've ever not smiled when his work pops up in my feed. He created an entire mural focused on civil engineering and make it look cool and fun. If that's not talent, I don't know what is. 

Mural at Autodesk University 2016 - Artist: Nigel Sussman 

Mural at Autodesk University 2016 - Artist: Nigel Sussman 

december 2016 // my 5 favorite photos

This month, fall turned into winter, there were Christmas parties and a surprise visit to see Meg in Virginia, fun dinners and a week off work. It's been lovely, but you wouldn't know that from my snapshots. (I took very few.) Christmas tree lights (out of focus, of course, because I roll like it's 2008 over here) and dogs were my favorite shots this month. 

December 10, 2016 :: tonic under the tree. (Shot with my Nikon D610 and 85mm 1/4 lens.)

December 10, 2016 :: tonic under the tree. (Shot with my Nikon D610 and 85mm 1/4 lens.)

December 17, 2016 :: It wasn't a white Christmas here in Boston, but we did see some snow. Trust me, Indie loves the snow more than she appears to here.

December 17, 2016 :: It wasn't a white Christmas here in Boston, but we did see some snow. Trust me, Indie loves the snow more than she appears to here.

December 22, 2016 :: This is what City Square Park looks like at 5:30 am. I snapped this on my way to yoga one morning.

December 22, 2016 :: This is what City Square Park looks like at 5:30 am. I snapped this on my way to yoga one morning.

December 27, 2016 :: Heading to yoga before dawn is easier when there are sparkly lights. 

December 27, 2016 :: Heading to yoga before dawn is easier when there are sparkly lights. 

December 29, 2016 :: We put up a tree this year, and kept the decorations simple since this is the first year we had a tree and a dog at the same time. Out-of-focus = more festive, I say.

December 29, 2016 :: We put up a tree this year, and kept the decorations simple since this is the first year we had a tree and a dog at the same time. Out-of-focus = more festive, I say.

be fearless

I'm in a stage of life where I look at articles about "advice I would give my younger self" with a skeptical and maybe even bitter eye. Yet here I go, sharing a link to exactly such an article by Forbes. Most of the advice in this piece is fine. It seems well-intentioned, although for many, may be impractical. We can't all attend the world's best universities, or take on unpaid jobs to gain valuable experience. Following advice doesn't guarantee we'll receive more opportunities, more success, or less failure. Despite that I kept reading until the end of the article. I'm glad I did because the last entry caught my attention. It's good advice for all, male or female, whether you're in college or long past it, whether you work in tech or not.

“Be fearless and just do it. If you’re just sitting there and contemplating, things will never move forward. The world is so fast-paced now that there is no time to sit and think for too long. Don’t think about the pros and cons too much - if you have an idea that you can’t get out of your head, just go for it! I’m sure your family and friends will support you too, once they see the spark that your project lights in you. Always try and always ask - because if you don’t, you’ll never know. If you try and it’s a no, then so be it. You won’t lose anything. But if it’s a yes? You’ll open the door to infinite possibilities.” -Sandhya Sriram

I've read about the idea of choosing a word or mantra, instead of resolutions, to guide decisions for the coming year. This Chicago Tribune article describes how it could works in a classroom setting. Communities like OneWord365 focus on how individuals choose and act on their chosen word. I'm not sure if I'll choose a word or phrase for myself, but if I do, "be fearless and just do it" might have to be on my shortlist of possible choices for 2017's mantra.

 

day 27 // sunday

Despite the fact it's beginning to look more like Christmas than Thanksgiving, it's still Thanksgiving weekend. My rule is that the Christmas decorations can't go up while there are turkey dinner leftovers still in the fridge. 

While mine has been a pretty quiet holiday, it has also been lovely. I didn't take too many pictures, though. Not sure why, as there was plenty of things to be thankful for and to capture. We had company, visited with nearby family, and ate all. the. food. Turkey dinner. Donut burgers. Cranberry crumb bars with mulling spices. To top it off, we had brunch made glorious by home fried sautéed in duck fat. If there was ever a weekend I was going to post photos of everything I ate, this should've been it. (I did post one of the crumb bars.)

This one I took earlier today, while out for a walk with Indie. I tried to get an angle or shot I've not yet tried, which is a pretty tall order since I walk by here pretty much every day. (Yes, I'm lucky to live in such a pretty neighborhood. No, I haven't tallied how many photos I've taken at this park but I'm guessing it's a lot.)  

I am toying around with a new camera lens to kickstart things around here. It's time, I think. 

sunday morning at the monument :: november 28, 2016

sunday morning at the monument :: november 28, 2016

day 23 // lights

I took this a few days ago but edited it just now. It's been a while since I've played around with filters and effects. I like how this one turned out.  

the training field :: charlestown, massachusetts  

the training field :: charlestown, massachusetts  

Those lights are a new addition to the park. It's a little early for holiday sparkle, maybe, but I don't mind. Happy Thanksgiving Eve!  

day 20 // bendy

I started off the holiday week as only I do: celebrating birthday week! It's been forever since I've gotten together with family, and it was lovely. 

So, two photos for today...one each of my older niece and nephew. Both photos taken with my Nikon D610 and glorious 85mm f/1.4 lens. 

mia :: november 20, 2016

mia :: november 20, 2016

trey :: november 20, 2016

trey :: november 20, 2016

days 13-18 // a week in las vegas

I wrapped up my business travel for the year with a trip to Las Vegas. I've been to Autodesk University before - 4 or 5 times, maybe.  I don't keep track. This was my first year attending as a product manager and it was a much different experience this time around - I was busier and my time was scheduled by others for a lot of things. It was fun, but there wasn't much opportunity to post. Instead of one photo for each day I was away, here are my six favorites from the week. 

As much as I wanted to bring the Nikon, I just couldn't fit it into my luggage. All shots taken with my iPhone 6+.  

sunrise in nevada :: tuesday, november 15, 2016

sunrise in nevada :: tuesday, november 15, 2016

The lighting in the Exhibit Hall was not exactly a photographer's dream (so fluorescent and so harsh), but I took photos anyway because all the fun was here.

The civil engineering area featured a mural. I had the chance to meet the artist, who was lovely. He does this sort of thing for all sorts of corporate events, like trade shows or internal meetings.  

the graffiti wall in the exhibit hall

the graffiti wall in the exhibit hall

nigel sussman, the artist behind the graffiti wall. follow his work on instagram at @nigelsussman

nigel sussman, the artist behind the graffiti wall. follow his work on instagram at @nigelsussman

There was also a sandbox - or, as well called it, the Augmented Reality Sandbox. This is a clever way to learn about topography and how to read contours on a map. What I wasn't expecting is how soothing it was to play in the sand. 

You can build your own, if you want. The good people at the University of California - Davis came up with idea and posted instructions for building your own, which you can read about here.

the augmented reality sandbox in the exhibit hall

the augmented reality sandbox in the exhibit hall

I didn't get outside much during the week, but did take in the view from my room any chance I could. 

twilight :: early thursday evening, november 17, 2016

twilight :: early thursday evening, november 17, 2016

view from my room at night :: late thursday, november 18, 2016

view from my room at night :: late thursday, november 18, 2016

day 12 // moonrise

Yesterday was a mess. nothing terrible or tragic - the day was just a mess and I didn't have the heart to photograph anything. Today, in the end, was good and I had the opportunity to catch the moonrise at sunset. 

looking northeast from the bunker hill monument  

looking northeast from the bunker hill monument  

day 9 // light

(written on November 9, 2016)

Namaste. 

Over the years I've heard a few different interpretations of what "namaste" means. My favorite is this one: The light in me honors the light in you. 

On Tuesday night, I didn't stay up late to watch the election returns. On Wednesday morning, I woke up, checked the news and promptly turned it off after seeing what I needed to know about the election. I didn't want to be worked up or upset. I was going to let someone else upset me. Most importantly, I didn't want to make anyone else feel that way, either. 

I decided to lay low. No Instagram. No Facebook. No TV. Instead I wanted quiet and space to think about how I wanted to conduct myself that day. As corny as it sounds, I kept thinking, "Today I want to be someone else's light. For people that cross my path today, I want to be the person that lights them up, lessens their fear or anxiety. Even if the effect is only temporarily, it's still a good thing to do." 

That's all I'm thinking today: Be light. Honor light. Namaste.

I've practiced yoga regularly for the past 9 or so years. During that time, I've probably said "namaste" quite a bit and always felt silly about it. I mean, come on. Am I really honoring your light? 

But...

I wonder if simply being in the habit of saying "the light in me honors the light in you," was practice for today, when I actually needed to follow through on that intention, honoring the light in myself, and others, to get through a stressful time for this country. 

I don't have a beautiful photo of light breaking through darkness, or something else symbolic. This old snapshot reminds me of hope and hard work and overcoming difficult things. It's a favorite of mine, so it's my post for Day 9.  

yoga teacher training graduation day :: december 2011

yoga teacher training graduation day :: december 2011

day 6 // laugh

Cleaning out the freezer, I decided to toss what was left of a box of popsicles I'd bought over the summer. On each stick is a joke, and I decided I couldn't just toss them without seeing the jokes first. 

jokes printed on popsicle sticks

jokes printed on popsicle sticks

day 4 // vote

Today I waited in line for 2 hours to vote. For me, a two-hour delay cost nothing. I didn't go without pay, or miss the next train home, or have to cover a small fortune in extra childcare simply to take the time to vote.

I hope the wait times will not be as long on Election Day. Here's what I wished I'd done before heading out:  

  • Dress warmly. It can be chilly in the shade of a building. 
  • Bring a snack. Don't vote hangry. 
  • Bring an extra phone battery.
  • Bring earbuds in case you need to drown out a Yappy McYapperson.  While I'm all for respecting people's free speech, the freedom to tune them out with a podcast or a good song is equally important. 
  • Someone in front of you or behind you might need to hit up a bathroom or get a snack. Be kind. Offer to hold they're spot before they have to ask.
  • Stop looking at your phone every now and then and chat with your line mates. I chatted with the young woman in front of me, and she told me that sense of community, seeing your neighbors at the polls, is one of the things she loves most about election day. Eventually we might be able to vote from our computers in our living rooms. I suspect I'll look back on this day and always remembers the other women I chatted with. I like that about the voting process, even it means waiting longer than I'd like. 
waiting in line to vote, on the last day of early voting :: november 4, 2016

waiting in line to vote, on the last day of early voting :: november 4, 2016

The local TV news stations covered the long lines on the last day of early voting

The local TV news stations covered the long lines on the last day of early voting