Sunday, September 28, 2008
I lOVE this event.
And i can't do it anymore.
I did some really dumb things to myself. Dumb and frustrating. Injuries that resulted in surgeries that lead to rehab. and serious outofshapeness. errrrrrgggggg.
First i stepped on a stingray. followed by surgery. then i fell and tore my knee on a trail run. then surgery. next it was my wrist, another tear and more surgery. This has really cut into the running, biking and swimming.
And up until today, i thought my motivation too.
Watching these athletes giving their all is incredibly inspiring. I made a vow today to try again.I found this pic of me to put up on the refrigerator. From when i got to do the Carpinteria Triathlon. Maybe it will help remind me to try again. Maybe a little harder this time.
God my feet look huge.
have a lovely happy week ahead...
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
We made a little joke. it was only meant in fun.
There is this certain antique shop, there are several lovely dealers that rent space and fill it with wonderful things that they've collected. Then they carefully and lovingly arrange all their things into an tasteful, artful, display.
sometimes, something like this comes along. a large glass vessel which must have seemed too lonely with nothing inside so the creative antique dealer tossed in some little doll heads to fill the void.
i saw it. did she not? what is wrong with me, thinking such things.
then, my friend jon comes in, looks at the jar and says it. How bout a little head? hahahahahahaha! oh hey, I'm not alone. Jon says "i'm going to make a sign and stick it on there!" i say "oh no!" he says "i'll do it with my label maker, that way no one will know who did it".
But he doesn't' come back. so i, who really should know better, make a sign and i do it in jon's writing. then i photo my deed and email him, with the subject saying : Look what you did.
Of course he finds this hilarious and says leave it. so i do.
later...owner of jar comes in and demands "who did this?" dealer in shop says, "its jons writing but he says he didn't do it (he didn't right?) and lori would never do it! jon overheard this while busying himself in his space, trying to suppress giant laugh.
so owner of jar crumples up sign, clearly not seeing the humor.
and the best part...
the mystery remains.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Here's what gardener's do when they have too much time on their hands.
First stop Australia...
Look at the size of this fern...
This looks like it could bite.
I'm getting all turned around, i think i'm on the border of Cottage garden and the Mediterranean...
Pretty aren't they? i can see that i have entirely missed the California natives, the Wetlands and All of Asia.
Hannah went to Morp saturday nite.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
He left again.
He has to. It's his job. My husband the photojournalist. He's off to Northern California, The Lost Coast. The plan is to kayak the entire length while towing surfboards. The reason? to see if they can. Oh, and to get photos and make a story.
I wasn't invited this time...darn. I guess I'll just have to be satisfied with the pics. I can't imagine anything worse really. Here is what is said about the area:
"The rugged and remote Lost Coast offers the largest span of pristine beach and shoreline on the US West Coast, most of it preserved in the King Range Conservation Area and Sinkyone Wilderness State Park. The landscape there is so rugged that highway builders gave up. Of the four roads that reach this wild coast, two are one-lane dirt and all are twisting and steep. There is only one organized community the 100-mile stretch of wilderness, Shelter Cove. "
This isn't the bad part. The bad part is the fact that it's northern california, which isn't bad either, it's incredibly beautiful...BUT the water is cold. and rough. and there are currents.and wind. and rocks. and sharks.
So picture this: you are out in the ocean, paddling your boat and its choppy windy cold yuck. You would like to get out of this situation except when you look at the shore all you see are rocks. Big giant rock mountains that come right down to the water. Big vertical cliffs of ominous rock.
So you have no choice. You have to keep paddling. And paddling. and paddling. Until you can find a spot that will allow you to beach. But it must be a big enough spot for 4 men and their boats plus surfboards.
Once you are on the beach you are still not out of the dark. Because this is an extremely remote area, legend has it that there is certain "illegal" activity going on. Remember "The Beach", with Leonardo DiCaprio? Grumpyscragglydropoutsfromcivilization with rifles, protecting their crops of pakalolo. Sends shivers through my spine.
I remember reading about this in the news when d.h. first told me about his plan for this trip. 2 backpackers sleeping on a deserted beach were shot in coldblood, still in their sleeping bags. There are more stories. I would rather not know really.
And that's where he is. right now. i should be so used to this. all the adventures. and really i am. it's great 99% of the time.
But it's like i tell my kids when they started driving, it's not you i don't trust, it's the other people i worry about.
Please keep away from the pirates honey.
27 years ago I gave birth on our living room carpet to first born son. Oh he wasn't actually birthed on the carpet, husband did manage to spread/throw out the sheets I had so carefully prepared several weeks before.
But Kyle wasn't aware of my plan. It was going to be this really lovely home birth. Our bed carefully made up, candles burning, soft lights, like it was when he began life.
That's what i thought anyway.
uh uh. Nope. no candles, yes chaos. Kyle's agenda was to arrive as soon as he could. I had gone downstairs at the start of LABOR (really deserves to be capitalized). Never realizing that I would not be able to make it back up the stairs in a few short moments. Panic ensued as former husband frantically called The Midwife. I am doing my best to stay calm as we both realize this baby is on the way and there is no one here but us (and one year old upstairs asleep). Midwife instructs f.husband to prepare bed on floor of living room. First big lesson in always have a PLAN B.
The Midwife's assistant arrives in time to assist. She order's f.husband to boil water! This was always a big mystery to me, what were they planning to do with that water? i didn't want to know. Well, it's for the rags they use to apply hot compresses to the baby exiting area. So you won't tear. That's all. Nothing scary here.
From start to finish it was over in about an hour. The Midwife never made it in time, but her assistant was lovely. As i was pushing she told me to look. Open your eyes now. She said watch your child come into the world. Then she took my hands and placed them around his shoulders as I helped guide him out.
This is like in the Grinch That Stole Christmas, when your heart grows Ten Times its size. Like Nirvana.
My Son. What a baby. What a boy. What a man he's become.
I am so lucky.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
The energy and emotion on the beach was palpable as they neared the shore. The paddle took them over 30 miles across the channel and in all it took about 8 hours. I was trying to pick out faces I knew, looking for my husband. He had called me from the boat right after they left the last oil derrick. He said they would be in between 3:30 and 4:00p.m.
Tom was brought down to the oceans edge in a wheelchair outfitted for the sand. One by one each paddler stopped in front of him to say hey, give a hug, hold his hand. He can't talk or move. I can only imagine what he was thinking. His wife stood behind him, she's an ambassador of optimism, hope, peace and humility. She is everything one would hope to be. She humbles me to my core.
What is it about seeing men cry? Here were all these beautiful, strong, athletic men hugging each other, fighting back tears . Powerful stuff.
And then if I could take this bottle and fly over the earth sprinkling it everywhere on everyone...
It could heal the world.
Friday, September 12, 2008
13 September, 2006
This is the day 2 years ago that I had the chance to meet His Holiness The Dalai Lama.
I shouldn't say meet, but rather be, in his presence. I was lucky enough to get a ticket to an intimate setting and I did this alone. I still don't know why it was so important to me to do it this way, I didn't tell anyone I was going until the day.
Most of my adult life I'd wished to meet The Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu, both recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize, 1989 and 1984 respectively.
It's hard for me to talk about the meaning this brought to my life, no amount of reading, studying or practicing Tibetan Buddhism prepared me for the soul shaking LOVE I experienced on this day. It's hard to put it into words, in fact, I hardly talked at all that day. I think I just wanted to keep hearing his voice in my head.
And nothing else. I wanted to make sure it was permanently imprinted in my memory so I would be able to recall for the rest of my life...his voice, his message...after all I was sure this was my one chance...and I got my wish.
And Then. Almost one year later. 21 September, 2007. I met him again.
This time it was just luck.
Here is what happened. I went to Germany to visit my good friend Anja. I met her and her husband, Christoph, 5 years before here in Carpinteria. They were on vacation and I was running the Beach Store/kayaks for the City of Carpinteria. I helped them with their boats, they thanked me, we had an immediate connection ( i found out later they were Buddhist), we exchanged email/addresses and stay connected.
So... I finally got to Germany to see where they lived and meet their new daughter Mila. Anja said to me You know the Dalai Lama is in Germany. She said he is about an hour away in Munster. It is too late to get tickets, she said they tried but they are all sold out. She said to me, would you like to go anyway and just try. Just be there. I said YES. Maybe we could get a glimpse of him as he was leaving the building.
So we drove to Munster. On 21 Sept. It was a big place. Alot bigger than the place I saw him before. We didn't know where to go so we found a security guard and asked him. He pointed there. We asked if we could go in. He said "Nein" no chance. So we looked for another way in. We saw another entrance with 2 more guards. We approached them with the same request. But this time it would be me asking. Anja reasoned that maybe they would take pity on me knowing i had come so far from America. So i made my best sorry expression and walked up to the guards. They were ever more serious. "NO.NEIN!" they said. So we said thank you and walked back outside.
But we refused to leave. yet. There were posters of the Dalai Lama on a glass wall and I tried to take a photo of it but couldn't. So Anja walked back in and asked the same guards if we might have the poster. I think he felt sorry for us because I watched Anja and the guard walk over and took the poster down. I was thrilled when she handed it to me.
We waited still. In a while a door opened and out walked 2 young girls. Through the lobby and out the glass doors. Anja looked at me and asked " Should I ask them for their tickets?" Of course! The girls looked startled, but I didn't know what was being said- i don't speak any german. The next thing I saw was the girls handing tickets to Anja and Anja is giving them 5 euros.
Now, with tickets in hand, we marched back up to the guards and handed them over. They said "Nein" again. and although I couldn't understand I knew what was going on. These tickets had already been used. Anja's face dropped. She was clearly devastated. She said Oh no! this cannot be! We turned to leave.
Then the guard got a new look on his face and said Ok. Come in. But you must be very quiet. Of Course! we said. Anja put her arm around me and we were escorted in.
I saw the Dalai Lama speak to almost three thousand Germans, in English, with his Tibetan interpreter. Incredible.
Afterwards we walked around the old city of Munster, 15th century old. I tried to take it all in but we were so dazed, i guess is the right word, from seeing the Dalai Lama, we left soon after.
A shop in old town of Munster.
Anja and Christoph at home. Christoph stayed home with baby Mila while we went to Munster. And then he had dinner waiting for us. With wine. And candles.
Back home. And here is the poster. All the way from Germany. Happy in my Granma Rose corner. And I have met Desmond Tutu, but that will have to wait for another post.
I'm proud of you D.H.
Here's to good health, good friends and family.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
And then i think she posed.