Lightly child, lightly

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Notes:

  • Image Source: jaimejustelaphoto.
  • Prior “Lightly child, lightly” Posts? Connect here.
  • Post Title & Inspiration: Aldous Huxley: “It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them.”

Guess.What.Day.It.Is?

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Camelflage!

Caleb goes incognito with a new perm.


Notes:

Truth

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Don’t miss the other 6 charts at: 7 Snow Day Charts To Help You Weather The Storm


Thank you Moira

Driving I-95 S. With Bombogenesis.

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6:10 am.

The digital read-out on the dash flickers + 22 F.

Where’s the  “+”?

It’s dark, and cold, and the day opened with the media blaring: ‘Bombogenesis‘: Northeast Blizzard “Juno” Will Be Fueled By Dramatic Pressure Drop. This is followed with a pre-recorded, public service announcement of impending doom:

This is an important winter storm advisory. A blizzard warning is in effect for the State of Connecticut.  It is predicted to bring high winds gusting up to 60 miles per hour.  Snow accumulation of 20 to 30 inches is expected.  Coastal flooding and high tides are anticipated. Widespread and long duration power outages are expected.  Utility crews are prohibited from engaging in repair work until the end of the storm.  There will be a travel ban at 9pm this evening.

In 1973, the ’63 GMC Short-Bed Step-Side was outfitted with a block heater. A three-pronged electrical cord dangled from the grill and was plugged in overnight. On most frigid British Columbia mornings, this would be enough to crank up the Chevy after three or four turns and get us to hockey practice.

40 years later, my ignition fires on the first pull, with no dangling cords hanging from the grill.  The Gratitude Bus is rolling.

I pull out and accelerate onto I-95.  The highway is clear and dry. I’m flowing with traffic.  My Ólafur Arnalds’ playlist lands on “Undan Hulu.”  I have no idea what Undan Hulu (Icelandic) means but the Cello solo hits a sweet spot.  I hit replay, replay and replay in my Monday morning meditation.

Yet, there is no mistaking the dark streak darting in and out of Arnalds’ Cello solo. [Read more…]

Monday Morning Wake-Up Call: Up and out from those covers

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Source: The Disney Series via Preciously Me

T.G.I.F.: It’s been a long week

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Source: themetapicture.com (Thanks Susan)

About right

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Source: ilovecharts

Guess.What.Day.It.Is?

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Who knew Caleb was a comedian?


Notes:

5:00 PM Bell!

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Source: gifak

Guess.What.Day.It.Is?

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Caleb is in Abu Dhabi this week racing. That’s him in second place closing in on the lead.

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Not long after sunrise one recent morning, a camel race here began, as they all do, with two starts. First, there was the expected opening: About a dozen camels pressed their noses against a dangling metal barrier, and when a man in a sparkling white robe gave the signal, the gate lifted and the herd surged forward, necks bobbing and humps hopping as spindly legs galloped off into the fog.

~ Read More on camel racing here: NY Times – Sprinting Over the Dirt, With a Robot on the Hump


Notes: Background on Caleb/Wednesday/Hump Day Posts and Geico’s original commercial: Let’s Hit it Again

13 days in. New Year. New Me.

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Source: themetapicture.com

Monday Morning Wake-Up Call

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Source: Themetapicture.com (Thank you Susan)

 

T.G.I.F.: It’s Been A Long Week

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Source: Stronger Than Yesterday

You said what? 5º F?

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Source: Shoebill from Head Like An Orange

Monday Morning Wake-up Call: Back from Vacation. Heading to work.

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Source: gifak

 

T.G.I.F.: Happy New Year!

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Source: thesolitudeofprimenumbers

Day 1 of 365: Resolutions

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Thank you Rudy @ Et in Arcadia Ego*

 

Yep, about right

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Source: scotchcigarsartdarwin

Guess.What.Day.It.Is?


Here’s Geico’s 2014 Hump Day commercial in case you missed it…for the last Hump Day of 2014.


Notes: Background on Caleb/Wednesday/Hump Day Posts and Geico’s original commercial: Let’s Hit it Again

SMWI*: It’s been a long week! (Of Feeding)

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Notes:

SMWI*: Feeling large

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Notes:

  • SMWI* = Saturday morning workout inspiration.
  • For more background on Totoro and the Japanese animation film, connect here and here. “Totoro is a giant, friendly forest spirit. He spends most of his time sleeping in a hole in a tree. He doesn’t speak, instead communicating by loud bellows.” (My family would concur with this description of me excluding friendly spirit part.)
  • Image Source: Implicit-egotist

5:00 P.M. Bell: Going Home

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Source: disco lemonade

T.G.I.F.: It’s been a long week

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Source: gifak-net. Thank you Uncle Spike.


Guess.What.Day.It.Is?

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Check out Cool Caleb’s holiday getup. The Man’s ready for the holidays.


Credits: Thank you Janet. Source: The Sartorialist

T.G.I.F.: It’s Been A Long Week

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Source: sensualstarfish

Guess.What.Day.It.Is?

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Profile shot, Caleb’s best side.


Notes:

Monday Morning Wake-up Call: Get up! Get up!

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Image Credit: Automatically.com (Darla from Finding Nemo)

 

 

SMWI*: Breathe. With both barrels.

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Notes:

  • SMWI* = Saturday morning workout inspiration.
  • Source: All My Small Adventures (European Bison / Bisonte Europeo. Confined to protected areas in Eastern Europe)

T.G.I.F.: It’s Been A Long Week

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Source: Awesomegifs

 

Guess.What.Day.It.Is?

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Here’s Festive Caleb and his girl on Hump Day.  He’s lookin’ fine.

Photo was taken by Uncle Spike’s friend at a Christmas market in Brighouse, West Yorkshire in the UK. Thank you Uncle Spike!


Note: Background on Caleb/Wednesday/Hump Day Posts: Let’s Hit it Again


Monday Morning Wake-Up Call: Post Thanksgiving Weekend

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Source: ferret from gifak

Black Friday Shopping Weekend or…

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Source: Japanese Piggy Bank via themetapicture.com


T.G.I.F.: Day After Thanksgiving

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Source: Your Eyes Blaze Out

Guess.What.Day.It.Is?


Caleb makes a guest appearance on David Letterman on “Jungle” Jack Hanna’s Hump Day. As to the American Bald Eagle, Wow! Inspiring. Full stop.


Note: Background on Caleb/Wednesday/Hump Day Posts: Let’s Hit it Again

Monday Morning Wake-Up Call (Ball)

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Source: Gifak

 

SMWI*: Alternate Universe vs. Reality

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An alternate universe: Beauty. Grace. Health.

An then the unfortunate reality:


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Notes:

  • SMWI* = Saturday Morning Workout Inspiration
  • Ballet Dancer Photo: Ronnie Boehm, A. Ion, Vienna State Opera Ballet School. Thank you Carol at Radiating Blossom
  • Sad Monkey Belly Picture: themetapicture.com

 

5:00 PM Bell: Let’s Go!

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Source: gifak.net

15 Minutes of Fame

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Monday:

It’s early afternoon. There are ripples. The wind picks up during the day. There are 9,000 blog views by bed time, 8,500 views for a single post, more than 10x my Total average daily views. (Not that I’m counting.) 

I ferret out the source of traffic: Facebook. I’m unsuccessful at locating the fire starter.

Monday EOD Count: 11,000 views

Tuesday:

I wake to find my blog with 18,000 new views.  18,000 views overnight!  No caffeine required.

I sneak peaks during the day to find post views are climbing at more than 5,000 per hour. Heart? Pumping.

The site traffic is picked up by two media sources who send an email requesting my permission to share the post on their site. They ask for my photo.  Oh No. No. No. No.  I reply with thanks, but no thanks.

I go to bed, and sneak a peak at the view count. 101,000. And counting.

Tuesday EOD Count: 125,000 [Read more…]

Guess.What.Day.It.Is?

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Notes:

Monday Morning Wake-Up Call

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Source: themetapicture.com

SMWI*: Morning Jam with lil man


SMWI* = Saturday Morning Work-Out Inspiration. Source: Weighty Matters.

T.G.I.F.: It’s Been A Long Week

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Source: gifak (*This is not our Viszla Zeke. He would have snagged this…)

I don’t like Neighbor.

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I was rattled.
My Fingers are on the keyboard.

“N-e-i-h-b-o-r”
Then…
“N-i-e-h-b-o-r”
Autocorrect is humming in the background but finding nothing.
Where the H*ll are you?
Red dots underscore the word and shout: “WRONG“!
I push back from my desk. I stop. I inhale.

You used to be an Automaton. Letters used to spill out, from head to fingers to screen. Letters all beautifully lined up in single file, in correct order.  It’s ok. You’re just tired. You didn’t get much sleep. You’re alright. It will be ok.  

I go at it again.
“N-i-e-b-o-r”
Red dots return.
No sign of Autocorrect.
My pulse quickens.
The cursor flashes at the end of the Word. Bing. Bing. Bing. Bing. Bing.
Red dots underscore word. Red dots. Blood platelets. Stop the bleeding.

[Read more…]

Guess.What.Day.It.Is?

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I continue to be awed by my fellow bloggers in the WordPress community. Here’s another fine example.

Uncle Spike from Uncle Spike’s Adventures was searching “Photography” tags on WordPress when he came across the photo I shared in my Veteran’s Day post (Honor).  He “Liked” my post. I noted that his Gravatar had the camel photo above and my antenna went up.  I sent him an email asking for consent to share the photograph and we traded emails. He explained that he took the photograph north of Rumuruti in Kenya in 2007 and that “he rode this Beastie for 8 hours!” 

I read his About page and was hooked.  Here’s a small morsel:

“As you sit there reading this, I’m having a bash at fruit farming in Turkey, blogging and somehow I’ve also become a proof-reader for academic papers, conference articles and post-grad theses. It’s a curious mix I’ll admit…Nowadays, I’m within sniffing distance of 50, but always very busy, constantly reinventing. Being honest, I reckon I’m pretty content with life…”

Check out more here: Uncle Spikes Adventures.

Of course, prior to this interaction, the clock was ticking for the Wednesday Hump Day post deadline.

Coincidence? Serendipity? Synchronicity?

And Bam, here comes Uncle Spike to the rescue…


Note: Background on Caleb/Wednesday/Hump Day Posts: Let’s Hit it Again


Psych2go

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I’m not sure whether I find this tweet to be:

(a) funny, because it is true, or

(b) beneficial, (incl free therapy) because it is true, or

(c) irritating, because it is true.

It’s settled.

It’s “c”.

I’m irritated.

No.

Let me re-phrase.

I’m fully agitated.


Source: To escape from the commonplaces of existence

Monday Morning Wake-Up Call

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Source: Gifak

T.G.I.F.: It’s been a long week

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Source: Bunsen

Man and his Best Friend

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DK:
What kind of Dog snarls at the hand that feeds him? My hand. For no apparent reason?

RK:
Dad, you mean you haven’t noticed?

[DK: It’s the end of a long day. I lift my eyebrows, but don’t respond. Rachel assesses her Father’s reception and interprets the non-response as a green-light.]

RK:
Well, let me explain it to you.

RK:
You are both moody.
And wildly unpredictable.
You can go aggressive “at boo.”

RK:
You coming running at the sound of a fridge door opening.
You’ll eat anything.
You don’t share your food.
You wolf down your food without tasting it.
You slurp your soup.
You lick the bowl. And your plate.

[DK: I shift uncomfortably on the couch.]

[Read more…]

Smile? Guaranteed.


Notes:

  1. Don’t ask how many times I’ve watched this.
  2. We have a Vizsla (Zeke). But he doesn’t do this. (Among other things he doesn’t do).
  3. As to #2, I’ve attributed the principle reason for non-compliance to his gender being Male. (And yes, oh, I’ve tried to replicate this scene, oh I’ve tried. His look: “are you out of your mind.“)

Guess.What.Day.It.Is?

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Caleb visits the Pittsburgh Zoo. Check out his sweet Serape…

Check out his sexy legs in the frontal shot below: [Read more…]