I love you now
I loved you then
I will love you tomorrow, always
Nothing has changed
Only you have moved on
Find what you need
Live, Love, Laugh!
I want all happiness for you
too come wherever you find it
Have fun always!
step out into the night
look into the night sky
Know I see the same sky
I think of your eyes
with your sunlight
I miss you
Yet, I know
I love you!
Friday, September 30, 2005
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Small sampling from their song "Struggle"
I just want to move ahead
I just want to free myself - but it’s a struggle
I just want to stay in bed
I just want to be myself - but it’s a struggle...
To learn more about them, see a video, check out pictures...go here: Ringside
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Monday, September 26, 2005
Here are some random pictures from my Saturday night outing with Albert.
Albert trying to take a picture of a couple visiting from Blaine, WA. Their camera was out of film, so I took shots of them with the digital camera.
The following picture is of this guy asking us for change. Not only was he very drunk, but he was "hooking", so he told us, probably not going to get alot of action in Belltown...but who knows!
Also, he wanted a hug, so Albert provided!!
Walking thru downtown, came up Pike Place Market and I had to take a cool shot of the sign! I Love Seattle at night!
Sunday was a fun day with brunch at the 5 Spot, time at the book & plant sale to benefit the Seattle Public Library and some wandering thru Ballard farmers market with Sanders and David. Had a nice night on Sunday!! ;-) Thanks to all involved for a great weekend!
Friday, September 23, 2005
My ex gf always told me the best hang over food is Mickey D's cheeseburgers. I didnt really believe her til last day after St Patty's day. Needless to say Jess and I "overcelebrated" St Pats day. We dragged ourselves to Mickey D's and an hour after consuming the cheeseburger the hang over disappeared! Today was one of those, I need a cheeseburger days. I had two and wow!! Hangover gone! Lov'in life once more!
OH HOW I LOVE YOU McDONALD's CHEESEBURGER!!!
Moving right along....
Today we received word of a "relocation" at my work. Due to some very costly improvements needed here at our satellite sales office, where I work, we will instead be consolidating our office back into the main plant! Which means I loss my nice work area!! I am very sad, I love our building. We get a ton of sun, we have our own kitchen,coffee maker, parking, and a great work atmoshpere!
Change can be good, so I am willing to see what happens! Upon chatting with my general manager today, he listened to my concerns of where I was "going to be placed" and surprised me with a nice location! Sadly it will not have a window and I cant take the very cool desk setup I have here, it wont fit in the new space.!! :( However, for the time being it will my own office!! So sad news went to good news!
My current desk...messy, but mine...oh I will miss you when I have to give you up in a month!
Ok.....so I f*cked up with this photo. It was suppose to end up as my new profile picture...however, it landed here as a new posting. I could easily have deleted it, but I think its a good picture of me, what the hell I 'll leave it!
Today I am trying to write ad copy for our latest marketing campaign and I am not a copy writer! So quickly burning out the creative spark!! Plus I have so many thoughts spinning thru my head as of today. (The damn hangover from last night is not helping matters!!) Things in my life are moving so fast lately and major changes in the works. Most of it at my job and I try to not talk about work on here, cause who knows who reads this and work needs to be seperate and not posted for the world to read about.
I am listening to the new Jamiroquai cd, which is amazingly good! I am not usually a big fan of them, generally I like one or two songs, but I scored a free copy of the cd last night! It is currently spinning in my laptop as I work. A nice source of creative inspiration! My favorite song so far is Electronic Mistress !!
Contemplating a trip to the ocean on saturday. Every year since I have lived in Washington, I've made a trip to the coast and gone camping, but this is the first summer in the three I have been here that I have not made it there. I am missing it. I would like to go down there before the weather gets really crappy.
I told my roommate Donna about my idea for skydiving before I turn 35, which is just around the corner. She might be interested in going with me!! That would be fun, I really dont want to do it alone, yet no one else I know here would consider doing it, they all want to stay firmly planted on the ground! Not sure how I am feeling about turning 35. I do know I want to work towards getting in better shape at 35 then I was at 25. Not hard to do, I am currently in better shape now, than I was at 25, but that is not a big leap! lol!! I want to be in good health as well! I was inspired by Supersize Me, which I finally saw the other night. Holy shit...the crap we put in our systems. Scary how quickly the guys health decreased in a month. I need to cut out the fast food from my diet. Makes me feel ill anyway, I should take that as a sign.
Also I am trying to figure out the hair situation! I have had it short for a while and want a change. I have gone to Rudys 3 times now to get it cut and they have been so damn busy, it was like an hour wait. I should take that as a sign that it is meant to grow out more, but its driving me fucking nuts! Attempt #4 for Rudy's after work tonight....then I will go elsewhere!
Is it 5 yet??? Damn! Ok...well I guess I should go back to work.
Thursday, September 22, 2005
Happy Birthday Albert!!
Yet again another fun time had by all!! Not bad considering the entire night only cost $5.00 for drinks at the the Rosebud, and your friends at Man Ray kept giving us pitchers of beer for free!
WE can relive it again on Sat night! Looking forward to it.
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Our lives are inspired by the dreams we have from the earliest stages of our youth. When you combine passion and hard work, then success is always possible. While no road is ever straight, dedication and persistence will always lead you to your dreams.
-- Arte Moreno
In 2003, he became the first Hispanic owner of a major league baseball team.
Good morning world!
Amazing how 24 hours can completely change a person's perspective. Yesterday morning I was unwilling to rise out of bed, turning off my alarm over and over again...trying to think of every excuse of how I could possibly not go to work. I love my job, I do, but some days I just dont want to put up with everything I have on my desk. After a long day of missing the mark on getting the creative juices flowing, finally at 3:45 what I had been looking for all day hit me! It was like an adrenaline rush, a high you cant get off of! There was no way of clocking out at 5 since I was enjoying the "creative" flow and stayed and worked till about 7.
From there my day continued to get better ... received a call that I was hoping to get but not really expecting and then checked my email and got an email I had been waiting for from a friend! I should have been finishing up the book I am reading for my book club, which meets today and I am only 3/4 of the way thru it! Know what I am doing on my lunch.
Also this past week has included a "reconnection" with a close friend from high school. Someone I have wondered over the yrs how she has been. It is nice to have her back in my life.
Here's to a good rest of the week and enjoying what we have left of the good weather. The air is changing and I can smell fall. The sun is setting sooner and sooner everyday.
Monday, September 19, 2005
Tiffany, her friend Jessica and I went to see the movie "The Wedding Crashers" on Sunday. One of the funniest movies I have seen in a long time. Just when you think it cant get any funnier, you are once again laughing so hard you cant breath!
As Jane Seymour says "feel my tits!"
I of course made Tiffany take a picture of me with the Wallace and Gromit promo poster for the movie coming out in Oct! I cant wait!
Friday, September 16, 2005
6. Miss You 4:54
I cannot be where the weather is fair
With you on the ground - me in the air
Where whistling engines drink up restless hearts
I can still taste the last call - I still feel the bar
The plotting of managers in fast open cars
Racing the agents - chasing the ancients
To the corner stores - to pick out our potions
I, like the others, believe we were born
To bleed at the borders to sleep with the storm
I must confess I have laid down
Where stronger men dared not go
But I miss you - I miss you
There is nothing I can take
There is nothing I can do
To keep from running away
I know of what I’ve lost
On this quiet night
I still felt your grasp upon me
As I boarded the flight
And I watched you there in the window
I wondered how long you’d stay
Waving your arms at the jumbo
As it tore us both away
I wish I could just turn myself around
Follow my heart back to you on the ground
But I know just for tonight
Is harder to hear than goodbye
But I miss you - I miss you
There is nothing I can take
There is nothing I can do
To keep from running away
At any cost
To keep from turning around
Just to see what I’ve lost
Thursday, September 15, 2005
institution, Dicks! If you dont live in Seattle, then you will not know of Dicks.....for those friends of mine who dont live in Seattle, we will go to Dicks when you visit(you have to visit to go here)!
I went home, took a nap, since I am fighting a sore throat. UGH! I hate being ill at all!
After that I met up with Sanders and David at The Sitting Room on Queen Anne. Was nice to see them, chat, hang out and have a couple of glasses of wine and amazingly deadly chocolate cake! YUMMM! Considering I never liked red wine before, I have come to enjoy it now. I have Jess and my good friend Deb to thank for this! ;-)
I may be alone in this final thought, but I am enjoying the change of the weather and looking forward to the rain. I have missed the moody days. I am looking forward to fall, it is still one of my favorite seasons, even though it is more subdued here then in Vermont, it is still very enjoyable.
Monday, September 12, 2005
....your life can change. My life is radically different than it was a year ago. Not better or worse, just different. I do miss parts of my old life every day, but at the same time I am having fun. In the last year my life has changed, and in that time I have not seen my brother Chad. He came up to Seattle on saturday and left this am. I realized when he got here, that it was about a year ago that I was in Ashland visiting him. I am thankful for his visit, as we grow older, we become better friends. On this visit, it was the first time in a very long time, that him and I have spent any time, just by ourselves. It is nice to rediscover your brother and who he is, it is nice to discover a friend in your brother. Growing up we were so so different. We are still very different, but we grow closer in shared interests and beliefs. I had more fun yesterday and last night than I have had in a long time! I realize this is just ramblings, but that is what this space is for....rambling if I want! Also responsible for some of the crazy fun last night was my friend Albert, he has become my partner in crime as of lately!! He tries to keep me focused as I try to run off spasctically in my life...!! Albert and Chad...thanks!
Friday, September 09, 2005
Last year during a road trip down the coast, I purchased a full bunny suit in Ashland, Oregon. I wore it last halloween. Hummm....never knew how many people were into the "furry" scene til that night, Wow!! ........I have not had my ass grabbed so many damn times in one night in my life! Thinking I should wear it out the bars...might get lucky!!!
Well, I had thought the bunny suit was put away for awhile......but no! I have decided it will resurface and bounce across the dance floor again this year! I found this awesome hat at Red Light tonight!!! The bunny suit will be re-born as FUCK BUNNY!!! I was inspired by the pervs who were so into me last yr. Think of it as Elton John in a bunny suit with nothing but sex and alcohol on his mind! I found some very cool sunglasses as well!! So damn cool! Oversized pink and white checkerboard. Jess, you can have them when I am done, they are very much you! I think this is so much better of an idea that going as Harry Potter. I really dont want to think about people grabbing Harry Potter's ass!
I found out from my new friend Matt, that: in french, the word for horny.. derives from "hot rabbit" ~ "chaud laupin" Perfect!! I will call myself, Chaud Laupin, AKA Fuck Bunny! Oh yeah, this Halloween will be fun!!! The countdown has begun! Albert....if you're reading this, we need to find a place to party!
All for the moment- Chaud Laupin!! hahahahaha
I will follow suit, and pay this forward Misty! To everyone else who might read this....also follow Misty's lead and improve someone else's day! To all - Enjoy the day and weekend.
Thursday, September 08, 2005
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
What I have spinning on constant rotation in the Mazda's disc changer:
Diamond Nights - Once We Were Diamonds EP - I had the chance to see these guys back in July when they were coming thru town. If you get a chance to see them, go! I have a feeling they could be very big. I am lucky being in Seattle, they have been in heavy rotation on stations here. Currently they are touring on the east coast. Their full length album comes out on Sept. 13th. Favorite song: The Girl's Attractive.
Ringside - Ringside - Had no clue who too hell they were til last week, when I found this cd in my glovebox. Thanks Albert! Now I am playing it over & over!! Favorite Song: Tired of Being Sorry.
Beth Orton - Central Reservationist - Still after all these years, I am in love with this cd.
Kelly Clarkson - Breakaway - I know I know, I am sure there are plenty of people, thinking, what the f*ck! I dont care....I was her biggest critic when she came out, ask Jess. The I saw the movie Love Actually, and i found out my favorite song from the movie was by her...so I had to breakdown and admit defeat. Once her new album came out, I had to buy it. She is my guilty pleasure. Since the breakup, I can relate to a couple of her songs! Plus, thanks to Albert, I am going to see her in concert next week. YUMMM....Kelly in person. She can sing and is very nice to look at! Favorite Song: Gone.
Flogging Molly - Drunken Lullabies - What can I say, good or bad mood, this cd puts me in a good mood! I LOVE IT! I missed them at Bumbershoot, will have to catch them next time they stop in Seattle. Favorite Song: If I Ever Leave This World Alive.
Frank Sinatra - The Very Good Years - My friend Fred in college turned me onto ol' blue eyes. Always a nice change of pace cd to listen too. I have needed some mellow music as of lately, so it is nice to skip ahead and find this in there. Favorite Song: The Best Is Yet To Come.
When will it be my turn to enjoy the good life? Not feel like I am running just to catch up...not wondering if I can pay my bills next month, if I should put gas in the car or food in my stomach. Everyone says "Sell the car" I say "fuck you, dont I deserve something nice??!"
I have cut out just about all the fun stuff. I dont go out, I hardly eat out, if I have one latte in a week, I feel like I am cheating and wasting money. I have a wishlist of music that is a mile long!! Why do I feel so defeated today? I want to go back to bed and wake up when it is better....it will get better, right? I think I left the "happy Michael" back there in bed today.
My turn...part 2
So I had my pity party this morning, then I drove to work in my car, yes it is costing me a ton to pay for now, but who cares! Its not the Saturn, it has a 6 disc cd changer and it is very fast, and fun, and I can sing my heart out with the sunroof open as I cruise thru downtown Seattle on my way to work. I get to go, every morning, to a job, that yes at times can be stressful, but I love! I have been working some shitty jobs in the past couple of years. Now this is my pay back. I have amazing co workers, we enjoy ourselves and laugh daily, drink good coffee. We all talk about our weekends, and I know they really want to hear about it, not just listening to being nice. I have fun doing what I am doing, I get to be creative. So what if I dont have a ton of money...I am making the choices I have made. I could sell the Mazda, I could move somewhere cheaper. No thanks, I have been there, and I have driven the crappy car. What gave me the better outlook? The fact I was there in my brand new car, singing along to the cd, when on the opposing corner, a man is holding a sign, asking for money. His shoes had holes, his clothes are dirty and he cant even eat. Suck it up Michael Woodward, it could be worse. New Orleans has been under many feet of water for a week, people are missing and dead, others have no idea if they will ever be able to move home. I have everything to be thankful for!
Monday, September 05, 2005
photo credit: Scott Waite
2. The flower of any of these plants.
3. The Seattle neighborhood I live in!
I moved to Magnolia in August after Jess and I broke up. It is not Ballard....by any means, but I am finding myself enjoying it more and more. While I am very close to Ballard and the rest of the city, living in Magnolia feels like a world removed. Very peaceful over here, you are away from the constant traffic. One of the best aspects of where I live, I can see all of Ballard from my bedroom window! Maybe in a few months I will end up back in Ballard, because it feels like home to me, but for the time being, my "stay" in Magnolia is very enjoyable!
To learn more about Ballard, the place I love so much, go here:
Sunday, September 04, 2005
Saturday, September 03, 2005
Very rarely is someone as blessed as I am when it comes to friends. I have a personal saying, you are born into your family, your friends are the family you get to create! Scott and Shawn are my family. They know all there is to know about me - Good, Bad, Ugly, Funny...and they still love me and listen to me always. The fact they know everything about me is a major step for me, never in my life have I "let anyone in", like I have with them. Another friend of mine pointed this trait out about me a few years ago, he said I let people only know small parts of me so I can keep from exposing myself to everyone, "self protection" he said. He was right, I had never been called out on it before. So, I am ok with Scott and Shawn knowing all there is to know. Why? Because they dont judge me, they only provide their insight and advice. Its up to me to take it or leave it. If I fuck up, they dont rub my face in it, they continue to listen. They can make me laugh like no one else can!! Like the photo of them above, which I am sure they will be REAL IMPRESSED I have posted...I was bored @ my part time job today...so they sent me this and of course I was laughing and had to leave the room! I shutter to think what my life would be like without them. Thank you boys! I LOVE YOU!!
One that really struck a cord with me, so much so, I decided to keep the cup to allow myself the opportunity to read it when I need a "hit" of insight! This quote is from the musician Jill Scott.
"Embrace this right now life while it's dripping, while the flavors are excellently woesome.
Take your bites with bravery and boldness since the learning and growing are here in these times, those exact right nows.
Capture these times. Hold and kiss them because it will soon be very different."
Friday, September 02, 2005
In the end of June, the relationship I had with Jess "Sunshine" came to an end. It felt like it was a crash and burn ending to me. However, now I have perspective!! It was not a crash and burn, she had the foresight to see we were moving in opposite directions instead of moving in the same direction, therefore we needed to exit the relationship as friends. I was angry, mad as hell, bitter....everything you can imagine went thru my head. July was a blur to me....I gained some clarity and might have hurt some people in the process, never my intent. Anyway, no more living in the past, its over. Move forward.
Here it is.....for you Sunshine:
Thank you Jessica. I love you and will love you forever. It brings me an amazing amount of peace to know you are on the way to finding happiness for yourself, not anyone else. Never an easy task. You gave me two of the best years of my life, thank you for those and all the great memories that came along with it. Albert left a cd by the group, Ringside in our car. I found it in there the other day and threw it in my cd player. I feel as if this cd was written for me to listen to and learn from. One of my new favorites is called "tired of being sorry" My new perspective to apply to you and I comes from that song.....
"Maybe you were right. I dont want to fight, I am tired of being sorry..."
I look forward to us "re-discovering" our friendship. I have missed you these last couple of months. Enough said, you know the rest. :-)
Because of this perspective and new found clarity, I am moving full speed ahead into my future. I know I will fall on my face from time to time. I am ready for that to happen, all I can do is pick myself up, laugh, learn from it and enjoy every day.
Right now I am very excited about the new beginnings in my life and the undiscovered chapters that will unfold.