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My Mother’s Turquoise Ring

Plinky Prompt: What Is Your Most Prized Possession?
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I have a gorgeous turquoise ring my mother gave me. Her mother gave it to her. She used to wear it almost every Sunday. Every time I look at my right hand, I see her hand wearing the familiar ring. I remember sitting in church next to her on most Sundays, holding her always warm, soft hands. I would pet the back of her hand, marveling at how smooth her skin was. I liked the way I could push wrinkles across her hand and smooth them back out.

Now that my hands are nearly 40, and my skin is now smooth and getting thinner, my hands feel and look exactly like hers did back then. I often sit alone with my thoughts pushing wrinkles across the back of my hand, like I used to in church with mom. In a very real way I feel like I am right back there with her, leaning against her arm and holding her hand.

It is a gift that her ring and my own hands connect me to her so easily. Today I am aware, though, I need to do more than imagine holding her hand. Its coming on past the time for a sojourn to Texas so I can hold her hand, live and in person. Soon.

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Plinky Prompt: How Does The Weather Effect Your Mood?

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I've been working on this. I have always said that I am "solar powered." I'm trying not to let gloomy weather effect my mood, but I'm not always successful.

That's why I love Salt Lake City. Say what you will about inversions and cold weather, Salt Lake City always produces at least a few days of glorious sunshine every few weeks. The air is dry and refreshing. Summer nights are dependably gorgeous.

This morning is especially beautiful. I can see the entire Salt lake Valley from my living room windows. The air is chilly, but clean and I have the door to the porch propped open. The sunlight streams in in such a way as to make depression impossible. Gorgeous. Perfect. Salt Lake City!

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Plinky Prompt: Are you more of an Extrovert or and Introvert?

Well, this was a timely Plinky Prompt. I am going to fire off a quick answer before going to bed in lieu of the post I planned to place. I just spent 3 hours writing something that got lost in the internet ether. sigh. Maybe I dodged a bullet, it was a pretty steep subject. As to the question at hand:

I say it all the time. I am the most extroverted introvert in the world. I love people, but too much external stimuli “shorts” out my brain. It leaves me unable to form sentences, remember things and keep a positive attitude. When I feel like my brain is a jumbled mess of voices (crazy, much?) the ONLY way I have found to regroup is to unplug the phone and retreat.

After some time, usually no more than a couple of days, I can jump right back into the fray.

I have been thinking a lot on this subject and have tried many times to go through an Outlook Development “Choice Process” on the subject. I dutifully write “Forgetting things and Needing Phone Vacations” on the line next to the prompt, “What outcome do you want to change?” But every time the process takes me to a completely different topic.

Yesterday it clicked for me as to why I haven’t been able to discern a root cause of the problem. The fact is, is I’ve known the answer for many years and am already taking the steps I need to to to mitigate overload. I am making real changes. I am getting rid of all the “mind noise” I can by reducing my possessions by 50-75%, eating an all raw-food diet, shunning smoking, fixing my finances and feeding my passions daily (music, art and writing).

By drastically reducing the amount of junk my mind dwells on all day, every day (like being at a lousy physical fitness level, having crappy eating habits, wasting tons of time TV sucking and messy house having cuz I just have WAY TOO MUCH SHIT, etc., etc., etc.) I feel confident I’ll have a lot bigger capacity for remembering details and handling external stimuli. The tricky part of this is that this is massive project and as with most profound improvements, things tend to get worse before they get better. I believe I am almost to the top of the biggest hill.

I am excited to crest the mountain and sail my way through the easier stuff and on past March 21st. Naive? Perhaps.

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A Lesson I Wish I Had Learned Earlier

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I wish I had learned so many things earlier in life. I could’ve been saved a lot of trouble if I had known a few practical things like that you need to check and change your oil. I wish I would’ve listened more and talked less. I wish I would’ve learned that living with people ruins friendships. I wish I would’ve learned to stay calm and not act so impulsively. I wish I would’ve realized sooner that my body is just an innocent bystander and does not deserve to be poisoned and/or beat up. I wish I would’ve known when I was a teenager that I was a somewhat talented pianist.

But I don’t have many regrets. I have a handful of big ones that have to do with me hurting other people and letting Hannah watch so much TV as a little girl, but on the whole my impulsiveness and big mouth have gotten me into and out of many great adventures.

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My Top 3 Hobbies

I had a boss tell me once that I needed to find a hobby. I was speechless. Apparently he had not been paying attention. I am a hobby hoarder. I embrace and ignore hobbies every five seconds. Case in point, this plinky site. It’s a hobby tonight, but I’m not sure it’ll stick.

I play the piano about as well as I did in the 5th grade. I was a country singer in Dallas for awhile. I’ve written some decent songs and play an okay rhythm guitar. I was a skydiver. I was a gymnast. Sometimes I’ll still dig out my flute and play a little jig. At times I’ve been devoted to journaling. I used to ride a dirt bike every day.

I’ve been in a roller derby league. I’ve gotten grants to build houses in countries like Indonesia and Southern Sudan. I tried to become a painter. I have literally taken up candlestick making. I spent two months this year refinishing old furniture. I love musicals. I was a small town Parks and Recs director. I took up Muay Thai boxing for about 8 months.

I have tried in earnest to be a better-than-humiliating golfer to no avail. I’ve climbed some pretty tall mountains. I’ve built dozens of websites. I can spend days playing Word With Friends. I love to read about time (what the hell is it?) and dark matter (what the f*&# is it?).

Honestly, I still furrow my brow in confusion over that piece of advice from an old boss and I certainly can’t pick my top three.

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My Favorite Type of Street Food

My first reaction to this question was, “I don’t like any food that’s been in the street.” But then I realized what the real question was. sigh.

I’ve never been much of a consumer of food vended by street merchants. For many years, Salt Lake didn’t have any. Where I lived in Texas didn’t have any, either. And then I started traveling overseas.

One rule I stick to (whether it’s true at the time or not) is that I always let everyone know I am a vegetarian. That way the chances of eating any “funky” meat goes out the window. I have a wicked black mold allergy which also makes me extra cautious about raw food on the road. So, with those two things in mind, street vendors aren’t really an option in places like Indonesia or Costa Rica.

Because of this, when the street vendors came to Salt Lake I honestly never considered patronizing one. It wasn’t because I consciously thought they were unclean or whatever, it was just that I never thought about them at all. And they’ve been here for years.

All that changed a couple months ago when my friend John (who lives in NYC) took me to his favorite street vendor in Salt Lake. It was the most delicious Mexican food I’d ever had. I ate a burrito that was literally the size of my head. And it was cheap!

Leave it to me to need a New Yorker (originally from Idaho) to show me something about Salt Lake that I’d been missing. The taco cart I’m talking about is on State St. and about 8th South. In the Sears parking lot facing East.

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If I Won Free Plane Tickets…

I would take my daughter, Hannah, to Greece. I have been lucky enough to have traveled a little and I’ve spent some time in Turkey. I fell in LOVE with the Mediterranean. I’m a sucker for ancient ruins, open air cafes, sailboats and clear waters. She has a desire to “see everything.” It’s a good place to start.

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