WA & OR recap, The Human Experience

Somehow over the past couple weeks my bedtime has become later and later…to the point where I can’t physically fall asleep before 2am. Usually later. I don’t know how this happened. Of course the best thing to do to rectify the situation is to wake up early one morning, get as tired as possible throughout the day, and pass out early that evening. I had great intentions this morning. I set my alarm last night for 8am. When I woke up this morning, it was 9:30. What the heck?! Tyler assures me he didn’t turn my alarm off, meaning I must’ve forgotten to save it on my phone or something. Oh well, even the best laid plans…

We had an excellent week in Washington state and Oregon. Seriously. We explored Seattle (and shot a music video to Song For You along the way!), indulged in Top Pot doughnuts, ate lots of Thai food (I had the greenest green curry of my life. Think electric green.), drank too much coffee, and played a few shows and made some new friends too!

The house show in Olympia was fantastic. It happened to be our lovely host’s birthday. We left feeling like we had a couple new best friends. The same was true for Silverton, OR. Everyone was so nice. And a couple of kitties showed up at the end. Always good. After the Silverton show we made our way back to Olympia for a church service there that night. So fun to see everyone from the house show again.

Oh- in between Olympia and Silverton we spent an afternoon in Portland. I had the best waffle of my life at a place called Mother’s. Strawberries, whipped cream, delightfully crisp waffle. Yum.

Perhaps the best part of the little weekend run was that my sister Karen and her husband Kevin were able to accompany us. Kevin is an officer in the Navy, meaning his schedule is usually really strict. Miraculously, he was able to get off four days in a row! It was nice to share a bit of what we do with them. Karen manned the merch table at every show and Kevin acted as our tour photographer.

And I forgot to mention – the weather was GORGEOUS while we were there. Everyone talks about it being so dismal and cloudy and rainy up there, and I’m sure it is a lot of the time, but we had sun and warm weather the entire week! We were able to see the mountains. Tyler and I commented on how bizarre our afternoon in Portland was. The temperature was somewhere in the 80’s, yet just across the river stood a majestic, snow covered mountain.

Well, there you have it. I put off posting because I wanted to include photos, but all of them are on Tyler’s computer, which he has been using non-stop while he edits the Song For You video. Hopefully I’ll post some next week.

We watched a powerful documentary the other night called “The Human Experience.” If you have Netflix you can go watch it instantly. We highly recommend it. A group of guys from Brooklyn want to experience more of life. They spend a week on the streets in NYC, another week at a home for sick and abused children in Peru, and another with AIDS patients and at a leper colony in Ghana. I didn’t know leper colonies still existed. It was really eye opening. There’s so much beauty in the film and so much suffering. I found myself mourning and rejoicing throughout. Afterwards I was reminded of how easy my life is. My husband doesn’t abuse me. I don’t have a painful, terminal illness. I have two supportive, loving parents. I have a safe place to live. Not only do I have more than enough to eat, my food tastes really good.

Go watch it.

I’m off to other things…

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