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It’s Sunday, August 26th and I’m frantically working down my long list of things to do before I go off the grid for a week.  Sending this post out into cyberspace to be posted on my sister Val’s 40th birthday is on my list.  (I love the WordPress “Schedule” option!)

Happy, Happy 4oth Birthday Valerie Russo!  How in the heck did we get to be in our 40’s already?  One of my fondest memories of us as kids is riding you around our neighborhood on my banana seat bike!

We are sisters and I love you!  I’m toasting to you today on the playa in my own special way and sending you lots and lots of love and wishes for many firsts this year and always…

 

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I’ve been prepping in a craze for my week on the playa that begins today and many friends have wished me well and expressed that they cannot wait to see my updates from Black Rock City. Sorry to disappoint, but I’m taking the whole week to completely unplug myself from all of the stuff that I’m normally (very) plugged into.

Like many, I tweet, I have facebook pages (both personally and for this blog), I capture every drink, new boutique find and yummy lunch on my Instagram profile and I pin things to my Pinterest boards… Some of this I do in the name of marketing, but most of it I do in the name of me. As my dearest friend Bari pointed out when I told her that I was giving myself this gift of unplugging for a week, taking photographs and chronicling my surroundings – and writing about it – is the way I move in the world, how I digest and process things I see, love, am moved by, etc. I assured her that I was going to do a bit of this; I am brining a camera and a journal but I won’t be sharing any of it live. And, I definitely won’t be online or concerned about AT&T’s horrible cell reception.

A whole week of being completely unplugged. A cleanse. A gift. A reboot. I’ve never done this in my life. I need it now more than ever and I look forward to my re-entry with a renewed perspective, leaning on the experience of how it felt to be in the silence. Just being.

I say all of this, and my plan was pretty solid until Saturday when I popped into Mike’s Bikes in Sausalito and one of my favorite shop boys told me he was also going to Burning Man and mentioned the Rockstar Librarian app. He mentioned it quickly, assuming I had it and then his mouth dropped open when he saw that I had no idea what he was talking about. I didn’t even make it to my car before Googling the app and downloading it – it is AMAZING! The “Time to Burn” app was created by Kate as a playa gift and it has every event for the whole week listed with descriptions and locations, the playa map and a list of camps. I didn’t leave the parking lot for 30 minutes and laughed aloud numerous times at all of the zany, fun and completely outrageous things in store for me this week – all carefully collected and presented in this perfect app, FOR the playa…

Thanks to the marvels of WordPress I’m writing this ahead of time and scheduling it to post; as you read it I will be on my way to the playa giggling with my playa playmate at the list we have PRINTED OUT (from Kate’s app) for our week of being completely unplugged!

Wishing you lots of love, lust, butterflies…and quiet unplugged time this week!

PEACE. OUT.

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I’ve had a big week with a lot of hustle and I’m a few days behind on my posts as a result.  This is perfect because I want to stop, and take time today to think about some of the “little things” that have made my heart happy lately.  Some not so little but you get the idea…  Like, a friend back home sending me a sweet note and a picture of something I did with my students many years ago that still hangs in the library of the high school where I taught.  Finding a really cute fishie necklace that I forgot I had and adding it to my playa collection for Burning Man.  Weekend date nights with my main squeeze and happening upon the most perfect flea market find with my name on it!

Trying on funky green suede fringe designer shoes at John Fluevog on Haight Street, finding cute skull patches for Burning Man craft projects…and maybe other things too?  Appreciating a new way to view the world through my MarbleCam app and getting blue flippers from my friend Abbie for my time on the playa.

Living in a city where I can enjoy a simple butter lettuce salad with in-season cherries, blue cheese and red wine vinaigrette.  Pretty gates outside of my account in the Mission.  A quote I love from the deck of quotes I have from old movies and a juicy piece of watermelon with salt for breakfast with my mocha.

Gumball machines with cool necklaces instead of gum, bartenders that light lemon peel on fire, colorful make-up at the Dollar Store (so that I can justify getting one of each of everything!) and…the little thing that’s not so little, the newest member of our family – little Mae, my niece.

Wishing you lots of love, lust & butterflies on this happy, happy Friday!

 

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“You’re not a hippie, you just live life with your heart…”

Timing is everything.  And I am the sum of my parts and the product of every single second that has brought me to this very minute.  Four years ago I had no idea what Burning Man even was.  I landed on the scene in the Bay Area from the Midwest ready for a big change and taking a huge, brave leap to punk the Universe into giving me what I wanted: a fresh start in a new place where I felt alive and authentic.  Ahhhh…this DOES sound like hippie talk!

My life of homemaker and school teacher seems like a million years ago but how lucky are we that we can completely change gears, shift focus, drop everything…and trade it all in for something new if we want to?  Pretty damn lucky!

Today, with 41 years on the planet, I am the happiest I have ever been and the most comfortable in my skin.  Anyone who knows me, knows I am a lover – of bubbles and cupcakes and pickles and burgers and old-school tacos and fashion and dogs…of family and friends…books, movies that make me cry, romance, LITTLE THINGS…and the list goes on and on… So, it should come as absolutely no surprise to anyone who knows me that this year, I’m going to Burning Man.

I joked with my dear friend Kate this week that I am officially a “hippie,” a part of me that I have related to for a very long time and something that fills more and more of my skin with each year.  She quickly replied that I’m not a hippie, that I “live life with my heart.”  This simple thought stopped me in my tracks.  It’s true without question.  Who else would have a blog of things they love called “love. lust. butterflies.?”

I live with my heart.  As dangerous and careless as this is sometimes I remind my head that “love rewards the brave” when it tries to get in the way.  Why? Because at the end of my days I want to know that I loved as much as I possibly could, with no regret or worry that I didn’t love enough.

I don’t have the words to express how excited I am to be experiencing Burning Man this year!  To be unplugged, in remote silence, surrounded by love and freedom of expression.  I know it will be a life-changing experience and I am giddy beyond belief that I am experiencing it NOW in THIS skin, happiest in all my days and so full of love.

I’ve created a Playa Love facebook page so that I can share this experience with my friends and family in distant places.  It’s a virtual Burning Man for all of my non-burner peeps.  Please check it out and if you feel compelled, please leave your love mark on my page – after all, you get what you put out, in spades!

Wishing you lots and lots of LOVE, lust & butterflies for all of your days!

(Photo Credit to Josh Adler and beautiful LOVE sculpture by Laura Kimpton)

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“I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder

I’m taking time to appreciate the little things today…like a KitKat candy bar on my friend KitKat’s birthday, my bunny slippers and my newly coined phrase “It’s a Bunny Slipper Day,” which signifies a full day of blogging in my cozy place with my slippers on.  The fresh produce brought in daily by Robert the owner of Golden Gate Market, a small, local grocery down the street from my apartment.  And, being greeted by a “RESERVED” sign and a cozy, perfect table for people watching at one of my very favorite, swanky hot spots in the city on date night with my main squeeze.

I’m not a huge fan of hot sauce but I love how these line the room of my favorite taco shop in Mill Valley.  My bedside Buddha, surprise jazz being played on a San Francisco street corner while I’m working downtown…and my “work” which often involves chatting with great people in a beautiful environment, with a yummy cocktail.

Gifts of skulls from my sisters for a belated birthday present, the constant reminder that I live in paradise – a vacation destination for some but my home for me.  Being welcomed to Palm Springs by my PS bestie AJ with her homemade version of a “Palm Springs Honeymoon” and some See’s candy she picked up just for me.  Finding these red velvet cupcakes at a bakery after late night cocktails and having them for a midnight snack.

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I have to admit that I was a little bummed when I learned on Friday that the Instagram Weekend Hashtag Project was to take photographs of people jumping: #WHPinstajump.  I just thought it wouldn’t be much fun and I couldn’t think of an out-of-the-box approach, the project was so specific: “people jumping.”  Well, I was wrong…as you can see by my (our) first attempt above.  As you know, I spent the weekend in Palm Springs with a few of my sisters, my sister Liz took this shot by the Riviera pool.  It was my first jump and her first attempt, and I love it.

As it turns out, not only do jump shots make you laugh and smile when you look at them but they are really fun to take too!  The shot above was taken at Parker in Palm Springs yesterday after my sisters and I finished brunch at Norma’s.  I laugh every time I look at it!

To see the selected photographs and laugh at the nearly 7,000 others, check out the Instagram blog link above.

Wishing you lots of love, lust & butterflies this week!

 

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