Tracy White

Archive for March, 2010|Monthly archive page

Taking a Second Look

In monthly recap, painting with light on March 31, 2010 at 11:01 am

Treasure found at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria.

This weekend’s blustery winds are gone and March is ending in cloudless-blue style.

To celebrate this lucky month, check out my top 10 March faves!

1. Listened to a man play “Greensleeves” on water glasses.

2. Sat where Winston Churchill and FDR once sat at the Christ Church in Alexandria.

3. Shrieked as a mouse ran past me. Honestly, with two dogs and two cats, how’d that little creature sneak in the house?!

Still in awe of the monuments!

4. Watched the tender green fingers of a willow dance in the wind.

5. Gawked at kites that chased one another.

6. Put seven more poles in the job-market pool.

7. Had an impromptu picnic at one of the many civil war battlefields in my backyard.

8. Reflected at the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial.

9. Played “Psychic to the Friends” by giving four tarot card readings.

Experiencing the cherry blossoms for the second time--still amazing!

10. Was lightly peppered as a big gust of wind blew the cherry blossoms about.

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Today’s Quote

In painting with light, quotes on March 29, 2010 at 5:12 pm

(Photo taken this weekend near the tidal basin in DC.)

Luckiness: Mid-stream

In musings on March 28, 2010 at 2:58 pm

[I know it. I know it. I know it.]

Yes, I know that one day, life will settle down. And I know that one day, I will have a job. And I know that one day, I’ll have more than .83 cents in my bank account!

But somewhere between knowing that in my head and believing it in my gut, I get a little scared.

You see, logically, I know that I am on the luckiest path ever. I left the state I lived in for 25 years, the job I had for 10 years, the home I had for five years and headed out to see what the world held for me.

But having been on this journey for almost three years, I feel like I’m still in the middle of the ocean and, damnit, I’m so ready to reach the other side!

So for today, as I bob up and down, I’m going to keep repeating, “I know I’ll reach the other side. I know it. I know it. I know it.”

Oh, Happy Day

In grateful, musings on March 27, 2010 at 6:48 pm

Yes, you’re looking at one lucky lady.

Why? I spent the day at the Smithsonian Kite Festival in downtown DC.

Although a little brisk, the skies were clear and the sun was bright. And with upwards of 325 kites in the air at one time, I had a very happy day, indeed.

Check out some of the kites I saw…

Today’s Quote

In painting with light, quotes on March 25, 2010 at 5:29 pm

(Photo taken at a fish market in Tokyo, Japan–October 2006.)

Luckiness Example #14

In musings on March 24, 2010 at 6:08 pm

Wanna know why I’m lucky?

I live about half a block away from a lake and Jack, my dear friend Tiffany, her pup, Bailey, and I just got back from a nice walk around it.

From hearing geese squawking up a storm, to seeing other pups making the ’round-the-lake trek, then spotting a sign warning me to beware of snapping turtles, my evening makes me feel incredibly lucky.

So here’s hoping you find a little piece of luckiness in your neck of the woods!

Be lucky, cute friends!

Today’s Quote

In painting with light, quotes on March 23, 2010 at 4:12 pm

(Photo taken this weekend in old town Alexandria, Virginia.)

5 Things

In grateful on March 22, 2010 at 4:31 pm

Today, I am so grateful for:

1. A thorough downpour that watered the pansies I planted yesterday.

2. Slightly stiff muscles from yesterday’s planting.

3. A yummy blueberry-banana smoothie for breakfast.

4. Eavesdropping on the birds’ conversations.

5. Quiet time at the library.

Welcome, Spring

In grateful, painting with light on March 20, 2010 at 6:17 pm

With temperatures in the mid 70’s, spring came in style.

To celebrate?

A trip to the farmer’s market in old town Alexandria, followed by a visit to Chesapeake Beach.

What a charmed day.

farmer's market find

the fire station in alexandria

a tiny treasure at the beach

Luckiness Example #25

In musings on March 19, 2010 at 12:07 pm

Time: Early morning

Place: Fish market, Tokyo, Japan

Who was there: Just me and a kazillion busy market-goers

What I saw: Tractors zipping around. People buying and selling wares. Restaurants clanging pots and pans for the early birds. Baskets filled with never-before-seen creatures. And then, down one row, a fish so large, even Hemmingway couldn’t compete with it!

Gob-smacked [look at the size of that!], I snapped photo after photo while the local news crew set up their cameras so they could report on this larger-than-Hemmingway-could’ve-imagined tuna.

After that, I kind of wandered around the market in a daze–after all, that ginormous fish kept popping up in my mind and I was dying to share the news with someone. [Damned language barrier!]

Then, while heading back to the metro, I bumped into two Caucasians and, without thinking (and, in hindsight, incredibly naively!), I blurted out, “Did you see that fish?!” The Scottish couple replied with enthusiastic cries, “Yes. It’s huge.” and the three of us chatted for a few minutes about the magnificence of that creature.

And in that moment of wandering a foreign city alone, I connected with people.

Yes, I am one lucky lady!

gob-smacked: a face-to-face encounter