Monday, June 27, 2011

Pause.

My weekend was sort of a magical one :).  My husband and I have decided to dedicate Sunday as our day because we are both slightly obsessive compulsive mixed with workaholic tendencies.  So Sunday gives us our chance to turn off the cell phones and computer for a day. We both are extremely dedicated to our work.. my art and his i-phone development projects that our days together get sucked away to work.  We both love to work but this is maybe the third summer in a row that we have looked at it each other and said- We are really going to enjoy this summer and do things!
It also had me thinking how often do we just pause from life? I know that when I worked in finance that there was a lot of talk about work/life balance and that my work/life balance was all over the place because I used to put in 50 hours at the bank and then work late on my artwork and artshows and before I knew it was back at Monday and I started the process all over again.  I thought when I quit my day job that I would have more time to work on my art and then my husband and I would have more of a work/life balance.  I know work/life balance is an interesting concept because its never really 50/50 and I don't need it to be 50/50.. I would be happy with 80/20 :) So Sunday is our day off together.!
We took a little day trip up to Saddle Mountain.  It's supposed to be that when you look at the creases of the mountain its supposed to resemble a saddle.  I think it looks a little like a grumpy frown face. What do you think?
I was pretty impressed with myself that I huffed and puffed myself all my way to the top.  It was a pretty steep climb! Once you get to the top on one side you can see the ocean and on the other side you can see views of Mt Hood and St Helens (St Helens is an active volcano. In 1980 it blew and 2005 it puffed some smoke again.  My parents told me in the 1980 eruption that they had ashes raining on their house in Portland.)  Then! We decided to take the 20 minute drive to the beach.
We rewarded ourselves with chowder, calamari and beer.  Also part of the reward was salt water taffy.. I took a quick picture before I gobbled them all up. I know pig pig.. but its SOO good!
 Then we took a walk on the beach and I dug my feet in the warm sand. Yes warm- which is sooo rare here!  :) Creative thoughts your way this week!

15 comments:

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

awe - soooo pretty!

*kiss kiss*
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Mandy Crandell said...

How wonderful! I'm a workaholic too, but I finally took a break this weekend. I was also happy to get the boyfriend away from his laptop and video games.

ckscribbles said...

You're Sunday looks like it was super perfect! a hike, the beach and beer ... Obviously I'm moving and coming to live with you!

Tee, Passports and Postcards said...

That sounds like a lovely way to take a break from everything. Someone once told me a day off is a day on, but I think some days completely off is necessary.

stephanie said...

I really want to get up to Saddle Mountain this year. Your photos have inspired me. :)

Wasabi Honey Bee said...

Looks like it was a wonderful day . . . I agree about the grumpy frown face : )

Kate said...

Its so important to take a day off (or 2) and just BREATH!
Looks like a great Sunday.

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Cindy said...

your weekend looks gorgeous and i love your photos. some of your best. it's important to spend quiet time together even if there's nothing quiet about it :).

Stephanie said...

I'm very impressed that you hiked that. No wonder your legs are sore! Such a beautiful place to hike, though. I bet it's worth the soreness. :)

Megan said...

such beautiful photos girl!!!! i love that part of the US :)

stace said...

Aw, yeah. You totally need to get away sometimes! Seems like you had a great time! :)

Tracey said...

That's a lovely idea Erika ... it's so important to take time out, I need to practice more of that myself! :)

Halina said...

Hi there! I came across this blog through Radiator Tunes and I love what I see. Especially the photos to this post and that dreamy beach you were on!

misie said...

love love love love.

misiesface said...

I'm definitely noting these places - we can't wait to explore the pacific northwest!