snapshots of an idle mind

August 22, 2006

*contented smile*

Filed under: Uncategorized — sassinak @ 1:25 am

you guys are funny, it says in the comments that i’m going to seattle. that said, i had EVERY intention of writing an airport post but those pirates wanted 21 dollars an hour for the internet. and somehow? after that? i just never found a terminal.

and you know? i love y’all but this was a shoestring vacation for me.

somehow with the exception of seven bucks for a book, airport food, two public transit trips, one cab (FORTY FIVE BUCKS!!!), four nights in hotels at under sixty bucks per (plus tax) and one round trip airfare to seattle i managed not to spend any money this weekend. [the cab went on the credit card but the rest? LEFTOVER money from when i went to visit lsd! i know!]

i know!

these people are so incredibly generous, they gave me a shirt and a magic circle and fed me all weekend (the conference includes breakfast and lunch which is awesome) at lovely restaurants with great company and any kind of booze that we wanted and it was all just so random.

take saturday for example, i wander down the stairs behind a couple of them and into the bar (because as they head into it i think to myself ‘self, have a drink, it’s been a looong day’) and of course i say something like ‘is this a private party or can anyone crash’ and they welcome me with their usual open arms.

well, two led to four led to ten and now we’re on the patio having food fights with nuts and having a few drinks apiece. eventually my lil ol’ bladder gives up the ghost so i head to the ladies. i get back from there and the entire group has disbanded and a couple are in the lobby and that’s all i know. so i grab my bag and head out and get ‘come on’ as k walks by me.

and that’s how i end up across the street on like the forty millionth floor looking out at mount rainier at sunset with nine really happy people and delicious food. and none of us got sloshed, i mean we weren’t sober but we were just happy and high on life you know [i think i had five drinks in six hours and i was one of the heavies]? anyhoo we head back and split up and i ended up at some bar called ‘rock bottom’ shaking my ass with a bunch of the staff.

god it was great.

but you know? none of that was planned, you just end up working all day with people you really like and you end up continuing to hang out. it was so weird y’all, these people i have SO much respect for are so happy to see me that they hug me hello and tell me how delighted they are that i’m there and they’ve met me only a handful of times.

i’m sort of stunned.

it never occured to me that they might respect me back. one of the organizers told me her pilates story and she said something i really liked. “i knew that i had found my people” and that’s just it. i found my people.

this community is amazing. sure it has it’s issues just like anyone else’s does but under that is genuine respect for each other. sure teacher a has a different method than teacher c but they really seem willing to respect each other anyway.

that’s pretty cool.

i mean i was sort of feeling like i was taking advantage of them and then she’s all ‘oh you were awesome, do this anytime you want to thanks so much and…’ which i guess means it was a fair trade huh? *laughs*

i know, y’all are dying to hear what happened when i met bubbles aren’t you? well let me tell you the most important thing right up front. there are no pictures.

hah i bet i know what half of you just assumed.

we didn’t get sloshed either; we were giddy and silly and we did torture a couple of lovely young things but you know, all in all it was two girls being girls and that’s all y’all need to know.

oh that and that emma rocks. she’s even more scatterbrained than i am but she rocks.

*hugs babe, no worries*

i think it’s possible that i got 24 hours sleep since wednesday so i confess that i don’t believe that this will be one of my better posts.

there’s only one problem with these conferences y’all. they make me want to move to california about fifty times more every time i do one of them. i met MORE amazing teachers from california.


not that i didn’t meet awesome teachers from other places as well, there’s just so many of them there and also, seemingly some fairly open job opportunitities for people interested in rehabilitation.

this is good stuff.

it’s funny how random it was, the workshop i most enjoyed was the one i least wanted to attend. in fact? my abs are still sore if i laugh more than thirty hours later.

yeah, it was nasty and SO GOOD!

i haven’t been working my clients hard enough, too much old lady and not enough vigour. i mean obviously i’m not going to throw them into advanced matwork routines when their backs are screwy but i think i may need to up the challenge level just a little.

i mean my ass seized up at dinner! and you know what else? my understanding of the reformer exercises just got changed forever. not to mention some great new ideas for mat classes!

life is good and i am refreshed. apparently there’s camping labour day and a cottage the weekend after that and i MAY be ready to face the winter.

thanks for worrying y’all, and i’m sorry you were worried. but do you like my birthday gift to myself via my parents or what? (in other words… ‘can i have some money to go to seattle for my birthday in lieu of a gift on my birthday please?’)

[and then i got home and the book i wanted the MOST was waiting for me! AND there’s another package to come! lividviv? i fucking love my present by the way.]

god i have to sleep.



  1. righteously fun, engaging and learning-filled vacation? how can you beat that?

    groove on, post-birthday gal …

    Comment by DZER — August 22, 2006 @ 4:58 am | Reply

  2. Glad to hear you had a great time…….

    get some sleep :)

    Comment by Kristen — August 22, 2006 @ 6:33 am | Reply

  3. I’m glad you get a vacation this year. I am still stuck in the city and not having any success getting away for more than a couple of days at a time. I laugh when people tell me how great they think self-employment can be. I’m getting irritated by having to cancel all my trips.

    Comment by othercat — August 22, 2006 @ 8:17 am | Reply

  4. Glad you had a wonderful time.

    Sleep well!

    Comment by Madame X — August 22, 2006 @ 8:35 am | Reply


    See?!?! I told you I’m all over the place 3/4 of the time!

    Honestly, where would I be without my cotton-head?

    You know, I don’t think Mitch will ever recover. Poor Sap!

    I’m sorry we didn’t have a chance to click heels again on Sunday… Im assuming my email to you confirmed my idiocracy :)

    It was so wonderful to be in your company on Thursday though, and we did have a kick-ass time. The universe smiled on that steamed asparagus, but not so much on the crab dip!!!


    Sounds like this trip was exactly what you needed, and Saturday night sounds like a blast!! I throw nuts too but I’m sure we’re not talking about the same nuts..

    were they salted at least?

    Okay enough my love, thank you so much for being an excellent person and great company to a silly old bird like me.

    Drop me a line when you get a chance… and then contemplate moving to Seattle.

    Comment by Everything Nice — August 22, 2006 @ 10:25 am | Reply

  6. :) glad you liked it.

    Comment by lividviv — August 22, 2006 @ 10:33 am | Reply

  7. Just stopping in to say hiya

    Comment by RobynB — August 22, 2006 @ 10:50 am | Reply

  8. You deserve good times.

    Comment by Casually Me — August 22, 2006 @ 11:32 am | Reply

  9. This is one of those kind of posts that just make you smile all the way through it. You give off such a vibe babe. Love you!

    Comment by kathi — August 22, 2006 @ 12:17 pm | Reply

  10. I was just wondering where you had gotten off to, wondering enought to blog about the disappearance and there you are. Good that you had a great time. Keep smiling.

    Comment by Amber — August 22, 2006 @ 1:34 pm | Reply

  11. dzer: you can’t? well you can, you can make it longer and be able to sleep… :)

    thanks babe!

    kj: got almost six hours last night…

    othercat: i’m glad i did too, hopefully my next vacation will be more like ten days than 3 (plus two for travelling) but even so getting away was great.

    well we are camping labour day weekend right?

    madame: thanks! and i did.

    bubbles: spaz *fond smile*

    you were right too, it’s amazing you get anything done *grin* and the thing is? it works for you.

    i don’t think the waiter will ever recover… the busboy though? he’ll just go looking for another you until he finds one.

    your email was all good, i didn’t have time to answer but i wanted you to get the message and stuff. hee the steamed asparagus was awesome… and cracked me up the whole time i was eating it. your poor head.

    this trip was awesome. (and me and mr. handsome were doing the throw nuts and catch them thing to each other across the patio… good times)

    yes they were salted *g*

    dude if you’re an old bird i’m an archaic bird! and i’m contemplating i’m contemplating!

    Comment by sassinak — August 22, 2006 @ 2:53 pm | Reply

  12. Yup, its a great feeling to be among friends and have a good time. Don’t know of any pleasure on earth that beats that. Your mind is happy, your heart is happy, your body does not suffer, and it is awesome. The world suddenly seems so bright and livable:-) I think it is about sharing, without inhibitions, your thoughts, your beliefs, urself that makes the experience so enjoyable.

    Sometimes, you know ppl for a long time and still they remain acquaintances, and it is funny how you connect with some people so soon.

    Glad that you had a good time. To avoid repetition, i wouldn’t say how good it was to read your post;-)


    Comment by Hemant Kumar — August 22, 2006 @ 2:53 pm | Reply

  13. lividviv: sneaky bitch with your ‘oh i didn’t look at your list’ *g*

    robyn: *wavehug*

    cas: thanks, so do you.

    kathi: nice. glad to hear it… it didn’t have as much meat as usual.

    amber: i didn’t mean to abandon my blog but the universe had other plans… off to read your blog…

    Comment by sassinak — August 22, 2006 @ 2:54 pm | Reply

  14. Yeah this is definitely one of those posts that feeds a smile.

    Especially to hear that you feel the universe gently shining a light on a new direction.

    It’s also nice to hear that beautiful exhaustion from fulfilling experiences.

    And bubbles is a scatterbrain, gee, that’s hard to believe! *eyeroll*

    Glad it was Good Times!


    Comment by Pyrhonik — August 22, 2006 @ 2:55 pm | Reply

  15. hemant: yes it really is. and it didn’t matter what combination of us ended up out together everyone just got along. i saw one talking to all weekend which was handled quietly and well and both parties remained cheerful the remainder of the weekend. so yeah, they may have to resolve things but they do it with class. makes it really easy to interact with them.

    and i can’t think of a better way to spend my vacation i really can’t. i got to go learn for myself, not have to be creative. i can’t really explain it’s just so nice to feed the muse i guess.

    my body is killing me but it’s happy about it and my brain is saturated and satiated and my soul was filled with welcome and warmth and fun. what’s not to like?

    i guess it is funny how people can connect, but it’s one of my favourite things in the world when it happens. to have it with such wonderful folk is an honour and a blessing.

    and i won’t say thanks! *grin*

    pyr: it’s funny you say that as i’ve caught myself reading it for the umpteenth time just now. ‘oh i should reread and orient myself to the post’ gah i love my posts it’s tragic how much.

    the universe says california… it says it a lot. i wish i could get a work visa. maybe i’ll go see when the next green card lottery thingie is.

    hee, yeah can’t imagine that bubbles might scatter *g*

    it was awesome dude.

    Comment by sassinak — August 22, 2006 @ 8:38 pm | Reply

  16. move to Cali! move to Cali! you can be my awesome taecher!

    I am glad to hear that your trip was nice and that your soul was filled with wonderful people; dare I say you found “your people” and came out of your shell you were so worried about?

    hugs babe!

    Comment by HuneeB — August 22, 2006 @ 10:48 pm | Reply

  17. sounds like an awesome trip!

    *adds meeting sass and emma to her list of things to do*


    Comment by da buttah — August 23, 2006 @ 12:16 pm | Reply

  18. You’ve been reviewed at Ask and Ye Shall Recieve.

    Jut thought you would like to know.

    Comment by kitty kat — August 23, 2006 @ 12:45 pm | Reply

  19. Hun …I just came home from one of the shittiest days I’ve had in years. Sat down and read your post. The smile you put on my face will remain for wuite some time.
    Glad to hear that Emma is as goofy as we all think she is!
    Thanks …for nothing more than the share …
    I feel so much better now.


    Comment by Spirit — August 23, 2006 @ 11:02 pm | Reply

  20. I hereby declare the bus boy need look no further!

    I force fed him steamed asparagus and read Dr. Suess to him…

    Okay I didn’t really BUT I think the dude aged 10yrs. within that hour of alone time.
    I’m glad you got my email :)

    And you know, it wasn’t as much my head as it was that damn dip!

    *sigh* Mr. handsome throwing salted nuts LOL. Somebody needs to make a porn!!!

    How about instead of birds we be peas… in a pod :)

    and HEY! wtf about me being goofy!!!! *pokes tongue*

    much love!!!

    Comment by Everything Nice — August 24, 2006 @ 10:45 am | Reply

  21. but, i thought you were HILLSIDE people???

    Comment by logue like vogue — August 24, 2006 @ 10:46 am | Reply

  22. hunee: there’s this green card problem… but i have decided to participate in the lottery if canadians are welcome this year. so… maybe.

    my trip was lovely, you can’t imagine how wonderful it is to hang out with these folks… well maybe you can, i skipped a festival i love for this trip.

    oh i don’t really have a shell, i just forgot how to flirt… and with much conscious thought and self examination i then remembered again… :)


    elle: it was and you should. em is awesome and em and sass together are a whirlwind of trouble and you could just add to it for sure.


    kitty kat: i see that… i feel slightly like my blog was used as a bat to beat on someone else’s blog but whatev.

    Comment by sassinak — August 24, 2006 @ 1:16 pm | Reply

  23. spirit: i’m really sad to hear that you had such a shitty day but it brightens mine to hear that i’ve cheered you up!

    dude she’s goofier and anyone who meets her will love her.

    you’re welcome and *hugs* for sharing back.

    bubbles: oh dude i knew you were going to do that. :)

    i better get more details than that in my inbox or something! was i right about him?

    what did that dip do anyway? was there a reason i couldn’t really make myself eat it?

    dude mr. handsome is just that too. and i would volunteer to make private porn with him no problem.

    methinks we can pea together *g*

    uh dude? you’re a goof and you know it… but so am i! *huggs!!!!!!!!!!!*

    logue: i am ABSOLUTELY hillside people, but that’s only one weekend of the year and is something i try to carry with me at all times because it makes me a better person.

    but this is my work.

    Comment by sassinak — August 24, 2006 @ 1:19 pm | Reply

  24. They had a pilates conference in Seattle? You would think that is where they would have acupuncture seminars instead since they have that giant needle and everything…

    All kidding aside, I’m glad to hear you had a good time on your trip. Those are the best kind of birthday presents… the ones that leave you with a memory that lasts each birthday thereafter.

    Comment by john — August 24, 2006 @ 1:46 pm | Reply

  25. i’m so glad you got to take the trip, and that it was so fabulous.

    and i’m with huneeb… come to california! i’m getting ready to go back to pilates soon…

    Comment by terry — August 26, 2006 @ 12:41 am | Reply

  26. im so happy you and emma got to meet.. you guys rock.. EVERYWHERE

    Comment by sugarpunk — August 26, 2006 @ 2:51 am | Reply

  27. john: it’s not really a conference, it’s a travelling school and seattle is where it just was. dallas next…

    actually the organizer’s husband used to do acupuncture.

    dude it was awesome. awesome. and yeah, it’s for sure going to be remembered at each subsequent birthday.

    terry: me too!!!!!!!!!!!!

    dude if y’all can find me work and someone willing to sponsor me? i’m there. in one second flat.

    punk: dude it was awesome, you so have to party with her… actually so do i…

    Comment by sassinak — August 26, 2006 @ 2:02 pm | Reply

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