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I don’t even know where to begin to try to explain the last few days. To put it succinctly, Ryan and I went out to Washington state for Labor Day weekend for the DMB shows at the Gorge Amphitheater. It sounds simple, but what ensued was another trip of epic comedic (if you want to look at it that way) proportions— flight delays, yurts— what the heck is a yurt?, getting kicked out of yurts, changing hotels in the middle of the night, getting locked out of our room at the Best Western, lots and lots of driving in our rental ‘stang, and flying home in a hurricane— no biggie. Nevertheless, there were some extremely high points that punctuated our otherwise ridiculous trip, which I will try to focus on in this post. For instance, when I woke up to this view on Friday morning, after 23 hours of traveling, it all seemed worth it.

It was the most inanely gorgeous, breathtaking view I’ve ever tried to wrap my head around. Unfortunately, in the foreground, you’ll notice a yurt. Please call me if you would like more elaboration on the “luxury” yurts that were our accommodations.

Our reward for being early risers (e.g. Ryan getting calls from the east coast at 6:30 in the morning) was that we were able to have a private breakfast on the terrace of the resort just as the sun had finished coming up.

I don’t have any pictures of the actual DMB shows— which were awesome, my personal favorite was Friday night— but you can see in this picture the back of the stage and how close it is to the actual gorge. It looks like it could practically fall in.

There is something special about this venue and the people that come to it— you have to be a little bit crazy. This is venue is hours from anything so all the people that attend have to camp. Yes, camp. The nearest hotel—the Best Western—is 40 minutes away and is occupied by artists and crew (thank god— I would not have made it through 3 days of camping).

When we did make it back to Seattle, for a night, we had a fantastic time. We found a terrific sushi place called Japonessa that serves the biggest rolls I have ever seen— truly, they serve them on platters. And the beauty of watching the sunset over Elliot Bay, again, made some of the craziness of the previous days recede in my mind a bit.

I’m really looking forward to Ryan getting back from Denver tonight so we can laugh and remember so many of the details that are already getting a bit blurry. It’s funny, though, it always seems that the trips that don’t go exactly as planned, like our honeymoon, you end up having the best memories from. I think we’ll be looking back on this trip very warmly for many years.

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Back in November at the DMB show, I was catching up with one of our friends who asked me if Ryan and I were still enjoying our apartment. We have a fabulous apartment in the middle of downtown Cville: hardwood floors, 10′ ceilings, built-in book cases. So, yes, of course we are still loving it! We can walk to almost anything we need and we only have to use our cars about once or twice a week (for errands, visiting friends, meetings, etc.).  In this conversation, he mentioned a theory that I’d never heard of but that I haven’t been able to get out of my head, so I thought I’d share it.

He explained to me a theory called the “Triangle of Happiness”— it claims that the smaller the triangle between where you sleep, work, and shop; the happier the human. But, instead of me defining it, you can read about it here— don’t worry it’s short and has a diagram!

I like to think that Ryan and I are very happy, but I decided to mathematically test exactly how happy we are! So, here are the stats:
– distance from our house to my work= .2 miles
– distance from our house to Ryan’s work= .2 miles
– distance from our house to Barracks Road= 4.2 miles

Less than 5 miles total, pretty amazing, right? There are definitely some downsides to our apartment: it’s a one bedroom, we don’t have laundry in our apartment, and our bathtub is plastic and I refuse to take a bath in it. In general, we probably pay a little bit more for some basic necessities, like groceries and personal items. We hardly ever go to big box stores like Target and favor, instead, paying a higher price but staying within a smaller radius. This not only saves on gas, but by staying away from places like Target, we avoid the inevitable Target impulse shopping— you know, you go into buy toilet paper and shaving cream and come out with half of the households department, two pairs of earrings, a sundress, some flip flops, a soy candle, and a garden stool. So, maybe we do save money in the end? Note: all of the things listed in the “theoretical” impulse shopping list above are things that I have actually purchased from Target.

I think this happiness theory is so fascinating because it so starkly contrasts the idea of happiness that I think most people have. When I think of “happiness”, the first thing that comes to mind is an image of a pure blue swimming pool by a villa in the Hollywood Hills, a stainless-steal sub-zero fridge stocked with fresh Whole Foods produce, and a pilates instructor that makes private house-calls. But, I guess, it turns out, my little routine of walking from my one-bedroom apartment to work in 18 degree weather might make me just as happy.

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I thought I’d post an update on the DMB National’s Park show and share a few pictures I took. As you can tell by the title of my post, it was freakin’ hot! Friday night’s experience will definitely make me think harder the next time I am thinking about doing an activity with 50,000 other people in 100 degree heat. Here’s a shot of the stands… very toasty.

Overall, though, it was an amazing show, as usual. This was the first show I’d seen in a stadium (as opposed to an amphitheater or arena) and it really makes Filament’s work stand out. From what I can tell, all the guys that work on putting the set together are amazingly talented. The way the lighting and video is designed and run takes the concert from being just any concert to a completely unique and unforgettable experience.

Also… while I was uploading the pictures for this post, I found a few more pics from the past few weeks that I thought would be fun to post.

Random Market Basket

E&A and Rachel at Enoteca after my show on 7-17. Making this post look even more like one big advertisement for Coran Capshaw enterprises.

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Over the weekend, Ryan and I had a chance to get away to Bethany Beach, DE with Ryan’s family. It was along trip getting up there which started with my flight out of Charlottesville to Philly at 7am on Friday morning. I have to say— the Philadelphia airport is the worst airport I have ever been in. It makes NO SENSE. For example, Ryan had to get in the “Departures” lane to pick me up— no sense.

After that, though, it was pretty smooth sailing. Ryan had been at the DMB show in Camden, NJ the night before, so he picked me up and we drove down to Bethany together.

Ryan’s cousin Katie joined us which made the whole weekend even better. Katie and I discovered that we are both tea “purists” meaning we like the water for our tea boiled, not microwaved, and, yes, we can tell the difference!

On Sunday night, we had a dinner of crab cakes and steamed shrimp and then we staked out our spots on the beach and watched the fireworks with our toes in the sand.

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I can hardly believe 2010 is nearly half-way through. I am definitely in the camp of people that never really takes new year’s resolutions to-heart and before January has even ended, I’ve forgotten what I thought that maybe I might do. But for some reason, July comes up and always kicks me in the gut. It reminds me that the clock is ticking… in a glass-half-empty kind of way.

But, I feel like I do enough worrying about the future every day. So, this July 1, I want to look at everything we’ve accomplished in the first-half of the year, which I’m hoping will inspire me to look at the rest of the year in a glass-half-full kind of way.

Let’s start with Ryan.

On top of managing the operations of a small business day-to-day, Ryan and a few colleagues own and run an iPhone application company. It’s a project that the four busy owners work on after-hours, before-hours, in-between-hours… basically whenever they aren’t doing their day jobs. Right now, the company has three apps out that are doing really well: DMB, OAR and Tim McGraw. Recently the DMB app reached more than 100,000 downloads (read: awesome!!). Though the company has been working on the apps for a couple of years now (back when most people had never heard of an “app”… you know like in 2008), it’s really been in the past six months that the app has taken off and is garnering national attention. If you’ve got an iPhone or iPad or iTouch, support Ryan’s company by downloading the apps in the iTunes App Store.  And, if you’re so inclined, you can check out the Spot Trot website to learn more.

And as for me, I’m still trucking along at this music thing… which is an accomplishment in itself. Last night I played at an open mic at the Crozet Mudhouse (where I’ll have a show later this month). It was both a victory and humble reminder that I’ve got a long way to go. A year ago or six months ago, I couldn’t have done what I did last night which is significant reason to keep moving forward. However, playing to a room full of middle schoolers (there to see their friends sing cool “vintage songs” like Smashing Pumpkins “1979”) will humble you like nothing else. No obligatory applause, no respectful attention… it kind of reminded me of… ummm, what it’s called again… oh yeah, the real world. But, middle schoolers and all, I did it. And, I’m probably better for it, so that’s reason enough for me to keep going.

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