szoet10 "I get to smack it with a hammer?
Man, the kid was just excited about finally trying crab, but then realizing he got to smash and squish it, AND make a mess all over the table...he declared my birthday was more fun than his, which is quite the compliment from a 4 yr old.
Throw in a perfect sunset and a cool ocean breeze--I think it was my favorite bday dinner. Ever.
Boy were his eyes big as he grabbed the mallet. 3Zs
1d

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szoet10 You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
Mark Twain
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szoet10 Go Be Fierce.

That's the mission as we say goodbye to August.
It's way easier to be fierce when the sun is shining. Summer is when we typically are more active, more adventurous, more alive. As the days get darker, don't get too stagnant indoors.
Go Be Fierce.
3w

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szoet10 Timing is everything right? I've been to the aquarium dozens of times, but never this time of year at this hour. Crazy light streams.
Same with life--you can't force some things--like a flawless vacation, or a 4-yr old putting his face in the water. They happen when they are going to, and when they should. And it's all part of a perfect plan. I'd never make it if I had to believe in chance or randomness.
And the 4-yr old? He decided yesterday to become fearless in the water. Good timing kid.
1mon

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szoet10 "Here are some obvious things about the weather:
It's real.
You can't change it by wishing it away.
If it's dark & rainy it really is dark & rainy and you can't alter it.
It might be dark and rainy for two weeks in a row.
BUT
It will be sunny one day.
It isn't under one's control as to when the sun comes out, but come out it will.
One day." The selection above is an excerpt from a poignant letter the brilliant Stephen Fry wrote to a fan suffering from depression. He draws an apt metaphor between weather and mood.
While the media focusing on one person so much may be skewed, the open conversations about depression this week are a positive outcome. The whole letter is worth a read--search for Stephen Fry on lettersofnote.com . Most of us know someone who can benefit from reading it.
1mon

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szoet10 Meet my new mascot.

Snails get a bad rap--this little guy moved quickly enough to almost bump into my phone twice before I got him in focus. He knew where he was headed and got there without wavering focus.
In life & work, I preach the concepts of baby steps, of being bad at something first, of practice, progression, regression. But in my own life I'm not as brilliant. I get frustrated and expect to do everything quickly, easily and flawlessly. Which is ridiculous.
Baby steps gets you far with patience. So I've been on Team Snail for the summer for fitness & health goals, and am stronger than yesterday. Now I just need to apply snail goals to other areas. Anyone else want to join the snail revolution?
1mon
  •   szoet10 @magonyagi @bugsymatthews13 thank you! 1mon
  •   suprexpression I am so with u. My friends are constantly commenting on how slow I am and I recently realized I don't change anything about it because I like it!! I take my time with things. I savour moments. I enjoy this pace of life and often find I get more things done with better quality as well. Great pic too ;) 1mon
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  •   yearofemily @szoet10 again, I love the image and the message... Snail goals- I will remember that! 4d
  •   szoet10 @yearofemily thanks so much & for checking out my gallery--what a concept you have on yours, great visuals to go along with the poems! 4d
  •   yearofemily @szoet10 glad you like the photo/Emily concept.. Thanks! (On 31 December 2013 I decided to make 2014 'Year of Emily'.. Haven't a clue what I will do in 2015!) 3d

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szoet10 The best moments are unplanned. An Unplanned stop on a road trip became the highlight. A perfect sunset on the beach watching my boy play tag with his dad, a bit of heaven on earth. 2mon

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szoet10 In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Those things we sometimes dismiss as cliche or overused still have beauty in them. There's nothing like a perfect red rose. I'm glad I've gotten over my avoidance of them after too many years of working in a flower shop & never wanting to see another red rose. Welcome back my pretty.
3mon

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szoet10 Shameless self-promotion, sorry. If you have an iPad, check out the digital magazine my journalism class and I put together, no templates, all original work in indesign. Not bad for a staff of 8 doing a side project. VCHS Cross+Section 4mon

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szoet10 Movement is so integral to most things in life. Not just about progress, not just about fitness, but to bring about clarity, creativity and energy. It's one of those things that connects mind, body and soul. 5mon
  •   bugsymatthews13 So cool !! 5mon
  •   danie_lew Hello! I was looking through your photos and am amazed at your ability to turn the everyday into absolute works of art. It made me remember taking my first photography class with you and how much I learned. Just wanted to tell you what an inspiration you are. 4mon
  •   szoet10 @danie_lew I just saw this and have to say it's seriously the nicest comment ever!! Both that you learned from me and that you see the vision in my photos. (Jsb chaperoning :) hope all is well 4mon

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szoet10 My kid was abducted by aliens.
That's the only way to explain today. The evidence: he didn't complain once, was pleasant and content with everything, went the day without tv, and--the kicker--it was his idea to put the leftover broccoli on his sandwich for lunch...and he said it was the most delicious thing ever. "What a great day today was!" he said. And all we did was stay home all day and play.
I hope you all have a day soon that is so purely enjoyable that you wish you could wrap it up and save it for later.
6mon

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szoet10 "Turning and turning in the widening gyre...Things fall apart; the center cannot hold..." Yeats

Only the mental part feels like it's not holding, don't worry. Been trying to figure out why I'm so mentally fragmented and frazzled each day--is it the chaotic schedule at work? Or because I'm using more technology at work? Do I need to carve out more moments of solitude? Or do I just need to get out and seek adventure and challenge myself?
Life is good. It would be nice to finish something though--whether it's a project, a thought or even a sentence.
6mon

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szoet10 Thanks for all the prayers and good thoughts. No surgery as feared, just a lot of antibiotics and a few more hours. We may still get to spend our 15-yr anniversary in the hospital if it takes 3 more hours.
I told you be careful what you wish for..."can we so something special for our anniversary?" Not funny my dear.
8mon
  •   szoet10 And @elebaldwin my husband loved the virtual soup from Roma! 8mon
  •   jainne Glad all is well. Best healing wishes to your husband! Happy Anniversary! 8mon
  •   elebaldwin @szoet10 glad the proverbial cure-all remedy helped. Hoping for a quick recovery and a better anniversary celebration. 8mon
  •   bugsymatthews13 So glad he is on the mend and happy anniversary!! 8mon
  •   carregal I hope he gets better soon, happy anniversary anyway! 8mon
  •   gallowaygirlhandmade Good outcome, or at least better than surgery!! But on your anniversary 😮Hope things got better quickly... 2mon

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szoet10 Be careful what you wish for...
"We don't have much time to talk just the two of us..." 8 hours, 2 urgent cares, 1 ER, an ultrasound and a CT scan later and I don't think we've actually talked much :) Waiting to see if my husband has appendicitis or some other mystery.
8mon

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szoet10 "What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time." --John Berger 9mon

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9mon szoet10
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szoet10 Today we picked flowers in the park. They may be weeds, but to us they were treasures.
Trying to keep the spirit of exploration & curiosity alive in our culture is a daily challenge. Today was a victory.
9mon

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szoet10 Each day the challenge is figuring out how to marvel at the complexity of life, without overcomplicating it. --SZoet 10mon

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szoet10 Watch it wiggle... I broke my no red dye #40 rule and got the kid some jello. He thought it was pretty cool that jello had its own song, so I taught it to him. Well, at least he can spell one word now.
He laughed and laughed when I showed him his portrait in the spoon...look carefully--he's in there. Simple joys in life once again.
1y

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szoet10 Gorgeous sunset tonight, but this one cloud caught me for two reasons--1, it was opposite the sunset, so it probably went unnoticed by many, and 2, it was gone quickly as those opposite clouds tend to do. Such a great image for this time of year--change.
Whether it's summer ending, school starting, people aging, friends leaving, change often quite frankly, sucks. Never been good at accepting it. But I've always tended to fight it too...maybe I've been using the wrong word all these years. Not change, challenge. Time for a new challenge and new growth. I mean, really, who wants to stagnate? Not me.
Go kick some butt this month.
1y

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szoet10 The kid figured out how to stall going to bed --he keeps coming in our room and telling us "happy dreams guys", "I love you this much", and giving hugs and kisses which are NOT easy to come by...no way am I gonna tell him to stop.
Just when he can't get any cuter he pulls this crap...
1y

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