The Great Pop Culture Debate

While we were strategically planning our entry for the Ski Utah video contest (still waiting to hear back after making the top five) I put a bunch of ideas out on Facebook to try to see where our efforts would best pay off. Everyone liked the Old Spice commercial idea, and everyone denied knowing who Ke$ha was, even though I had a great song to the tune of “Tik Tok” all planned out… “Wake up in the morning/with hair like Glen Plake/There’s a smile on your face/when you see that first snow flake” or something like that.

So we went Old Spice. I totally stand by my video and had a blast making it something that really stood out from the competition. With this blog, and being slightly involved in Facebook, more so with Twitter, I am able to keep up with the world around me. I wouldn’t have known about the Old Spice campaign without Twitter, and have had to show that video to some friends/family before showing them mine.

It’s a big huge world and it’s hard to decide what is important. So many of my friends are pop culture junkies and seem to find the time to know something about everything. Then there are a few of you that make it a point to not be addicted. Your stories are still interesting when you DO know about something though, because you know it more in-depth. The nerves I get about potentially blogging about skiing totally relate to the fact that MAN there are a lot of ways you could go. Gear, mountains, traveling, food, drinks, nightlife, powder conditions, movies, ski news, famous skiers…

Included with this cultural exploration I’m making is the fact that I’ve gone back and forth over the last five years with and without cable. I feel it’s every Americans right to wind down after a hard day at work with some really guilty pleasure crap TV.

I feel a little out of touch! I was super super sick today and I stayed in bed and caught up on some fall premieres that I’d missed with the whole no cable and being on vacation. I miss TV already. So much can be seen online, whole seasons on Netflix even, but as Dadd pointed out, it’s hard to start a conversation like “Have you seen the Sopranos?” when it is no longer culturally relevant. It’s easy in this day and age to miss something if you wait a minute.

What do YOU choose to keep up with? I don’t know who’s been kicked off Dancing with the Stars. And my heart is still beating and I have other things to do. But I am a little curious…

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The Aspens

During our trip out to the Grand Canyon, we hired a local guide to drive us and take us around and tell us all the information he could. It was a great thing to do that I’d suggest to anyone – it went way beyond just checking out the view and made us feel connected to the environment we were experiencing.

I love the aspens all over Park City, and loved hiking through them this summer and skiing through them covered in snow in the winter. But I *really* loved seeing the aspens at the Grand Canyon. They changed earlier than the ones in Park City, and were the brightest yellow I’d ever seen. We were told by our guide a fun fact I didn’t know. The root systems of aspens are specially interconnected. It was a neat concept I pondered as we drove through the forests. A single seedling could give root to a whole large colony of the trees.

The interconnectedness of the trees goes a lot with the theories I’m exploring in my yoga journey right now. The concept of rooting is important, when you firmly place your feet in to the ground. I can stand taller, straighter, and balance better when I concentrate on my rooting. It also made me think of how important you connect to you particular role in life, as you are interconnected with all aspects of your life and those of others.

The Things You Do

Breaking barriers is scary.

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Five Crazy Things I’ve Done For/Because Of Yoga:

  1. I’m eating quinoa, even though I’m still not sure what exactly it is.
  2. I’m trying to invert my body into poses I can’t believe.
  3. Adamant about hiking the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim.
  4. Letting so much not stress me out it seems foreign.
  5. Trying to keep putting myself out there and taking giant leaps of faith.

Amazing

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There’s no way for any picture to do the Grand Canyon justice. We took 1000 anyway. I’m so happy my parents invited us to AZ and we made the drive out. Getting to see it with my own eyes and experience it with them yesterday was remarkable. The white line you see at the top rim is 800 feet wide, 12 miles away from us.

Reading

My book list goal was to catch up with the average of the three previous years. It dawned on me one morning in March that I hadn’t read a book in 2010. I’m no where near 38 books as you can see here – and winter and snow and ski fun will be here soon!

There’s been so much going on that I don’t have the luxury of curling up and getting cozy to read around here.

I’ve tried to start a few books on my Droid but wasn’t really feeling them, so I need to get some new ones. I went to the library twice, and couldn’t find the cool kids section, and got discouraged. I’d tell you to suggest me more books, but they probably don’t have them at our little library. I was so spoiled in Seattle to live downtown right by the main library. It was beautiful, and I walked there once a week with as many books as I could carry home.