The Weekend Send-Off

June 20th, 2013 - filed under: Furthermore » Feedback


Mango muncher!

Hello Hello! I am sooooo happy that this week is over – it was a particularly tough one for me. And I am beyond happy that today, Friday, is the Summer Solstice! The Solstices are my two very favorite holidays, and the Summer Solstice, well, it’s the longest day of the year! The very most light! As a sun-worshiper to my core (if I prayed to a deity, it would be Sol), it’s the day that gives me the most of what I love.

Want to celebrate Solstice tonight? Stay outside late, give thanks for lightness and brightness and photons, ponder the duality of nature (the days will be getting shorter again, tomorrow), and most of all – have bunches of fun! Plant a flower, climb a tree, or just salute and blow a kiss at the sun. Happy Solstice!


Speaking of duality.

There are some really amazing things going on in my life right now. I am grateful for those. But still, these are hard times. I don’t really show you guys much of that, but they are. Still trying to land on my feet, I suppose.

And right now I continue to struggle with the same sorts of larger, abstract ideas that I’ve been wrestling with for a while. What it means to be a creative person. What it means to forge your own path. What am I willing to sacrifice, and when is it time to throw in the towel?

I just don’t know.

These themes reveal themselves in my musical choices. Amanda Palmer. Macklemore. And this week, this song by Aesop Rock has been on replay.

“dream a little dream,
or you can live a little dream
I’d rather live it
cuz dreamers always chase
but never get it”


And now for the fun part, the fabulous part, Le Love List!

napping in the grass that runs along the beach, on a perfectly warm and breezy day .|. god I love living near the beach! .|. nachos. nachos are better at midnight. it’s been confirmed. .|. RuPaul and girl talk with a girlfriend who’s leaving me soon . . . for Portland! Oi. .|. big bowls of steamed broccoli .|. waking up, rolling over, and seeing Waits’s smiling face. “Mama, let’s get up and PLAY!” .|. powering through food poisoning, I am a freakin’ warrior .|. This video Waits and I made just messing around being silly. Oh my goodness kid. You make this vegan mama so proud!

pattern recognition .|. the kind of friends who let you show up, unannounced, in the still-having-morning-coffee hour, and cry all over their front porch .|. sharing music .|. my friends out there in the ether-web .|. hacking my old favorite Veggie Grill salad to make it gluten-free, oh how I’ve missed you buffalo sauce of glee!!! .|. pistachios or almonds? that was a fun conversation. (and still to be determined!) .|. SEEING GRETCHEN!!! .|. warm weather and late nights hanging on the front porch .|. when things are really bad but you have the right people who keep you centered, lift you up, light your fire and set you off again. that’s everything, I guess . . .


Alright guys, now it’s your turn – let me know what you’re loving this week!

This happy little post will stay at the top of the page all weekend, so stop by any time to leave your Love List, ask a question, or offer some feedback! Or if you’re new, feel free to just introduce yourself and say ‘Oi!’! This is your community, so get involved!


  • Manda

    No frogs! What a sweet kid, reminds me a whole bunch of my 9 year old when he was that age. Only now J has hair halfway down his back.

    Also, it’s odd to think of others having summer solstice. We are in our shortest day down here and after a crazy week weather-wise I’m glad to be on the flip side.

  • Lou

    It’s Winter Solstice on my side of the globe, so I’m all cosied up with a hot water bottle and a big old bowl of roast veggies (and a glass of mulled wine!) Happy days.

  • Lynn

    Happy Solstice!!!
    LOVE LIST :)
    -My theatre company does Shakespeare in the Park every June and August ;) Spending the longest night of the year outside working on a play! YES!!!
    -Buying a flat of strawberries tomorrow and making Strawberry Jam! NOMS!
    -Hopefully my parent’s pool will be warm enough to swim in tomorrow!!! YAY!!!

  • Emily

    Happy Summer Solstice!
    The things I love:
    -leafy trees
    -soft breezes
    -fresh fruit smoothies
    -farmers markets
    -my supportive husband
    -my weird family
    -the medieval fair(e) this weekend
    Lots of love, Sayward!

  • Chelsea

    I am not a summer lover myself, but last night I spotted my first fireflies of the season and they filled me with such joy that I squealed and then smiled all the bike ride home. Riding home at 9:15 PM in the fading light is nice, too.

    And honestly, I don’t think I would be the only one open to hearing about the hardships you are facing. We are here for you to vent. Thoughts that are not happy have there place. You never know, it may help someone else know they are not alone.

  • Rosalynn

    I love summer! with my babies (3yr old and new twin girls!).
    The babies are just 2 months and I cannot wait to show em’ around and put them in the kiddy pool :)
    Thanks for the inspiration Sayward! Raising vegan babies is so much cooler with your blog.

  • Michelle Johnson

    Too cute! No frogs :)

  • Sarah C.

    Yay for you – you’re keeping your head up and your thoughts positive. In your place, lots of people fold up but you’re working hard to stay open and vibrant. Keep up the fight, girl.

    And my love list is short and sweet: summer (I love it too! which is why I refused an offer to move to OR a few years back – I knew the lack of sunshine would K-I-L-L me) and my family (esp. my girl, who is just amazing, even while she’s been challenging and decided yesterday that she can swim all on her own without a floatie!)

  • JulieTobin

    ~ I love that it’s Friday weeeee!
    ~ weekend getaways ~ last weekend it was east for camping with my husband and dogs – mountains, huge trees, gurgling river, sunshine, bliss! this weekend it’s west to the ocean for a semi-impromptu girls’ weekend at a fully stocked cabin, SO excited =)
    ~ and bright orange toenails, they make me smile =)

  • skeptk_vegan

    Good job being tough, Sayward. Remember how many people that feel tough through you! Love the Waits video of course. :)

    My Love List!

    •28 more days of work. 38 more days of Alaska.
    •Always, my wonderful boyfriend.
    •My dog Keira, for always forgiving me and smiling at me even though I take her for granted a lot lately.
    •Green smoothies brought to me at work by the only vegan I have met in Alaska, I adore her.
    •Piecing together my blogging ideas.
    •Solstice, which also happens to be my anniversary.
    •This video, which everyone here should click on! Sayward please watch it! Chance are you’ve seen it already, ha.

    On to a great weekend!!

  • aliciawest

    sending you positive energy, Sayward. It is evidence of deep emotion that we sometimes feel overwhelmed; it is from that same well that we can find our bliss.
    my love list this friday:
    summer sun
    cool california nights
    my best friend
    growing (slowly) a sense of community, even in LA
    riding my bike so long it makes me tired

  • lysette

    I am thankful to come through the other side of a rough week as well.
    Love shone through the darkest thickets:
    ~The kindness of strangers~Fortuitous accidents~Laughter consuming brief encounters~A shout out for the best behaved dog at the far mar~Purple kale that smells like roses~Mom sitting on Dad’s lap at her 70th birthday party~The sense of victory at the end of a hard day~Vintage cars~Mango on a stick ;)

  • lysette

    Rad video thanks for sharing!

  • Sonja

    Things I loved this week:
    - your cute videos with Waits (I discovered your vegan cuts unboxing video yesterday by accident)
    - a huuuge basket filled with fresh, organic, local strawberries for a good price
    - having such great co-workers
    - growing my own salad and edible flowers on the balcony
    - discovering “new” food (canihua)

    - dancing on the street at night
    - coconut oil

    swett words from my favorite person <3

  • Eva

    The mango on a stick looked so amazing my daughter started jumping up and down asking me to make it! Mission accomplished, except the mango kept sliding down our (chop)stick. Will work to improve method. Thanks for sharing!!

  • Taylor

    I know it’s not the weekend anymore, but I have loved a lot this past week. Especially the fact that I could share it with my boyfriend (we’re in a long-distance thing):
    -Indian food- boyfriend hugs- hikes on the San Francisco peaks- watching the sunset with beer in hand- making new connections- spending my 3-year anniversary with Chris (first time we’ve spent an anniversary together) (and it was on the solstice!)- watching Mexican folk dancing in Heritage Square- afternoon naps- cooking- my family!
    Have a better week, Sayward!