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Fight Song and other inspiring things

Links, Love, and Lore

Favorite Quote This Month

“One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am – a reluctant enthusiast….a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.”
Edward Abbey

Interesting Ideas

I recently came across a blog and it really struck a chord with me. I always wonder why it I’m uncomfortable to brag about “being proud” of my kids on social media while everyone else is doing it. I love to share who they are and don’t always feel I need to be “proud” of every single thing they do. Social media for mainstream moms seems to revolve around their latest “proud moment” of their kids. It really helps me understand why I’m annoyed so much after reading this post. “Feeling proud of your child because they’ve achieved some accomplishment, play a sport, eat nutritious food, or whatever indicates that you would not have ordinarily expected them to be able to do this. They have somehow done something that is beyond the ordinary. The truth is that we’re all amazing and we’re all ordinary. Amazing is the new ordinary if we recognize and revel in the beauty of each individual-for them, not for us.” Sarah Parent & Barb Lundgren, rethinking everything BLOG

Art Inspiration

Heidi Lender – Heidi Lender wandering and wondering….from Uruguay and beyond. www.heidilender.com
Monica Branstrom – gorgeous handcrafted sea glass jewelry
Morgan Maasen – photographer & filmmaker?✈️ www.morganmaassen.com
Sarah Steenland – The cruising cartoonist

Music Inspiration

I’ve been driving back and forth between our home in San Clemente and our boat in San Diego a lot lately. I have Maliea’s music on my phone and every time I plug in my phone to my stereo to charge it, I hear her playlist. Sometimes I switch to 91x but a lot of times I sing along with her music because it reminds me of her. Her songs are surprisingly appropriate for me as I go through this crazy transition from life on land where I feel like a fish out of water to life at sea where I know I’m destined to be but feel no one really understands. Check out these lyrics to Fight Song by Rachel Platten:

Like a small boat
On the ocean
Sending big wavesonpelicanatanchor-7489
Into motion
Like how a single word
Can make a heart open
I might only have one match
But I can make an explosion
And all those things I didn’t say
Wrecking balls inside my brain
I will scream them loud tonight
Can you hear my voice this time?
This is my fight song
Take back my life song
Prove I’m alright song
My power’s turned on
Starting right now I’ll be strong
I’ll play my fight song
And I don’t really care if nobody else believes
‘Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me
Losing friends and I’m chasing sleep
Everybody’s worried about me
In too deep
Say I’m in too deep (in too deep)
And it’s been two years I miss my home
But there’s a fire burning in my bones
Still believe
Yeah, I still believe
And all…

Boatnik Things I Love

Sailboat workout – get fit at anchor without leaving the boat-love the fender ideas!
Harken Bosun’s chair – rigid seat design for better comfort aloft
Lazy Jacksputting ours back on is going to be a huge help in flaking the mainsail after a day on the water
Growing Up Afloat – from Offbeat Home and Life
Pathway Boat Transportbest boat transport service ever-David and his wife will take the best care of your sailboat during delivery-whether on their truck or in the water. He even sent us photos of Indra each night while she came down the coast by truck from Seattle to San Diego.

Sailing Lore and Superstitions

Because of the dangers faced by sailors and fishermen, there are countless superstitions around safety and luck on the sea. Some seem a little strange today but we still choose to follow some of them. Can you guess which ones we probably don’t believe… 

Re-naming a boat
It is bad luck to change the name of the boat. If you do, you must have a de-naming ceremony and officially christen the boat again.

kristiannekochriddle-3232Tattoos
When tattooing became popular at sea a rooster and a pig were often tattooed onto sailors’ feet. It was believed these animals would prevent the sailors from drowning by showing them the way to shore. I had Marquesan plants tattooed on my toe to help “ground” me and show me the way to shore for the same reason before I even knew this one!

Hat overboard
Losing a hat overboard was an omen that the trip would be a long one.

Personal grooming
Anyone aboard who trimmed their nails, cut their hair or shaved their beard brought bad luck to the ship.

Women
Women were bad luck on board because they distracted the crew, which would anger the sea, causing treacherous conditions as revenge. However, conveniently for the male crew, naked women calmed the sea, which is why so many figureheads were women with bare breasts. 

No whistling
Whistling or singing into the wind was forbidden as it would “whistle up a storm”

What I’m Reading

The 12 Volt Bible
Diary of a Sea Captain’s Wife
The Curve of Time

 

Homeschooling Resources We Love and You Will Too!!

We are homeschooling through Sky Mountain Charter School and it is amazing! My son is able to access some of the best homeschooling vendors available anywhere in the world including some of these:

Amoeba Sisters
ReadWorks
Ocean Portal
Ocean Quest 

 

kristianne

Lifestyle and fine art photographer specializing in kids, portraits, lifestyle, and travel for print and web.

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