Amazing nature landscapes:falling into place

Dearest odyssians,

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Its almost the end of the year and Odie and i Hope your 2013 is coming into positive perspective through retrospect. Odie muses that its So human to pause and take stock at an agreed upon time written on a calendar each year. I told him we upright primate relatives do so because its hard for us to live in the present. We also love to regret prior decisions/in decisions and worry about decisions/indecisions we have yet to make.
Therefore we find sentimental ways to mentally break with our past and build anew in the future – we set goals and analyze which ones we missed, accomplished, and exceeded by this predetermined deadline in order to feel better temporarily. We also like any excuse to drink copious amounts of rum and other kinds of alcoholic beverages for less discerning tastes -his words, not mine!

“The needing another reason for drinking rum I understand. The word deadline, no. Its So ominous a word.” -odie
“I agree. Our mortality compels us to design such words that portray event horizons. ” – odiemama
“Im mortal too and i can tell you Its not mortality thats pressing your species.” -odie
“Then what is?”
“Ill leave you to think about it.” -odie

What did 2013 mean to you? What does odie mean?
Hugs & happy early 2014. We say this now as the rum and coke no lime please fueled pirate ship we sail on tomorrow might not have good enough “reception” to blog from.

O and om

Unique nature landscapes: perfected angles

Dearest odyssians,

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We hope that you are enjoying these days leading into the holidays. Thats the intention of it all, we know, to enjoy, relax, share, and love it all- with loved ones. but Somehow odie and I always have mixed feelings right about now. Did we get the perfect gifts for everyone? Do we have the proper dress for the party? Its not really too short, is it? Well, Is it? Whatever! We are wearing it anyhow… more importantly, Did we find the proper party for that not too short dress? What about long lost friends  and stray cats we no longer talk to? Should we send those texts and reopen old/new wounds? “Hi, Its the holidays” is a great reopening line that won’t raise eyebrows.. Will they write back? Who are they? Why are we asking about this in our blog?  Does any of this matter in the grand scheme life? End scene.
The god janus, the one famously bearing two faces which peer at the future and the past simultaneously,  (and notably the god by which we name our month january after) is our guide in this season. He faithfully reminds us humans that we can never close the door to yesteryear.  We can never embrace a future properly without making proper homage to the past. Yet we must compel ourselves to carry on, move forward,  forget what failed us/how we failed ourselves and vow to multiply/actively augment through pursuits those things which did work for us/make us better/wiser/stronger for the world.
Its all a bit stressful and emotionally important,  isnt it? We know. So grab that eggnog or, if you’re after our own hearts, some fabulously delicious buttered spiced rum and sip/wash those cobwebs of mental clutter away while listening to carols and wearing your fave xmas sweater in front if that new fangled turn button gas fireplace. Marvel at the modern tech. Drink more. Explain that you got the sweater because it was cute,  not because it was 10 dollars at a church raffle. Laugh at the “oh, i see”‘s that you get in response.
For now. There’s always next year to worry/enjoy succeed/fail* all over again and explain your unique fashion choices to those discerning gazes.  *fail being a harsh word denoting the opposite of desired outcomes.  We know there is no real fail.  There just is no try! Did yoda say this?
Hugs,
O and om