Lots of thoughts

Oh so much… in my head… I have had some really great time off… so many ideas… my head is bouncing and I don’t know where to start. When I wrote my 100 memorable experiences I initially entitled them 100 accomplishments and then I had issue with that word so I changed it… I want to add one more thing… I had an incredible day teaching on my birthday and I came home and Tom surprised me with birthday candles, cake and sang me Happy Birthday. He also gave me a really great card with a drawing of his. It was so sweet. I really enjoy his thoughtfulness. Just something I want to add to my memorable experiences of 2008. I’m very lucky to have this man in my life. Smile.

I had a really great day today taking Carolee Gilligan Wheeler’s class: Personalized Daybook: Fresh Start for the New Year at SFCB. I learned a lot and it was definitely a highlight to meet Carolee. She’s very down-to-earth, patient, has lots of great ideas, willing to share and is excited about what she’s teaching. I really enjoy and highly recommend her. Check out her upcoming class called Upcycling: The Transformation of Trash. More photos on her website.

On my way home tonight, I got super excited about ideas of making more books. We recycle a ton of direct mail pieces at work and I’d like to figure out ways to incorporate more of those direct mail pieces into my books–a way to make friends with the direct mail, to actually transform my relationship with it maybe. An interesting thought. My work mates already save aluminum cans for me.

On Carolee’s about page, she has a link to Joan Didion’s article “On Keeping a Notebook”. The following part of that article brought up so much for me that I want to make full notebook on my reaction. “…I think we are well advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive company or not. Otherwise they turn up unannounced and surprise us, come hammering on the mind’s door at 4 a.m. of a bad night and demand to know who deserted them, who betrayed them, who is going to make amends. We forget all too soon the things we thought we could never forget. We forget the loves and the betrayals alike, forget what we whispered and what we screamed, forget who we were.”

I’m on a mission–obsession maybe, to find my “tribe”. Searching out and finding people who are doing what I’m doing. Connecting and creating my creative community. It’s happening… with the blog, with the books I’m buying, with classes I’m taking… it feels really exciting to be part of a bigger community. I could also view it as a way of showing up to the community that’s already surrounding me.

I met my mom yesterday on BART and we were going to go to the SFMOMA but she had enjoyed the YSL exhibit at the de Young so much that we went back. It was really enjoyable for me to see my mom so passionate and excited. She can talk me into anything. The YSL exhibit is pretty incredible. I was very curious about Haute couture and the statement that it was common for YSL to present 100 looks per collection. He sounded pretty prolific.

Maya Lin’s work is also on exhibit at the de Young. I was really touched by her work and her process. Listening to her speak about her process on headphones, she states: “…if we know what it is we actually aren’t looking at it anymore…” I’ve been trying to look at things differently. I finally got NetFlix and am looking forward to seeing the documentary, “Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision.”

While I was having my wedding ring sized at The Gem Gallery (Tom and I had a great experience here!) in Berkeley, I walked into Village Shoes in search of a pair of slippers. Great service and great shoes. I walked out with a pair of handmade felt Stegmann slippers and they are the most comfortable slippers ever. When I come home, I cannot wait to put them on. Seems weird but I wish I could wear them everywhere.

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