Friday, May 8, 2009

good morning

i've already spent more time online than intended, so i may as well write just a little. haven't yet written a letter to myself. i think i'm waiting to not have to think about it so hard, or waiting until i feel like thinking about it. i did make a list of quiet thrills the other day, and the notebook is sitting open-faced on my desk where the computer once lived.

it's been in my head lately that i need to read again. i used to be such a book lover. i still am, but my hands have been too preoccupied with movements and making things. yesterday i cross-stitched, after work and staying up late. cross-stitching is mindless enough to be relaxing and doesn't take much energy if it's a pattern you're following. the result is useless, but cute anyway.

if i'd shaved my legs i'd wear a dress today.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

birthdays for tony

saturday was tony's birthday. we didn't have a huge party, but some family came over and the kids gave him presents and stuff and i made him a cake.

it's a 2-layer white cake with strawberry filling and vanilla cream cheese frosting. i didn't get a shot of the inside cause i forgot, and it all got eated.

mom made the frosting.

i don't know where miricakes was during all the picture taking, but i got a couple cute shots of the kids and family and boy.

happy 22, you little bugger.

#2. write a letter to yourself in the future

at first i didn't want to do this one from the list. it sounded kindof lame and boring and i've already done it before. but i kept thinking about it and decided maybe i would like a letter from myself about this weird time in my life. i do keep a journal, but a letter might have a little different flavor, and maybe i can write it to myself like 50 years in the future so i'll completely forget about it and have a nice little surprise when i'm ancient.
we'll see. in the meantime, i enjoyed yesterday's thingie. i went on a walk barefoot and with my sketchbook and it was kindof rejuvinating. i don't really like that word, but it is how i felt while walking through parts of the neighborhood i don't usually pay attention to.

it was nice. happy little tuesday, everyone.

Monday, May 4, 2009

"100 ideas" -- a list for kayla happiness

sorry for a lack of posting lately. my computer's still broken so i've been leeching off of mom's and tony's laptop and it's just not as easy to get comfy for a blog post sitting at the kitchen table as opposed to my room.

but in need to come home and do relaxing, inspiring, stressless things today, i surfed some really neat and uplifting creative blogs today and found a list of 100 (to be) ideas for - i'm assuming - jumpstarting creativity. or getting yourself out of a rut. or something like that. but reading through it made me happy, so i decided i'm going to check off an idea a day or so, and i'll chronicle it here. if anyone wants to follow along and do them with me, i think that would be fun. some example ideas are to spend a day drawing only red things, or to list the smells in your neighborhood, or to draw a map of your favorite sitting spots in your city and then photocopy it and give it to people. isn't that just lighthearted enough to be motivational?

okay, so today's idea is:
#1. go for a walk. draw or list things you find on the sidewalk.