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I WANT IT!

In The Daily Drool on January 23, 2010 at 11:06 pm

WOW!   Have you seen this?  

It’s like a cat-castle for humans, and if any of you know anything about me at all, it’s that I kind of wish I were part cat.  As in, I wish I could turn into a cat when it suited me… not wolf-man transforming at the whim of the moon or anything like that, but more like “Gee, wouldn’t it be nice if I could curl up in the nook of someone’s arm and get my head scratched for four hours” kind of deal.

This may not include a head-scratch, but it sure does rate along the magic side of things, doesn’t it?  And mine for only 13 grand.  Yup.  Cat-like-furniture has a price.

Actually the whole site has some cool stuff.  It’s very Sim-like, I mean, I know I’ve seen this Lip couch on that game!  (You’rs for $1,100, but then you have to defend your aesthetic whims when reasonable guests blanche at your living room)

Meanwhile it’s fun to fantasize about having so much money I could spend thousands and thousands of dollars on crazy lamps and coffee tables like this

The decorations are up!

In The Daily Drool on December 11, 2009 at 11:25 am

There is something about decorating your house for Christmas that makes the whole season so much more fun!  I love putting up my Christmas tree, looking at each lovely ornament as I hang them… And the twinkling lights make the whole room glow with the promise of a happiness, good tidings, and cheer.  At least, that’s what I think of when I look around.

I imagine when I was younger, the tree only made me think of the presents beneath it.

But I’m older now, and although I reeeeeaaally like to give gifts, I don’t really think about getting them anymore.  Because the holidays are about celebrating the one’s you love, be it with a gift you bring them, or time you spend with them.  And that’s what I really treasure, the time.  Because it goes fast and never asks us how we feel about it.  It’s up to us to enjoy every moment we can!  Christmas just always reminds me of that… of the fleeting nature of life, and of our commitment to cherish it.

And besides, everything looks prettier with a bit of tinsel spread over it!

But however you celebrate the winter holidays, I hope it is lovely and warm… and may you be with the ones you love  🙂

Stuff… it’s what’s for NOW

In The Daily Drool on October 17, 2009 at 7:47 am

I have too much stuff.  Sometimes I look around this apartment full of things I’ve collected and think God, is this who I am? I mean, could someone, a stranger, come into my place and see into me?  And what would they think?

My carpet is a shambles, the desk has been banished to the corner and my new desk, the kitchen table, is covered in debris.  I look around at the oddly placed, bright pieces of decor and wonder just what in the hell it means to have a black ceramic cat on the same shelf as photos, bamboo, and books on how to learn Italian… and next to that, a shelf housing games that never get played.  The dust is so thick I think they need CPR.  And the countertop!  Well the countertop is bravely holding up it’s fair share of nibbles, coupons, and bric-a-brac even though there is plenty of cupboard space beneath them… But there is just so very much stuff!

And I don’t even know why I have 99% of it.

Is this what life is?  A collected set of things… things we bought because we needed them, they sparkled in the sunlight, or they made us look skinny?  I remember my grandmother’s house – cleaning it out when I was 16- and how she saved absolutely everything.  A whole world stuffed inside it and we cleaned it out in a few weeks.  She didn’t even get to be there to walk down memory lane… she had to tell us from her new bed in the retirement center which plates were to go to whom.

Is this just “How it goes?”  Am I spending time and energy accumulating things that my (dreamed of) kids will roll their eyes at someday as they toss it into a box for the selling?  I mean, what is our fascination with collecting all of these things?

(sigh)

And maybe I’m just tired… maybe I’m tired of looking around this apartment full of things that I don’t use, need, or remember buying.  Yes, a book about photoshop seemed like a great idea, but I’ve never opened it!  Yes, I like the big red desk lamp that I bought for my office at the LATC, but that office is now holding someone else hostage… Why am I still hanging on to the lamp?

I am starting to feel owned by my past self… owned by these things around me.  Owned by my inability to throw out the old sheets because 1- It would be wasteful, 2- who knows if I might need them in a pinch?  3- If I want to make a difference, I’m going to have to get rid of a lot more than a set of sheets.  It would be like the tip of the iceberg… hardly satisfying unless I tackle the whole, larger picture.

And that would be a lot of work indeed.

But somewhere in all the looking around myself, I’ve begun to see only these remnants from my past- a life that hasn’t really been panning out the way I had hoped (alright, I’ll be positive… yet) and I want to be free.

Of all of it.

But I lack the conviction to just do away with it.  I lack the certainty that in the purge I will find peace.

Because peace is what this is really about.  Peace of mind, of heart, of creative soul- my life is really cluttered by intangibles at the moment, it makes sense to want to do away with the clutter you can pick up and toss.

Color Blind

In The Daily Drool on August 25, 2009 at 9:07 am

The plan was simple – get rid of the horrid perriwinkle walls in my bedroom.

I brought home copious number of paint swatches, taped them to the wall and stood back to choose.  I observed them in the morning, afternoon, and night – all in the hopes of selecting the very best option… one that would reflect serenity and calm.  In the mix were a variety of khakis, tans, and even some (too bright) blues.

I decided on “Cameo Stone” – a subtle tannish cream.

I came home and started painting… stood back and… the damn wall is now a subtler, paler, more pleasant shade of… PURPLE.

Oh well, at least that annoyingly chipper baby-girl blue is gone.  This is better.  This is almost not purple at all.

Nesting

In The Daily Drool on August 23, 2009 at 6:33 pm

So I’ve been cleaning (yay) and now I am painting.  It’s glorious!  There is something so satisfying about making a place your own.  But let’s talk about how it’s taken me nearly 4 years to do so…

I moved into my current apartment when I got into grad school, every bit the believer that once I graduated I’d probably be leaving The Land of the Lost (Los Angeles) for something smaller and with better air… Well, the past year has been brutal, but I’ve realized I’m not leaving this place any time soon.  So I looked around my campsite and realized that it looks like a transient lives here… stacks of papers to deal with “Later” and some mediocre paint job I slapped together just after moving in.

That’s all changing now.  I mean, I can’t afford new furniture, so the same old hand-me-downs and Ikea spawn will have to suffice, but the actually setting it up to look like a grown up lives here?  Priceless.  I’ve been in limbo for so many months now, it’s time to take some control over that which I can and get my nest in order.

So, be looking for some Before/After pics soon… And then I can get to removing the paint from my hair.