Two nights ago I had another distinct dream. The hubs and I were having to evacuate because of some sort of disaster (thank you Walking Dead marathon) but that was not the part that made such an impact. Rather it was while we were gathered with other dislocated people, we ran into someone we knew 10 years ago and started talking about our lives and such. Some how, in the way dreams work, we moved onto a conversation about design and then we were looking at the prototype of an Eames-like lounger. I could practically sketch the thing right now it’s that clear in my mind. What was interesting to me about it was that it was collapsible like those cheap-o sports/beach chairs that fit into their own bag.
The dream went on but the only thing that really stuck with me when I work, was the chair. So… I went straight to my handy dream source (like I have before) and found the following explanation:
I am at a bit of a transition right now professionally/vocationally and this was actually an insightful reminder for me to not be in a hurry or anxious about the future, but to continue to be open to my present. And mostly I think it’s the last of the explanations: contemplation before action. (Or rather as my sister would say: paralysis by analysis.) I’m evaluating several things right now and want to make sure I make the “right” move. Thanks dream-brain for helping me unravel some pressure I’m feeling to make a decision!
This is more of a weekend reflection rather than scene. It was kind of a funky weekend. I’m feeling the need to chop off all my hair so that’s usually a flag that something else is going on. I’m needing to feel in control of something. So instead of running headfirst into some scissors, I gave this little space a facelift. It was long overdue and I’m happy with how it’s turning out. As always, a work in progress…
Also this weekend was a little weird because I intentionally didn’t take any photos other than the one below because the light was just so nice. I’m trying this whole “be present” thing. The weekend was indeed full…of the prosaic and the peculiar. We made it out to the Saturday Farmer’s market and ate the most deliciously fresh breakfast tacos as well as spent some time at the studio. I organized two months of neglected paperwork (i.e. unopened junkmail and a bag full of receipts!) and caught up on Downton Abbey. (My official opinion of the season so far — meh. But I’ll probably keep watching.) And we had a few unexpected conversations and interesting “serendipitous” moments. I’m always trying to be aware of those little signs in life that point of down one path or the other, but usually it takes a freight train and a bull horn until I get it.
I am officially on Day 3 of my personal challenge and so far so good. I even wrote first thing on Sunday morning which meant writing at 5:30 in the morning. I absolutely LOVE that when I was talking to the hubs about not being sure if I should try to write before we did our early Sunday morning thing or just wait until we came home at 9 and he said, “…I know, there sure is a lot that happens [on Sundays] before 1st thing in the morning!” Touche.
But it’s been like the well was bursting at the seams and already since I’ve uncapped it, the words are pouring out. The first day alone I wrote six pages and if I had all the time in the world I don’t know when I might stop. But day-jobs are calling and I must answer…
Wow, what a week. My dad is finally home and on the mend. I think the entire family could use a good long sleep now. Also, the hubs and I have been working hard every night at the studio (save last night though when we cut loose and partied with this guy). There have also been some adjustments to our work schedules as well and we’re going to have to find a new rhythm. Oh yeah… and the holidays are here. I really wish that I could just cuddle up under a blanket (it’s freezing here!) and catch up on blogs, magazines, and movies. But there is work to be done, parties to be planned, gifts to be purchased, and life to be lived. And I’m looking forward to every bit of it!
In the mean time though, here are a few things that have caught my eye over the last couple of weeks:
My next book purchase. I’m so excited to read it (thank you best-therapist-in-the-world).
Speaking of books, this one looks interesting too.
I found this after thinking of something special for the studio. It just affirmed my idea.
I am continually amazed at my own extremes. I know that I can be a bit of an all or nothing personality and that often carries over into my aesthetic choices as well. A recent trip into Ten Thousand Villages reminded me just how much I love the look of bohemian, worldly items. They feel inviting, playful, and adventurous. (Hell, I walked out with a singing bowl!) However, a quick peek into Design Within Reach and I’m shunning anything with trim and superfluous details. Clean, minimal, and modern mean intelligent and intentional.
I know it’s all about balance. And the two items above would actually complement one another beautifully (in my mind). But often, for whatever reason, I feel like I can’t have both. I have to have one OR the other. I wonder where that comes from? But this is clearly not a new concept as I keep writing about it time and time again (maybe I should make it a regular thing?!) See more of my crazy with geography, shoes, hair, & vacations. And I’ll continue to strive for that perfect balance…