So, What’s Up?

I haven’t felt much like writing or web surfing. The days, as usual, have been busy.

First off: I’m looking for a therapist within 15 miles (in any direction) of Santa Clara. Do you know of one (LMFT, Psychologist) you’d recommend?

I’ve been seized by a desire to clear out my closets of clothing I haven’t worn for 7-10 years and never will again, since they don’t fit. Goodwill has been nearly a daily stop.

This left a void in my closet. I decided my short, fat body deserves nice clothes. I am now the happy owner of seven pairs of new pants (jeans and dressy), two dozen shirts (I got carried away), cool socks (more than I care to admit), lingerie, two cardigans, and several lacy, feminine nighties. I’ve tried to be budget conscious as I’ve hit Walmart, Kohl’s, Mervyn’s, Target, Lane Bryant, Macy’s, Nordstrom, and Sears. (Whew! Yes, did go to all those stores in one week.) Now I simply need the cool weather to arrive! With today’s high being 91F I don’t know when that will be.

This is what I’ve been up to:

  • Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, another of Aaron Sorkin’s creations, debuted last Monday. I was hooked — that man can write snappy dialogue.
  • I read a short novel, considered a classic, by Wright Morris. It was Plains Song: For Female Voices. It was spare and beautiful, as I imagine Nebraska to be, and as were the lives of women who pioneered the land.
  • I bought several volumes of poetry by Ted Kooser. I must have a crush on Nebraska, since he’s from there as well. The books are Weather Central, Sure Signs, and Flying at Night.
  • I rented and watched a movie I’d never heard of and was dubious of its quality, and I am so glad I did! If you’re interested in period pieces, you must see The Libertine with Johnny Depp and John Malkovich. The discussion of why and how this movie was made I found equally fascinating. It made me want to go read up on John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester. Libertine reminded me of a movie Malkovich acted in long ago, Dangerous Liaisons. Wilmot also reminds me of the Marquis de Sade in that his poems and plays were incredibly bawdy. If they had been contemporaries I wonder if they’d have been friends?
  • Hands On Bay Area launched online orientations! No more need to sign up, wait, then drive to an orientation. It takes only 15 minutes online, and then your account is activated one business day later. No muss, no fuss. Easy peasy volunteering!
  • I spent a lovely afternoon with my co-workers last week painting with watercolors on envelopes. We are doing this for a non-profit that will use them to send out funding requests in their direct mail campaign. If you live in the South Bay and you’re interested, I’m leading two projects doing just that. With new orientation, it’s not hard to get involved. And it’s fun!

Now pardon me, I have another rental movie to watch: Road to Perdition.

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6 Comments on “So, What’s Up?”

  1. Susan Says:

    I was pleasantly surprised by Libertine, too. Speaking of the Marquis de Sade, did you happen to catch Quills? Another diamond in the rough.

  2. nikkirae Says:

    I’ll have to check out Libertine. Road to Perdition was pretty good. If you haven’t already, I’d check out Pay it Forward.

  3. Kathryn Says:

    Yes, I did see Quills. I thought it excellent. I prompted me to purchase a book about him, which was also excellent. It’s Marquis de Sade: A Life by Neil Schaeffer.

  4. Kathryn Says:

    We watched Road to Perdition last night; what a poignant movie. I enjoyed it. And yes, Pay It Forward was also a good movie, although I did feel a bit manipulated by the plot turn at the end.

  5. Kat Says:

    Hello darlin, seems like we’ve got a lot of similar things in our lives. I’ve also not felt much like writing or surfing. And I’ve also been captured by Studio 60. I love his writing style. Have you noticed that he’s got a thing for Gilbert and Sullivan musicals? 🙂

    I’m also in a big cleaning/clearing mode. I feel like I want to throw out nearly everything I own, I don’t have enough garbage bags, it seems endless. But I keep going, it feels good and I suppose it will make things easier when we move in the next year or so!

    *much love to you*

  6. Fran aka Redondowriter Says:

    I haven’t been writing or surfing as much either. Partly it’s a time thing, but I think it’s about fall and the beginning of hibernation. Congratulations on the new wardrobe; you deserve.