Tuesday, January 30, 2007

So Much, and Yet So Little

…to share. Really, not much is going on, yet it's my life, so I don't want to be too hard on it.

M and I had a pleasant weekend. Friday night, Date night, we had speedily served Japanese food then went across the street to a local, independently owned bookstore. As we wandered the shelves, I heard the siren sing-song of poetry being recited, and sure enough, a reading was in progress. And not just any reading, but one that featured Al Young, poet laureate of California! He is certainly a powerful, lyrical advocate for poetry, but a tad too prosaic in the poetry department for me, though a fantastic reader. His opening act was Jennifer Sweeney, though she fell a bit too far into the breathy trap of reading poetry like a poet (I don't mean to be too critical, but listening to poetry can be hard and the writer needs to help us hear her), her work was really wonderful. And she had good interstitial patter, which is an underestimated skill in reading poetry.

And as I sat on the low steps near the all-full reading area in the bookstore, I appreciated M even more. He's not really a poetry guy, but went off to amuse himself in the stacks when I told him I wanted to listen to the reading, content to wait for me without complaint. I'm a lucky gal.


Saturday: We shopped and erranded. In the evening, we watched the Merchant of Venice with Al Pacino, Joseph Fiennes, and Jeremy Irons. I'd recommend it.


On Sunday, I tried to work while M was at the library, but just couldn't quite do it. I surfed around and read blogs and talked to Mom and updated my Netflix queue instead, putting off not only work, but blogging and revising my article on lace making* as well.

*I'm working on an article on my visit to the lace making "factory" in Bruges last fall to submit to Craft magazine! I have no idea if it will be accepted, but it's the journey, right? I brought the first draft to writers group on Monday for critiquing, something I hadn't done in a long time--it was great! Though I came to the realization that it needs a lot of work--Suzification was I think the term Julia used.


Since then, it's just been work, work, work. I have a little idea of a knitted scarf I want to create, sort of an arty floral thing, not practical at all, but haven't found the time to start it yet. I also tried to delve into the advanced features of my digital camera, but didn't get too far. But I think I'm ready to try to work with settings other than Auto. Wish me luck.


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