Monday, January 16, 2012


January has continued on its low-key contented note. The weather remains eerily clear and dry, which I know is bad but has made finding motivation to walk the dogs easier.

On Friday, I visited the letterpress studio where I'll be taking a few classes.

I won't start til March, but there's an open house next month where visitors can pull a few Valentine's Day cards, so that will be fun. Nothing better than free beautiful cards! The proprietor seems like a very nice guy. He's a poet and has a very whimsical, cartoon-y sensibility. His studio puts out very arty small books rather the usual business cards and wedding invitations, so I'm curious how he stays in business. Did you know that capital type used to be stored above the others, so that's why it's called upper and lower case type? He also offers classes for typesetting poems, which I feel a little torn about. In principle I like poems, and words generally, to speak for themselves and eschew fancy layouts, but how a poem looks on a page can be artful and help interpretation, so I'm interested in exploring that.

Also on Friday I started feeling the creep of a cold yet again, gah! Very annoying to have my energy sapped...again. I still managed to hie myself down to a work related event in San Jose for most of the day on Saturday while M stayed home to tend the Smokenator. I made it home in time to see the drama that was the 49er-Saints playoff game (sorry, Rob)--we've found a way to stream the game on the laptop hooked up to the TV. It's not very high-def, but very watchable. Thank goodness we didn't discover this earlier in the season.

On Sunday, there was more lolling about, football, and then friend Rachel's 50th birthday party. I felt bad dragging my germs to her party and spent the first hour drenched in sweat despite the chill in the hall they had rented, but I was so glad I went. It was good to be a small part of a friend's well deserved celebration.
I was only intending to stay for an hour or so, but I felt pretty good after having a little food, and dancing and mingling and catching up with friends I don't see enough of helped to energize me. The only downer is I can't find my FitBit and I worry that it popped off during the party somehow.

M had to work today, so I just took it easy, knitted and read, chatted with Felicia a little via Facebook about her arrival in Germany (I'm so happy for her!). I did walk the dogs twice. I haven't been eating much, so I treated myself with a dinner of French fries. In not so pleasant news, M announced that we need to install a new water heater since the one we have now, probably original to the house, has a leak. We'll be shopping for that tomorrow or the next day. But, better to save a little in water and better insulation, and of course a lot of possible damage to the house if something went awry. It's just a little after 6:00 p.m. and I am ready for bed!

Happy MLK Day. I listened to the whole "I Have a Dream" speech broadcast on NPR, and while I'm glad that strides have been made in civil rights, I also wish we didn't have so far to go. Time, time, time...


At 7:50 AM, January 22, 2012, Blogger Brenda said...

The letterpress studio looks intriguing. That will be fun to follow you through that adventure.


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