Previously, I discussed my cold sensitivity in Ice Cream Emergency. Watch video below to get a visual of the debilitating cold effects.
Love & Kisses,
(for those of you not in the know, Kryptonite is BAD for Clark Kent aka Superman. Also, it is green and it glows)
Clip Credits: Smallville Season 6 Episode 11 “Justice”
Written By: Steven S. DeKnight
Directed By: Steven S. DeKnight
This clip features actor Tom Welling
Air Date: January 18, 2007
Birthday week was chock full of fun. We spent Halloween in Port Townsend, WA — every single person in town was in the costume parade, I swear. We were among the very few watchers instead of walkers. It always feels good to fulfill a purpose.
We also went to see I Am My Own Wife at the tiny Paradise Theatre School in Chimicum (the subject of my first iPhone blog attempt). The theatre is in a little old church and this show was done thrust theatre style (not quite in the round because they do use the little pulpit thing at the far end of the church). So amazing! As I said before, it was awesome! One guy plays 35 different roles following the uncovery of the true-life story of a transvestite who survived both Nazis and Communism in Germany all while keeping a fanatical museum of furniture. Tenacious, I think, is the word that comes to mind.
And, yes, I did get an iPhone for my birthday. Somehow, this was a necessity and not a luxury and had something to do with moving and one of our phones breaking etc. etc. and I’m not really sure what, but I’m not arguing. iPhones are actually a million times cooler than I thought they’d be. It can find me anywhere! Yes, it’s true! I can be completely lost (which happens more often than not) and touch a button and the phone KNOWS where I am! And can get me where I want to go. I love my magic robot phone. It also keeps track of how much I walk which doesn’t do much other than let me know that I am not the lazy bum I thought I was. I walked 7 miles yesterday. Woo hoo!
This is also a good thing, because I ate A LOT of cake. The cake in the previous photo was just the beginning, I’m afraid. I got a second cake — mango coconut which was, in all honesty, to die for.
There was also bread and cheese from the Port Townsend Farmer’s Market and all sorts of delicious birthday things.
I read Impossible by Nancy Werlin this week too. It’s gripping. Almost as much as The Hunger Games which I would also highly highly recommend.
Tried finding a romantic comedy movie to watch, but they all turned out to be less than good. Does anyone have any recommendations? Do they still make good romantic comedies? They used to. Or at least i liked them. But the ones we watched for my birthday week — not so much. Made of Honor – eh, Sex and the City – not as fun as the show, no idea why, and Madagascar 2 — unconventional choice, but I had hopes! Run, Fatboy, Run was fun but not so much romantic as comedic. There was also a lot of sweat, I wouldn’t recommend it unless your tolerance for drippage is pretty high.
Powell’s had Eoin Colfer, the author of the Artemis Fowl series, in town and we went to see him at the very cool Bagdad Theatre. He is so Irish and SO funny. Some of his stories though — yeesh! They were really, really, really, really gross. Really. In a non-subtle kind of way. I almost threw up. And Barrett caught it on film! There’s the sound of me retching in the background of one of the clips. That story was too gross to post, but here is a funny (and not vomit inducing) clip:
When Barrett and I started sorting through our things to move to Portland from Madison, I thought after we moved that I would start to live a Thoreau-like existence of simplicity. Sure, we were moving to the city, not the country, but what with all of the trees around, what difference would that tiny detail make? The point was that we were getting rid of more than 3/4 of our things and we were starting fresh across the country where I had no commitments, no job, no committees, very few things and I would lead a simple non-materialistic and stress-free existence.
Then we got here and I realized we needed SOME material possessions. Not many, but there were some things essential to life that I hadn’t realized i would miss so much. Dinner is better when you have the utentils to make it (instead of eating fromage blanc out of the tub with bits of baguette) and a table to eat it on, sleep is much more fun in a bed with a nightstand and a nice reading lamp, and lounging is much more enjoyable when you have a couch.
So we seccumbed to two solid weeks of shopping and excessive materialism. It was a blow, but we recovered.
Things settled down and now, I thought, we were back on track. I could lead a simple life writing & reading, contemplating the trees, sucking out the marrow of life, etc.
And then… I decided to register for the SCBWI National Conference in LA in August. The deadline was looming and I suddenly realized that my life would be unfulfilled if I didn’t go.
Now the big question: What shoes do I wear?
I mean, I can’t go to the conference barefoot (or naked either, for that matter). And if I’m going to get shoes, I might as well get the PERFECT summer in LA conference shoes ever, right? Clothes can come later, without the right shoes, you’ve got nothing.
My non-consumer, non-materialistic ambitions went up in flames surprisingly fast. Nothing like the thought of new shoes to fan the flames.
So I’ve put aside marrow sucking, at least for now, to contemplate the eternal question: What makes the perfect conference shoe?
Some facts and important questions:
The conference is four days long, I’ll be there for six (do I need more than one pair?)
It’s in LA in August (sandals?) At a hotel with air conditioning (will sandals be too cold? Or should this be addressed when we get to Non-Shoe Wardrobe Issues?)
Attendees will include editors and agents from New York who by the very act of living in New York are more fashionable than most people because of Fashion Osmosis (fashion/cuteness factor?)
I don’t currently have a job or a source of income (where can I get the perfect shoes cheap?)
If you have any suggestions, please post in the comments! My last conference/footwear dilemma was solved by the inimitable Kristin Daly of Harper Collins who recommended the cutest inexpensive boots which work for all fall and winter conferences. That’s the kind of suggestion I need! And I just might make a video about it if I get a good recommendation, so your suggestion could live on in fame and glory right here on this website.
In other news:
— over the past weekend, we found a new favorite taco place called Por Que No? They put the greatest combinations of things together and include great toppings like pineapple. Â Yum.
— also discovered a new favorite sushi restaurant on 23rd Avenue called Yuki. Lots of vegetarian items here. They even have a sushi roll with mangos, avocados, AND cherries. (two new favorite restaurants in one weekend — how cool is that?)
— accidentally went to a street fair on the east side of town with tons of great street performers from the mundane — a musical group of men dressed as women and bumble bees, to the extraordinary — post modern Kabuki-esque dancers with tattered umbrellas.
— also accidentally ended up on the Run Like a Girl race course on the mansion to forest walk we like near our house (Thurman St. after 29th where the houses seem to get quite a bit larger than average up to the Wildwood Trail in Forest Park to the Lower Macleay Trail which brings us home). The runners took it pretty well that we were invading their course and we even got to listen to the free band at the end.