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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Ongoing Wish List.

I've started keeping an ongoing wish list in the back of my journal. When I finish a journal, I copy the list in my new journal. I find that I forget what I want, and having a list is also a great reference for the "What do you want for ____?" question. I think my list is kind of funny, ranging from little things that I'd just like to have to completely unrealistic wishes.

  • A sackful of Gelly Roll pens from Cheap Joes
  • Large, lined Post-Its in a pretty color
  • Business card-sized cardstock
  • Anthropologie dishes in a range of colors
  • Decorative, unusual silverware
  • Soup spoons
  • Pretty paper straws
  • New couch tray
  • A new dress for every theatre outing
  • Wooden salad bowl and utensils
  • Salad spinner
  • Sea salt
  • Planners for mood tracking and tasks
  • Silvertone aquamarine ring
  • Small, colorful rubber bands
  • Sewing tape measure
  • Big mug bowls
  • Sturdy watercolor paper for collages
  • A bike
  • Laptop
  • Large album for design book 2
  • Julep Maven subscription
  • Fine glitter in gold and champagne
  • Sequins
  • Fit Bit
  • Stila Body palette

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Jewel.

"I held the jewel of my childhood up to my eye...."
                                                                       ~Neil Gifford

This caught my attention, and I wondered what it meant. I guess it means letting one's loveliest or best memories influence one's perception of the present...or the present self.

I think about playing Harriet the Spy when I was eleven. I took a notebook everywhere. That was kind of my precursor to Natalie Goldberg, queen of constant freewriting, of write everything down, of The Notebook. So I often feel that I ought to be writing something down, huddled on the edge of events and places, eyes wide open and hand moving rapidly across the lines.

I also remember my reading self--my eagerness to check out library books, Mom's quick and wholly absorbed journey through a stack of hardcovers, my tastes of romance and horror through certain special edition Babysitter's Club books, my grandfather buying me a Nancy Drew book for the flight home.

So I guess I look at myself and my life through that jewel: Do I write like that? Do I read like that?

What jewel do you hold up?