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Monday, May 7, 2012

Big Thoughts and Long Talks

What a weekend. Not only is it really good to hang with old pals but some real talking goes on. Of course nothing was solved, more questions were raised if anything, but I'm surprised at how relieving it was. I've been sleeping so well after these gab sessions. From the trivial to the deep, ideas and thoughts, reasons explored, the things we can't understand, all of it was pulled out and examined. And a lot of laughing and good food thrown in, too. From Wendy's 7-Layer Salad to Grotke's cupcakes (I swear they could cause world peace) we ate well. And who knew that eating well and sleeping deeply (even if not as long as one would like) would be so restorative. We didn't solve anything. We didn't find any brilliant new directions. We just got it out, and we can do that without trauma or pressure. I'm tired this morning but it's good.

Very exciting is that Lise and Chris gave me new art supplies for my birthday (yes, it goes on). I've never even heard of these new pencils that are solid graphite and I can't wait to use them. Drawing pens! With archival ink! And acid free, smooth, thick drawing paper! Just when I was down to the last pad of rough stuff and didn't know how I'd get Daryl's present done on that. Things come together in miraculous ways.

There's a lot to be done this week, but I'm not hassled by it.

Today starts the "PhotoPrompt" challenge for bloggers that Lawless invented. You can give it a whirl by visiting her blog at
and let her know you're in. Each Monday there'll be photos from which you can be inspired to write a post. I've seen today's and am letting it sink in before I write. Too many ideas can be as distracting as none at all!

Okay, time to get the day moving.


CarrieBoo said...

What a wonderful weekend, and what a lovely b'day present! How thoughtful. You've got a great bunch of peeps there.

Anonymous said...

What a great weekend you had and how wonderful to have fresh art supplies. Don't they smell wonderful? Can't you feel yourself tingly all over when you touch them? Whoohooo.

Susan Kane said...

Just went to Delores' blog, and now will mull over her photo. Enjoy your art supplies. Nothing better than a new brush or a bright color.

Austan said...

Carrie- it's a weird bunch, but they're all gems. I think I'll keep them.

Austan said...

Lawless- New art supplies are my favorite thing now. I truly love love these all-graphite pencils. I have 3: 2B, 4B, 6B. They're round and heavy, just perfect to work with. Already started (again) Daryl's present. It's a tricky pose they're in to draw from. Upturned chins are always tough for me.

Austan said...

SK- The PhotoPrompt is going to be fun to play with. Especially since there will be several photos to choose from. I've got one for next week. Who knew art supplies could be so exciting?! Thanks and welcome to Austanspace.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

There is nothing better than spending time with friends and letting it all come out. Only with your friends can you speak your truth and bare your soul.

The Elephant's Child said...

That sounds like an amazing weekend. And new art supplies! So many bloggers are creative souls and I so love to see their work. Magic.
(and aren't run-on birthdays the best).