Day 16: Jacarandas.

In a city full of crazy, unusual and beautiful plants, I did not expect the jacaranda to steal my heart.

In fact, I never noticed a jacaranda until after we moved. Because, like a cherry tree, jacarandas are most spectacular in bloom. Suddenly I wanted to know: What are those amazing purple trees? and with so many things in LA, I learned their name from an television show.

They're originally from South America. They seem to get about 30-40 feet tall, and about 20 feet across.

Day 12: A slim margin

It is three minutes to two a.m. and I have had drinks this evening. I don't believe writing this will count among the list of Stupid Things I've Done While Drinking, but to say I go forward without apprehension is dishonest at best.

What am I thinking about at the end of this long day?

1) Advanced Civilization is the best board game, ever.

2) I have no idea what makes me like a video game, but perhaps there is an essay there.

3) Facebook is a very poor substitute for actually seeing someone, but a very good improvement over never seeing anyone.

Day 11: Rules to Live By

Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.

-Gustave Flaubert

Wake up at the same time every day.

Let the cat stand on you and purr.

Hit snooze only once.

Read your email and check Five Every Day.

Get out of bed 30 minutes after you wake up.

Feed the cat immediately, before he gives up on life altogether.

Make the bed.

Pee.

Weigh yourself and record the result in your weighted trend tracking software of choice.

Shower every other day.

Day 9: Magical thinking

Let's talk about magical thinking.

I've started using "magical thinking" as short-hand for lazy thinking. I have been using the phrase to denote the times when my mind tricks me into glossing over details as "unimportant" or "obvious". The way I convince myself a certain result will happen from a given action, without investigating the connection between the action and the result. Thinking everything will be just fine if I don't attend to the details.

Day 7: Arts non-profits and a general sense of unease

Today I attended an event at the Women's Center for Creative Work. The event was called How We Organize: A Critical Reading & Discussion Group on Non-Profit Arts Organizing. It basically checked all conceivable boxes for me (not really, but like 80% of them). Arts? Organziations? Cynical critique of the non-profit system? At a feminist space?

YES PLS.

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