Tuesday, April 06, 2010

good things

A few happy things:

* I have recently become (slightly) obsessed with Amanda Palmer and her various endeavors. I saw that her new project, Evelyn Evelyn, is coming to San Francisco in May, and I thought to myself, "Boy, I would love to go see that." And then I thought, "Well, why the hell not?" So today I bought tickets! My friend Shea is going to go with me. I can't wait.

* I finished a painting! I'm sitting with it for a few days to see if it's really done or if it needs a little more tweaking. When it's really done, I'll post pictures. I tried abstract. I like it. I'm, as usual, terrified that it's crap. But really, who cares if it's crap? I mean really. Does it matter? Not at all. Who's to say if it's crap or not? Hello, earth to Daphne, you are not Picasso.

* Am currently reading Auntie Mame and enjoying every sentence. We all need an Auntie Mame. Or maybe we need to be Auntie Mame.

* Terri has talked things out with her doctor and feels MUCH better about things. There were some major problems with the office staff and he also admitted his own responsibility in the lack of response that had been happening. After apologizing sincerely multiple times, we forgave him and she feels good about him again. It's so frustrating when there aren't any answers... you never know what to think. Anyway... there is an exciting new treatment that she's going to try in May (or maybe June/July). It could be a big deal. Crossing fingers. In the meantime, it's enough to have faith in her doctor again. It was also a good lesson for us (for me, at least) in having faith and withholding judgment.

* We watched the Ram Dass documentary Fierce Grace. Wow, that was powerful. We both cried and cried through it, both tears of sadness and empathy, and the sort of tears which come when you are deeply moved by something. Anyway, we loved it. I knew nothing about Ram Dass before this, but now we feel like that spiritual door has been pushed open a wee bit more. So that's sort of exciting too.

* We just got a Netflix player (actually, it's a Blu-Ray DVD player, with NetFlix streaming capability). Woo! It's pretty fun. Our old DVD player broke, and we decided to splurge a little and get the fancy-pants gadget. Terri's home all day long and I keep thinking, if I were home all day long, I would want to be able to watch whatever the heck I wanted, and it would be awfully nice if it looked good and didn't skip or crap out on you. Yippee for new toys! This NetFlix streaming thing is pretty cool.

That's about it. On a little upswing. The hearing is in a week and we are filled with good, hopeful thoughts. Please keep us in your good thoughts this week, through to next Tuesday.


Theresa said...

Can't wait to see the painting. I've been painting daily with my 5 year old, and I have to say, even though it's like poster paint and finger paint on butcher paper... I'm totally enjoying it. I love that I'm not stressing myself out trying to "Make art," I'm just enjoying the feeling of DOING it after so long!

So glad to hear that Terri worked things out with her doc. Good luck with the new upcoming treatment!

Tammie said...

i cant wait to see the painting too!

i love when i find music and am totally into it. right now im loving a band called Yeasayer and everytime i hear a song by them i get a little chill down my spine. love that!

Eva said...

I'm so happy to see so many fun positive things in your life right now! :D

Daphne said...

Theresa: Paint is always good! A book I have has some suggestions on ways to use your palette paper (some artists use paper; I use a tray) to make cool art after you're done. I think shifting to a more 'feeling' place in art rather than 'thinking' is good sometimes.

Tammie: I will have to check them out!!

Eva: Thank you! It's good stuff!

Stefanie said...

So many good things! This is great! Can't wait to see the painting. I'm going to have to look into the Ram Dass documentary. Your DVD/Netflix toy sounds cool. I'm counting down until the 13th and sending you and Terri postive thoughts multiple times daily!

Care said...

YIPPEE for happy things! I thought of you the other day, actually, when I came across a quote abt how creativity isn't linear. I'll have to dig it up so I can quote correctly. Anyway, have a super dooper day!

Daphne said...

Stefanie: the video was really good. Very moving. We really enjoyed it and it was deeply affecting.

Care: thanks! I'd love to hear the quote!