I was on Gchat with one of my best friends, who lamented not reading a weekly snapshot from me, like the ones we used to do over at nogoodforme.com. “I really miss those,” he wrote, following the statement with loads of sadface emoticons. Nothing pierces my heart like a string of sadface emoticons, I tell you. Anyway, in honor of him, here is a snapshot, but more like a super-snapshot.
Listening: Beach House, Bloom, which is as good as everyone says it is!; The Hundred in the Hands, Red Night, elegant indie-electro with lovely chanteuse voice; some lovely Bartok and Satie when I feel serene and fancy.
Watching: One Day, that movie with some guy and Anne Hathaway playing a British chick. I didn’t think it was all that great, but I enjoyed the company of the main characters enough to not regret the time I spent watching it. Also, I saw Prometheus in the theaters, which I wrote about here for my day gig. I really enjoyed it, but of course I would: I was a huge fan of the original Alien. Also, last night we went to see Cirque du Soleil, and it made me think, “Wow, I really should go to yoga class soon.”
Reading: I’m still finishing Zone One by Colson Whitehead. He’s one of those few contemporary “literary” authors I truly enjoy and always find interesting. Here, he takes on the zombie novel, but it’s really a meditation on the condition of the modern city and what would remain if the apocalypse came and destroyed everything. It’s really smart, eloquent and visceral when it needs to be. Next up: a bunch of books on finances and real estate, to get ready for house-buying next year or so, and a biography of Catherine the Great.
Wearing: The best thing I wore this week was a coral-colored Alaia dress, but not a dress like the super-tight Lycra-y stuff he does. It’s a beautiful drape-y dress that looks elegant sporty-casual from the front but is super-sensual in the back. It’s such a freaking genius dress; it makes everyone look. There’s a reason why Alaia has endured, and it’s because he’s consistently true to himself, and his cuts are so good.
Eating: I had so many ridiculously good meals this week! The latest involved a hibiscus margarita, manchego cheese crostini with basil pesto and figs on the side, a tomato, basic and fresh mozzarella flatbread pizza, a pork ragu with pappadelle pasta, and pan-seared tuna and wasabi mashed potatoes. But now I’m drinking an iced chai tea and it is rocking my world so good.
Wanting: Another day in the weekend, and a new pair of glasses!
Needing: To find a new place to live. Soon!
Thinking: Right now I’m in super-strategy mode in terms of writing, business and the intersection of, so I feel like my mind is just absorbing tons of new information and slotting things into place for future endeavors. It’s like a hive buzzing in my brain, whirring with plans and schemes and strategies. But I’ve also been thinking about getting older, since it’s my birthday soon, and I’m mulling over what I’ve learned in this past year.
Dreaming: A real vacation, like a week away in some beautiful, serene place where I can read and dream and write and think to my heart’s content, without the hustle and bustle of my everyday life.
Feeling: Loose and limber, purring like a sleepy kitten in the sun, loved-up and content.
Anticipating: My short film “Phoebe, 2:13AM” is playing online soon! Also, on the more frivolous side: what perfume am I going to buy for fall? And what am I going to do for my birthday?
Loving: Peonies and when people take pictures of them; Instagram; my new plans for what I’m going to do with my now-monthly e-zine-y goodness. For awhile I was like, ugh, what am I going to do with a newsletter? (Everyone tells you to have one, though.) But now I know and feel content with it. You can sign up for it on the sidebar there on the right, or go here if you’re the direct type; I will send it out every new moon, because I want to live in sync with the universe, of course.
Writing: I have shards of a new short story happening, and of course lots of stuff here! It takes me ridiculously long to write a short story; I need to train myself to just go for it and not feel like I have to spend an eon of time with a character to feel as if I can write them.