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Jan. 17th, 2012

Shuttle / Everybody OTP

So I retweeted the following:
Which subways do you guys ship? I think A / F is fun, but 6 / 7 will ALWAYS be my OTP.

And this happened:

Jaye: I am now trying to ship train lines. Thanks

me: LOL, you're welcome! i think I ship W/7 myself.

me: unless they don't exist anymore.

Jaye: Nono, that'd be great

The 7 is pining for its lost love

me: awww. man, the h/c potential there.

Jaye: I think the shuttle would make a great rebound fuck

Yet another sentence I never thought I'd type

me: aw, man. the shuttle really gets around, though.

Jaye: maybe the transit museum sells train condoms

me: ... they probably do.

Jaye: ah, yes: http://secondavenuesagas.com/2007/01/08/condoms-a-la-nyc-subways/

me: I love this town!

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Nov. 29th, 2011

a good day!

You guys, today was awesome! Things went right! I didn't have screw-ups to deal with at work, or meetings that went pear-shaped and made me look like a moron. My project progressed REALLY WELL, I got a lot done, and I got pastries during a field trip with my officemate.
[Ok, and this is going to be meaningless for anybody who doesn't do web stuff, but I totally feel like I get a gold star for threading my way through 6 nested CSS files and the associated ASP.NET templates to figure out how to make all the necessary changes to the home page so that they don't break the interior page layouts. Go me! It feels really good to be crunching the website guts around after so long just doing minor cosmetic touches to the existing layout.]

I didn't have to comfort myself with wine and pizza and Iron Man movies after getting ridiculously depressing news. I had a couple of really good conversations, a nice dinner out with my parents, scored some great produce at the Farmers' Market, and have a coffee date to look forward to later.

I'm role-playing in a small way again, which is awesome. I went back to yoga yesterday and did probably 70% of the class to my utmost, and plan to keep going back until I am more flexible (and have lost enough weight to successfully do child's pose? Well, we'll see). Next class: probably Thursday.
In general I feel optimistic and excited and full of energy.

After the last two weeks of craziness, it felt SO GOOD to have a good day! Yay!
(For the record, Thanksgiving was awesome, too.)

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Nov. 11th, 2011

Remembrance Day

Futility
Wilfred Owen

Move him into the sun—
Gently its touch awoke him once,
At home, whispering of fields unsown.
Always it woke him, even in France,
Until this morning and this snow.
If anything might rouse him now
The kind old sun will know.

Think how it wakes the seeds—
Woke, once, the clays of a cold star.
Are limbs so dear-achieved, are sides
Full-nerved,—still warm,—too hard to stir?
Was it for this the clay grew tall?
—O what made fatuous sunbeams toil
To break earth's sleep at all?





A heartfelt thank you to all who serve, in the hopes that there will come a future when none need serve at all.

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Oct. 26th, 2011

the tale of poor Lila and of the fabulous broom-hat

So today I took my darling wee Lila the Blue Prius in for repairs after work, as her keys were low on battery and her innards were doing strange things with dashboard lights. I have woefully abused her, I admit, and owe her some touch-up paint on the dents, but she is my beloved Lila and I do want her to be healthy and safe. So Mom picked me up and I went on my merry way assuming that I would be out of there later that evening.
Hahaha.
Turns out the technician leaves relatively early, so nobody had even started the diagnostics when I checked in again just before the closed for the night. So I didn't get to take Lila home. They will do the repair checking tomorrow and let me know if I will get her back home then. Getting back to my apartment was easy - Mom could give me a ride home - the difficulty was, of course, with the whole work thing.
Luckily for me, I have some really great coworkers who live in the neighborhood and I was able to arrange a carpool to the office for tomorrow.

While I was waiting for the call about my car that never actually came, I used my mom's phone to call customer service about the way Nefertem has been acting up. He was such a beautiful phone when he arrived, then he updated and he's been a flake and irritable. Well, turned out that he got some bad code in the firmware update, so I had to roll him back to the Factory Defaults. That's right, all my ringtones, all my apps, all my custom anythings - GONE. Goodbye, Nefertem, hello Nefertem 2.0. Now he should work again, but I am just scratching the surface of my customization re-do.

After that, I was able to address my other pressing need, that of a costume for the party on Saturday. I took my inspiration from Take Back Halloween's Goddesses section, and aimed for Athena. Across the freeway from the dealership there was a Party City, so I popped in and grabbed some sale items, one of which was a plastic centurion-esque helmet with a red crest. The guy at the register, calling for a price check, had some difficulty getting the folks in the back to identify the piece, until he said, "It's got this red stuff on the top, looks like a broom." Then they got it. I LOLed.
With that broom-helmet, the plastic shield, and the genuine wooden souvenir spear from the Philippines that Mom and Dad let me borrow, I am fully armed as a goddess. I'll be using fabric from various sources for the gown, and I have a wee plushie owl in a mortarboard that will be perfect for the finishing touch. Wise owl, indeed, he graduated! Hee. I can't wait to try putting it all together.

In other news, I am still planning to do Nanowrimo, and fiddling around with various ideas for work during the month. On Sunday we have a writers' group write-in for which I will be finishing my piece for my crit group, then I will be focusing on the Nano novel.
I got some great ideas for my [livejournal.com profile] merlin_holidays project this past week, from parental units and coworkers (how awesome is it that I can discuss fandom with both? So awesome.), so I am feeling much better about that even though I have yet to start preliminary lines. Having the idea is really helpful. Snupin Santa is moving along, I think, although when I start laying in the color it will be really challenging. I really want to get it right. :)
And my reverse big bang rough draft is rough, but done. I'm tabling it for now, since I'll have a few more weeks after my other deadlines to make it beautiful.

In conclusion,


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Jun. 7th, 2011

Success!

So, for those playing along at home, that's one major work presentation down, and a grand success it was. The prezi went over very well, and I fielded questions with pretty good off-the-cuff answers, I think.
My boss gave me a York Peppermint Patty afterwards. ♥

I do love my job.

I keep telling myself to post more, but then stuff comes up and I skip it. I have photos from Nashville, not to mention some funny stories, but they never make it in here. Plus thoughts on art and fests and fanwork.
And Doctor Who! OMIGODYAY!
Plus I just started watching Veronica Mars on Netflix. Talk about addictive.

Ok, back to work, plus happy visions of Madam Vastra and Jenny having adventures through Victorian Earth.

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Apr. 3rd, 2011

Dorks in Manhattan: Thurs-Sat

Team Line Party at the Game of Thrones Food Truck (except Lisa who took the photo):


Read more... )

When not going out to stalk the food truck (first come, first served, 300 portions per evening of two entrees), I have been wandering around the city having fun.

Read more... )

Friday I'm in love )

Saturday full of fun )

And now we are at Sunday, and I hope to have dinner later with Seminary classmates. E and I are preparing to leave for the Brooklyn Flea. Yay!

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Mar. 24th, 2011

crash and burn

I'm declaring this evening done. After being uninspired for my glomp fest entry, I did some work on it and brought it up to a level I thought I could live with, figuring I could tweak it later. Then Painter crashed, and I realized that (as always when I have a crash) I hadn't saved in FAR TOO LONG. I lost basically the entire re-edit.

I suppose that wasn't actually the illustration style I need to use for that piece. Rar.

Now I'm thinking I should just go read or something until bedtime. No point starting something else with this kind of emotional stress in play.

If only work were easing up, but although I feel very good about the work and my progress, there's just SO MUCH, and I have a vacation-imposed deadline for some of it.

I've painted my fingernails blue. It looks really silly, given how little of fingernail there is, but perhaps the bright color in the corner of my eye will be a deterrent to biting, or something. Yum, stress.

Ok, time to go look at something that's not a computer screen for a while.

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Mar. 22nd, 2011

adorable little sister and other news

Baby sister Gabi:
Gabi in the grassGabi at rest
How cute is she? SO CUTE!
I had to take my car to get the headlight replaced, and since the dealership is close to the ancestral homestead, I spent the afternoon doing a bit of light "work from home", listening to the wind chimes on the patio, and photographing the puppy.
She was very excited to see me - family claim this is because of the Full Moon, but Gabi is just like that. She was very sad when Dad left for a work trip, though. She must hate that luggage, it means her best buddy is going to be gone for a while.

So, yeah, my car. Poor darling filthy Lila is really in need of a bath and some paint touch-up, but the thing I visited for was the headlight. It took two hours to get the news that yes, it was a headlight bulb and not a computer glitch, and another two hours to get the thing replaced. (What kind of vehicle is constructed such that you have to remove the front bumper to put in a light bulb? Geez, Toyota.) Although the process took forever, I do like the guys at the Service Dept of the dealership, so that's nice.
I will have to take her back for her full check-up and inspection next month after the expenses settle.

I am planning to enter the Art Show at ApolloCon 2011, and need to get my slate of stuff together. I'm not sure of the audience there for my stuff, but I don't enter to sell things, really, just to do it and say that I did. I think that if I finish the gnomes, and the Star Wars art, and maybe do something else Star Wars related, I could furnish a pretty good variety on the panel. (I am definitely including my portrait of Sir Leon, even if nobody knows who he is. He's too awesome not to showcase.)

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Mar. 5th, 2011

reviews, phones, card of the day

So in the course of Googling myself (as one does, regularly), I found a 2/5 star review of a flash fiction story of mine that was published in 2005 or 2006 (I don't remember), and the entire text of the review is four words long. Very, very strange.

Today Nefertem the Magical Purple Smartphone almost gave me heart failure when he abruptly stopped working. I went to a Sprint Store but they wouldn't help me because while he is a Sprint branded phone, I don't actually have a Sprint account. Doh! I was able to call on one of their phones to get tech support from Credo, and now Nefertem is back in working order. Thank goodness. I was worried for a moment there!

Today the card I pulled was the Eight of Earth in the Gaian Tarot.
Eight of Earth, Gaian Tarot )
This card is about lessons, so I've had a few lately. Today, my lesson about how to manually reboot my phone. Also a lesson about how things on the 'net have a way of being resurrected even after several years of downtime. Fiction never dies! Bad fiction really never dies!
That flash fiction piece was my second piece of paid prose. Fun.
Today I also got a lesson from the universe in being a nice customer despite frustration. Frustration and anger live in very particular parts of my body, too, and it's always a sign to me that I need to slow down and breathe and get things under control when the emotions come out physically.
This card also makes me want to go to a fire circle. I love the drumming.
Delicious lessons for today: how to reheat rice in the rice cooker. (It turned out well!) And adding mushrooms to my sauteed kale really worked! Nom nom nom.
Other lesson: Bar Code Viewer on phone works, but no easy way to link it up to LibraryThing. Oh, well. Manual entry it is.
And lessons in general: The Wild Hunt has a couple of nice link round-ups for the recent gender discrimination/inclusiveness controversy that has rocked the public pagan sphere lately. Looks like some really exceptional conversations are starting.

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Sean Bean made me do it

Oh, lordy, I started reading A Game of Thrones again, and this time it took. I am having trouble putting it down, in fact, to do other things like, you know, eat.
Amie said I would like it, but I was stubborn because I didn't get into it years ago when it first came out. Now, though, I may have given it another chance because the "Winter is Coming" web presence is just that compelling.
Hello, Sean Bean in another book adapted to film. Perhaps I should read that book, too, just like I did with the others.
Dammit, I am really really into it!
(And only, like, a quarter of the way through it.) At least the newest volume is supposed to come out soon. I have a nice fresh volume awaiting me once I slog through the previous four. Then I can join the rest of the folks waiting for the last one. (Something my parents and I are quite familiar with - I remember when they were waiting on tenterhooks for the last volume of Niccolo (Gemini (The House of Niccolo, 8)) and hoping that Dorothy Dunnett would finish it before she died. It's not an unfamiliar position for any fan of series or epic fiction.)
Is it terrible that I also can't wait to get through the books so I can see what the fandom looks like? :D

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Feb. 24th, 2011

yee-ha

Today was one of those days when folks left early or were out of the office in my corner, so I got involved in some doings with the Spanish and Korean versions of one of our sites (menu items not acting correctly), and when I next looked up it was 5:40 and most of the office was gone. Whee!

I also had my hands full with the anti-bullying discussion, which is still open and welcomes anyone who comes with a genuine desire for discussion and problem-solving. Feel free to stop by. (And I need to renew my connections with my support staff - even online ministry can be harrowing if one is not well-prepared.)

And in a bonus for the day, I was asked to help a friend with a web issue and found that my skills are still there. It's nice to be able to use creative html and css wrangling, especially when most of my time is spent elsewhere these days.

Today I ate all my kale chips. Nom nom nom. And there was the office birthday celebration for which I was an honoree. Sugar high coming right up!

I received in the mail a correspondence elective course from The New Seminary, which is awesome. This course was a really great (and welcome) presentation by Rev. Galina Krasskova on "The Polytheist Perspective" in interfaith work, which has a lot more pitfalls than one might imagine. I really loved it, and wish I could have been there in person to see everyone and take part in the discussion.

Perhaps that elective did a bit of shifting, or else my interesting day did, because I pulled the Child of Air from the Gaian Tarot.
Child of Air, Gaian Tarot )
This is a dreamer's card, so delicate and fragile in a way that the Page of Swords usually is not. The relationship between ourselves and our dreams is equally delicate, and often just as beautiful as the ethereal and short-lived butterflies in the card. I hope that the dream itself outlasts the mortal inspiration, and finds new shape in the eternal aspect of the butterfly, the psyche or soul.
I've been concentrating a lot today on other people's dreams, both in fandom and elsewhere.
But I also have been trying to allow my own creative energies to flow. I created some art this evening (I'll give it its own post) that just seemed like an interesting thing to do. No challenge or deadline or event prompted it, just the fact that I had an empty piece of screen and a tablet. It's fun to be spontaneous, to just see what speaks to me from my files of reference photos, or from the sketch books that I should be using more often.
Dreams need nurturing.

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Feb. 23rd, 2011

Online Bullying: A Public Discussion

To keep things focused, I've made this post only on Livejournal, where most of the activity has been. But I invite others to participate, no matter fandom or site.

Online Bullying: A Public Discussion

I encourage everyone to take an Active Listening approach to every discussion online, even though we're typing and reading. Use empathy and compassion when reading, take a moment to count a few breaths before posting, and be aware that behind every userpic there's a person.

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Feb. 6th, 2011

Tarot Cards

So yesterday, I pulled The Gardener from the Gaian Tarot.
The Gardener, Gaian Tarot )
I'm thinking this is both a statement about my need to go grocery shopping (after being stuck in the house because of the ice for days), and then also the fact that I got so much done. I cleaned, I created, I cooked, I exercised, I really felt good about myself and the things I was working on.
The only thing that didn't get done was sewing, and I am working on that. But it was a very fertile day, and weekend, and then I went to a dinner party last night that was full of laughter and friends and music.

Today's card is Explorer of Water, also from the Gaian Tarot.
Explorer of Water, Gaian Tarot )
This is a card that speaks of meditation, ease of mind, and being "in the zone". I can see how that would be a good thing for me, especially since I'm getting more creative projects on the horizon, and trying to bring in a deeper spiritual connection in my life.
Both of those things are the sorts of things that the focus and inspiration of the Explorer of Water can aid.

(This time I've remembered to add a link to each picture, so you can go to the website for the Gaian Tarot and see the whole deck, or find out when the mass market version will be published. It's a great deck, I highly recommend it!)

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Feb. 4th, 2011

making progress

So today I had work off because of the ice and treacherous roads. I managed to do the small amount of work required from home (mostly updates about canceled classes), and got a lot done.
I made some great progress on my Merlin Zodiac painting.
I exercised.
I cleaned my bathtub with the grapefruit-and-salt method, and it seriously worked. Amazing!
I turned my sofa cushion to try to get it misshapen evenly, if not restored.
I sorted my paper into recycling, keeping, and shredding.
I started my latest pinch hit for the A:TLA Lunar New Year Exchange.
Now I'm trying to get rid of a few pesky computer errors.

Seriously, that grapefruit thing in the bathtub was amazing. :)

Card of the Day: Ten of Air
Ten of Air, Gaian Tarot )

This is certainly a wintry image, and we're having some amazing winter weather here. This has been a day full of winter activities - cooking, cleaning, sorting, and doing indoor crafts. Oddly enough that's not so different from my usual activities, no matter the season.

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Jan. 23rd, 2011

Weekend adventures - photos!

So, it was a pretty epic weekend.
Saturday, we left early to go to the country where my cousin was hosting a surprise 75th birthday party for my aunt. It was a very successful surprise, and my aunt was suitably astonished to see so many faces. Some of the folks who came out I hadn't seen since I was a small child, and some I had never met. I got to connect with relatives I hadn't seen in a while, too.
Happy Birthday, Aunt Marlene! )

When the party wound down a bit, many folks headed home, but a few of my cousins stuck around, as did my parents and I. We ended up sitting around discussing various topics, and somehow got onto the topic of this scarf that Nicole had seen on a blog that you made out of cutting and creatively re-assembling t-shirts. Suddenly, Nicole and Kristen found themselves working on just such a scarf, with intermittent "help" and help from various other folks. It was pretty fun. Then when the person scarf was finished, there was enough leftover fabric bits that I tied them together to make a matching "scarf" for their dog. Cute! Kristen vogued it up alone and with the pup.
scarf-making )
(More photos at Flickr)
After the epic family craft session, we headed home and I lingered for a bit at the ancestral homestead before heading back to my place, where with the help of some Sudafed PM I actually managed to sleep. w00t!
Today after a mostly lazy morning and lunch, I went with my parents to the MFAH to see Sanjay Patel give a presentation about his book Ramayana: Divine Loophole. It was a really great talk - Sanjay was really funny, and had an eclectic set of slides about his childhood and the motivation behind his reinterpretation of myths. He asked regular quiz questions and gave out prizes to keep the audience engaged, favoring especially any kids in the audience. I think all the kids went home with prizes by the end. Toward the end he did an in-depth process talk about one particular spread in the book, which I found fascinating and wonderful. He covered a lot of technique, layout, roughing in Illustrator, and finding the right color palette. Great stuff.
At the reception later he signed copies, and in every book he did a drawing of Hanuman. I was amazed - he must have been tired by the end. While I was in line, I met a lovely woman who was in town visiting from New York, and we had a wide-ranging discussion about museums, art, music, books, sci-fi, mythology, etc. It was really great, and I do regret now that I did not stop her to get her name, or give her my card, because those sorts of random connections are awesome, and can be more than just random if you let them. I've got to learn to do that.
When I got up to Sanjay, he spotted the rather battered Bubbles keychain on my belt, and asked me about it. He went to school with the guys who did the Powerpuff Girls, and we chatted a bit about that, and then about art. He asked if I was an artist, we exchanged a few names of portrait folks that we liked (I hadn't heard of his favorite, he hadn't heard of mine). I mentioned that I was trying to move from portraiture to drawing people in motion, and he agreed that it was a tough transition. It was great, and I am amazed that he was able to keep up that level of energy for all the folks in line. (I was near, but not too near, the end.) Then he handed me my book with his signature, a drawing of Hanuman, and my name in fun text.
book signing )
After we left the museum my folks took me to dinner to wind up the day. Now I should really try to get some writing done before I crash for the night.

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Card of the Day: Two of Water

Ok, today was a fascinating day, and so was yesterday for different reasons. I didn't get to post about drawing a card yesterday because I was so busy with family stuff, but today's is:
Two of Water, Gaian Tarot )
This card is AWESOME. How much do I love that the unconditional, open-hearted love relationship here is with an animal companion? WONDERFUL.
So, given that, of course, I don't actually have an animal companion, although I am a big fan of my dad's beagle, Gabi. She likes to climb on my and lick my chin, and she's cute as a button, so how can you go wrong, really? I am also friendly with Zephyr, Hillary's cat, although being a cat he only occasionally deigns to acknowledge that I exist.
This card is also about being open to connections. I made an interesting, brief connection today while standing in line for a book signing at the museum (see next post) - the woman I was behind ended up saying something briefly after somebody from the museum came through, and that started a conversation between the two of us that lasted the entire wait. I now wonder why I didn't give her my card, or at least ask her name, but the conversation was lovely. Wide-ranging and fascinating, with all sorts of interesting tidbits. She was visiting from New York, so we had several common places to discuss.
This kind of connection is usually pretty difficult for me, but I love it when it happens. One day I'll get better at handling it (and presenting myself) so that I can make a connection that lasts longer than an hour.
I also encountered this sort of open-heart moment yesterday at my aunt's 75th birthday party, when so many of my relatives and her friends were there. Folks I hadn't seen in ages showed up, and we were all very close again very soon. And then after the bulk of the visitors had gone home, still many of us lingered and ended up crafting and conversing until the evening.
It's nice to feel that love.

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Jan. 21st, 2011

Card of the Day: The Builder

Today work was fun but busy, which seems to be about par for the course these days. I really need to get out of the office to eat lunch, especially once the weather warms a bit.
I've finished all my Netflix DVDs of Fringe and have to wait a few days now for more. I am a little less than halfway through the first season now, and it's great.

I have been trying to get going on this ficlet for my challenge, and may have figured out a way into it. I drew cards for it, but first the Card of the Day:
The Builder, Gaian Tarot )
Aw, man, this one is so awesome and yet so much a rebuke, in some ways. Or perhaps I'm too hard on myself. The Builder is the card about sustainability, environmentally responsible development, and co-operative living. This card represents a power and authority over one's own life and place that allows one to choose wisely for the future.
I recycle. :P That's about it, really, when it comes to very practical things. And I probably don't do that enough. I try not to buy rayon, or bamboo fabric, or chemical cleaners, or things with excessive packaging, but sometimes I do all of those things. And it's hard to imagine that my choices will impact the larger picture, especially when there are places all over the world that are suffering from a disturbing lack of clean drinking water.
In any case, my own hang-ups about lifestyle aside, the builder is also about building a responsible and compassionate life, and being aware of the great truth of the universe: we aren't, any of us, alone. No one acts in a vacuum. Everything we say, or do, or type, changes the world.
I used to write poetry about that - how breathing displaced molecules that would otherwise have been moving with their own inertia and that changed everything - when I was in the midst of my greatest spiritual crisis, and stopped believing in an immortal soul. Crazy the way images and ideas carry such great reminders of the past. I can even think of the sidewalk in Astoria, Queens that I walked down while composing that poem in my head.
Sometimes it's really hard to remember that, but I think it's important to get these reminders every so often. And to be gentle with myself when I think I've fallen short.

I just had an idea for my story (the original one, not the fanfic, although I may have a clue for that one, too). Gone writing, be back later.
If anybody on gmail wants to ping me, feel free. I miss my writers' chats.

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Jan. 20th, 2011

Card of the Day: Child of Fire

More fire. Fire = passion, inspiration. Creativity!
I painted an original work yesterday in class, and today on the computer.
Child of Fire, Gaian Tarot )
This card is about discovery and joy - I rediscovered my joy of free drawing, I suppose, and painting with watercolor. Yesterday I started by painting some glops of color on wet paper, and let them bleed together. Then I blew it dry and spent some time picking a form out of the shapes. I'm not sure it will turn out well, but it's a promising start.
I've also been getting out around town socially this month, which is great.

Also I have begun watching Fringe and it's pretty cool so far. I'm pulling Season 1 from Netflix. I am on Episode 4.

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Jan. 15th, 2011

Card for the Day - Elder of Fire

Elder of Fire, Gaian Tarot
Elder of Fire, Gaian Tarot )

The description for this card includes the following: "The Elder of Fire reminds us to open up to the Otherworld, the world of energy patterns and spirits and Invisibles. When we shift our inner reality, our outer reality shifts as well."
This card reminds me to take care of my spirit-self, and to listen to my inspiration and intuition. I think this comes into play a lot, also, when I am organizing my apartment. As I discover and place the physical elements of my spiritual practice, and clean up the rest of it, I get my inner self organized, too. Every time something new finds its way to the altar, I rediscover a part of myself. This works in reverse, too, as I meditate or do my daily draw and figure out how I can bring that sense of self into the physical world, too.

Now if I could just get myself together to put get my dolls out of their boxes and into their display cases!

I think this card also encourages me to put aside anxiety and fear and even pride and just do the work I want to do - seize my inspiration and create, create create!

ETA: Although this is a very different reading because it's a different deck, this is essentially the same card I drew yesterday. Hmmmm.

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Jan. 14th, 2011

Card of the Day

I drew this this morning, it's just taken me this long to get a post up.
King of Wands, Llewellyn Tarot )
King of Wands, from the Llewellyn Tarot (which my dad bought me for Christmas. I would never have purchased this deck for myself - it did not appeal to me in the box, for some reason, and I had the mistaken impression that it was an Arthurian deck. It is, in fact, based on Welsh myth and legend, but not directly touching Arthur, and the art is watercolor with sharp lines and broad strokes of color. I really like it! Hooray for gifts!)
The Llewellyn Tarot book includes the phrase "An intellectual, artistic force" when describing this card. I like that imagery quite a lot. Today is a day of evaluation and creativity at the office, so it's even appropriate. I've been engaging in much more graphic design and creative tasks at work, which is fabulous, plus trying to branch out a bit in my own personal portfolio.
I have new fandoms to create for, as well as unexplored media (fabric paint! watercolors! Painter X! 3-D collage!), and the hopes of great productivity into 2011.
I like the promise of discipline (which is something I need to work on) and success in the card, as well as the warning of both. As always, my artistic direction is in my own hands.
Yay!

Now to see how reliably I remember to draw and post a Card of the Day.

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