August 28th, 2003



This morning I stirred around 5:30 a.m. and realized that Martin was in the room with us. Anders got up shortly thereafter to shower and they had breakfast together and were finished around the time I got up at 6:45. From the time they got into the kitchen, Martin was talking non-stop. He talked for nearly an hour. When Anders came to say goodbye just after I'd gotten out of the shower, I asked him, "WHAT is he talking about? He's been talking for an hour!" Anders laughed and just shook his head, and told me that you don't actually have to answer, you just have to be present. :) I asked Martin later what he had been talking about, and part of it was the new Milky Star character on the side of the milk carton (She's a superhero made strong by milk, natch) and part was about the dream he had which was extremely complicated so I won't go into it here.

I'm reminded of something a colleague of my sister's once asked her. She had been explaining something to this new employee and holding forth at great length, and she said the employee's eyes got larger and larger while she was talking and finally my sister stopped and said, "What?" and the person asked her, "Do you breathe through your ears?"

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Things I've spent money on in the past few weeks that I shouldn't have:
  • rubberstamps and lots of 'em

  • paper

  • collage thingies

  • more paper and pretty things from the craft store

  • sushi dinner

  • 4 out of print books from my books-to-buy list

  • foundation make-up (after dropping my quarter-full bottle on the bathroom tiles CRASH! SPLATTER!)

  • my lovely domino brooch (which I refuse to feel guilty about)
Things I've spent money on that I'm not mentally beating myself up over:
  • renewal fee for Martin's U.S. passport

  • registered letter envelope to mail said passport back to me

  • groceries & gas

  • dentist visit: no cavities, yay me!
Half the paving stones for the driveway and paths arrived today, the other half arrives tomorrow. Anders is 99% finished with the deck and it looks beautiful. He's taking the day off tomorrow to work on the driveway and his friend Mats is coming over to help him start laying out the stones on Saturday. And my brother called and he & Simone found a great apartment in old town Füssen, which is 5 minutes from Neuschwanstein castle. How cool is that?!

And in a mad burst of creativeness, brought on by several hours at work, sneaking in surf time on art sites, I've got page 7 done; it's currently drying. I'm a little worried about the leaves on page 5 though, as they seem to be drying more brittle than I was hoping. Anyone know if there is a good fixative or lacquer or something I can use to coat them?
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