Today I have 9 hours of teaching ahead of me; I really wish I had slept better.
Date: November 5, 2013
Days Spent on Project: 262
Location: Apartment, Washington Heights, NYC
Person I would have sent it to: Joyce.
Joyce was an actual adult.
Joyce came to us in the National High School Institute for one summer, and one summer only. Unlike the rest of us who would annually sign on for the NHSI experience, she was middle-aged with grown children and a real job during the rest of the year. She already had an MBA, if I remember correctly. She had gone back to school to explore an interest in theater design and costumes; Frances, as one of her teachers, had recommended the program to her as a good learning experience.
She worked on one production, Iphegenia in Aulis, if I remember correctly. She spent her summer making candy and sherbet colored togas for a cast of 15 students, taking the time to properly the costumes and decorate them with trims and accessories. It was a lot of work.
From Joyce I learned that it’s sometimes better not to get so focused on one small aspect of an experience, when the whole needs work or help; team-playing is key. I learned the importance of selecting color palettes to help ground a play in a mood.
I also learned, and to this day it still makes me laugh, how not to say “chiton.”
Music I listened to while sewing: Guess what I’m still listening to? Fort Fairfield. Surprise.
Thoughts/Feelings behind the block: What is that book about, The Secret?
Doesn’t it hypothesize that, by “putting it out there,” the universe will help us find a way to realize our wishes and dreams? That by thinking positively positive things will start happening to us?
I need that right now.
Trying to hold on to that Amazed-Happy feeling from last week. Focusing on laying groundwork for future projects. Wanting to make things happen. Trying to walk the line between living in a fantasy world and figuring out a way to make that fantasy world more of my reality.
I really need some good fortune- in every way- in my life soon. I don’t know if the universe has been trying to tell me something with this 2013, but I’m really ready for things to change a bit.
Okay, off to teach for nine hours. I’m bringing The Dog along. This should be fun!