Date: November 7, 2013
Days Spent on Project: 264
Location: Apartment, Washington Heights, NYC
Person I would have sent it to: Katie L.
I met Katie very early on in my time with the National High School Institute; it might have been my third summer there, possibly 2002? That she was hired to work in the costume shop was amazing; when she was hired, she had just finished her second year of undergrad. Just a rising junior, she was only 2-3 years older than some of the students we were teaching.
From day one, she always demonstrated an interest in clothing, not really from a fashionista-perspective, but she wanted to understand them. She could tell you about period, designers, history and make it all seem really fascinating (which, of course, it is) and fun at the same time. I feel like I learned about style and taste and whimsy from her.
She also introduced me to the movie Amelie one summer, which remains a movie I watch whenever I want to feel re-invested in people and romance. We watched it and talked about the production design and its importance, the soundtrack, and young quirky ingenues in Paris. I need to watch it again.
She’s now migrated away from theater, but took her passion for clothing with her. She’s studying to get a PhD in Fashion History; we had the chance to meet up over the summer, brunch and shopping naturally, and she still gives off the same energy, intelligence, and fun that she always did.
Katie, to this day, is one of the coolest people I know.
Music I listened to while sewing: I couldn’t make up my mind, so I’ve got it on shuffle today. I just heard an Adele song. There was a Britney song recently. I’m all over the place this morning.
Thoughts/Feelings behind the block: I’m going to Los Angeles next weekend.
I don’t know how it happened, but I now have a plane ticket to spend a weekend there. Ostentatiously, this is for work. There is a potential job opportunity out there and I’d like to meet this company in person. I’m also going to meet up with a professor at a university there to talk about a potential workshop next Spring. So, it IS for work.
This ticket has been bought for me. I didn’t pay for it; a company did.
I’m staying with a old friend, who promised to help me get around for the weekend.
This all feels crazy exciting and yet confusing. I’m broke and need money and have to find more work HERE and so what am I doing for a weekend? Going to LA? Yes, it might lead to more jobs. Yes, it’s only 2 days over a weekend, so it won’t interfere much with my weekdays.
Perhaps it’s just the randomness of this? The speed at which it happened? The possibility that something might happen or that nothing may happen?
I have a week to get in the right mindset. It’ll be an adventure. It’s an opportunity.
Say YES more.
Think positively for a change.
Here we go!