Put one foot in front of the other. Repeat.
Date: January 11, 2014
Days Spent on Project: 329
Location: Apartment, Washington Heights, NYC
Person I would have sent it to: Tamar K.
Tamar! Tamar was a set designer who came to the Yale School of Drama from Philadelphia, having spent a lot of time working as a designer, an assistant, and a scenic charge in that theater community.
She was really good at scenic art, and rightfully prided herself on her abilities. Our second year, when we were scheduled to take a semester’s worth of Scenic Painting, she really was in her element.
Of the ten people in my class, Tamar was probably the one designer who kept me (somewhat) sane during grad school. Tamar, our first year, was my gym partner; we would get up each weekday at 6am and walk to the gym together, using each other as motivation to get there and get in better shape. (Saturday’s were our day off, and Sunday’s we allowed ourselves to sleep in). She also tried to convince me to start lifting weights, instead of just obsessively doing cardio, and for a while I did.
Tamar was also the person I credit with getting me over my disgust for coffee. Over our spring break, she convinced me to try some- using cream and sugar- and my life has never been the same.
Tamar also brought her dog, Pepper, to New Haven. Pepper was her constant companion, coming to class sometimes, frequently sleeping under her desk as we all worked into the night. Pepper was the very definition of a canine’s unconditional love- he adored Tamar, and she loved him. That was fairly apparent.
A year after graduating, Tamar got married. Kanae and I drove down to Pennsylvania over a February weekend for the event, and we had the chance to reconnect with some of our classmates there. Tamar eventually would move to Connecticut and have her child. From what I understand, Tamar doesn’t work as a freelance set designer anymore.
But, I do feel that Tamar is happy now. That makes me happy.
Music I listened to while sewing: I’ve got iTunes on shuffle this morning. I’m noncommittal this morning.
Thoughts/Feelings behind the block: Remember how that Polar Vortex turned much of the Midwest and East Coast into an arctic tundra a few days ago? Well, it’s 9am and already it’s in the mid-50s.
Today, I’m working a press event for a dance tour. This weekend will be filled with long hours, but it’ll be nice to bring in some money and have something concrete to work on.
I’m trying to stay focused on making change in 2014. I’m trying to improve this year; financially, emotionally, physically, I’m trying to find a way to keep myself up.
Trying to make progress. Trying to embrace what I enjoy. Trying to treat myself well. Trying to find opportunity.
Okay, off to work. Cheers.