Block 330: January 31, 2014



Is it really the last day of January already?

Happy Year of the Horse, if anyone’s keeping up with the Chinese Zodiac.

Date: January 31, 2014

Crane: 330

Days Spent on Project: 349

Location: Apartment, Washington Heights, NYC

Person I would have sent it to: Deb O.

When Deb O. was a first year design student, I was a second year at that point, she came to the Yale School of Drama as a costume designer from Milwaukee. She now, in New York all these years later, is more of a double threat; she usually designs both sets and costumes for the productions she works on.

Deb O. is a true powerhouse of activity. I’ve never known her, these 10 years later (!), to have downtime or slow periods or boring days. She always seems to have multiple projects going on around the city, and she’s found directors and groups that like her work and seek it out.

I like Deb O. I really do. We used to see each other regularly in the city, usually carving out an afternoon every few months to see a movie or a show, but that’s kind of fallen by the wayside as our paths have diverged.

Years ago, Deb O started to wear an almost neon yellow coat wherever she went in New York City. With her all-black outfits, she was hard to miss in any crowd.

A year ago, from what I hear, Deb O has started to dye her hair hot pink. I’m sure, paired with the yellow coat and black outfits, she must glow in any crowd she’s in.

Music I listened to while sewing: I’ve got one one my own playlists on this morning. It’s got some early jazz, 1950s pop music of the love-lorn variety, some orchestral music from some film noir, and a touch of opera. It’s focused, as disparate as it may seem.

Thoughts/Feelings behind the block: Didn’t sleep very well at all last night. I think I was up at least once every hour… from a weird combination of not feeling tired at all in the evening, guilty that I wasn’t more productive (should I make myself work over the night? on what?), strange dreams, dry air in my apartment, and just… you know… the usual worries.

This means, I’m going to the gym for an extra long workout today. And I’m going to try to keep myself busy and productive for most of the day.

And I’m going to try not to think about anything beyond today. I need to focus on the now, and not tomorrow or a month from now or a year or a decade and so on.



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