Tuesday, January 15, 2008

This winter has been a hard one for me, one where I didn't want to talk to anyone -- and haven't, practically -- and one that has left me feeling a wretched homesickness. It's a weird homesick, though. Are you like me? When you think of homesick, do you think of Dorothy waking up at the end of the Wizard of Oz and seeing everyone? The scene where the world's technicolor has disappeared and there she is in a humble bed, under the covers, crying that she was never going to leave again? But you know, it's obvious, that she will leave because all people do, one way or the other, and then it makes her tears even more bitter and sad? I cried when I left home for the first time. I remember feeling like I was on my own, and the thought frightened me because I didn't know how to be in the world without my family. My identity was theirs. Then it was gone. And now, I feel like my home lost me, not vice versa. Maybe it's how Dorothy felt, minus the benefits of an amazing singing voice and tiny feet.

So, on the way to My Steady Job (MSJ) this morning, I thought about sharing with all of you (well, two of you plus those web crawlers and those persons finding me via a Google search for "Desmond sex"--true, though bizarre, story) some of the things I've been semicollecting lately. These are the little postage stamps of interesting things (to me) that I've been hanging onto. Maybe you'll like them?
  1. Whoever Joe is, it's genius. I've been obsessing about collecting those green checks. What are your goals for the year?
  2. Despite the name that reminds me of Salisbury steak frozen dinners, ReadyMade magazine is genius. Do you already know that? I happened to pick up an issue recently about making a letterpress and found out that I love this magazine (mostly, because I'm fickle that way) that people have been writing about on their crafty blogs for ages.
  3. And speaking of fortunate or not-so-fortunate names, depending, take a look at Lifehacker, which is where I found Joe, I think. Another good find from LH is this keyboarding game/test. Addictive. And I am an exceptionally fast typist, so don't challenge me.

Anything you'd like to share?


Kathryn Frances Walker said...

dude, i miss you. hard winter? daggum, i hear that. i want to call you on the telephone right now but i've got work work work to do.

this inspired me, man. i like joe's goals. i'm a fast but inaccrurate typer -- typist? which i guess means i'm a slow typist.

every time i think of y'all moving away, i get teary-eyed as hell. my stomach balls up. not that i don't want y'all having happy lives. but i like you so daggum much. what fortune!!!!! that i met you!!!! holy crap.

this is from kathryn. xoxoxoxoxo

Anonymous said...

Joe did good. I like that too!
Ditto what Kathryn said...sad to see you go, but happy for you to have adventures. I just like it when you come back after your done.