September 9th, 2010


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I did a pretty good job of staying awake today, only napping for about an hour around lunch time. To keep myself awake, I did a fair amount of walking (around 6 miles total) while running errands, going to appointments, etc. One of my tasks was to find design examples to bring to class tomorrow, including a line of advertising pamphlets and fliers at Whole Foods. I think they will be interesting to discuss. I also went to Berkeley Bowl to buy blueberries (for having with oatmeal) and cantaloupe (which has been a recent obsession of mine). Berkeley Bowl, however, did not have any slick advertising materials. Not surprising.

I also went to dinner at Venus, using the last of my birthday gift card from Katherine, Michael, Jay, Lois, and Mimi (received back in March or April). I ordered ribs (with mashed potatoes and a truly amazing cabbage/carrot slaw), but was only able to eat about 1/4 of the food on my plate, so I guess I'm covered for another 2 or 3 meals of leftovers. I'll have to work in some veggies and whole grains along the way, of course, because man cannot live on ribs alone. Well, unless he's on the Atkins Diet. Does anyone still do that?

I spent a fair amount of time this evening getting all organizational in my office, attacking the ridiculous number of bookshelves that are have been used (for the last few years) for growing piles of random crap. Jars of pens/pencils; spiral notebooks half-filled with notes from various past classes and projects; little decorative boxes filled with BART tickets, old necklaces, unidentified keys of various shapes and sizes, my class ring from 1987, and all kinds of stuff; old journals; candles; various art supplies; etc. I tried to arrange things more efficiently, set aside unnecessary stuff for donation, and just generally consolidate things so that they aren't just spread out all over the place. Put the books with the books, notebooks with notebooks, art supplies with art supplies, etc. It looks *much* better now, and I've got another pile of stuff to donate.

I had a strange dream last night in which I was at some kind of high school reunion (though I was hanging out with my family, who had no reason to be there), and someone showed me a yearbook, and in it my photos were all misidentified, marked with some name I'd never seen before. So I methodically tore the yearbook into orderly pieces, page by page, and then went looking for the paper recycling bin so I could throw it out. There was no recycling, so I just tossed the destroyed yearbook into the garbage. I remember also that I was wearing "capri" style pants, which rather defiantly displayed my unshaved legs, and I marveled (in the dream) that I didn't feel self-conscious about it.

I figure the dream was about people (in high school or since) not really knowing me, and about me working on discarding their impressions of me and not being embarrassed to be who I really am instead of who they want me to be. It felt like an empowering dream.
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Today was a good day. I even got through the afternoon without napping! I got sleepy after dinner, but otherwise I was mostly okay. I still need to phone that sleep specialist tomorrow to find out what's happening with the referral.

The morning was housework, and the afternoon was school. Today the teacher projected everyone's homework up on the board so we could see how we each responded to the same prompt (same text, same dimensions, but nothing else specified). I couldn't believe that two of the people in the class designed their invitations in *Word*. Um ... not ideal for design work. It was hard to give those people useful feedback, because what they'd done violated pretty much every rule the teacher has discussed with us. But we all tried.

I was a tiny bit disappointed that I didn't get any constructive criticism on my invitation. I mean, I often respond badly to criticism (my feelings get hurt), but I had been looking forward to what suggestions people might offer, figuring that's how I can improve. But everyone just talked about the good stuff, asked me how I did it, etc. A couple times I asked questions about what could be improved, but people just said more nice stuff in response. I think I'm going to have to be a bit more insistent that they *help* me instead of just making me feel nice.

And I once again had the experience I had throughout college, grad school, and some jobs: namely, "Does anyone listen to instructions but me? Does anyone else read the homework?" I was shocked that most of the people did *exactly* the things the teacher had told us to avoid. I mean, I was a bit worried that my invitation might be too rigid because I *followed* the rules, but the other students didn't even seem to recognize that they'd done anything unusual.

And yet ... they seem like an intelligent, interesting group of people. Some of them are primarily artists, so they have a perspective very different from my own. I think the class will get more interesting as time goes on. And the teacher is encouraging me to take a class in Illustrator afterward, though I don't have that software at home.

In the evening, I spent some time working on our next assignment, which is to create a matching business card, letterhead, and envelope. I've thought about what "company" or "business" to use, and I want to go with something whimsical (I considered making them for Doctor Who, for example, or Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or Barack Obama, but I chose something more personal, instead, as I might actually find a use for it afterward). I really enjoy working with Photoshop, so it's nice to be doing it again.

And now I do believe it is time to curl up with a cat and fall asleep.