May 2nd, 2014

Dad

Writing group: about my dad

What I wrote in writing group today, all about my dad, his death, his cat, and his wanting things from me.

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Note: Looking back, this piece is particularly interesting given my thoughts in the past two days about the fact that I hadn't even thought to ask anyone to help me by giving me a ride to my surgery in Walnut Creek on the 14th. I've gotten better about asking for help & for accepting that asking for help is completely okay and not feeling bad about it, but it still hadn't occurred to me. I'm used to doing everything myself if I can manage it, even if that means it's all tremendously more difficult than it would be if someone helped me.

BTW, I asked Shannon to come with me to the surgery, and he readily agreed, even though he is the furthest thing from a "morning person" I've ever known. We were going to take BART together, but then I got ermail from Katherine offering to drive us there.

So Katherine is going to drive Shannon and me to Walnut Creek, Shannon is going to stay while I wait & have surgery, and then Crystal is going to pick us up and drive us home. And other friends also offered to go with me, though that was after I'd already settled things with Shannon, Katherine, and Crystal.

Instead of me doing everything on my own, it's a jumbo combo pack of support from loved ones. I feel much less anxious now.

I'm very lucky to have such great people in my life ... but I'll also take some credit for finding them, holding them close, and being the kind of friend to them that makes them want to help me in return.

Yeah, yeah, we all rock.
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My latest haircut, which keeps my hair out of my eyes now that I can't wear anything on my head (even small clips or a mesh snood) without making my headaches worse. I rather like the new cut and may keep it this way.

New Haircut April 2014

Of course, I should have taken the photo with my glasses off, because 3 weeks from now I won't be wearing glasses anymore except for close-up work. I haven't seen myself without glasses in more than 20 years.

There's going to be some strange woman in the mirror!
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Photos of interactive tile art project

I've been meaning to post some photos of the interactive tile art project I've been working on. It isn't even near done, as I have several more tiles to decorate, but this will give you an idea of what I mean about tiles that are painted/collaged/decorated & which can be moved around to interact with each other. The project will be in a display case that opens, so that it can be rearranged at will. Each tile is decorated on both sides, so you can flip them around, turn them upside down, balance them on top of each other, etc.

These photos should give you a basic idea of what I've been talking about.

Tiles project
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ETA: This particular art installation will be particularly vulnerable to earthquakes. But you can always just pick up the tiles and rearrange them again. :)