Saturday, April 12, 2008

"we've come a long way...maybe"

i’ve had a super crazy day today. crazy for me, anyway…most of the time i try not to be a busy person, so having a day where i’m constantly on the move kinda kicks my ass. i got to sleep at 3 then woke up at 8 to the sound of my dogs singing to each other—andy does this howling sort of thing, only it’s not exactly howling, more like a deep, mournful baying. i thought he was dying the first time i heard it. he only does it when he thinks no one is around to hear him, and then only rarely. i’m not sure what sets him off. today lucifer joined in for the first time, and her voice had a dramatically higher pitch…the combination was haunting.

i had a job interview first thing, at a little publishing company that puts out a few local magazines. i won’t mention the name of the business, for lots of reasons…but it’s an adorable house in hyde park, the people are incredibly warm and friendly and they hired me on the spot. they have a live-in dog named karma, a big old lumbering black lab, who i totally fell in love with right away. i start in may, right after finals week, and i’m super excited about it. i’ve never had a really real job before. i’m also doing my internship there next semester, so it’s perfect.

after that i drove home and grabbed my bike (i think i'll ride my bike to work most days, but i haven’t timed how long it takes me to get to hyde park yet…probably a while). then i went to all my classes, then pedaled home and ate dinner and felt sorry for my exhausted self, then went to a poetry reading. i came home and worked on this fabulous lyrical essay i’ve got going—it’s a segmented essay, and each segment is like a little prose poem. it’s about nature and connectedness… influenced by a lot of the stuff i’ve been reading lately, especially robinson jeffers and ed abbey. and it’s basically the pinnacle of all the nature writing i’ve ever done. i think. i might hate it tomorrow, you never know.

my friend be started a blog today! exciting. she and i began working at joann’s on the same day (almost 2.5 years ago…wow), we went through training together and discovered that we were both vegan, and had a million other things in common, and we bonded instantly. she and her husband taught me how to knit, so…i can both blame and thank them for that. they moved away a while ago and it’s been difficult keeping in touch, but blogging will help remedy that, i hope.

now i’m going to go work on craft projects, if i can keep myself awake any longer. it’s been a long time since i screenprinted any new tshirts. i’ve outgrown a number of my old ones, philosophically or horizontally or both. a book i’m reading inspired me (“sisterhood, interrupted: from radical women to grrls gone wild”—it’s about the history of feminism and feminist philosophy. my idea of pleasure reading, because i’m demented). there’s a lot of talk in that book about the importance of the statement “the personal is political.” so that’s the one i’m printing tonight. a couple days ago i copied this one from proletarian threads: god they have excellent tshirts. i wish i had the skills to make the “save water, share a shower” one. i could just use the slogan, but it wouldn’t be the same without the graphic.

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