Saturday, October 24, 2009

basking in doneness

i have so many pictures to post from the last two weeks...

on sunday the 11th i went to a matthew shepard memorial service at the anne frank memorial downtown. one of the speeches was so moving i actually started crying...until the speaker brought jesus into it. that killed the whole thing for me, it was pretty rude. also, we made a chain link of glow bracelets, which i thought was kind of tacky.

last wednesday i met a wild mouse friend. my dad rescued it out of a sprinkler pipe in the front yard, and it must have been down there for a while because it was not doing so well. i fed it a flake of cereal. such an adorable little mousey-bundle. i hope it survived.

the mouse made me slightly late for a very long and awesome interview with toni at shangri-la tea room. the article assignment was only 600 words, but we ended up talking for over an hour, so i had an extreme overabundance of material to work with. i also shot a few more pictures.

thursday i (was) volunteered to shoot photos at ex libris, a fundraising event my mom put together for the log cabin literary center. i had no idea how beautiful the view is from the stueckle sky center. it was a lovely, clear fall day and the sunset was spectacular. i think this b&w shot of the bar is my favorite picture of the night:

on saturday i did portraits of amber and chris and their family. we met up at the train depot, where every photographer in boise happened to be at that very time. the light was perfect, the weather was incredibly pleasant for a change, the whole city was popping with autumn color...also, there must have been some kind of junior high or high school dance about to happen, because a lot of scantily-dressed little girls and awkward-looking boys in formal wear kept showing up with their parents to have pictures taken. the crowdedness aspect was annoying, but i had a great time anyway, and the portraits turned out wonderful. also i collected a ton of “conkers” that fell from horse-chestnut trees. not sure what to do with them yet, but they definitely have crafty potential.

after the portrait session i went over to a church and shot photos of a classical concert/emergency fundraiser for TCC, which was quite successful, raising over $500--hopefully enough to keep the doors open a while longer. a lot of people played at the concert, and many of them were quite good, to my surprise. there was an awesome cellist who got so vigorous at one point that he dropped his bow in the middle of “death and the maiden.”

on sunday i went back to the train depot to take more engagement photos for laura and shawn. it was a similarly beautiful day but thankfully not quite as crowded.

monday i met up with jason at alia’s and we sat on a couch and knitted for a while. he just got back from california, where he went to the hardly strictly bluegrass festival and sold some knit goodies and had an all-around awesome experience. he brought me back neat stuff: prayer flags, incense, a little pouch, a cool pendant and a button. after coffee and knitting we went to view all the bras at art source gallery. my sock monkey bra had the best seat in the display. i was so happy to see it again.

after the gallery i went to parkcenter pond to wander around and take pictures, and bethany called me out of the blue to say she and her sister and daughter were all in town. so i got to hang out with them for a while and meet her sister, who i sort of knew a little bit from her blog but had never met in person before. it was a fun surprise.

tuesday my mom found a giant, possibly pregnant praying mantis on the composter. i hand-fed the mantis friend some bugs and she hung out in my house for a while. her name is delila. she continues to hang around the backyard, making herself visible from time to time. i’m hoping she’ll lay an ootheca somewhere.

on wednesday reed finished an intense, wonderful poem he wrote about our relationship. i asked him to go through it line-by-line with me and he did, explaining everything, so i got the full understanding, and i ultra-swooned. he’s performing it at a poetry slam on saturday night (oct. 24).

tuesday, wednesday, thursday and most of friday were spent stressing out about, researching, then finally writing the three articles i had due on the 23rd. on thursday i made around 30 phone calls to various mccall businesses, conducting a whole slew of little mini-interviews. almost nothing stresses me out more than making a ton of phone calls to people i don’t know, trying to get information and quotes out of them on subjects i’m not familiar with and care nothing for (weddings and winter sports gear, ugh). i guess public speaking when i don’t know what i’m talking about is a little worse in the uncomfortableness spectrum, but just barely.

sleep-deprived, anxious and somewhat pissed off, i finally finished those two last miserable articles at around 5:30pm on friday, just in time to get dressed and head out to the bra project auction. the auction went spectacularly well and will get its own special blog post as soon as i finish editing the photos.

now i relax! the weight of the world is lifted off my shoulders now that i’ve turned everything in. tomorrow i’m going to shangri-la with amber and chris, so i’ll probably bring toni a copy of the article and some prints of the pictures i took. i’m also totally looking forward to a world market shopping trip with laura on monday. i feel like it’s ok for me to start having fun again! i don’t have to constantly chastise myself for procrastinating! i feel so accomplished! i cannot let myself be talked into doing another article where i have to make eight million phone calls and then write a whole bunch of what basically amounts to lame-ass advertising copy. it’s not worth the grief. not even close.

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