It seems that part of me would be completely satisfied with sleeping the entire weekend away, but lowwwww, how low would it feel to wake up only for work again? The second cup of tea (on top of the morning coffee, natch), plus a bit of couch laying hasn't mollified the would-be dormant. Could be Fall. Could also be a couple hours spent this morning, using the noxious Chartpak markers to hand color the "After the Snake, Before the Bite" prints I pulled a couple weeks ago. Also a thought -- the slow arrival of which would certainly support a nice chemical dumbing-down. In any case, here we are, in the cold air, a rainy Saturday perfect for Nick Drake and Jeff Buckley.
Life has begun to assume a familiar shape. Had a handful of sales at Etsy over the past couple weeks, which was heartening after a dry spell (well, mostly because I had to close the shop while I was in China). One excited customer bought the Destiny Llama print for a friend of hers, who has a llama farm on a mountain, "I can't wait to give it to her!" How rewarding to have one's prints chosen as that special something!
|One of these things is not like the other.|
Well, let's get settled in, shall we?
|This was the view from my apartment-within-a-hotel.|
|View from the kitchen.|
|I always intended to walk a few blocks over, so I could see the water at ground level. Didn't.|
|Since clothes dryers aren't really used, you'll see clothes hanging outside numerous residences|
|Barges large and small slowly drifted in and out of view.|
|Storms on the outskirts of a passing typhoon made everything but the near buildings disappear|
Inside, the owner of the apartment was clearly keen on the POWER of DECALS. It was amusing and mystifying. One of my neighbors from home repeatedly urged to add more decals before leaving. While the idea held appeal, time flew by and my Chinese never advanced enough (read that: barely at all) to say, "Excuse me please, I am in need of decals. Where is your selection?"
|I actually grew fond of the flowers above the desk, which was good because I woke up seeing them each morning.|
|a little waterscape.|
|Are decals more cheering or depressing atop ailing baseboards?|
|Bonus Snoopy and Woodstock beneath the bathroom sink.|
|While welcoming, the dogs did not help me to understand the vexing heating system panel.|
In any case, the view outside was much more interesting.
People setting out to work each morning
|The normal crush of cabs. If a cabbie picks you up but needs to be going in the opposite direction, he will simply make a uturn into oncoming traffic. Simple enough.|
|A guy across the way, practicing with a staff.|
What's one of the first things most people do when in unfamiliar circumstances?
|Reestablish familiarity. Luckily, this was in my office's building complex|
|Not to give a chain too many props, but in a sea of really embarrassing U.S. exports, which people assumed I'd like, I was pretty pleased with them. The red bean scones were FANTASTIC.|
|....Bested only by the rose scone. I SO ARDENTLY WISH THE U.S. PUBLIC LIKED FLORAL TASTES MORE. I counted the days I could eat this. I would have hoarded if it would have done any good.|