Are you familiar with the story of performance artists Marina Abramovic and Ulay? In addition to collaborating with each other artistically, they had a lengthy relationship that they ended quite dramatically. In 1988 they each walked from opposite ends of the Great Wall, meeting in the middle for a final goodbye and continuing on away from one other.
The next time they saw each other was when Ulay surprised Marina during her 2010 MOMA retrospective ‘The Artist is Present.’ Say what you will but this one gets me every time.
We have been listening to Justin Bieber around these parts…slowed down 800 times. You have got to hear this:
What is so weird is that you kind of don’t wait to turn it off.
Don’t you just love this picture? It reminds me of what it feels like when you’re so comfortable with someone that you can just be totally weird in front of them. I hope you know what I mean and that you can find a little time to get a little weird with someone this weekend!
When Farrell moved out of New York, I inherited her plants and they have completely changed the feel of my apartment. They literally add so much my life to my space. I’ve been waiting for the nicer weather to come to do some repotting, and I think the time is either near or here.
It’s about time for something new
You got to grow, got to grow
I have officially planted my herb garden! Because we have no outdoor space, I bought 3 planters for underneath my long window. It was hard to decide what herbs to plant and how to pair them. After extensive research on drainage and pairing herbs, I was set. Here they are in all of their glory!
Planter 1: Dill, Rosemary, Sage
Planter 2: Jalapeno, Cilantro, Jalapeno
Planter 3: Apple Mint, Peppermint
I know there are many other herbs to have in your life, however I felt like these were a great start. Yay!!
Flowers that were addressed to an old tenant were sent to my apartment the other day. I texted her to let her know that there were flowers here for her and she asked me to open them. The card read, “Happy Birthday Grandma.” She insisted that they weren’t for her and that I just keep them. So after calling the flower company and texting with her, I ended up with a fresh bouquet of flowers. Now I am looking to pay it forward because I believe in karma. Happy Birthday, Grandma!
*top image via here / karma philosophy via pop karma
maggie and milly and molly and may by E.E. Cummings
maggie and milly and molly and may
went down to the beach (to play one day)
and maggie discovered a shell that sang
so sweetly she couldn’t remember her troubles, and
milly befriended a stranded star
whose rays five languid fingers were;
and molly was chased by a horrible thing
which raced sideways while blowing bubbles: and
may came home with a smooth round stone
as small as a world and as large as alone.
For whatever we lose (like a you or a me)
it’s always ourselves we find in the sea
*Image via etsy
Beck – Sea Change -Listen here.
Islands – Return to the Sea – Listen here.
Monster Rally – Deep Sea – Listen here.
I made the most amazing citrus salad for brunch the other day. Everybody loved it! I will be make this recipe for the rest of the season. Here is what you will need:
You can cut the fruit and avocado however you like. I cut them into slices. Then, thin the red onions. Layer nicely. Chop herbs or don’t. Pour EVOO and add a pinch of salt.
Well, great minds think alike, as they say. Farrell and I each do our own thing when it comes to these posts so I cracked up when I saw that we both went the citrus salad route today. Mine is inspired by a salad I used to eat all the time back in my waitressing days. It’s super easy to prepare: arugula, avocado, grapefruit and goat cheese mixed with some citrus vinaigrette dressing. Delicious.
I listened to the May Cause Miracles conference all week and it really introduced me to some new people. One of the people that I learned more about was famous yogi Elena Brower. I felt really inspired by this video she made to introduce her new book. I think it is visually so soft and powerful at the same time. If you are interested in yoga or have your own practice already, give this video a quick watch.
Art of Attention from Michael Chichi on Vimeo.
I know that invisibility or the ability to fly are well worth considering but whenever I’m asked what super power I’d choose for myself, if given the option, it’s hard for me to look past Inspector Gadget’s capabilities. And by that I primarily mean the “Go, go Gadget arms” command. It’s just one of those phrases from childhood that made such an impression that it still comes to mind on a fairly regular basis in my adult life. Sure there are lots of things we can imagine being able to do but don’t tell me stretching your arms like a tape measure from your torso isn’t one of them.
My mom made sure to remind me that when I move into my new place, I needed to “sage” my apartment. Like the good daughter that I am, I did just that. It might seem crazy, but many cultures practice the burning of sage and other plants in order to purify a space. I have done it with all of my apartments and living spaces and will continue to pass it on to my children. Try it out!
I recently did some repainting in my apartment and am thinking about doing a little more (none of it in sage but that’s beside the point). I can’t quite decide if picking just the perfect shade of a color is an art to master or simply a stroke of luck to strike. I’ve had a lot of ‘not quite’ color results in my day. But having just spent the prior several hours or evenings hoping a color would warm on me with one more coat or in the daylight or with the furniture back in the room, I’ve lived with the unsatisfactory results for months to years on end. I’ve also had the much rarer experience of feeling like a color turned out exactly as I envisioned it. It’s great.
I really hope this is a skill that I can hone but I’m still not quite convinced.
This MIGHT seem random, but lately I have really been valuing my friends. In the past year, everyone in my life has given something without anything in return. I feel endless gratitude for all the support and people in my life. I can’t wait to return the favor. It is going to be great!