1. I am so happy that my fear wasn’t valid and that the affirmation that I used for the last five days was true: “And all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.” See, I was terrified that all would not be well. I was sure that all was going to be really unwell. So I repeated the 14th century Christian mystic’s mantra …”And all shall be well.” As I am an agnostic and don’t really indulge in prayer, Julian of Norwich’s mantra is as close as I get. I find Julie’s words to be strangely comforting. And Jules was right. It turns out that all is indeed well.
2. These blogs must be read, if I was a publisher I would publish their books. If I was Oprah I would make them my blog of the month and I would give them a new car or all of my favorite things in order to thank them for how much I enjoy their work.
Up and down town If you aren’t reading her blog, you must. Go on. What are you still doing here? Go there now. Thank me later.
The Storialist Same as above. If you aren’t reading it, start now. Seriously. Why are you here? Go! Okay, you can stay until you have gotten through this post.
3. Laura Munson, my pal, and the author of This is Not the Story You Think it Is, is now a regular at the Huffington Post. Congrats to Laura!
4. Speaking of pals, I have recently taken to calling strangers “Tiger” and “Pally”. I don’t do it to their face. But when I think of them they no longer get the generic “Lady” or “Sir”. They are now, in my mind, “Tiger” and “Pally”.
5. I don’t usually enjoy day spas. All the nakedness and enforced relaxation can make me feel a little nervous and neurotic. But I am doing a spa day on Sunday. The thing I was worried about in #1 has had me seriously stressed. I am doing an 80-minute massage and a fango mud bath. I am trying to tell myself that this will be relaxing and that I won’t spend the session worrying that perhaps I missed a patch of leg hair when shaving or that I will fall asleep and a snore will sneak out.
5. For years I have heard that Clarins Beauty-Flash Balmis amazing. It’s true. Buy some. I put some on my face this morning and a few minutes later you wouldn’t have known that the only water I have had this last week was hidden in my super strong French Roast Coffee and that I haven’t slept more than a few hours in the last couple of days. I actually looked like a human,thanks to Clarins. This is as close to a miracle in a jar that is available without a prescription.
6. I am doing research on the Depth Psychological reason that animal prints are so consistently popular. In my research I found a book, Dream Animals by my boyfriend, James Hillman, in which he writes about animal symbols. I can’t wait for it to get here. I am hoping that my Hilly can help me figure out the whole leopard print thing.
7. I get to see Igor tomorrow. I like Thursdays. I have nothing to complain about. Instead I am going to talk about how happy I am that I have nothing to worry about.
8. I guess I could tell Igor that when I watched “Bethenny’s getting married?” that I cried and that her baby happiness got to me. But then I would have to admit to watching “Bethenny’s getting married?”
9. I have decided to start doing some Dream Coaching. More details to come soon. ( If you at all interested in the idea please let me know).
10. I went into Old Navy to return three tops in three colours. The savvy sales gal asked if there were anything wrong with them. I answered, “I think they fit kind of weird.” She answered back, “I think that you are a black lover and that these shirts were outside your box.” I answered back, “I think you’re right.”
11. My new JCrew cardigan that is making me want Fall to arrive immediately (actually I felt that way before. It is 98 degrees right now. I have had enough of this). And it’s on sale for $79.99 on the Jcrew website. I got mine in the store for under $50. Isn’t it purty?
12. I can’t wait to see “Inception”. I am not a huge Leo fan. Actually I have never enjoyed a single film in which he has starred. I am going to get popcorn and Junior Mints to enjoy during the film just in case I don’t enjoy Leo.
13. He-weasel and I seem to have a summer tradition of watching British Mysteries. Last summer was Foyle’s war. This summer it is a marathon of Midsomer Mysteries. What I love about this series: There is a Terrier, a Range Rover, a horse, and a tractor in each episode and these are all things I want or have. Actually I only have the Terrier. But I do want a Range Rover, a horse and a tractor. I also wouldn’t mind having an ivy covered house in Midsomer—a British accent would also be swell as would a father like Inspector Barnaby.