Sunday, February 23, 2014

Totally Snowed

As you may have heard or experienced, it got a little messy here in Mpls on Friday. I worked from home and listened to it play out on the Working from home when needed is a luxury I appreciate however it's challenging to want to come back into the studio on Saturday to work on my own things.

The only time I left the house was to shovel the alley today. It took a very long time. Winter.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Frosty Designs

Obviously an inefficient energy waster of a window but look at the pretty designs! Compliments of a steamy bathroom with a leaky window and constant sub zero temperatures. It was in the 30's today so it doesn't feel so horrific to think back to those temperatures, the window is crystal clear when it's above zero, that actually makes me feel better about it.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Book Break

Okay, I'm going to take a break from the vacation run down. As beneficial as it is to run through memories often in order to ensure their longevity in my long term memory (read Moon Walking With Einstein), enough is enough for now.

So I've been thinking a lot lately about taking a class from Braid Creative. I learned about Braid on the blog DesignSponge which is also where I was compelled to purchase all of the books I'll be mentioning below. I didn't learn about them all at once, but in pieces over time. These are just some of the gems I've plucked out over the past year.

Braid Creative Creative Coaching.
Right now I'm undecided about which class to take and am simply enjoying their weekly emails I signed up for. I sort of feel like I need to get some things worked out before I take the class which leads me to one of the three books I'm concurrently reading.

Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck by Seth Godin
I've sporadically checked in with Seth's amazing blog for years and this rather large book is a collection of his blog posts from 2006 - 2012. Really it's all about just doing it, as there will always be something that you think needs to get done before you can do that one big thing you want to do. Or something like that.

We Are All Weird by Seth Godin
So it's kind of sad that I haven't finished this small book. I hit a chapter near the end that got me really excited and I wanted to pause and think about it and, well, I'm still thinking about it.

Daily Rituals by Mason Currey
Do you feel bad about not getting enough creative work into your day as you would like? Well Daily Rituals documents a broad range of artists work rituals throughout history. Balancing a day job with a creative side pursuit? Not so new. Poets, composers, painters and on and on, this book is somehow very good for my soul.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Southern Italy in January

I'm going to make this post very short and sweet, I came down with a wicked cold on Friday afternoon and my post nap vigor is waning.

After Paris we flew to Naples, explored the city, Vesuvius and Pompeii followed by a drive down the Amalfi Coast, absolutely amazing. We got drenched twice, once in Naples on the way back from the Castle of the Egg and again that evening while taking our lives in our own hands walking to a restaurant in Sorrento. Pouring rain, darkness, miniscule and sometimes entirely absent sidewalks on narrow streets mixed with heavy Friday night traffic was… tricky, but overall the weather was really quite pleasant and even warmer than Paris.

Perhaps I'll come back later and make more notes but for now here are some observations of Southern Italy: